The eMadrid research project about “Research and development of educational technologies in the Madrid region” has been selected to be funded by the regional government of Madrid with start date of October 2014. The selection of this project implies the continuation of the eMadrid project that has provided excellent results in the period 2010-2014, being a national and international reference in elearning.
The coordinator of the project, Full Professor Carlos Delgado Kloos, received the diploma of the concession of the project on Wednesday 22 October in the ceremony presided by Ignacio González, President of the Community of Madrid.
The eMadrid project will contribute to the advancement and application of information technology in education (elearning), as a continuation of the eMadrid network and facing new challenges in the area and increasing the transfer of knowledge. Having a better education is a key objective for society as it implies best professionals, increasing production and quality, making a better society for all. Improvements in education have a positive impact on parameters such as employability, production or wealth. Educational technologies enable new ways of teaching / learning that involve the improvement of the educational process.
The universities in the consortium are Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M, coordinator, principal investigator: Carlos Delgado Kloos), Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM, principal investigator: Pilar Rodríguez Marín), Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM, principal investigator: Baltasar Fernández Manjón), Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED, principal investigator: Miguel Rodríguez Artacho), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM, principal investigator: Edmundo Tovar Caro), Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC, principal investigator: Gregorio Robles Martínez). Approximately 140 researchers from these 6 partners will participate in the project. In addition, this project has 76 associated partners such as universities, companies, research institutes or colleges.
The deadline for registration in the next edition of the Master in Management and Production in e-Learning offered in Spanish language by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is July 31.
Its main aim is to train people who are interested in production and management of teaching and learning assisted by technology in its various forms and variations. Alternatives are studied, both didactic and technological, which allow the design of training processes and development of training materials based on the use of information technology and communications.
There are 3 ways to pursue the master's degree program leading to 3 different titles, each with specific requirements:
Master in Management and Production in e-Learning: 12 modules of 4 ECTS each and a Master's thesis of 12 ECTS. 60 ECTS in total. It is required to have a university degree (3, 4 or 5 years).
Specialist in Management and Production in e-Learning: 9 modules of 4 ECTS each or 6 modules and a Master's thesis. 36 ECTS in total. It is required to have a university degree (3, 4 or 5 years).
Expert in Management and Production in e-learning: 6 modules of 4 ECTS each. 24 ECTS in total. A University degree is not required. A High School Diploma is enough.
On Monday June 30, the 2nd UNESCO Chair Seminar will be held at Leganés Campus of Universidad Carlos III of Madrid, with the title "Explorando el espacio educativo de MOOCs y SPOCs".
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have drawn the interest in educational technology at a global level, showing what you can achieve when implementing Internet technologies to education. But these same technologies can be used for purposes other than those strictly advocated by MOOCs. An example is SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses), in which the field is private and there are a reduced number of students. In short, the MOOC phenomenon has only just light the flame for many other interesting applications of TICs in education. In this seminar we will explore this educational technology space in which are included MOOCs and SPOCs, analyzing the new opportunities open to us.
One of the activities of the eMadrid network is to apply different educational technologies in secondary schools and colleges for the benefit and progress of the educational process. A recent example is the application of tools and methodologies for active learning and gamification, which is being carried out in the Centro de Educación para Adultos Distrito Centro de Madrid. This activity is jointly coordinated by Diego Redondo Martínez (CEPA Distrito Centro de Madrid) and Pedro José Muñoz Merino (member of the eMadrid project at the Gradient Lab in Universidad Carlos III de Madrid). The experience main purpose is to apply educational technology tools developed as part of research in the University in secundary education (particularly in adult education), in order to enhance learning using game based learning and active learning . You can find more information about the experience at the following Web page:
The eMadrid network is present once again with a special session at the EDUCON conference. EDUCON (IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference) will be held this year from April 3 to 5, 2014 in Istanbul (Turkey). The eMadrid special session is entitled "On MOOCs, SPOCs and other online courses" in which members of eMadrid universities participate. Activities around the massive open online courses (MOOCs) are presented in both their original intent, accessible to everybody, as its restricted version to private environments as SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses).
MOOCs are the hype these days. Everybody talks about them, many universities (among them, the most notorious ones) are pushing to have their own initiatives and courses and they have even made it to the most prestitgious newspapers.
However, MOOCs are still in their very early phases. They are a recent movement with not more than a couple of years and certainly we still are in a situation where we need to discover and test how to diploy them in the best possible way.
MOOCs share with the FLOSS (which is an acronym that unifies free software, open source and libre software) movement many characteristics: they pretend to be open, they are mainly Internet-mediated and they are on-line. It is true that MOOCs are courses where the main goal should be to learn and that free software projects have as main goal to build a (software) product. But if anyone who has had any software programming experience knows that building a product is to a major part a learning experience as well: the programming language and technicalities have to be learned, interacting with the infrastructure has to be mastered, and finally there is always many interactions with the rest of the team which fosters knowledge exchange. And, not to forget, free software projects have been around for quite long, with many of them being a success (probably there is much free software running so that you can read this blog post).
The Ninth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) will take place in Graz (Austria) from 16th to 19th September 2014. The European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning is one of the most important conferences worldwide about Information and Communication technologies applied to education. Pedro J. Muñoz-Merino, a member of the eMadrid network at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, is listed as one of the organizers as Demo and Poster chair. The Call for Papers is openned at present. Some important dates are the following:
24 March 2014 Mandatory submissionof an abstract
2 April 2014 Submission of full version
4 June 2014 Notification of acceptance
29 June 2014 Camera-ready versions
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.
The UNESCO Chair "Scalable Digital Education for All" directed by Professor Carlos Delgado Kloos, Full Professor of Telematics Engineering and Vice-Rector for Infrastructure and Environment at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid celebrates its first official event as part of the Open Education Week 2014, event entitled The Future of OER and MOOCs with the participation of people involved in UNESCO, and Directors of UNESCO Chairs at national and international level. In addition, this event serves to introduce the Chair and its objectives, as well as the website of where the main events and related news will be presented, including sections to cover Production, Research and Courses related with open digital education. This Chair is supported by the following institutions: