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 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 work "Reusable Game Interfaces for People with Disabilities", from the e-UCM group, has been winner of the Student Research Competition organized in the international conference ASSETS 2012, on technologies for accessibility. This research group is part of the eMadrid network.
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.
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.
Next Thursday, September 20, the Assembly Hall of the Faculty of Psychology of the UNED (Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid) will host a technical session that will feature the participation of Larry Johnson, director of New Media Consortium (USA). This consortium is responsible for the Horizon Report , which deals with the impact of new Technologies in teaching, learning and research in the field of education, as well as in the museum sector. The organization of this event is a collaboration of the Spanish Section of the IEEE, the eMadrid network, the Spanish chapters of the IEEE Education Society and the Technology Management Council (TMC) and the IEEE Student Branch at UNED.
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 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.
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.
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.