The Gradient Lab Group of Telematics Applications and Services (laboratorio Gradient del Grupo de Aplicaciones y Servicios Telemáticos, GAST) from the Carlos III University of Madrid, an eMadrid network partner, and the company Simumak have developed two training simulators. The first one is a tool for the training of entrepreneurs in which the user is immersed in an adventure game during which a mentor will guide you through the process of creating your own business.
The Research Group GICAC-UPM, included in the eMadrid Network, and The OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC) has developed a search tool for open educational content. This search engine, called "Serendipity", offers more than 7,000 courses available in open and heterogeneous repositories of higher education institutions worldwide.
A MOOC (Massive Online Open Course), will start next May 1 on the UNED COMA platform. This course has been created by members of the UNED in eMadrid. Under the title "Basis of Electronics Circuits and practice", this MOOC consists of eight modules and will last five months. The only condition to follow the course is a free registration in the UNED COMA platform.
During the days between next 17 to 20 September 2013, the fifteenth edition of the International Symposium on Information Technology and Communication in Education (SINTICE) will be held in conjunction with the Spanish Conference on Informatics (CEDI 2013) in Madrid (Spain). This new edition is on the advances in learning technologies and their widespread and practical application from a Web 2.0 sight.
The research group e-UCM from Complutense University of Madrid, included in the eMadrid Network, has developed a video game that recreates the play La Dama Boba (Lope de Vega) and allows players to play as one of the characters. These actions are included within the project " e-Learning a escena” which main motivation the teaching of classical theater to high school students of the Community of Madrid.
The Science Of Computer Programmign international journal makes a call for papers for the preparation of a special issue entitled Special Issue on Software Development Concerns in the e-Learning Domain. The journal is indexed in the JCR with an impact factor of 0.622 in 2011. The important dates are:
The year 2012 has seen the rise of a new kind of online education. Initiatives like the Khan Academy or platforms for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), like edX or Coursera, have stricken the education sector like a tsunami. One of the key enabling features of these initiatives is the use of a fine-grained analytics to provide a much better learning experience. In this session, several experiences carried out by members of the eMadrid network are presented that are related to learning analytics.
A MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) conducted by members of the UC3M group in eMadrid will begin in the Miriada X platform next Tuesday, January 15th, 2013.The course is entitled "Digital education of the future. It consists of four modules and nine weeks of duration. During this period teachers will review the way in which ICTs are affecting the educational processes. To follow the course it will only be needed a free registration on the Miriada X platform.
Three years have passed since the eMadrid Project began, in early 2010. We take this anniversary to review some numbers and data of the work made to date by this research network, coordinated from the UC3M and with UCM, UAM, UPM, URJC and UNED as partners.
The IEEE Transactions on Education international journal makes a call for papers on the occasion of the preparation of a special issue entitled “Original Experiences Using Open Course Ware and OER”. This publication will try to address the role of educators and universities in the future of new educational resources, which are becoming more widely available as well as free and online. The lead guest editor of this special issue will be Oscar Martinez Bonastre, an eMadrid network member. Next to him, will also be part of the editorial team other members of this project, as Edmundo Tovar, Nelson Piedra or Manuel Castro.
The work "Reusable Game Interfaces for People with Disabilities", from th e-UCM group, has won the Student Research Competition organized within the international conference ASSETS 2012 on technologies for accessibility. This research group is part of the network eMadrid.
The special issue of the IEEE-RITA promoted by eMadrid can already be seen. This issue is titled "Recent Advances in e-Learning Technologies, Challenges and Opportunities" includes five items, which were selected from the 21 contributions received. The special editors of this issue are Carmen Fernandez Baker (UC3M), Gregorio Robles (URJC) and Pilar Sancho (UCM), all members of eMadrid.
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of UNED (Spanish University for Distance Education) in collaboration with the New Media Consortium, the Center for Virtual Education (CSEV) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – Education Society have created a new report within the popular Horizon Report Project. This report is the first one that forecasts internationally the impact that the new learning technologies will have in techinical education during 2012-2017.
On the occasion of the III eMadrid Workshop, event held last 18 and June 19 in Building A of the Rectory of the UPM (Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid), a series of interviews was conducted. Participants responded on various aspects related to the central theme of this edition, the e-Learning 2.0. During the interviews they presented their points of view on how web 2.0 tools affect the boundaries between formal and informal education or on the dynamics of the learning process.
