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Wednesday 25 September 2013

The Business Behind MOOCs

From, (@Online_Schools on Twitter) sent us this infographic about monetization of MOOC’s.

This infographic provides an in-depth look into the business elements behind Massive Open Online Courseware including how these schools/providers will actually make money in the future.

Thanks to OnlineSchools Team for sharing with us!


Tuesday 17 September 2013

 Inclusive Learning

During the 12th and 13th of September, the consortium of the project Inclusive Learning: Supporting Teachers Training for an Inclusive Vocational Education met at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya offices in Avinguda Tibidabo. The Inclusive Learning project is aimed to offer vocational teachers a course about accessibility, which allows them to redesign their learning activities with accessibility criteria by using specific technologies and accessibility guidelines created within the project.

The consortium is led by the Universitat de Girona, and composed by members from the Univerity of Athens, the University of Dublin, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and the NGO Raising the Floor. The UOC is leading the workpackage about Pilot tests, where vocational schools from Ireland and Spain will participate, with their own teachers and students that will implement the solutions designed by project participants. Also, the UOC has a strong role in the instructional design of the Accessibility Course for vocational teachers.
Carles Fernandez and Muriel Garreta from the Office of Learning Technologies are actively participating. If you want to have more information about the project you can both contact them or visit the project website:

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Monday 16 September 2013

New UOC Library (beta) website


We have finally unveiled the beta version of the new Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) Library website.

The new website has been produced with user-centred design (DCU) criteria. DCU is a vital tool for developing solutions that focus on meeting users’ needs. Based on this premise, the main drive for the project has been to identify the problems users find when using the current website, and their needs and expectations. To collect information, we analysed the user surveys on the workings of the Virtual Library over the last year. More than 30 real and potential users were interviewed (including University staff, students and faculty). Beyond this initial collection of information, we also carried out user tests throughout the development process to assess the usability of the site being put together. All these elements have led to the user being put at the centre of the process, a key element in DCU.

With regard to the technical details, the website has been developed on the Drupal platform and is available in three languages: Catalan, English and Spanish. It has over 500 pages and incorporates another 7 tools:

The search engine for the Library’s resources (Summon)
The institutional repository (DSpace)
The Library’s catalogue (Millennium)
The meta search engine for electronic resources (MetaLib)
The link resolver (SFX)
The UOC’s query and incident management system
The Virtual Campus user management system

The project has been made possible thanks to collaboration between the Virtual Library department and the Office of Learning Technologies. Currently, during the beta, testing and improvement phases, we are working each day to ensure it grows and responds to the needs of the whole of the UOC community.

Have a look round, give us your opinion and take part in our project.

Monday 3 June 2013

June 27-29, 2013

CCCB. Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona


WebVisions exposes designers, programmers and strategists to the new ideas and trends that are revolutionizing business and the world. Explore the future of web and mobile design, digital media, and technology with visionary speakers like Jason Kunesh (UX Director, Obama for America), Dave Shea (CSS Zen Garden), Carolyn Chandler (Manifest Digital), Vitaly Friedman (Smashing Magazine), Jason Ulaszek (UX for Good), Johanna Kollmann (Sidekick Studios) and more!

“WebVisions is like the medium that spawned it: unique, personal, honest, emotional and eye-opening.”

–Jeffrey Zeldman

Register online at

Part of our iCommunity Team will be at the event. See you there!


Web & Mobile Design, Technology and UX Conference – WebVisions ( )

WebVisions is a visionary web conference that explores the future of Web and mobile design, technology, user experience and business strategy.


WebVisions Barcelona // 2013 ( )

WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy in an event that inspires learning, collaboration and entrepreneurism.

Purchase a three-day pass to attend the workshops that will be held on Thursday, June 27th at Elisava School of Design (La Rambla, 30, 08002 Barcelona) as well as the sessions and keynotes held at CCCB (Montalegre, 5 08001 Barcelona).

Purchase a two-day pass to only attend the sessions and keynotes held at CCCB.

Association partners include Ellas 2.0, WebCatBCN, BCD, AIGA, IxDA, IA Institute, Barcelona Startups and W3C.

Since 2001, we’ve built a loyal audience of designers, developers and industry leaders. Join us for an event that’s seen as “the creative conference for the Web.”

Friday 24 May 2013

Last week we were at GUNI 2013: 6th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education. We presented our projects IDEA (as a good practice) and Technipedia (as a poster) there!

The Portal on Innovative Approaches for Doctoral Education in Africa IDEA is led by the IAU and the ACUP, and it provides information and documentation on doctoral education, specifically in Africa. On the other hand, the Technipedia project is developed under the DIGU programme framework and coordinated by the ACUP, and it endeavours to improve the relationship between universities and companies in order to facilitate knowledge transfer and strengthen entrepreneurial dynamics.

