One of the eMadrid network goals is learning evaluation, learning analytics and big data. In this regard, different technological learning solutions, which are developed and/or used in the project, are evaluated. Tools for information and action, such as displays or recommenders, are also provided to learning actors (students, teachers, etc.). These assessments are used for continuous improvement of the learning process and technological tools developed and/or used. To perform this evaluation both traditional and learning analytics methods are used, primarily focusing on large amounts of low level data processing (big data) to get intelligent information.
The special issue related to “IWINAC 2015: 6th Int. Work-Conference on the Interplay between Natural and Artificial Computation” will contain the best revised papers dealing with different issues concerning Intelligent Systems for making teaching / learning more effective and accessible. Education needs in today's societies are steadily increasing. It is a challenge to find new ways of teaching to increase educational level of society. The most advanced technology would be a great help by making teaching / learning more effective and accessible. Effectiveness is mainly based on the analysis of the student situation and the adaptation of the educational experience and environment, including teaching methods and material. This include learner analytics and accessibility in order to understand learner needs and enable and facilitation access to education in very different problematic cases, including physical distance between educator and student, student cognitive physical or emotional problems, or any other special situation. In particular, Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques can foster this process in these situations and provide an enriched learning experience.
Friday, 23 October 2015
- 10:30-10:45: Introducing the Telefonica-UCM Chair in "Serious Games". Baltasar Fernandez Manjón, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
- 10:45-11:30: Games Science in a hybrid Learning Space. Sylvester Arnab, Coventry University.
- 11:30-12:15: RAGE: Building a Learning Analytics Infrastructure for Serious Games. Manuel Freire, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
- 12:15-13:00: Serious games in education: tradition and videogames. Ángel González, Telefónica.
UNED has launched the third edition of MOOC courses --developed as part of the ECO project (Elearning, Communication and Open resources), sponsored by the European Commission --, with 16 new programmes in the education field, aimed at all type of participants but with a special focus for teachers and educators.
The courses, driven by different universities and institutions, will be developed from October 5th. They offer updated and relevant content in the world of Web 2.0, and address issues such as the management of open education resources, materials design multimedia, acquiring strategies for managing online communities or the application of new teaching approaches and specific technologies.
The tenth anniversary edition of the European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) was held in Toledo during September 15–18. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid was this year event organizer, with Professor Carlos Delgado Kloos, coordinator of the eMadrid Network, as the "Local Organization Chair".
In the tenth year of its existence EC-TEL is becoming the major interdisciplinary venue for the community of technology-enhanced learning researchers in Europe and worldwide. The theme of EC-TEL 2015 was “Design for Teaching and Learning in a Networked World.” This 2015 edition was again extremely competitive, given the high number of communications submitted. The acceptance rate for full papers was 21 %.
Thursday, 10 September 2015
The "flipped classroom" model is being increasingly used in recent years, due to fact that producing video lectures is very easy today. This model promotes the viewing of video lectures at home or elsewhere by the student, rather than live in class, and uses the class time where the professor cannot be easily replaced by technology, namely for discussion, solving questions, and doing exercises. In this seminar, we are going to learn about three interesting experiences recently carried out in universities.
- 11:00-11:45: The flipped classroom model at Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. Vicent Botti, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.
- 11:45-12:30: Lectures recording and flipped classroom. Martín Llamas, Universidad de Vigo.
- 12:30-13:15: Flipping with ClipIt. Estefanía Martín, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.
One of the objectives of eMadrid network are remote and virtual laboratories. In this line of research we try to take another step forward in the state of the art so students, teachers and institutions can create, reuse, combine and federate remote and virtual laboratories, promoting interoperability between architectures. In addition, we provide greatly motivating laboratories that can be used in any type of institution requiring improved practical skills for better business development (both large, medium and small companies) and development on different devices and environments (college, university, company, lifelong learning, including specific issues for people with disabilities).
One of the objectives of eMadrid Network are serious games y simulations. Thus, the main challenges facing current research on serious games for education, defined as an umbrella term encompassing not only games but also other highly interactive technologies, such as simulations, are addressed. In addition, we seek to facilitate the adoption of serious games, whose penetration in education is still limited, trying to improve the reliability of the methods used to evaluate the effectiveness of serious games.
One of the objectives of eMadrid network is "Ubiquitous learning and supported on mobile devices". As part of this objective, mlearning applications prototypes are developed by creating learning solutions through mobile devices that integrate other technologies of the project, as learning analytics and serious games; prototypes of augmented reality applications are researched and developed; and pilot applications and prototypes in non-university environments are made, as well as in both formal and informal learning environments.
One of the objectives of eMadrid network is "Learning environments and MOOCs", which involves several lines of research related to learning environments, particularized through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which have brought a revolution both in higher education and in vocational training environments in the last years. As part of this objective, technological and educational solutions to the main challenges for the adoption of MOOCs as a complement to higher education will be explored and provided.
One of the objectives and lines of research of eMadrid network is "authoring and reuse", which is focus on deepening the semi-automatic semantic tagging with technologies based on semantic web in close coordination with the work on "Open educational resources, free software and open data", for the development of new mechanisms for OER search and retrieval based on the semantic description of these educational resources as well as in the framework of interoperability through Linked Data.
eMadrid project is divided in 10 lines of research, each of them with specific scientific and technical objectives. These lines of research are aligned with the topics of particular importance in the short and medium term on educational technology.
Along the following months we will publish a weekly post to explain in detail how each of the eMadrid network goals is addressed. In this first post, Carlos Delgado Kloos, the project coordinator, presents a general vision of the beneficiary groups and the activities of the network.
Baltasar Fernández-Manjón, Pablo Moreno-Ger, Ivan Martínez-Ortiz y Manuel Freire, members of the e-UCM group from Computer Science Faculty at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, have received the IX Novática Award for their paper "Retos de los juegos educativos", which was published in the Novática monographic "Juegos serios: Aprender jugando" in the number 230 (October-December 2014).
On 7 July a meeting of the IEEE Education Society Spanish Chapter will be held at the Paraninfo of the Rector in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
On this occasion, we will have the opportunity to know some details of the changes on the evaluation of teachers by Demetrio Castro, Coordinator of Teacher Evaluation of the ANECA, and will also have Rob Reilly, MIT & IEEE Division VI Director.
A new learning analytics tool developed for the Open edX MOOC platform, named ANALYSE, has been released as open source. ANALSYE has been designed and developed at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and several eMadrid members have been involved in it. The main people involved in the design and development of ANALYSE have been Héctor Pijeira Díaz, Javier Santofimia Ruiz, José A. Ruipérez Valiente, Pedro J. Muñoz-Merino and Carlos Delgado Kloos.
Report for the Spanish TV (TVE) of the mapaTIC project, in which members of eMadrid (UC3M) collaborate
Last Wednesday 10 June, the Spanish TV (TVE) published a TV report about the mapaTIC project. The mapaTIC project is funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, and aims at improving the learning process for Adult High School Education. The project is coordinated by Diego Redondo Martínez (Director of CEPA Sierra Norte). The main partners of the mapaTIC project are three High School centres: CEPA Sierra Norte, CFA Palau de Mar and CFA M. Dolors Paul.