The Journal of Universal Computer Science (J.UCS) is going to release a special issue about Cloud Education Evironments. Because of this it’s already opened the call for papers, which deadline will be next 15 January 2013. The eMadrid Network coordinator, Carlos Delgado Kloos, is among the guest editors of this issue.
Together with the OSS 2012 conference , the largest annual academic meeting on Free/Libre/Open Source Software of the world, to be held from 10 to 13 September in Tunisia, a specific workshop promoted by the eMadrid network on education with free software, FLOSSedu, will be held. The main topic of the workshop is the long-term sustainability of free software in education.
The eAdventure 1.5 platform was released last July 26, and this tool is already available to be downloaded. The new version of this tool for developing educational games offers new functionalities that, according to the words of its creators, add power to the tool, and error corrections and usability improvements as well. The purpose of these changes is to improve the game and authorship experience. eAdventure has been developed by the UCM group in The eMadrid Network.
Madrid is going to host the eighth edition of the SBC (Students Branches Congress 2012) the period from 25th to 29th July. This biannual conference is organized by the IEEE and works as a meeting point for young engineers and students from several universities in Europe, Middle East and Africa. During this event they will all have the opportunity to attend conferences and workshops and to establish contact with companies of the sector. The eMadrid Network is among the sponsors of this event.
The notion of using digital games with educational purposes is not new. As soon as digital games appeared in the late 70’s and early 80’s, some authors such as Malone already identified their great potential, without even dreaming the enormous social impact and economic size that the game industry would acquire in the course of the following 30 years.
Next 29-31 October 2012, eMadrid project members will be held in Andorra the Third Workshop on Software Engineering in e-Learning (ISELEAR'12) in the context of XIV Simposio Internacional de Informática Educativa (SIIE 2012).
The research group e-UCM has just published the first results of the Blind Faith project Games, developed by students Javier Pozuelo and Gloria Alvarez and directed by Professor Baltasar Fernández Manjón and researcher Javier Torrente, both members of the eMadrid network. The Blind Faith Games project aims at developing a set of tools that facilitate the creation of accessible games for blind people in mobile operating system Android.
As a technologist and researcher in technology enhanced learning for more than ten years, I must admit that the confluence of factors that are appearing lately in the area make me think that we are at the verge of tasting a mouthful of disruptive innovation. The perception is not only mine, granted, but the analogies used to describe what is happening are really reveling. In The Campus Tsunami, David Brooks quoted John Henessy the president of Stanford University saying that there is a tsunami coming. A bit of an exaggeration (specially after viewing the countless videos of the Japan disaster in youtube) but nonetheless reveling of the perceptions at the governing ranks of the leading institutions.
On June 11th an on-line education tournament on the topic of free software using a tool created by the project eMadrid at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos will begin. This tool, called FLEQ, automates the organization of trivial on-line championships and is offered as free software (for download) or as a web service (so teachers can organize their own tournaments without having to install anything).
Next June 18th, during the celebration of the III eMadrid Workshop, the eMadrid 2012 Awards will be delivered. In this occasion the winners have been Iván Martínez Ortiz (UCM), who will receive the award to his Doctoral Thesis, and David Roldán Álvarez (URJC), who will receive the prize to the best final master work. Both will have the chance to show their works the second day of the eMadrid Workshop.
Next Monday, May 28, 2012, UNI•CIENCIA 2012 Forum will be held at CaixaForum Madrid (Paseo del Prado, 38). With the title "Devise the future: the University Answers" this event is declared with the aim of bringing "academic experts from various public universities in Madrid to contribute with their knowledge to find solutions or give a broader perspective to the issues that most concern to citizens: unemployment, economic crisis, politicians, health or education, according to recent surveys of the Centre for Sociological Research and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology ". One of the participants in a round table, the one titled "The key to the future of society: education and research", will be Carlos Delgado Kloos, the eMadrid Network coordinator.
The e-Adventure game repository has been updated with six new titles now available for the community in the public repository.
On the one hand, there are four new games developed in collaboration with CATEDU. Three of them are part of a development line of situational games for English teaching previously started by this organization. In addition, they also created a first aid game in collaboration with two expert trainers from the Emergency Department at the Hospital Miguel Servet in Zaragoza. This is the description of the games:
The Department of Electric, Electronic and Control Engineering of the UNED, which is a participant in the eMadrid Network, keeps on analyzing this year which will be the technologies that the educational community consider most important for the nearer future. Many and very interesting answers were got last year at an international level. On the whole, more than 2,600 votes around the World; this has encouraged the department to make a Web 2.0 analysis.
