Frequently Asked Questions

Index to Questions

What is temoa®?

The word “temoa” means “to seek, investigate, find out” in the Nahuatl language. Nahuatl is a lingua franca that served as a linguistic communicative bridge among the peoples of the diverse Mesoamerican cultures.

Who can use temoa®?

Professors, students, librarians, self-learners and anyone interested in temoa® can use it. It offers free access and use to open educational resources through its on-line catalogue. Its different search tools will make it easy to find the information you need.

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Do I need to register to use temoa®?

You do not need to register to have access to temoa® since its contents are free. If you are interested in collaborating by either evaluating or suggesting resources; creating topics and courses; having favorite collections; etc., then it will be necessary that you register as a user. For further information, check the section “About temoa®”.

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How can I use the temoa® educational resources?

Each one of the indexed educational resources is subject to different conditions related to control of use, reproduction, interpretation and material distribution established by its author, or by the institution that backs up the author (denominated the “Resource Supplier”). In the section “Authors and Allowed Uses” of each one of the resources is a summary of the kind of use that is allowed; nevertheless, it is based on the information available at the moment in which the resource was published or included in the catalogue. All users are invited to check the supplier’s policy before using the contents to make sure there have been no changes.

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How can I participate?

There are several ways in which a temoa® member can participate, depending on the different processes followed in the life cycle of an indexed educational resource in the system. At present, only the academy such as professors, instructors, and students of universities and affiliated institutions to the project can participate in the following profiles:

  1. Collaborator. It is a user who has the possibility of suggesting new open educational resources to the temoa® index. She/He can also create or manage courses, topics and activities.
  2. Auditor. It is a user that participates by making a peer evaluation of the educational resources that belong to the academic discipline of his/her expertise and domain. He/She audits by writing reviews and constructive criticism of the educational resources that he/she has adopted and /or used considering certain feedback criteria.
  3. Cataloguer. He/She is an expert librarian whose function is to guarantee the consistency in the information of the bibliographic cards of the educational resources by using international standards; besides, he/she classifies them with the US Library of Congress Classification. For further information, go to the “About temoa®” section.

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What are the acceptance criteria for the open educational resources?

In order to guarantee the reliability of the information to users, temoa® has set a series of criteria that each of the suggested educational resources in the index should have. These refer to the facts that they should be of free access and use, offer different possibilities of use, distribution, reproduction and interpretation; and be endorsed by reliable sources that guarantee the reliability of their contents and a certain degree of permanence on the web site. For further information, please visit

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What does adopting an educational resource mean?

To adopt a resource has the purpose of sharing the educational practices of incorporating an open educational resource in the learning activities. The main objective is to share the possible uses an open educational resource could have in different experiences, strategies and use methodologies of the resources incorporated in your courses.

To incorporate an open educational resource in a learning activity, you can use the function “Create topics and courses”.

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How can I report a problem with an educational resource?

You can report any problem through the hyperlink “Report a Problem”, which is available in each of the bibliographic cards of the indexed resources. Send a comment about the problems found that could be related to the following: there are errors on the site (not found or similar); the resource does not correspond to the description on the card; it has spelling or writing mistakes, or other kinds of mistakes; there are two different resources with the same content; it does not have the right use conditions and terms; there is violation to copyright; it does not have a reliable back up; etc.

These reports are received by the group of librarians in temoa® who will follow up the reports. It is important to mention that misusing this function could cause the cancellation of your user’s account.

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How can I ask for my institution’s affiliation to the temoa® project?

This initiative looks for the collaboration of other educational institutions and universities. To obtain more information about the activities and participation requirements, please contact us at Contact Form.

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How can I register?

Remember that you should be part of an academic community of an institution affiliated to the temoa® initiative. To request your login and user profile, use the tool “Create an account” and follow the indicated steps. For further information, check the “User’s Guide” in “Guides and Documentation”.

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How can I edit my personal information?

Log in and access the “Edit” tab within the option “My Account”. You will be able to modify your personal information and save the changes there.

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How can I ask for help to find information?

You can receive face-to-face help from a librarian by visiting the library of your campus or closest site. If you need help to solve technical problems or you have questions about the temoa® uses and services, please contact us at Contact Form

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How can I suggest an open educational resource?

Once you have logged in on temoa®, choose the option “Suggest an educational resource” found in the “Participate and Share” section. You will be asked to give the name and address of the resource on internet.

When you click on the button “Continue”, three things could happen:

  • It will show you a card on which you will assign some additional elements of the content of the resource. (Check the User’s General Guide)
  • The system notifies that the resource has already been suggested.
  • The system notifies that the site of the supplying resource has not been verified by the temoa® administrators yet. Please contact us at Contact Form. Describe briefly the resource you are interested in suggesting and send the link to the resource. We will follow up your request and will notify you when the supplying site has been verified.

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If you have questions or suggestions regarding this guide, we will appreciate your comments through the form of [Contact us].