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Courtesy Dr. Andrés Pareja López

A team of teachers from the Biology Program of the Ces University through the courseBioprospecting natural ingredients for the international cosmetics sectortrained four associations of antioquian beekeepers through an interactive mobile classroom, which was present in the regions where the groups are located, which are the territories of Salgar (Asoapisa), Turbo (Miel del Bosque), El Bagre (Campo Dulce) and San Rafael (Dappce).

The specialized course was initially proposed to offer and develop it in person, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was reconsidered and it was chosen to execute it in a bimodal way (face-to-face – assisted with technological platform) through a novel didactic strategy called "interactive mobile classroom", which allows to take educational activities to places where there are no physical spaces adapted for master classes or sufficient technologies to develop proposals to cademic using these multimedia and remote tools.  The course began on June 17 and ended on July 7, 2021.

"We spent several days working in different regions of Antioquia working with beekeepers, we exchanged knowledge about the use of propolis and different materials that they obtain from their apiaries for the cosmetic industry of natural ingredients. It was an enriching experience, we took CES University to the regions, we understood the different problems of the department and this broadens the mind in terms of extension and research, "saidJuliana Cardona Duque, professor of Biology at CES University.

The contents of the course were related to the value chain of the cosmetics industry, the importance of environmental conservation for the creation of natural ingredients with added value, the regulatory framework of the sector, etc. In addition, it is intended to enhance the soft skills of beekeepers, which will allow an increase in the productivity of these associations.

"The objective of this course taught through the interactive mobile classroom is to teach beekeepers from Antioquia how to collect propolis, turn it into an ingredient with high added value and have the tools to turn it into a material that can be produced and can benefit as a primary sector in the value chain of the cosmetics industry, "said Andrés Pareja López, scientific director of the In vitro Toxicity Unit (UTi).

The University team spent three days in each partnership, with the remote company of thematic experts, among whom are graduates who provided their knowledge on biodiversity and ecology, as well as external specialists such as Adrián Giraldo, expert in international marketing issues of natural ingredients.

The Faculty of Sciences and Biotechnology of ces University has contributed with multiple efforts for the democratization of quality education at the national level, promote teaching work and the economic growth of the regions and gender equity. All in line with the UN's sustainable development goals.

It should be noted that these associations benefited from this course are beekeepers who have been in charge of the extraction of propolis for the elaboration of two cosmetic prototypes, designed in the Laboratory of Prototyping of Cosmetics of the University CES, within the framework of the researchThe generation of added value of the propolis of Antioquia,together with the Government of Antioquia and eafit university.

This project had the participation of CES Virtual in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT), for the development of skills, workloads and psychosocial factors in environments organizations supported the Center for Evaluation and Measurement (Cesmide) attached to the Faculty of Psychology of the University CES, in addition to telecommunications collaborated the Metropolitan Technological Institute (ITM).

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