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“Competencies that today’s professors need in order to prepare the citizens of tomorrow.”

Dr. Jaime Ricardo Valenzuela González holds a Civil Engineering degree from the La Salle University; a master’s degree in Higher Education from the La Salle University; a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin, which he undertook with the support of the Fullbright Program and the Ford-MacArthur Foundations; and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin.

He was the Dean of the Doctoral program in Educational Innovation; he was also the Academic Vice President of the La Salle University in Morelia; he has also been in charge of other offices in different institutions.

The research lines he manages are varied, but specializes in educational evaluation and distance learning. As a researcher, his recent projects have focused on evaluation of learning, evaluation of competencies, evaluation of teaching, program evaluation, evaluation of educational institutions, and metaevaluation. He has also been involved in the design of learning environments, interaction processes, tutoring, learning evaluation, permanence and desertion, educational technology and social image of distance learning.

He is the author of Evaluación de Institutiones Educativas (Evaluation of Educational Institutions) published by Editorial Trillas. He has also published several articles in journals and chapters of edited books.

At present, he is a professor at the Graduate School of Education of Tecnológico de Monterrey. He teaches the Institutional Evaluation course and the Seminar on Quantitative Research.

Professors should be self-learners

According to Dr. Valenzuela’s experience, he has used the educational tool fundamentally as an aid in his doctoral program courses. They are oriented to people with heterogeneous educational levels; “I need tools to teach them so that I can homogenize my students’ level in statistics; thus, I have looked for programs or courses offered this way,” he said.

Dr Valenzuela talks about some competencies that professors need today to prepare the citizens of tomorrow; competencies that help them look for information since there is a universe beyond key words in Google. Dr. Valenzuela says, “I tell them what a portal would be, a directory of open educational resources, and the advantages the tool offers for professors to have and handle resources for their own courses.”

Another important competence mentioned by Dr Valenzuela is being a self-learner. Professors should set the example as self-learners for them to persuade their students they can also learn on their own; and thus, students should look for the appropriate resources that can help them strengthen their knowledge.

Any educational innovation must go through the process of appropriation

Dr. Valenzuela stated that as in any other educational innovation, a process of appropriation is required. Such process involves three important steps.

First, you must know the tool exists; if you do not know of its existence, you will never use it. Second, once you know the tool exists, you should know it in depth; this implies see the tools you have, the way the metadata are managed, know the available resources. Third, a process of adoption of the resource which will depend on the courses in particular; the adoption takes you to a fourth step: adaptation. It refers to how I will adopt a resource to insert it within the course, and thus achieve a specific objective.

A specialized search engine, helpful for the teaching work

It is important for Dr. Valenzuela the promotion of as an educational tool; therefore, a lot of the work he does is aligned with making this tool known; “I always comment that looking for information in this world in which information has had an enormous explosion, and in which the information sources multiply exponentially, looking for information is like looking for a needle in a haystack, yet looking for a needle in a haystack should not be something complicated. There is an easy way of finding it, and that is by using a magnet powerful enough to draw the needle.”

Dr. Valenzuela concludes by saying, “A very powerful magnet is the search engine; and in this case we have it through . This is a specialized search engine; a great magnet that allows to draw those needles called open educational resources that aid in the teaching work.”