Teachers from the University of the Arts (ISA), the San Gerónimo College, the future Santa Clara College for Restoration, the “Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos” Workshop School and specialists from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Cuba and the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana enrolled in the first Online Education Workshop of the Transcultura Programme: Integrating Cuba, the Caribbean and the European Union through Culture and Creativity.
As part of its efforts to promote training in the Caribbean cultural and creative industries, the Programme brings together academic and cultural institutions in a Regional Cultural Training Hub to offer short-term courses for young women and men from Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Funded by the European Union and implemented by the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean in Havana, in close cooperation with the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean in Kingston, the UNESCO Office in Port-au-Prince, the UNESCO Antenna Office in the Dominican Republic, the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels and Representation to the European Union, this Programme also addresses the challenges imposed by COVID-19.
The current conditions require that the Programme’s academic offer of face-to-face courses be complemented by online courses. Teachers in Cuba, with the support of UNESCO, are preparing to meet this new challenge, and this workshop is part of the training process.
Transcultura is committed to digital, innovative, and post-humanist pedagogical models for training in the field of Cultural and Creative Industries in the Caribbean. A special thanks to the national counterparts and to the teachers of these institutions for enabling the great leap forward.
Sulema Rodríguez Roche, National Programme Officer for the Academic Component of Transcultura
For the attendees, it was an opportunity to delve into the universe of one of the most popular approaches to online training: MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). The workshop included aspects such as the main platforms where they are published, the predominant visuality in the courses, the communicational aspects, and the underlying pedagogical principles.
They highlighted the relevance of this knowledge not only in facing the challenges imposed by the pandemic but also in adopting a new educational paradigm. Transcultura will continue to support the training of Cuban trainers on online education issues in order to uphold the purpose of offering innovative and quality education in the scenario of cultural and creative industries in the Caribbean.