Application of educational technologies of active learning and gamification in secundary education at CEPA Distrito Centro
Wednesday, 09 April 2014

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:

http://cepauc3m.wix.com/juego

 
eMadrid at IEEE EDUCON 2014
Tuesday, 18 March 2014

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).

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What MOOCs can learn from Free/Libre/Open Source Software
Written by Gregorio Robles   
Friday, 14 March 2014

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).

 

 
Call for Papers for EC-TEL 2014
Tuesday, 04 March 2014

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.

 
UNESCO Chair: Scalable Digital Education for All - Kick-off workshop on "The Future of OERs and MOOCs"
Tuesday, 04 March 2014

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:

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eMadrid Seminar on "Collaborative learning: How technology enables learning with others"
Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Date

Friday, 14 March 2014

ProgrammePDF

Free seminar without pre-registration.

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International Workshop on Massive Open Online Courses
Thursday, 30 January 2014

Prof. Carlos Delgado Kloos, coordinator of eMadrid, is one of the organizers of the International Workshop on Massive Open Online Courses, to be held in Antigua Guatemala on 15 and 16 May 2014. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a popular phenomenon in the online learning world. Today many institutions offer MOOCs; the two main MOOC portals (Coursera, Edx) have about 135 partners while many more institutions are exploring the possibilities of such effort. This phenomenon has not only created a new trend in online education, it also has been adopted by a number of institutions around the world, allowing spaces for research in pedagogical, technological and organizational aspects.

This workshop will focus on the exchange of popular trends and research results, as well as the presentation of practical experiences gained while developing of MOOCs; researchers, technologists, and course designers from universities and industry are invited to share their approaches and perspectives on key topics, including analytics and data mining, assessment, credentialing, pedagogy aspects, gamification, cloud services and resources, universal design, accessibility and technological frameworks/architectures. Best papers will be selected for submission of Journal Universal Computer Science (JUCS) Special Issue on Massive Open Online Courses: Combining Methodologies and Architectures for Success Learning. Additional to presentations, small workshops and group discussions about upcoming initiatives and insights from key experts in the field will be organized.

More info: http://ges.galileo.edu/mooc-workshop/call-for-papers

 
Open Education Week 2014
Friday, 21 February 2014

eMadrid members participate also this year in the Open Education Week to be held from March 10 to 15, 2014.

On one hand, the monthly eMadrid seminar will be organized during this week, main topic of which is collaborative learning. The two presentations at the Rey Juan Carlos University show free software solutions in this field. For more information, follow the link to the seminar, which will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014.

On the other hand, an event organized in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair on "Scalable Digital Education for All" at UC3M will be held on Monday, March 10, 2014. Several UNESCO Chairs and UNESCO officers will participate in the event, where the different meanings of the word "open" in the context of Open Educational Resources and the Massive Online Open Courses will be discussed.

The full program can be accessed here and here (in Spanish).

 
eMadrid Seminar on "How to organize MOOCs in a university or a country"
Thursday, 19 September 2013

Date

Friday,  14 February, 2014

Programme PDF

Free seminar without pre-registration.

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unX and HP Catalyst Academy launch free MOOCs for STEMx teachers
Thursday, 30 January 2014

UnX and HP Catalyst Academy launch two MOOCs, one about Augmented Reality for Mobile Apps, and other about Mobile App Design with App Inventor without programing. Both on-line courses are especially adapted for Sciences, Technology, Engineering and mathematics teachers (STEMx) and are now available in Spanish and Portuguese. unX and the HP Catalyst Academy, is a network of free and innovative online professional development experiences for STEM+ teachers around the world. All courses offer digital badges and a certificate of completion.

Mini-MOOC about Augmented Reality

We are delighted to announce that unX new mini course,  Developing STEMx Augmented Reality Mobile Apps has been added to the HP Catalyst Academy’s catalog of courses. This mini course is available in Spanish. Users who participate in this 4-week experience will learn how to create their own interactive AR apps to facilitate more visual and authentic ways for students to engage with content from wherever they are. Learn how to build virtual worlds to connect with other teachers and students.

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