Notes From MetaDocencia N° 3 - December 2022

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New governance 2022-2023

During the second half of 2022 we began to collaboratively develop our governance. We intended to design a transparent model for strategic decision-making, designed from and for our cultural and regional context.


  • 32 internal activities

  • 8 open meetings

  • 7 specialists participated as speakers

  • +55 hours of synchronous work

  • +4 months of exchange

We came up with our own internal ways of working and a meta-governance, also with community guidelines and principles 📑😍.

Watch the video summary of the process:

Video summary of MetaDocencia´s Governance process

Huge thanks to all the people and communities who participated and supported the development of our governance! 👏

Speakers at open meetings: Beatriz Busaniche, Fabrizio Scrollini, Malvika Sharan, Andrea Sánchez-Tapia, Andrés Piazza, Mayra Botta, Diego Pando.

MetaDocencia Governance Team: Irene Vazano, Ivan Poggio, Jesica Formoso, Laura Ación, Laura Ascenzi, Melissa Black, Monica Alonso, Nicolás Palopoli, Paz Míguez, Romina Pendino

Special thanks to Kate Hertweck, Danielle Robinson, and Rayya El Zein, who contributed with their ideas, resources, and time to guide us.

We will soon communicate and share with other communities the organizational model we are thinking of for MetaDocencia, designed for and shaped by our cultural and regional context.

🔗 Read more about the development of our governance: 🙌.


2022-2023 Workshops

In the past few weeks we developed internal pilot editions of new training proposals (such as the upcoming "MetaEvaluations: Evaluate While Teaching" workshop 🌟, developed by Romina Pendino, Irene Vazano and the course design team) and open editions of the workshops Present! Resources for Active Meetings (formerly called “Introduction to Online Teaching Essentials”), led by Nicolás Palopoli, Laura Ación e Irene Vazano; and Accesible Zoom with a Screen Reader, led by Iván Poggio and Irene Vazano.

More than 100 people registered for these workshops!

Those who attended left us with very good feedback to continue working on adjusting our proposals for 2023.

If you haven’t been able to join yet, don’t worry: many more workshops are coming, to keep learning in community! 🤓🍎

MetaDocencia Says Present!

First #OpenScience Iberoamerican Congress

Melissa Black and Laurel Ascenzi represented MetaDocencia at the First #OpenScience Ibero-American Congress. The event aimed to generate a space for Ibero-American dialogue between academia, the State, and civil society on the right to science and the importance of promoting change in the way science is understood from an inclusive, open, participatory, and responsible perspective.

This is the presentation we used:

Thank you @OpenlabEc for the shared space and for inviting us to be a part of it. On the website you can find the keynote talks and any meeting resources.

🔗 We would like to share some recommended links from keynote speakers (in Spanish):

- The Open Science project in an unequal world

- Who recommends the recommender: Reflections from Europe on Open Science

- Against the dilution of the term Open Science: Open Science in Latin America beyond Open Access

- Evaluation in times of Open Science

Einstein Foundation Symposium on Global Dynamics in Responsible Research

On December 1st and 2nd, the Einstein Foundation invited us to participate in its virtual Symposium on Global Dynamics in Responsible Research. We had the pleasure to join the following activities:

  • Laurel Ascenzi and Paz Míguez gave a talk on "Co-creating and Teaching Open Science from the Global South", in which they raised the topic of asymmetry of power and privilege between Latin America and high-income regions based on this blogpost, and how MetaDocencia was the answer to the need and urgency of incorporating tools for fast and effective adaptation to online educational events, understanding that isolation increased the limitations of accessibility and inclusion for both students and instructors in Latin America.

🔗 Access the presentation:

Laurel Ascenzi and Paz Míguez gave a talk on "Co-creating and Teaching Open Science from the Global South" in the Einstein Foundation Symposium on Global Dynamics in Responsible Research

🔗 Access the presentation:

All presentations shared during the conference are available at the symposium’s Zenodo community page:


Thanks for the invitation! 🌱


XII Argentinean Congress of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

MetaDocencia and OLS were traveling around Argentina! Our co-executive director Nicolás Palopoli and OLS researcher and program coordinator Paz Bernaldo shared the individual and joint efforts of our communities at the XII Argentinean Congress of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (Corrientes, Nov. 24-25) and at the XVI Biologists in Network Meeting (Mar del Plata, Nov. 14-15), respectively.

There were stickers, flyers and many people excited to join us! 🤗


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Best Practices for Creating Accessible Presentations

🙋🙋‍♂️ On the International Day of Disabled Persons, Mariela Rajngewerc and Patricia A. Loto shared some tips to generate accessible presentations.

In a previous post we had reviewed strategies for holding meetings that include all people. In this new publication we provide suggestions for the use of text, images, and colors. We also share a list of tips for accessible presentations, which will allow you to check compliance with these suggestions and good practices.

In line with our values, we continue to open doors to as many people as possible. We hope the suggestions can help you generate presentations that allow people with functional diversity to participate equally in your classes or presentations.

🔗 Read more (in Spanish):

How to Organize Tabs and Windows to Teach Synchronous Virtual Classes?

In our synchronous classes we often need to share a screen through a video call platform (Zoom, Meet, Jitsi etc.). Often and at the same time, we might need access to the chat, a Word or Google document, or the presentation speaker notes. If we add to that the advantages of observing the other people in the meeting so that their gestures and non-verbal language facilitate feedback, maintaining and easily accessing several open windows becomes a complex task.

In this blogspot, Romina Pendino and Nicolás Palopoli recommend possible ways to organize the windows to not lose sight of any communication channels with those who attend our courses 🤓.

🔗 Read more (in Spanish):

Closed for Holidays

The week of December 26-30, 2022, MetaDocencia will be closed for the holidays. We will be giving everyone on the team the opportunity to share, celebrate, and enjoy the end of a year of work and recharge to start 2023 with all the strength, creativity, and joy of believing in what we do.

For that reason, our communication channels will remain inactive and we will resume activities on the first week of January.

Happy Holidays!

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