Here you can find our presentation of the IDEA project, as well as a picture of our Technipedia poster:%CODE1%
Technipedia Poster

More information about IDEA:

More information about Technipedia:

If you are interested in these projects, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Wednesday 22 May 2013

Today we introduce you to a post with some infographics we have drawn up about the MOOCs State of the Art: What does MOOC mean? Which types of MOOCs can we find? Who are their major players? And they are all free, aren’’t they? Ok… but then… how can they be sustainable? And finally, if I’m a teacher… which platform can I use if I want to teach with a MOOC?

With our first infographics, you can see what MOOCs stand for and which are the two types of MOOCs you can find. Our second infographics shows the major players when we speak about MOOCs. Different business models and monetization strategies are described in our third infographics. Finally, we outline for you which platform you can use if you want to teach a MOOC, with their own advantages and disadvantages.


MOOCs Definition

UOC’s Repositori URI

MOOCs Definition

UOC’s Repositori URI

Friday 17 May 2013

In the last technical conference at Open University of Catalonia about the agile methodology, our members team, Irene Manresa and Raul Romero presented our project management methodology focused on user experience.

Below you can see the slides from the presentation.


Thursday 16 May 2013

Early last year we opened a pilot test of a geo-location project for the members of the Alumni and Humanities degree. From this experience,  the UOCMaps came about which is  a mobile App for direct geo-location. The project was led by the Alumni Department of the University. The UOCMaps mobile application lets the members of the UOC community around the world to find and contact each other. This social tool aims to encourage a feeling of belonging and community, and aid communication among its members. The application can be downloaded from the Play Store and App Store.

The iCommunity group has developed a viewer of this data App  for the UOC Campus. The viewer is a web map that shows all the people in the community who have given their permission to be geo-located, segmented by profile, and their campus contact via email address. This application allows the possibility to select among various types of maps.

The UOCMaps viewer has been developed using jsp, html, css and javascript. One of the important points of the viewer has been  accessibility. The Users can navigate, zoom, and  situate themselves  on the map, via keyboard shortcuts, to enable access for people with visual disabilities and to minimize dependence on the mouse.

The display is available in the University campus, under the heading Community from  mid-April. There is also a widget that users can add to the home page.

From the iCommunity, we would like to express our gratitude to the UOC’s Department “Atenció a l’estudiant” for their collaboration with the project.


Wednesday 24 April 2013

With PLEDS project, our group participates in the LEADHER program, oriented to enhance cooperation in learning activities, through international consortiums of university members of the International Association of Universities (IAU).

This program emphasizes both “north – south” and “south – south” cooperation, looking for an integrated perspective. The main objective of the program this year is to enhance capabilities and research management in the institutions involved.

Members of the UOC, together with the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP), will visit Kenyatta University in Nairobi (Kenya). They will develop different workshops and debates about the PLEDS initiative (Personal Learning Environment for Doctoral Students). This initiative will include a pilot trial with students from Kenyatta University.

This project is part of the research about Personal Learning Environments and e-research of Ismael Peña, UOC professor on Laws and Politics and researcher at the eLearn Center. This new experience is one more of the UOC initiatives in Africa, and it will be added to the project “Innovative Approaches to Doctoral Education in Africa“, coordinated by ACUP & IAU, and “Technipedia“, coordinated by l’ACUP. These two platforms have been developed by our iCommunity team.

After that, people from Kenyatta University will visit Barcelona, where we will organize an innovation seminar in Doctoral supervision. Moreover, and once the pilot with students from Kenyatta University will be evaluated, we will improve our project’s Personal Learning Environment.

Tuesday 16 April 2013

Logo PLE

Personal learning Environments (PLE) represent a radical step from teaching to learning, but its creation, monitoring and evaluation are complex because of the dispersion of the tools. We want to make the use of a virtual campus compatible with the learning strategy based on PLE.

Explicitly or tacitly, Personal Learning Environments (PLE, its acronym in English) begin to proliferat, which are a paradigm of 2.0 learning in which students not only monitor their identity and digital production related to the learning but are also able to design their own learning itinerary.

A personal learning environment includes tools, communities and services thatresult in educational platforms that can be used by individual students to manage their own learning and pursue their educational goals. This can be seen as a threat to the traditional system – which is based on being centralized and uniformity to transform teaching to an enriching learning experience that is capable of combining the formal and non-formal, theory and practice, disciplinary content and professional competences, academia and the professional environment.

To make this coexistence possible, it is necessary however to make the process of creating, monitoring and, if necessary, the evaluation of PLE students easier, so that teaching is not affected by a decrease in its effectiveness and efficiency. It should also avoid designs based on the mere inventory of spaces, to change to integrated classroom content and conversations that arise out of it (or beyond the campus), so this point remains a reference to the learning process regardless of where this actually takes place.

Taking advantage of recent developments made in the field of Education 2.0 – my profile, e-transfoli, wikis and classroom blogs, the future of the student blogs and wikis, nanoblogs etc., we would like to encourage the use of PLE at the UOC, especially in those subjects and / or programs with a strong vocational angle or where the link between academic discipline and professional community is very important.

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