Open Education Week 2016

During the last week, from the 7th to 11th of March, It was celebrated the Open Education Week, a set of events organized by universities of all over the world whose goal is create  awareness about the free and open education opportunities that exists for everybody.

Issues such as the Open Badges were treated at the University of Southampton, as the neediness to obtain recognition for qualities and achievements outside the classroom,
or the Wikipedia project at the Library of the University of Belgrade, Serbia.

In the same way, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid participated the 8th of March with an event called “Libraries and MOOCs: Experiences at Spanish Universities” where universities like UPF, UNED y UC3M collaborated.  Some aspects covered such as, the situation of Open Education at their institutions, the need for formal/informal support teams, recognizing the library service in its support role to Open Education projects and the library as a promoter and leader of Open Education.

The eMadrid project took part in this events in 2013 and 2014.

Call for papers for FLOSSEdu workshop @ OSS 2016

A workshop on FLOSS (Free/Libre and Open Source Software) in education and computational thinking will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, on  June 2nd. The goal of this workshop, which is co-located with the 12th International Conference on Open Source Systems, is to bring together free  software experts and educators to discuss challenges that we face in the educational world at present and and that we will face in the future and  how they can be undertaken from a FLOSS perspective. The workshop is organized by eMadrid members from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, and the  eMadrid Network is the sponsor of the event.

The Call for Papers is openned at present. Some important dates are as follows:

  • 15 March 2016 – Submission of papers.

  • 5 April 2016 - Notification of acceptance

  • 27 April 2016 - Submission of camera ready versions.

The event website is available for more details about the Call for Papers, such as the topics covered in the conference, submission types or format.

Call for the eMadrid 2016 Awards

The eMadrid network, as part of the call for R&D programs in IT 2013, launches the Call for the eMadrid 2016 Awards. The following categories have been enabled:

- Prize for best doctoral thesis
- Prize for best final degree project or master work.

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Educational methodologies, gamification and quality

One of eMadrid objectives are educational methodologies, gamification and quality. Thus, pedagogical models, teaching methods and support tools to facilitate the design and implementation of active learning experiences following the principles of constructivism, connectivism and social learning using storytelling techniques, gamification and collaborative learning are  explored. These models are applied in hybrid educational scenarios that have a in-person part and a digital part and shall apply in formal and informal learning environments.

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Formats and content and services standardization

One of the eMadrid network objectives are formats and content and services standardization. This goal has a transversal nature, focusing on the analysis of the new specifications and formats that agencies such as IMS Global Learning Consortium or ADLCoLab are currently proposing for standardization of new systems and educational content, which raises the challenge of responding to their increasing technological complexity and need for collection and storage of data and integration of services from different providers.

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Call for papers for EC-TEL 2016

The eleventh European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning will take place in Lyon, France, in the week September, 13th till 16th, 2016. EC-TEL is one of the most important conferences worldwide on information and communication technologies applied to education. The theme of this year's edition is 'Adaptive and Adaptable Learning'. The conference will explore how research in collaborative and personalized learning can be combined with new developments in analytics, interaction design, mobile and ubiquitous technologies, and visualization techniques, to enhance learning for everyone.

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Talk on standardization of online laboratories for education

In the last years we have witnessed the increasing use of remote laboratories in education, encompassed by the development of technology enhanced learning from k-12 to higher education. In this context there is a need, on one hand to define and establish a common consensus on the structure and operation of remote laboratories (RL) from learning technologies perspective as open educational resources (OER) independent from LMSs. On the other hand, cloud computing and the concept of XaaS makes meaningful to consider laboratories as another lego piece of an educational resource in the cloud with a focus on potential standardardized information models and protocols as a common basis for instructional interoperability based on search, retrieval, labeling and services for educational purposes.

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FICOD 2015, "The impact of MOOCs in higher education"

FICOD, the most prominent event in the digital economy sector in Spain, will host the seminar "The impact of MOOCs in higher education" on 3 December at 1pm. The panel of speakers of the seminar will include major national and international experts on the use of MOOCs in universities, such as Anant Agarwal, edX, Catherine Mongenet, Université Numérique de France, Martín Rodríguez Jugo, IE Business School, Paloma Barba Contera, Telefónica Digital Education, Vicent Botti, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, and Carlos Delgado Kloos, eMadrid network coordinator.

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Join the “Con nosotras. It's Time to Hack” hackathon. 27-29 November

“Con nosotras It's Time to Hack" project has been promoted by the Department of Women and Equality of the City of Getafe, in collaboration with the municipal company GISA within the European initiative URBAN for La Alhóndiga neighborhood. eMadrid network members will collaborate with the workshops to be held between 27 and 29 November.

The project goal is to raise technological vocations among young women and break the gender digital divide, as well as to make visible the role of women working in or with technology or in technology-based companies.

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eMadrid researchers awarded several prizes

Jose A. Ruiperez Valiente, researcher at eMadrid network, has received several awards for his Master's Thesis (MT), "Design and Implementation of a Module of Learning Analytics for Khan Academy Platform", which was prepared and presented to complete the Masters degree in Telecommunications Engineering in October 2013 at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M); this university is the eMadrid project coordinator. The supervisor of this work was Pedro J. Muñoz Merino, who is also member of the eMadrid network.

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Telspain conference on "eLearning 2020: companies and universities" (2015-12-14)

Telspain, the network of professionals of e-learning in Spain, celebrates the third edition of the Telspain Conference with the tittle: "eLearning 2020: companies and universities" next 14 of December in Barcelona. This is a unique oportunity to know, from renowned experts, the tendencies in worldwide institutions of e-learning and analyze the trends that pave the way for e-learning future. Members of the eMadrid Network (UC3M) will participate in the conference.

The Telspain Conference about "eLearning 2020: companies and universities" is based on a plenary session followed by three simultanous workshops. At the end, there will share the conclusions of the conference. In the current edition, the topics of the workshops are:

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Report for the Spanish TV (La 2, TVE) of the eMadrid project (2015-11-06)

Next November 6, from 10 to 11 am, the national Spanish television, La 2, will broadcast a report of the eMadrid project. In addition on summarizing the goals and results of the network, the report will focus on the V eMadrid Workshop on "Digital Education" that was organized last summer.

In order to cover the latest subjects in digital education, the workshops included talks by international experts on state-of-the-art developments in areas such as analytics and adaptation, analytics and intelligent tutoring, entrepreneurship & REAs, computational thinking, user models and analytics, as well as the MOOCs organized by the eMadrid partners themselves.

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Learning evaluation, learning analytics and big data

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.

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IWINAC 2015 special issue on "intelligence in educational environments"

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.

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UNED offers 17 new online and free courses in the education field

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.

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