The Open Event was organised by Davinia Hernández-Leo, member of the GTI, as part of the METIS project in collaboration with Cibernàrium – Ajuntament de Barcelona last week (11th, 12th December) on “Design for Learning: new tools for educators” was a success!!! The event was addressed to teachers from any educational sector and other stakeholders (academic managers, etc.) interested in learning […]

METIS Event “Design for Learning: new tools for educators”

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The paper “An analysis of visitors’ behavior in The Louvre Museum: a study using Bluetooth data”, by Yuji Yoshimura, Stanislav Sobolevsky, Carlo Ratti, Fabien Girardin, Juan Pablo Carrascal, Josep Blat, Roberta Sinatra was published in the Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design journal, one of the journals in the field of urban planning and design with fastest growing […]

An analysis of visitors’ behavior in The Louvre Museum: a study using Bluetooth data

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The GTI member Davinia Hernández-Leo has participated today in an expert panel in Helsinki with the title Are MOOCs providing the European workforce with necessary web skills? Experts from educational institutions, multinational companies, MOOC providers and MOOC platforms has discussed the role MOOCs can have to meet the increasing demand for the European workforce, including Web entrepreneurs, […]

Participation in a conference on MOOCs for eSkills

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The paper “Towards iTV services for older people: exploring their interactions with online video portals in different cultural backgrounds” by Susan Ferreira, Sergio Sayago and Josep Blat, has been accepted for publication.

Older people and online video portals in three countries: journal paper accepted

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METIS Event “Design for Learning: new tools for educators”

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The Open Event was organised by Davinia Hernández-Leo, member of the GTI, as part of the METIS project in collaboration with Cibernàrium – Ajuntament de Barcelona last week (11th, 12th December) on “Design for Learning: new tools for educators” was a success!!!

The event was addressed to teachers from any educational sector and other stakeholders (academic managers, etc.) interested in learning design tools and experiences of use. Over 100 participants attended the plenary sessions: a talk by Grainne Conole on “Learning Design” and a Panel sharing “experiences of using the ILDE“, with representatives from diverse educational institutions including Àgora association, KEK-Eurotraining, The Open University, the University of Valladolid and the HandsOn MOOC initiative.

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The interest shown by participants in the 6-hour hands-on workshops was also outstanding. 40 teachers (diverse educational levels, but mainly Higher Education, Vocational Training and Adult Education) had the opportunity to use learning design conceptualization, authoring and implementation tools integrated in the ILDE. One of the workshops was coordinated by Jonathan Chacón, PhD student at the GTI. Some of the participants will continue in contact via a Linkedin group. And since there is a number of people interested that missed the workshops, the GTI will run an additional session in January.

An analysis of visitors’ behavior in The Louvre Museum: a study using Bluetooth data

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The paper “An analysis of visitors’ behavior in The Louvre Museum: a study using Bluetooth data”, by Yuji Yoshimura, Stanislav Sobolevsky, Carlo Ratti, Fabien Girardin, Juan Pablo Carrascal, Josep Blat, Roberta Sinatra was published in the Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design journal, one of the journals in the field of urban planning and design with fastest growing readerships. This paper is part of Yuji’s research, and will be part of his PhD thesis.

Abstract: Museums often suffer from so-called ‘hypercongestion’, wherein the number of visitors exceeds the capacity of the physical space of the museum. This can potentially be detrimental to the quality of visitors’ experiences, through disturbance by the behavior and presence of other visitors. Although this situation can be mitigated by managing visitors’ flow between spaces, a detailed analysis of visitor movement is required to realize fully and apply a proper solution to the problem. In this paper we analyze visitors’ sequential movements, the spatial layout, and the relationship between them in a large-scale art museum—The Louvre Museum—using anonymized data collected through noninvasive Bluetooth sensors. This enables us to unveil some features of visitor behavior and spatial impact that shed some light on the mechanisms of museum overcrowding. The analysis reveals that the visiting styles of short-stay and long-stay visitors are not as significantly different as one might expect. Both types of visitors tend to visit a similar number of key locations in the museum while the longer-stay visitors just tend to do so more time extensively. In addition, we reveal that some ways of exploring the museum appear frequently for both types of visitors, although long-stay visitors might be expected to diversify much more, given the greater time spent in the museum. We suggest that these similarities and dissimilarities make for an uneven distribution of the number of visitors in the museum space. The findings increase the understanding of the unknown behaviors of visitors, which is key to improving the museum’s environment and visitor experience.

 

Participation in a conference on MOOCs for eSkills

The GTI member Davinia Hernández-Leo has participated today in an expert panel in Helsinki with the title Are MOOCs providing the European workforce with necessary web skills?

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Experts from educational institutions, multinational companies, MOOC providers and MOOC platforms has discussed the role MOOCs can have to meet the increasing demand for the European workforce, including Web entrepreneurs, with ICT skills. The conference has been organized by the ”MOOCs for Web Talent Network“, as a SLUSH side events. (These are the slides presented by Davinia, and the news item published at UPF website).

 

11-12 December – Barcelona, “Design for Learning” Open Event

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The GTI is organizing, as part of its activities in the METIS project and in collaboration with Cibernàrium - Barcelona Activa, an Open Event that will take place in Barcelona next December (11th and 12th), with the theme “Design for Learning: new tools for educators”.

The event is addressed to teachers from any educational sector (with priority for Higher Education, Vocational Training and Adult Education) interested in knowing existing learning design tools and experiences of use. The program include a plenary keynote talk by Gràinne Conole (“Design for Learning”), a Panel on “Experiences using the Integrated Learning Design Environment (ILDE)” (with representatives from diverse educational institutions) and hands-on workshops where teachers will have the opportunity of using learning design conceptualization, authoring and implementation tools integrated in the ILDE.

The details of the event are available online at http://eventum.upf.edu/go/ilde14.

Older people and online video portals in three countries: journal paper accepted

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The paper “Towards iTV services for older people: exploring their interactions with online video portals in different cultural backgrounds” by Susan Ferreira, Sergio Sayago and Josep Blat, has been accepted for publication in the journal of Technology and Disability (http://www.iospress.nl/journal/technology-and-disability/). This journal paper is part of the ongoing PhD research of Susan Möller Ferreira. Susan’s advisors are Prof. Josep Blat (UPF) and Dr. Sergio Sayago (currently at Universitat de Lleida). The paper shows the results of her ethnographical research on the use of video web portals and interactive television by older people in  countries with different levels of development (Brazil, Spain and Denmark). The paper also discusses cultural differences and similarities in the use of online video portals (and other related ICTs) observed amongst the older people (c. 400) who participated in the study.

View Authors’ Accepted Version PDF File.

Abstract: With a growing ageing population and the advent of interactive TV (iTV), understanding how older people use iTV services is a timely and important task. Working towards this end, this paper reports on in situ conversations of, and observations with, almost 400 older people, with different levels of educational attainment and experience with ICTs, while talking about and using online video portals and similar interactive systems in Spain, Brazil and Denmark. The results show more similarities than differences in their reasons for adopting online video portals and patterns of use. All our participants used these portals for keeping or remaining in touch with people they trusted. The results also show that privacy online was a common concern to all the participants. Differences in the acceptance of e-government services and the type of content that drove most of their interactions were also found. Implications for designing more accessible and meaningful iTV services are discussed.