Teaching As an “Act of Love” by Applying Non-traditional Teaching-Learning Methods in Virtual Environments

  • Sonia Maldonado-Torres Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College of the City University of New York
  • Victoria Araujo Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College of the City University of New York
  • Oneirys Rondon Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College of the City University of New York
Keywords: Act of love, virtual environments, non traditional methods, teaching-learning, critical theory, pedagogy, distance education

Abstract

In the following essay, the concept of “teaching as an act of love” in virtual environments is explained. This essay describes some non-traditional teaching-learning methods and their incorporation in virtual courses. The objective of this essay is to help teachers create more effective virtual environments using non-traditional teaching-learning methods that, in turn, promote teaching as an “act of love.” Teaching as an “act of love” implies that teachers incorporate these non-traditional teaching-learning methods in virtual environments, focusing their efforts on knowing their students and their needs. Critical and constructivist theories of education will be discussed to understand how to adapt these methods to virtual environments. Among the non-traditional teaching-learning methods mentioned in the essay are the following: learning by the association of experiences, learning by discovery, constructivist learning, and cooperative learning among others.

Author Biographies

Sonia Maldonado-Torres, Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College of the City University of New York
Actualmente trabaja como profesora asociada en el Departamento de Educación Temprana del Colegio Comunitario Eugenio María de Hostos en la Ciudad de Nueva York. Ha publicado su trabajo en diferentes revistas de investigación y ha revisado diferentes ensayos investigativos en revistas tales como Journal of Latinos in Education y Journal of Hispanics in Higher Education. Sus intereses de investigación se centran principalmente en: 1) estilos de aprendizaje de estudiantado latino, 2) graduación y retención de estudiantes, 3) estudiantes que poseen inglés como segundo idioma, 4) multiculturalismo, y 5) el proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje. Ha presentado los hallazgos de sus investigaciones en conferencias nacionales e internacionales, tales como la Asociación Estadounidense de Investigación Educativa (AERA), y en diferentes facultades y universidades de todo el país.
Victoria Araujo, Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College of the City University of New York
Obtuvo un grado asociado en el área de Educación Temprana en el Colegio Comunitario Eugenio María de Hostos de la Ciudad de Nueva York. Mientras estudiaba, trabajó en diferentes clubes y organizaciones en la universidad. Actualmente trabaja a tiempo completo como asistente de maestra. Sus intereses de investigación están enfocados en las áreas de: justicia social, el proceso enseñanza- aprendizaje e identidad cultural.
Oneirys Rondon, Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College of the City University of New York
Recientemente completó un grado asociado en el área de Educación Temprana en el Colegio Comunitario E. Ma. de Hostos de la Ciudad de Nueva York. Participa activamente en diferentes organizaciones comunitarias. Sus intereses de investigación están en las áreas de: justicia social y educación, el proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje, y el cambio social.

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Published
2018-07-26
How to Cite
Maldonado-Torres, S., Araujo, V., & Rondon, O. (2018). Teaching As an “Act of Love” by Applying Non-traditional Teaching-Learning Methods in Virtual Environments. Revista Electrónica Educare, 22(3), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.15359/ree.22-3.18