Education will change dramatically in the next 10 or 15 years. That's one of the main conclusions reached in the framework of the 1st eMadrid Workshop held for two days at the University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) to address research and development of technologies for e-learning the Community of Madrid.
This gathering of major public and private sector was inaugurated last June 30 by the Deputy Director General for Research Directorate-General for Universities and Research of the Community of Madrid, Jorge Sainz, together with the presence of Vice President for Research UC3M, Carlos Balaguer, and eMadrid network coordinator, Carlos Delgado Kloos, Professor of Telematics Engineering of the University of Madrid.
EMadrid Network, a program of R & D activities between research groups funded by the Community of Madrid to promote research and development of technologies to support learning, welcomed the first edition of his days with the aim of bringing together the research community and the business environment to facilitate the exchange of concerns about the challenges and the future of e-learning. In this sense, "it has been shown that in Madrid and Spain there are very good research in this area, although perhaps not sufficiently recognized nationally and internationally," said Professor Carlos Delgado Kloos, indicating that it is necessary an effort to publicize all the good developments that make the various research groups, both from the Community of Madrid or TELSpain association, which has also been present at the conference.
One of the main conclusions reached after the various discussions that have taken place on the campus of the UC3M Leganés on 30 June and 1 July in the framework of this Conference, is that education will change dramatically in the coming years. "In 10 or 15 years have completely changed structures and technologies for this change have an important role, both in terms of new devices that are coming to market, as new mobile phones, and software that is appear to support collaborative learning, social and accessible, "predicts Professor Delgado Kloos, which concludes that there is a lot of universes that are having to change the landscape of learning.
During those days, there have been several important personalities invited lectures in this field, such as the prestigious Professor Sheila MacNeill CETIS JISC British center, as well as the Director of the Unit for Technology-Enhanced Learning of Atos Origin, Daniel Burgos Solans, which is the President of the network TELSpain. In addition, those attending this conference had the opportunity to accompany most knowledgeable of e-learning in two specialized panels. One of them was attended by the heads of the universities participating in the network eMadrid, which outlined the status of the investigations that form the core of the program. At the other table, however, were representatives of some private companies invited those who were responsible for displaying the current stage of e-learning in business and to identify, in their view, the key points that define the scenario in future.
eMadrid Network is a project funded by the Community of Madrid who leads and coordinates the UC3M and involving other public universities as partners in the region, such as the Autonomous Complutense, Polytechnic, King Juan Carlos and UNED, also involve other universities and companies in the sector and associated bodies. This network aims to promote research and development in the area of e-Learning in the Community of Madrid. The project seeks to achieve rationalization of research efforts in e-learning, integrating into the group to educational technologists and experts in ICT training through participation as possible to complete the technological capacity of the various teams and achieve significant synergies. It also aims to showcase the most important developments in e-learning with the aim of revitalizing this area. A special mention should finally technology transfer companies and the synergy between research and the needs of the productive fabric.