MOOCs en España Report

The Telefónica-UPF Chair has just published a report analyzing the situation around MOOCs offered by Spanish universities till Dec. 2013. The report is in Spanish.

I’ve collaborated in its elaboration:

Oliver, M., Hernández-Leo, D., Daza, V., Martin, C., Albó, L., (2014) “MOOCs en España: Panorama de los Cursos Masivos Abiertos en Línea en las universidades españolas”, Cátedra Telefónica – UPF Social Innovation in Education, Cuaderno Red de Cátedras Telefónica.

I translate below the main conclusions.

By the end of 2013:

- Over one third of the Spanish universities had launched at least a MOOC. The activity was higher in public traditional universities. More than 100 MOOCs offered, half of them (aprox.) from three universities.

- The average duration of the MOOCs was of 7 weeks, with an estimated dedication of 4 hours/week. The subject of the MOOCs is varied, with a higher offer in Science & Technology.

- Most universities offered their MOOCs in Miriada X. Some used their own platform. Low presence of Coursera/EdX.

In addition, the report discusses current trends in Spain and Europe and presents a series of case studies of MOOC-related initiatives.

MOOCs Spanish TV Debate

Please refer to the report for more details.

The study has attracted a significant attention from the media. See for example this Debate on the Spanish TV.

This is our first video of the “Integrated Learning Design Environment” (ILDE)!!!

ILDE supports cooperation within a “Learning design” community in which its members share and co-create multiple types of learning design solutions (LdS) covering the complete lifecycle:

  • from conceptualizing (working on/with starting points for designs; this type of LdS may facilitate the understanding of the context and the expected users, or may deal with abstractions and drafts around design elements and their interconnections, …),
  • to authoring (producing a detailed definition of a learning design which is ready to use with learners),
  • and implementing (applying an authored learning design with a particular group of students using a specific virtual learning environment and set of tools),

The ILDE integrates existing learning design tools, including LdShake, OULDI templates, WebCollage, OpenGLM, Glue!PS, …

See also: Hernández-Leo, D.; Chacón, J., Prieto, J.P., Asensio-Pérez, J.I., Derntl, M..; Towards an Integrated Learning Design Environment. In: Proceedings of 8th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2013, Paphos, Cyprus, September 2013, LNCS 8095, pp. 448–453.

Demo ILDE at http://ilde.upf.edu

The ILDE  has been created by the METIS project (2012-2015): http://www.metis-project.org

From Idea to VLE: Metis approach and tools for learning co-design

Interested in getting exposed to cutting-edge research in learning design? I’m co-organizing a pre-conference workshop at Online Educa Berlin next December, that might be of your interest! The workshop will provide participants with hands-on experience on an array of tools (both in the form of strategies and technologies) integrated in a single platform to develop learning designs. The platform is called the Integrated Learning Design Environment.

Workshop information at http://www.online-educa.com/pre_conference.php?id=m3

Looking forward to seeing you in Berlin!



It has been a real pleasure for me to act as the Program Chair together with Tobias Ley (Tallin University) of the Eight European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning 2013. In a previous post, I published a summary of the conference program, which I hope has resulted stimulating to the >200 TEL community researchers and Industry stakeholders participating in the conference. The conference website will be updated soon with the slides and videos of the keynote presentations, mentions to the papers and demos awarded, and information about the next conference edition. But a collection of photos have been already kindly published at Flickr by Paul De Bra, multiple comments and photos have been also shared in twitter, and the complete conference proceedings are available at: Hernández-Leo, D., Ley, T., Klamma, R., Harrer, A. (Eds) Scaling up Learning for Sustained Impact, LNCS 8095, Proceedings of the 8th European Conference, on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2013, Paphos, Cyprus, September 17-21, 2013.

Also, I’m happy (and proud!) that the GTI group at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, former GTI members, and joint project outcomes with European partners have played a significant role in the conference.

Our Signal Orchestration System (SOS) was shown at the demonstration exhibition and participated in the TEL demo sprint contest (demo presented by Juan Pablo Carrascal). The demo was awarded with a “TEL Demo special recognition” (second demo with higher votes from the attendees). The demonstration paper is published in the proceedings:

Hernández-Leo, D.; Nieves, R.; Carrascal, J.P.; Blat, J.; Signal Orchestration System for Face-to-Face Collaborative Learning Flows. In: Proceedings of 8th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2013, Paphos, Cyprus, September 2013, LNCS 8095, pp. 560–564, 2013. (Awarded with a TEL Demo special recognition)

The application of QuesTInSitu to a case in which older users design and experience an m-learning activity was presented by Patricia Santos as full paper:

Santos, P.; Balestrini, M.; Righi, V.; Blat, J.; Hernández-Leo, D.; Not interested in ICT? A case study to explore how a meaningful m-learning activity fosters engagement among older users. In: Proceedings of 8th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2013, Paphos, Cyprus, September 2013, LNCS 8095, pp. 328–342, 2013.