Israel Gutiérrez and Derick Leony have obtained the first and the second place in the first round of the 3rd ROLE Widget Enchantment Competition with their own widgets, called classON Questions and Learning Resources Affective Recommender. Both of them are members of the UC3M Group in the eMadrid Network.
Members of Francisco de Paula Santander University, in Cúcuta, Colombia, have developed 8 eAdventure games for English language teaching for kids between 6 and 10 years old. The games focus on different aspects ranging from vocabulary (numbers, colors, etc.), grammar, verb tense or common expressions and contextualized learning.
It is no exaggeration to speak of "revolution" in the field of e-Learning technologies in recent years. Of the early e-Learning systems, used primarily as repositories of content, with little chance of interaction-based educational paradigms and behavioral objectivists (teacher-centered), to current applications, there has been a giant leap.
The research group GSyC/LibreSoft of the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, and eMadrid network member, was recently awarded with the III Focus Free Knowledge Initiative Prize, in the category "University Initiative in favor of Free Knowledge". The voting of the prize involved more than 10,000 participants. The GSyC/LibreSoft research group is composed of three professors and a dozen full-time researchers, and works primarily on open collaboration in various areas such as software engineering, mobile technologies, virtual communities and e-Learning.
Last January 18th, the UNED reserved spot in Radio 3 of Spain National Radio included a chapter dedicated to make a presentation of the eMadrid Network. The program had a debate format and it was moderated by Miguel Rodríguez Artacho, UNED responsible at eMadid. Other participants were Carlos Delgado Kloos, the project coordinator, Jesús M.González-Barahona, URJC responsible at eMadrid, and Ivan Martínez Ortiz, a member of the UCM group at eMadrid.
Following the initiatives started in the recent workshops on Software Engineering for eLearning (ISELEAR), which took place in Valencia (2010) and Madrid (2011), e-Madrid members going to edit an special collection of scientific papers in the aforementioned topic of Software Engineering for e-Learning. This special collection will be published in the JCR-indexed journal of Research and Practice in Information Technology.
e-Adventure is an educational game creation tool that does not require any programming skills to develop educational adventure games. In the last few months, the research community in serious games has paid a lot of attention to its latest releases, and it is being downloaded about 1000 times per month. In order to support its growing user community, the e-Adventure website is presenting its new game repository, to allow users to see as many examples as possible.
Teachers Rosario Gil, Manuel Castro, Gabriel Diaz, Elio San Cristobal and Sergio Martin, from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) and eMadrid network members, were awarded last May with the prize for best article in the FINTDI 2011 Congress (Fomento e Innovación con Nuevas Tecnologías en la Docencia de la Ingeniería) for the text entitled "Verification System for Fngerprint Tests in Moodle".
Series of interviews made at the II eMadid Workshop, held last June 1 and 2 at the UNED Psychology Faculty (Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid). The participants talk about various aspects related to the subject of this year, the Mobile Learning, its present and future and the changes that it has introduced into the learning process.
The European chapter (iED Europe) of the Immersive Education Initiative has been presented last May 13 during the iED Summit held in the city of Boston (USA). The Board Of Governors of this chapter was also defined. It’s led by Michael Gardener, Director of the Digital Lifestyles Centre, University of Essex, UK, and the other six members are international experts in the field of immersive education, including Delgado Kloos, eMadrid coordinator.
A conference organized by the training and technology outreach program called Cibernàrium, in collaboration with the Learn3 project, will be held in Barcelona next June 30. Its title is "Learning 3.0: new technological advances in education challenges" and it will analyze the situation of "educational opportunities and challenges" in the new contexts created by technological advances. Carlos Delgado Kloos, eMadrid coordinator, will be one of the participants.
Next Tuesday, 21st June, the 4th edition of The Online Master in Management and Production in E-learning will be presented. This Master is developed by the University Carlos III of Madrid and the Institute of Online Learning, with the collaboration of the eMadrid network. The event will have place from 18:00 to 21:00 hrs at the Video 3.1.S08 Room, at the Pastor King Building (Library Building) of the Leganes Campus (UC3M).
