Winners of the eMadrid 2015 Awards

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:

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Workshops accepted at EC-TEL 2015

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:

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LASI 2015 Bilbao: Learning Analytics Summer Institute

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.

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UTEID: Best Practice Guidelines for MOOCs

The Unit for Educational Technology and Teaching Innovation (UTEID) at UC3M, promoted by the Vice-Chancellor for Infrastructure and Environment and by the Vice-Chancellor for Bachelor Studies, comes to promoting innovative methodologies based on new technologies and to fostering teaching excellence.

One of the main lines of work of the UTEID is to support teachers involved in the UC3M Khan Academy, SPOC UC3M and MOOC UC3M projects, preparing tutorials for creating educational resources and best practice guidelines for the preparation, development and monitoring of MOOCs. Among guidelines developed by the UTID are as follows:

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Call for the eMadrid 2015 Awards

The eMadrid network, as part of the call for R&D programs in IT 2013, launches the Call for the eMadrid 2015 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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eMadrid members (UC3M and UAM) offer MOOCs on edX

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, which form part of eMadrid project, have joined the list of prestigious international universities offering MOOCs on edX, a platform for massive open online courses created by MIT and Harvard University.

The courses offered by UC3M on this platform are as follows:

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eMadrid network members (URJC) receive a Google RISE Award

A group of researchers from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, part of eMadrid network, has been recognized by Google with one of their RISE Award, a prize that will allow them to continue their research and their computer programming training camps for children from 3 years old. It is the first time that a Spanish team achieved these awards, which recognize the work of organizations around the world promoting computer science since 2010.

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Call for Papers for EC-TEL 2015

The tenth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning will take place in Toledo, Spain, in the week September, 15th till 18th, 2015. The European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning is one of the most important conferences worldwide on information and communication technologies applied to education. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is this year event organizer, with Professor Carlos Delgado Kloos, coordinator of the eMadrid Network, as the "Local Organization Chair". The Call for Papers is openned at present. Some important dates are the following:

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2 new seminars of the UNESCO Chair "Scalable Digital Education for All" in 2015

The UNESCO Chair "Scalable Digital Education for All" at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid directed by Professor Carlos Delgado Kloos, continues its activity in 2015 with the celebration of two new seminars. The first seminar will be held on January 9 under the title of "Physics Education with Active Learning Methodologies and Technology Support". The renowned MIT Professor Peter Dourmashkin will present the TEAL initiative, a format and pedagogical approach used for more than a decade at MIT for teaching and learning in introductory physics courses. In addition, professors Mª Blanca Ibáñez and Antonio de Castro from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid will present practical experiences of using augmented reality to explain complex concepts of physics through experimentation.

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Carlos Delgado Kloos, coordinator of the eMadrid research network, was Keynote Speaker of the SIIE 2014 conference

Full Professor Carlos Delgado Kloos, coordinator of the eMadrid network, participated in the International Symposium of Educational Computing (SIIE 2014) as Keynote Speaker. The SIEE conference presents research results about Educational Technology and the conference was in its 16th edition this year 2014, taking place in Logroño, Spain, organized by Universidad Internacional de la Rioja (UNIR). You can find more information about the conference at:

http://research.unir.net/siie2014/

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Great success of the Frontiers in Education 2014 conference held in Madrid, with important contributions of eMadridnet network members

The prestigious conference Frontiers in Education 2014 (FIE 2014), in its 44th edition, took place in Madrid on 22-25 October at the Convention Center of Hotel Meliá Castilla. The Frontiers in Education Conference takes place annually and is one of the largest in the world in the educational field of engineering, organized by the associations IEEE and ASEE. This is the first time the conference has taken place in Europe. It was the IEEE Education Society (IEEE) who founded it in 1971. The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) joined as co-sponsor in 1973. In 1995, the IEEE Computer Society became one of the sponsors and together these three groups have continued to hold very high quality editions, and it is considered among the world's two most important events in this area, along with the conference organized by ASEE.

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eMadrid session on FIE 2014

The eMadrid network members participated in a session in FIE 2014 conference, which took place on 22 - 25 october 2014 in Madrid, Spain. In this session, every eMadrid network member gave a speech about serveral topics on education technology. Slides used in the speeches and photo gallery of the event below.

 

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Granted the continuation of the eMadrid Project about educational technologies

The eMadrid research project about “Research and development of educational technologies in the Madrid region” has been selected to be funded by the regional government of Madrid with start date of October 2014. The selection of this project implies the continuation of the eMadrid project that has provided excellent results in the period 2010-2014, being a national and international reference in elearning.

The coordinator of the project, Full Professor Carlos Delgado Kloos, received the diploma of the concession of the project on Wednesday 22 October in the ceremony presided by Ignacio González, President of the Community of Madrid.

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Last days for registration in the next edition of the Master in Management and Production in e-Learning from UC3M (in Spanish)

The deadline for registration in the next edition of the Master in Management and Production in e-Learning offered in Spanish language by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is July 31.

Its main aim is to train people who are interested in production and management of teaching and learning assisted by technology in its various forms and variations. Alternatives are studied, both didactic and technological, which allow the design of training processes and development of training materials based on the use of information technology and communications.

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Application of educational technologies of active learning and gamification in secundary education at CEPA Distrito Centro

One of the activities of the eMadrid network is to apply different educational technologies in secondary schools and colleges for the benefit and progress of the educational process. A recent example is the application of tools and methodologies for active learning and gamification, which is being carried out in the Centro de Educación para Adultos Distrito Centro de Madrid.

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What MOOCs can learn from Free/Libre/Open Source Software

MOOCs are the hype these days. Everybody talks about them, many universities (among them, the most notorious ones) are pushing to have their own initiatives and courses and they have even made it to the most prestitgious newspapers.

However, MOOCs are still in their very early phases. They are a recent movement with not more than a couple of years and certainly we still are in a situation where we need to discover and test how to diploy them in the best possible way.

MOOCs share with the FLOSS (which is an acronym that unifies free software, open source and libre software) movement many characteristics: they pretend to be open, they are mainly Internet-mediated and they are on-line. It is true that MOOCs are courses where the main goal should be to learn and that free software projects have as main goal to build a (software) product. But if anyone who has had any software programming experience knows that building a product is to a major part a learning experience as well: the programming language and technicalities have to be learned, interacting with the infrastructure has to be mastered, and finally there is always many interactions with the rest of the team which fosters knowledge exchange. And, not to forget, free software projects have been around for quite long, with many of them being a success (probably there is much free software running so that you can read this blog post).

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