Besides, an extended gamified version of QuesTInSitu, “QuesTInSitu: The Game” was demonstrated at the demo exhibition and the sprint contest.

A short paper summarized the first efforts of our Metis project in the design of the Integrated Learning Design Environment (ILDE) and the collection of early feedback from the application partners (work led by the GTI with contributions from other project partners):

Hernández-Leo, D.; Chacón, J.; Prieto, J.P.; Asensio-Pérez, J.I.; Derntl, M..; Towards an Integrated Learning Design Environment. In: Proceedings of 8th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2013, Paphos, Cyprus, September 2013, LNCS 8095, pp. 448–453. (slides)

Besides, the first ILDE prototype was shown at the demonstration exhibition and participated in the TEL demo sprint contest (demo presented by Yishay Mor, member of the Metis project at UK OU).

Finally, a poster paper presented a case study in which the UPF Campus de la Comunicació was “augmented” with smart QR codes supported by the etiquetAR tool:

Pérez-Sanagustín, M.; Melero, J.; Hernández-Leo, D.; Delgado Kloos, C.; Blat, J.; Transforming the campus into a digitally augmented learning space using etiquetAR. In: Proceedings of 8th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2013, Paphos, Cyprus, September 2013, LNCS 8095, pp. 625–626, 2013. (The demo of etiquetAR, by Mar Pérez-Sanagustín – former member of the GTI now at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid-, received the TEL Best Demo Award)

Last Thursday night (well, it was actually already on Friday at 00:30) I was invited to talk at “La noche en vela” Spanish radio (RNE) program to talk about technologies and going back to school (in Spanish). The podcast will be soon published at RTVE website.

We have already published the EC-TEL 2013 Conference Program!

And Springer LNCS has already released the EC-TEL 2013 proceedings!

Looking forward to an exciting conference!

PROGRAM - http://www.ec-tel.eu/index.php/program
The scientific program features 31 rigorously peer-reviewed full
papers plus 18 short papers which have been carefully grouped together
in the following sessions:
- Learning Together
- Massive Open Online Learning (MOOCs)
- Learning at the Workplace
- Towards New Classrooms
- Learning Design
- Games – Serious & Fun
- Personalization and Adaptation
- Mobile Learning
- Large Scale Adoption and the TEL Community
- Metacognition and Reflection

The scientific sessions will be rounded off with a poster session
featuring 34 posters and a plenary Demo Sprint competition where the
22 accepted demonstrations will compete for a prize, and the audience
will be the jury.

All accepted papers, demos and posters can be found by scrolling down
the page at http://www.ec-tel.eu/index.php/program

KEYNOTES - http://www.ec-tel.eu/index.php/program/keynotes
- Sir John Daniel and Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic: “Making Sense of MOOCs:
The Evolution of Online Learning in Higher Education”
- Liina Munari: “Beyond Horizon: learning and technology in EC
policies and programming”

EC-TEL 2013 will also feature a doctoral consortium to offer PhD
students a forum for fruitful discussion with experts and peers.

INDUSTRY TRACK - http://www.ec-tel.eu/index.php/industry-track
A panel of experienced European learning technology specialists will
be moderated by David Wortley, former Founding Director of the Serious
Games Institute at Coventry University.

CO-LOCATED WORKSHOPS - http://www.ec-tel.eu/index.php/workshops
- International Workshop on EuroPLOT Persuasive Technology for
Learning, Education and Teaching (IWEPLET 2013)
- Computational tools fostering Creativity in Learning processes (CCL)
- 3rd International Workshop on Awareness and Reflection in
Technology-Enhanced Learning (ARTEL 2013)
- EC-TEL tutorial on Seamless assessment in Serious games (SEASG)
- Culturally-aware technology-enhanced learning (CulTEL)
- Workshop on Collaborative Technologies for Working and Learning
(EC-TEL meets ECSCW)
- Workshop on solutions that enhance informal learning recognition (WEILER)
- 3rd International Workshop on Teaching Analytics (IWTA-2013b)
- 4th International Workshop on Motivational and Affective Aspects (MATEL)
- Workshop on Technology-Enhanced Formative Assessment 2013 (TEFA 2013)
-  21st century Learning in the HEALTH and EMERGENCY sectors

The Teaching Quality and Innovation Support Unit I coordinate at the Polytechnic School (ESUP) at Universistat Pompeu Fabra – Barcelona (UPF) has presented a new  Web designed to disseminate academic videos generated in the context of our ESUP degrees (Bachelor’s degree in Telematics Engineering, Bachelor’s degree in Computer Sciences, Bachelor’s degree in Audiovisual Systems Engineering and Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering).

The objective is to grow that website as a video channel context for the diffusion of academic contents relevant for student learning processes (related to the Bachelors’ Degree curriculum).

The videos have subtitles and transcripts in the UPF three official languages (Catalan, Spanish and English) and have associated a Creative Commons licence. All videos are also available in the new Youtube USQUID Channel’s.


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