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.
The eMadrid network, as part of the call for R&D programs in IT 2013, has launched a new Call for the eMadrid 2015 Awards for papers in which the theme was wholly or partly related to research or development of educational technology.
The awardees in each category are as follows:
Three workshops organized by eMadrid Network members have been accepted at the European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning to be held in Toledo. These workshops will be held on September 18, 2015. The call for papers for these events is now open. More information about the workshops is available in the following links:
The Learning Analytics Summer Institute 2015 Bilbao will take place in June 22nd and 23rd, 2015.
Learning Analytics (LA) is included in one of the objectives of the eMadrid network. Learning Analytics (LA) is a research area that brings together experts in very diverse subjects (educational technology, artificial intelligence, education, data mining or psychology, etc.) with managers, administrators, politicians and companies related to formal and informal education. Making the most of the increasing amount of data students and teachers leave when they interact with learning technologies is one of its main goals. However, LA has also created high expectations about the possibility of adapting the student learning path, developing recommendation systems, personalized learning and formative assessment. In summary, there is an interesting debate about the impact of LA in education.
June 30 and July 1st, 2015
Salón de actos de la Facultad de Económicas, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Calle Senda del Rey s/n, Madrid.
Organized by ETSI de informática (UNED).
Attendance is free, but registration is required.
eMadrid Seminar on "MOOCs on Campus: expanding the boundaries of the classroom through MOOC technology" 2015-05-22)
Friday, 22 May 2015
- 15:00-15:45: Blending MOOCs into face to face teaching, Su White (U. of Southampton)
- 15:45-16:30: Using a SPOC to flip the classroom, Gonzalo Martínez y Estrella Pulido (UAM)
- 16:30-17:15: Learning with MOOCs on campus, the Louvain moocXperience dual approach targets both students’ learning and faculty members’ development, Ella Hamonic (UCLouvain)
April 20 at 7 p.m. there will be a meet-up entitled "Open Innovation Educational Technology: Case Studies with edX and Open edX", an event organized by UC3M UNESCO Chair in collaboration with IBL Studios Education New York.
Universities, companies and organizations that are implementing or planning to implement the Open edX technology to create blended, payment or MOOCs courses will meet in this open meeting to expose their views and to interact with attendees.
Friday, 17 April, 2015
- 15:00-15:45: Computational Thinking Test: design guidelines, content validation and item analysis, Marcos Román (UNED)
- 15:45-16:30: Dr. Scratch, automatic analysis of Scratch projects to assess the development of Computational Thinking and improve coding skills, Jesús Moreno (URJC).
- 16:30-17:15: PIXIE, a new visual programming environment and a web platform that helps teachers and students to deepen the Computational Thinking, Luis Carbajosa (Pixie).