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.
The prestigious conference Frontiers in Education 2014 (FIE 2014), in its 44th edition, took place in Madrid on 22-25 October at the Convention Center of Hotel Meliá Castilla. The Frontiers in Education Conference takes place annually and is one of the largest in the world in the educational field of engineering, organized by the associations IEEE and ASEE. This is the first time the conference has taken place in Europe. It was the IEEE Education Society (IEEE) who founded it in 1971. The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) joined as co-sponsor in 1973. In 1995, the IEEE Computer Society became one of the sponsors and together these three groups have continued to hold very high quality editions, and it is considered among the world's two most important events in this area, along with the conference organized by ASEE.
Professors Manuel Castro (UNED) and Edmundo Tovar (UPM), eMadrid network members, have been the general's Chairs of the conference, taking charge of the organization. Likewise, the coordinator of the eMadrid network, Professor Carlos Delgado Kloos (UC3M) was the opening keynote speaker of the conference.
The Frontiers in Education Conference 2014 has been a great success, which was attended by around 600 education experts, with 48 countries represented, more than 900 papers submitted, 500 accepted, and with an excellent programme that has covered topics such as game-based learning, MOOCs, remote laboratories, pedagogical aspects, learning analyltics, skills or curriculum design.
The eMadrid network members participated in a session in FIE 2014 conference, which took place on 22 - 25 october 2014 in Madrid, Spain. In this session, every eMadrid network member gave a speech about serveral topics on education technology. Slides used in the speeches and photo gallery of the event below.
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).