Estrategias Metodológicas

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In order to comply with the educational intentions of the course, it is important to responsibly plan the learning process by means of different phases taking into account the characteristics of distance education methodology, for that reason, this process includes the following phases:
 Recognition: Previous Learning experiences in a particular field of knowledge or activities of another sort. It consists in creating contexts, conditions and environments for the student to objectify the meanings of their previous experiences and provide them with methods, techniques and tools to facilitate this process.
 Consolidation: It refers to a set of activities that are pre-planned in a didactical way, leading to the mastery of concepts and skills of different levels, according to the purposes, goals, skills and learning goals established in the course.
 Transference: All knowledge, ability, skill or competence that allows the transfer of familiar situations to unfamiliar situations. That is, the learning activities planned in the activity guide should add re-contextualization and productivity values to the knowledge that is learnt in derivate competences.
Activities aimed to transfer learning from one phase to another are also set, in order to consolidate or balance the mastery of the skills acquired. At the end of the process closure activities or balance learning activities are conducted. It is a transfer activity around the learning outcomes in the academic course through the development of planned situations that include feedback activities from the tutor and the students themselves.

Taking into account the phases described above, the academic work according to the academic credit system holds:
1. Independent study developed through:
- Personal work: It is the basic source of learning and training and involves the student's specific responsibilities regarding the study of the academic course, corresponds to the identification activities of the course purposes, its intentions, the analytical plan, the activity guide, the study of the material suggested by the UNAD, the research in documentary sources (bibliography of printed documents in paper: books and magazines, bibliography of documents located on internet, Web sites of specialized information and virtual libraries), development of activities planned in the activity guide, writing of reports, self-assessment exercises, and taking of evaluations.
- Small collaborative learning group work: it is part of independent study and it aims to learning how to complete and master teamwork, the socialization of the individual work results, the development of teamwork activities, report writing according to scheduled activities in the activity guide. The Participation in a small collaborative learning group is mandatory within the academic course.
2. Tutor follow-up: It is the support that the institution and the program provides to students in order to enhance the learning and training. It is characterized by:
- Individual tutoring: it is the follow up process that the tutor conducts with the student as a way of tutoring advice for the learning of the subject contents, counseling of methods, techniques, and tools ownership, to enhance the learning communication process, criteria to evaluate the learned content, report reviewing, assessment of activities and monitoring of the individual learning process.
- Small collaborative groups tutoring: it is the follow up process that the tutor conducts with the students to the activities done in small groups, interlocution on the criteria used, report reviewing, advice on methods, techniques and tools for the enhancement of collaborative learning, suggestions on productive learning scenarios, evaluation of activities and assessment of reports.
- Group course tutoring: it is the follow up process that the tutor conducts with the set of all students under his supervision through socialization processes of the activities developed in the individual work and in the small collaborative learning groups, reports assessment, exchange of learning criteria and treatment of topics. The group meeting in the course may be face-to-face, virtual or blended, as the technological possibilities created by the institution allow.