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Transcultura facilitates MOOCs on cultural industries for young people in the Caribbean
16 mayo 2022/ UNESCO Havana

The Transcultura Programme: Integrating Cuba, the Caribbean and the European Union through Culture and Creativity has launched the platform Innovative Cultural Training for the Caribbean with the first six Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), available in English, Spanish and French.

These MOOCs aim to facilitate access to cultural training for an unlimited number of young people aged between 18 and 35 from the Caribbean for their professionalization in the field of cultural and creative industries. The Transcultura Programme, implemented by UNESCO and funded by the European Union, is based on strengthening capacities and creating opportunities for Caribbean youth through training, knowledge transfer and exchange in the region and with the European Union.

"MOOCs are an accessible and sustainable alternative that enables young people to acquire knowledge and skills they can then develop, apply or deepen in the future. In addition, they make the knowledge of cutting-edge institutions in the field of cultural training available to all."
Alessandra Borchi, Coordinator of the Transcultura Programme

The courses have been produced by Transcultura in collaboration with the Cuban institutions comprising the Caribbean Cultural Training Hub promoted by the Programme. This is the first time that these institutions have carried out this type of training.

"The role and incidence of the Transcultura Programme and the production of MOOCs are fundamental for the University of the Arts of Cuba, as they open doors for exchange with Caribbean colleagues and students. In addition, as teachers, students and producers, we have acquired important learning experiences that combine arts and new technologies."
Yuitana García Isaac, Methodologist at the University of the Arts (Cuba)

Five of the courses given are aimed at acquiring knowledge or technical skills in the field of cultural and creative industries, heritage restoration and sustainable tourism management. In addition, the Transcultura Programme has designed a specific course for familiarisation in the implementation of MOOCs, together with a methodological guide for institutions interested in developing their own courses.

The Transcultura Programme will launch a call at the end of May to produce new MOOCs in the Caribbean during 2022.

Access here to the platform.

List of available MOOCs

Familiarisation with the MOOC Course Approach

Given by: The Transcultura Programme Team

The course Familiarisation with the MOOC Course Approach initially seeks to present the UNESCO Transcultura Programme, its areas of action and main lines of work. It also offers general guidelines on the production of courses with a MOOC approach.

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Body and Dance

Given by: María del Carmen Mena, full professor of the School of Dance Art at the University of the Arts

This course offers a tour of the different conceptions of the creative body from a holistic point of view, highlighting the ways of using it through dance. It contains exercises where teacher-student interaction enables us to perceive the different languages of the body and the different ways of reacting. It includes interviews with dancers and teachers from the School of Dance Art ...

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Introduction to Handcrafted Animation

Given by: Ivette Ávila Martín, professor of Animation at the School of Audiovisual Media at the University of the Arts

The main objective of this MOOC is to introduce students to the world of handcrafted animation through techniques known as stop motion, their expressive essence and production principles. Accordingly, it deals with...

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Paper Restoration and Conservation

Given by: Anyxa Quesada Portal, head of the paper conservation and restoration workshop at the Santa Clara College for Training in Restoration Arts and Crafts in Cuba and the Caribbean.

This course aims to show the different skills, tools and materials involved in the processes of paper restoration and conservation. Delivered by a specialist with more than 20 years of experience in this field, it ranges from the essential theoretical elements required to understand the processes, to...

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Brand Design

Given by: Eviel Ramos, dean of the School of Visual Communication Design at the Higher Institute of Design, and Alejandro Escobar, head professor of Institutional Visual Identity and Environmental Graphics at the Higher Institute of Design.

This course deals with the importance of graphic brands for any business or entrepreneurship, ranging from their constituent elements to the requirements graphic brands must meet in order to succeed in the market...

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Management of Creative Entrepreneurships in Heritage Tourism Destinations

Given by: Luis Alberto Barreiro Pousa, full professor and consultant at the San Gerónimo de La Habana University College, and Niurka Cruz Sosa, researcher, teacher and public manager. This introductory course aims to provide entrepreneurs with the essential...

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