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The conference was held between November 27 and November 29 at the Faculty of Education, Human and Technological Sciences of the National University of Chimborazo (UNACH) in Ecuador.

“Contemporary Education, Educational Quality and Good Living” was the central axis of the V International Congress held in Riobamba (Ecuador), a space for scientific debate that brought together academics and researchers from different countries to reflect on the training of teachers worldwide .

“The event aims to generate an exchange space between students, professors, managers and other educational and organizational agents, who actively investigate and participate in the generation of more human spaces for life, from the fields of education and pedagogy, the direction, management and educational policies, among other thematic axes at the various levels and areas of face-to-face and virtual training, ”said Dr. Angela Urguizo, professor at UNACH and president of the Organizing Committee of the Congress.

The instance had different activities, such as the keynote lectures given by researchers from Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Mexico; national and local papers; and workshops with teachers and students, both from the university and from invited institutions.

In this context, Dr. Rodrigo Ruay, a researcher at the Integrated Management Unit of Pedagogies (UGIP) and a member of the ULS Multidisciplinary Institute, participated with the keynote lecture "Challenges of curriculum innovation in teacher training", in the framework of the celebration of the 50 years of the Faculty of Education of UNACH.

At the conference, Dr. Ruay emphasized the relevance of the curricular renewal for the training of teachers of the 21st century school, making reference to the processes of improvement of the curricula of the pedagogy careers of the Chilean universities and in particular of the University of La Serena, as a regional public institution.

“I had to share the challenges that as a University of La Serena we have addressed in the renewal of the curricular meshes of the eleven pedagogical careers. The contribution that I took from how to look at the training of teachers for the 21st century school was highly valued today, where we have a teacher who must, on the one hand, know how to investigate, reflect on his own practice and also be knowledgeable about the contexts sociocultural where your school is located, ”explained Dr. Ruay.

Likewise, the professional participated as a round table criminalist, along with academics from Colombia and Ecuador with the theme “Evaluation, learning and understanding”.

On the other hand, Professor Elvis Campos presented the applied pedagogical research project “Use of a virtual platform for autonomous learning in the English subject: a case study”, which focuses on the YouTube platform as a tool for autonomous learning in students. (See more of the project: http://bit.ly/2p5xXFB)

VIII International Symposium 2019

In addition to these activities, on November 21 and 22, the VIII International Symposium “Appropriation, generation and edifying use of knowledge” was held at the University of Israel (Ecuador), in which Dr. Rodrigo Ruay participated in quality of a keynote speaker with the presentation entitled “Educational innovation and evaluation of learning in diverse contexts”.

In this conference, Dr. Ruay addressed the challenges that universities in Latin America are experiencing, in the field of curricular innovation, training and updating of teacher trainers, didactics and evaluation of learning, as key components for the improvement of training processes in higher education institutions.

"Promoting the autonomy and responsibility of the student towards his own learning process is a challenge for the teacher, which must be based on a new style and treatment in his professional practice based on trust and collaboration," said the researcher.

In this way, these experiences contributed to strengthen the views regarding the processes of change in the training of teachers currently involved in higher education institutions.

Written by Daniela Ledezma, UGIP