The eMadrid network is present once again with a special session at EDUCON (IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference). EDUCON will be held this year from March 18 to 20 in Tallinn (Estonia). The eMadrid special session is entitled "Mixing and Blending MOOC Technologies with Face-to-Face Pedagogies", in which members of eMadrid universities will present different studies around this common theme.
In the context of the Open Education Week 2015, held from 9 to 13 March, the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is organizing an event called Open Education at UC3M: Experiences and Perspectives, Thursday March 12, 2015, in the Grade Room of Leganés campus (directions).
Attendance is open and free. Registration is required (form). A certificate of attendance will be extended.
Professor Carlos Delgado Kloos, Vice-Chancellor for Infrastructure and Environment of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and eMadrid network coordinator, will be in charge of opening the event presenting UC3M and open learning.
A group of researchers from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, part of eMadrid network, has been recognized by Google with one of their RISE Award, a prize that will allow them to continue their research and their computer programming training camps for children from 3 years old. It is the first time that a Spanish team achieved these awards, which recognize the work of organizations around the world promoting computer science since 2010.
The awardee project is called Dr. Scratch, a web platform that allows uploading Scratch programs; Scratch is a visual programming language oriented to children learning to code. This tool allows assessing student programs, and they receive an overall score regarding their coding skills. Besides the technological component, this initiative has a deep social background, as activities specifically geared to promoting programming for girls, disadvantaged and disabled will be conducted throughout the year. In this sense, the project goal is that no Spanish scholar runs out of this movement of promoting programming from early ages.
In the last six years, $4.3 million dollars in RISE Awards have been granted to 205 organizations across 25+ countries acting as changemakers that engage, educate, and excite over 200,000 students all over the world.
The tenth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning will take place in Toledo, Spain, in the week September, 15th till 18th, 2015. The European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning is one of the most important conferences worldwide on information and communication technologies applied to education. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is this year event organizer, with Professor Carlos Delgado Kloos, coordinator of the eMadrid Network, as the "Local Organization Chair". The Call for Papers is openned at present. Some important dates are the following:
16 March 2015. Mandatory submission of abstracts
25 March 2015. Submission of full versions
27 May 2015. Notification of acceptance
21 June 2015. Camera-ready versions of accepted papers
For more details about the Call for Papers and the conference, such as the topics covered in the conference, submission types or format, click here (http://www.ec-tel.eu/index.php?id=704).
The UNESCO Chair "Scalable Digital Education for All" at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid directed by Professor Carlos Delgado Kloos, continues its activity in 2015 with the celebration of two new seminars. The first seminar will be held on January 9 under the title of "Physics Education with Active Learning Methodologies and Technology Support". The renowned MIT Professor Peter Dourmashkin will present the TEAL initiative, a format and pedagogical approach used for more than a decade at MIT for teaching and learning in introductory physics courses. In addition, professors Mª Blanca Ibáñez and Antonio de Castro from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid will present practical experiences of using augmented reality to explain complex concepts of physics through experimentation.
The second seminar will be held on February 3 and is entitled "Experiences and best practices on MOOCs". Three experienced professors that have participated in the design and implementation of MOOCs in different institutions will share their expertise in this seminar: Mar Pérez-Sanagustín from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (and formerly from UC3M), Juan Quemada Vives from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and Antonio Rodríguez de las Heras from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
Professor Eric Grimson, Chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Professor at Faculty of Medicine of Harvard, visited Madrid the 15th and 16th of December. He was guest in several events held in his honour, among them highlighted the conference he gave at the University Autónoma of Madrid (UAM) – member of EdX consortium since March 2014 –.
On 15th of December, Prof. Grimson participated at a breakfast of the Foro España Innova, which was celebrated at Ritz Hotel (Madrid). This event was organised by Nueva Economía Fórum, sponsored by Asisa and institutional collaboration of the Ministry of Research, Development and Innovation. This ceremony was conducted by the Rector of the UAM, Professor José María Sanz.
Full Professor Carlos Delgado Kloos, coordinator of the eMadrid network, participated in the International Symposium of Educational Computing (SIIE 2014) as Keynote Speaker. The SIEE conference presents research results about Educational Technology and the conference was in its 16th edition this year 2014, taking place in Logroño, Spain, organized by Universidad Internacional de la Rioja (UNIR). You can find more information about the conference at:
The Keynote of Carlos Delgado Kloos was entitled “Looking for the Magic Formula in Education” and included reflections about why MOOCs are the beginning of a deep change in Education and an analysis of how the educational technologies are opportunities for this change. He also participated in the closing panel session of the conference.
In particular, a topic of great interest will be addressed as is the teaching and learning of programming through visual tools for both children and teenagers (prior to coming to the university) and adults (especially those that have a business idea and want to develop applications themselves in an easy way). With this purpose, José Domínguez (MIT) will present successful cases on the use of a specific visual tool, APP Inventor, exploring how it is possible to foster creativity and computational thinking in students through games and mobile apps.
But we shall not forget that the role of technology and specifically the Web in society and education today is largely due to the existence of organisms that drive their development, such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Thanks to standards promoted by W3C our browsers are more and more powerful and functional, making everyday actions such as accessing news or having a video conference easier. Antonio Olmo Titos is part of W3C systems team and will talk about HTML5 and the role this W3C standard plays in scalable education and MOOCs.