The COVID-19 health crisis has forced educational institutions at all levels to adapt to different online modalities in order to continue with academic activity. On this necessary adaptive capacity depends that more than 300,000 Canarian students do not see their course ruined and have the possibility to continue training during this period of uncertainty.
He ICSE study centerAware of this commitment to the students, shortly before the implementation of the state of alarm, he set up a crisis cabinet and In less than 72 hours, it applied extraordinary measures that have favored agile transit to telematic teaching in Higher Education.. In this way, the natural progress of the course has continued as normally as circumstances allow.
The Canarian entity has also used all its technological resources so that the quality of teaching is affected as little as possible and the teaching-learning processes maintain their effectiveness. This transition, according to Miguel Rodríguez Cárdenes, Head of Studies at ICSE, has been “very fast both in its planning and implementation” and an example of “easy immersion in the digital age due to the advanced nature of the ICSE Group on this path “
Rodríguez Cárdenes highlights that “there is a challenge in the search for continuous improvement pursued by the entity”, and adds in reference to the new digital processes: “they will provide teachers and students with a wide range of resources and registries that are very valuable for their future work activity”. The involvement and professionalism of the entity’s teachers, in Rodríguez’s own words, have been “maximum”.
This transition from face-to-face to online has not been so complicated for an entity that was already betting on digital spaces and the application of cutting-edge technologies to its training. ICSE’s smart building – smart building – is the first eco-building in the Canary Islands and all its classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art digital whiteboards, fixed and portable computing devices for each student and a first-class virtual platform. The entity, in addition, bets on the elimination or reduction of the use of paper and evaluates, therefore, without using them. ICSE exams were already done through the computer before the health crisis. “This type of evaluation guarantees the objectivity of the process,” says Miguel Rodríguez.
ICSE not only provides Higher Education, it is also a collaborating entity of the Canary Employment Service and the Public State Employment Service to teach training courses aimed primarily at unemployed workers. These training retraining and curriculum expansions are usually key for these unemployed people to find a job. The commitment acquired is, therefore, maximum.
All SCE courses have been adapted to online and distance formats so that these students can receive and complete this course. “For this student body we are designing, among others, online sessions and complementary activities that guarantee the transmission of knowledge,” says Natalia Lorenzo, Director of Training for Employment at ICSE. “We are making an important effort, with the active participation of our teachers, to put into practice an alternative methodology in our training activities,” recalls the directive.
On the other hand, the ICSE Computing Department has decided to step forward and collaborate altruistically with the community of health professionals in the Canary Islands. Through 3D printers, health protection visors are being manufactured to distribute among different hospitals and health centers on the islands. Adrián Ramos, Head of IT at ICSE, leads this solidarity action: “Since we saw the plans and the initiative, we knew that it was time to put our shoulders together, do our bit and continue to join in the fight against this pandemic, protecting our assets most valuable: health personnel. “
The center is also generating various enriching initiatives for the community. They highlight, among others, a publicly accessible video blog with playful content for children created by students in Early Childhood Education or a campaign on social networks to promote physical exercise from home that students of Physical Activity and Sports started.
In summary, an educational entity with a face-to-face apparatus of more than 10 sites on three islands, 105 teachers and 1,500 students for whom academic life does not stop but continues at full capacity in the digital world.