In Heredia, Costa Rica, from July 17 to 21, the face-to-face stage of the "Third LANENT Regional Course on e-Learning for Teachers" was held. The event was attended by 24 professionals from Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela, who join the 11 participants of the first edition in Chile and 25 of the second edition in Peru of the Two previous years.
The course is part of the activities of LANENT Project RLA0057, "Enhancing Nuclear Education, Training, Outreach and Knowledge Management", funded by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the United Nations. It was aimed at professionals from different areas of peaceful applications of nuclear technology, who face teaching commitments and / or rapporteurship for staff training in their institutions.
Previously to the face-to-face stage, a one-month online pre-training was conducted on LANENT's LMS-Moodle platform. Theory and practice of planning, methodology, management and pedagogical use of multimedia resources and evaluation for the e-learning and teaching b-learning modalities were some of the contents dictated.
The course was taught by Claudio Pérez Matzen of the Department of Physics and Jaime Tello Gallardo of the Department of Educational Media, both teachers of the Metropolitan University of Education (UMCE) in Chile. Mónica Sbaffoni, Technical Officer of Project RLA0057 in representation of the IAEA and also as specialist in knowledge management, and the e-learning specialist Maria Aparecida José, from Brazil participated. Also included in the teaching staff were the Director of the Central Library, Mr. Bruno Contreras and his team of collaborators, Professor Eduardo Reyes and Professor Karina Guerra of the Virtual Training Center. Also collaborating in this effort was Professor Gustavo Venegas of the Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission (CCHEN). The technical and computer support of the virtual environment was provided by the National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina (CNEA).
The first edition of the course was held in 2015 at the UMCE Central Library and the second edition took place in 2016 at the Peruvian Institute of Nuclear Energy (IPEN) in Lima.