Last Wednesday June 1st, 2011, during the II eMadrid Workshop held at the Psichology Faculty-UNED (Madrid), the eMadrid 2011 Awards were delivered. The winner of the ATOS-Origin award for best doctoral thesis was to Sergio Martin (UNED), and Jorge Fernández (URJC) was awarded in duplicate, to receive the MadridOnRails prize for best work or free software development related to education and the ATOS-Origin Award for best final degree project . Awards were delivered by Rafael San Miguel, CEO of Madrid On Rails, ando Lydia Montagon, Area Manager of Atos Origin. Winners presented their work on the second day of the event, June 2.
The town of Villablino (León) will host the Carlos III University Summer School between July 11 to 22. Among the various offers of education, there is one entitled "Exploring new realities: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, "directed by Carlos Delgado Kloos and taught by members of the eMadrid Network.
Next September 16th, eMadrid project members will be held the second Workshop on Software Engineering in elearning (ISELEAR'11) at the Faculty of Informatics, University Complutense of Madrid. This new edition maintains the goals set for the first successful edition of the workshop, ISELEAR10: to bring together researchers and software development experts in the field of e-Learning to present, compare and discuss the latest trends in the conception, design, development, deployment and maintenance of eLearning systems.
Carlos Delgado Kloos, eMadrid network coordinator, was interviewed for the podcast series "3" on e-learning "by Daniel Burgos, a professor at the Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR). Click here to watch this video on Disruptive Learning.
Libresoft Gymkhana 1.0 has been released in Android Market. It’s an Android application to organize and participate in gymkhanas, funny clue games that can be played outdoor or in groups. The use of technologies included on smartphones allows Libresoft to include new experiences in the traditional gymkhanas, like photo capture, geolocalization or augmented reality.
The Institute of Culture and Technology (ICyT) is a research center of the Carlos III University of Madrid created established in 1993. It aims the transdisciplinar study of cultural changes produced by technology, especially information technology and communication. On 16 December 2010 the ICYT presented some of its ongoing projects in a cycle of conferences organized by the Center For Media Art And Education In New Technologies (Media Art) at CaixaForum Madrid. Previously there had been presentations of the Rey Juan Carlos University and Complutense University of Madrid projects.
Madridiario.es article about 3D virtual platforms for e-learning
3D virtual platforms and its educational use was one of the issues raised during the First eMadrid Workshop on e-learning. Madridiario.es internet newspaper echoes knowledge exposed during one of the lectures included in the first edition of this conference on research and development of technologies for e-learning in the Community of Madrid.
Sciences are part of the culture. ENCIENDE, the project about science-school relations of COSCE, aims to highlight the importance of science in the earliest stages of the educational system. It also performs analysis and actions in this direction to achieve a more advanced knowledge society.
Interview with researcher Maria Luz Congosto (UC3M)
Interesting reflection on the processing and presentation of public data. The "data journalism" generates interest and excitement in the world of journalism. The researcher Maria Luz Congosto UC3M gave an interview to ABC spanish newspaper, where he defends the value of these data visualization to present a more comprehensive and profound information.
Baltasar Fernandez Manjón, director of the research group <e-UCM> the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and project leader of the project <e-Adventure> has participated as an expert in e-learning space in the radio show called "A vivir que son dos días" on SER Station (local broadcast in Madrid), issued on September 25, 2010. In this interview, Baltasar Fernández briefly discussed along with Carlos Andradas, Vice Chancellor for Academic Policy and Faculty, the potential of learning technologies.
To celebrate the fifth European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning (ECTEL 2010), eMadrid network members had the opportunity to know the status of research in the area of e-learning in Spain, by series of presentations which addressed some of the most important issues in the field of e-learning at present, and concluded with a panel session in which they tried to envision the future of e-learning in the coming years.
STELLAR, Sustaining Technology Enhanced Learning at a LARge scale, is an EU project that represents the effort of leading institutions and projects in European Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) to unify the diverse community.
The ASPECT project, funded by the European Commission offers a series of webinars (online seminars) are totally free on different topics related to educational technology and its standardization. For monitoring the tool will be used FlashMeeting very easy to use and requires no additional element for installation except for a Flash version.
You may register for the monitoring of these seminars online at the following address:
Series of interviews with participants in the 1st eMadrid Workshop that were held on June 30 and July 1 2010 in Leganés campus of the University Carlos III of Madrid.
In them, the speakers (which are the leaders of the research community involving universities and companies located in Madrid), presented their ideas on various topics, such as the changes introduced in the future e-learning (or learning supported by technology) in the learning process, the advantages and disadvantages of e-learning, its influence in the field of scientific research and the introduction of the network eMadrid and objectives of the conference.