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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GTI participates in the Saló Nàutic 2014 presenting the new edition of Barcelona World Race THE GAME

GTI in Saló Nàutic 2014

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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.

GTI in Saló Nàutic 2014

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On Saturday 18th of October the GTI participated in the Saló Nàutic 2014, which took place in Port Vell in Barcelona. Miguel Angel Carralero, the Technological Promoter of the GTI, and members of FNOB  presented the new edition of the Barcelona World Race THE GAME together with the educational programme “Siguiendo la Barcelona World Race”. At the exhibition, the Virtual Reality (VR) experience of the Barcelona World Race was also shown.

FNOB members presented how this new edition includes better statistics, tablet and smartphone support, 3D visualisation, as well as others. One of the new features is the possibility for users to create groups to compete against each other. Also this new edition has weekly and stage achievements, as well as prizes for the winners.

Miguel Angel described the new 3D visualisation developed in the GTI, which offers a realistic visualisation of the boat in different weather conditions according to the situation of the boat. The feature is developed in WebGL, a web technology which is currently heavily used in the GTI’s research, as it is one of the best ways for developing 3D applications in the web browser without the need of any plug-ins.

The GTI also had the opportunity to present research realised around the project,  showing exclusively their Barcelona World Race Virtual Reality (VR) experience to the attendees of the presentation, developed by Gerard Llorach, a research member of the GTI that studies the side-effects of Virtual Reality. Afterwards, the VR experience with the Oculus Rift was shown at FNOB’s stand, where members of the public attending the exhibition could enjoy the feeling of being on a competition sailing boat out in the ocean. Even real sailors of the Barcelona World Race could try it and were amazed by the VR experience.

GTI has participated in the European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning 2014

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Davinia Hernández-Leo, coordinator of the Learning Technologies research line within the GTI, attended the 9th European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning, Graz, Austria this week. She has participated in the workshop Can MOOCs save Europe’s unemployed youth?, in which she was in charge together with Carlos Delgado Kloos, of a talk devoted to “responding” to the papers presented along the workshop. She also chaired a scientific session on MOOCs and related topics and presented a Demo of the Integrated Learning Design Environment (ILDE):

Hernández-Leo, D., Asensio-Pérez, J.I., Derntl, M., Prieto, L.P., Chacón, J., ILDE: Community Environment for Conceptualizing, Authoring and Deploying Learning Activities. In: Proceedings of 9th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2014, Graz, Austria, September 2014, LNCS 8719, 490-493.

Abstract: This paper presents the Integrated Learning Design Environment (ILDE). ILDE is being developed in the METIS project, which aims at promoting the adoption of learning design by providing integrated support to teachers throughout the whole design and implementation process (or lifecycle). ILDE integrates existing free- and open-source tools that include: co-design support for teacher communities; learning design editors following different authoring and pedagogical approaches; interface for deployment of designs on mainstream Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs). The integration is designed so that teachers experience a continuous flow while completing the tasks involved in the learning design lifecycle, even when the tasks are supported by different tools. ILDE uses the LdShake platform to provide social networking features and to manage the integrated access to designs and tooling including conceptualization tools (OULDI templates), editors (WebCollage, OpenGLM), and deployment into VLEs (e.g., Moodle) via GLUE!-PS.