The dean of School of Education outlines the UCJC teaching-learning model at VIMET

The Virtual International Education and Technology Fair (VIMET), held virtually this year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, was attended by University Camilo José Cela in its first year. Carmen Sánchez Ovcharov, dean of the School of Education at UCJC, participated in the conference by outlining the extended teaching-learning model at University Camilo José Cela.

“The model is built on three strategic axes, that define the scope of action at UCJC”, pointed out Carmen Sánchez, who later expanded on these three academic vertices, each of them in turn encompassing entrepreneurship and innovation; technology and digitization and commitment and social responsibility.

Sánchez went on to say that the new teaching framework at University Camilo José Cela offers an education extending beyond time and space at the university, resulting in the creation of a hybrid and flexible model. “The main elements of our educational model are the curriculum, the teaching method and our teaching spaces,” she said. The dean spoke of two main elements, physical space and digital space, in what she called ‘new traditional spaces’.

“By this I mean that having a virtual classroom where teachers live stream their lessons and classes is no longer considered something new. It is not the future, it is today’s reality”, said Sánchez in her presentation, who pointed to the main factor standing UCJC apart in private higher education in Spain, its newly designed digital and physical spaces.

“We have created new learning objects that we offer in this new environment. We have expanded the design of physical and digital spaces”, said the dean of the School of Education, who pointed to the examples of the DesignLab and the LearningLab as the new physical environments created at UCJC to enhance students’ learning, complemented by the Study Abroad stays offered by international degrees. Speaking of digital environments, she pointed out the importance of the app Simular and multimedia classes to breach the virtual divide and connect with students live from anywhere in the world.

In this way, each student’s learning is enriched, motivating, dynamic and holistic and takes place in different learning environments where they can find academic resources, practical activities, multimedia content, virtual tools and simulators, all of them available in UCJC’s different teaching platforms.

VIMET is a world-renown education event in which professionals from the education sector meet annually in a permanent search for innovative proposals that can be applied in their schools or universities.