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"Elimination of borders of distance, time and cost to access knowledge”

Dr. Gabriela María Farías Martínez is a professor of the Academic Department of Accounting at the Monterrey Campus, and a Certified Public Accountant by the Mexican Institute of Public Accountants (IMCP). She holds a Master’s degree in Management and a Master’s degree in Marketing.

She holds a PhD in Educational Innovation and is a researcher in the Chair of Innovation and Technology and a candidate for the CONACYT’s National System of Researchers (SNI) in the area of educational innovation in higher education institutions.

Having the students participate in the use of

According to Dr. Farías, the use of the catalogue should focus on the students; have them participate in the search of resources in regards to the class topics and see the use of the tool from their perspective. “The idea is to have them access, navigate, and know. Having done so, they should choose the resources that are related to the class contents,” she stated.

Dr. Farías incorporates as a support tool for her classes in the Academic Department of Accounting: Strategic Planning Systems and Administrative Control in the seventh semester; Administrative Accounting, which is a common subject for all the students of the Business School; and Auditing III, a course for the students in the ninth semester just about to graduate. Dr. Farías commented, “What is interesting is to see how the tool can be used regardless of the semester or the student’s educational level; it also helps us realize how it is being perceived in the different thirds of the major.”

The main benefit for a student using this tool is the possibility to confront his learning against what other universities share. “We are not limiting it to a teacher or a textbook, but we are opening the possibility to learn in a controlled academic setting,” stated Dr. Farías.

Making the catalogue accessible to other universities in Mexico

One of the main expectations in the use of , according to Dr. Farías, is to make the tool known in other Mexican universities; it should help the work to be more opened and more collegiate. Also, the level can be raised in quality and the content of the resources can be used in universities nationwide.

Dr Farías says that the contribution of the tool in higher education should not only be given in Mexico, but also in Latin America. “Imagine Chilean, Colombian, Argentinean universities giving this support and nourishing the tool for Latin professors, and also for professors of foreign universities, as well.”

The catalogue improves the student’s perception of professors

Dr Farías is aware that the students’ perception of professors improves for the fact of sharing with them the resources coming from other universities around the world. This is why professors from other universities different from Tecnológico de Monterrey should be invited to know and use at an exploratory level. “The feedback and comments I have received from colleagues in other Mexican universities have been very interesting, which is how we can get the look of the outsider as to what we are doing,” she explained.

“I would tell the professor that it is no longer necessary to waste time searching on the Internet for aids to design learning activities to enrich the courses, through you get the resources you can use to supplement your explanation.” Dr. Farías concluded, “The tool allows you to keep yourself updated because you see current and meaningful material. They are resources that have been validated by professors. They give the students the possibility to strengthen their learning by confronting what they have studied in class with what other professors and scholars point out in other universities worldwide.