Kickoff, CoT project
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GTI in FutureLearn Partners Conference


FutureLearn , a prominent Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider, held its partners conference at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona on 11 and 12 April where over 20 existing and potential partners met and shared their experiences. Members from GTI Learning also participated in the event and Davinia Hernandez-Leo participated in a panel discussion on “How to get the best out of social learning: a discussion on how to engage learners and provoke conversation”. She shared experiences from 3D Graphics for Web Developers MOOC, a project of GTI members in collaboration with UPF MOOC staff, that was finished its first cycle in March on FutureLearn platform exceeding 6000 participants. She explained different social learning mechanisms used within the course (eg: comments, discussions, FutureLearn platform filters such as mostly liked, followed, etc..), specifically the case of “PyramidApp”, an on-going research project of GTI-Learning team in the context of RESET project aimed at reformulating scalable educational ecosystems offering technological innovations.


Kickoff, CoT project


Our new research project “CoT” has just started! The project has received funding from RecerCaixa (see related RecerCaixa press). The kickoff meeting, with the members of the research team, was held yesterday at the Campus de Poblenou UPF (29/2/2016). The project will last until February 2019 (three years). Website will be ready soon and we will use the twitter hashtag #CoTprojectRC. Below is the abstract of the project.


CoT: Communities of teaching as a data‐informed design science and contextualized practice

Abstract of the project:
The research field of technologies for learning design deals with supporting teachers’ fundamental role of devising good arrangements for their students to learn. Sharing and collaboration around learning design practices between teachers, especially in the context of their educational centers, becomes a relevant mechanism for collectively improving teaching quality. The ultimate aim of the project is to empower teachers and educational centers as communities of teaching in which their members share the concern of being able to design the best possible learning activities for their students, learning from each other practices and considering the singularities of their context. To contribute towards this aim, the objective of the project focuses on providing teachers with a platform for data-informed learning design and studying the role that data analytics can play to support learning design processes in the context of educational communities. Data will include metrics of design activity within communities and metrics of engagement and achievement of learners when experiencing a learning design.


WE3D project approaching half-way point

The WE3D (3D Web Editor) project, under development by the GTI (Grup de Tecnologies Interactives) of the UPF and the company MMC (Mobile Media Content,, has received funding from CDTI (Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial,, ref: IDI-20150508, for two years starting on 1st May 2015.

Purchasing new machinery supplies may involve a significant space remodeling within businesses such as hospitals, which expect solutions from the machinery supplier. Planning this kind of changes usually requires different departments working together, and this usually leads to inefficiency, errors and corrections that multiply the cost of the project and its time of completion.

WE3D (3D Web Editor) wants to mitigate some of these problems by creating an application to accelerate certain stages of the workflow and to improve the overall efficiency. The application will consist of several modules, including a web-based interactive 3D editor, as a space planner or just as a visualiser. One of the main goals is to achieve the finish quality of a professional tool, but without its complexity, so it can be used by non-technical departments. The app will allow the user to load CAD files, so companies that already have their plans can use and build upon them.

Currently the project is in a deployment phase, having available the basic modules of editing and visualisation.

GTI-UPF and MMC have a history of collaborations focusing on the development of virtual visualization solutions by using interactive three-dimensional environments.

A new pilot project funded by the ACT network

Populations are ageing while Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are changing the way in which we conduct numerous activities. One of these activities is scientific research. Over the last 5-10 years, Citizen (Cyber) Science (CCS) has become increasingly popular. An unprecedented number of citizen scientists can now be mobilized to solve problems that are difficult for either machines or professional scientists to address alone. However, little if anything is known about, for example, those barriers which prevent older people (60+) from taking part in CCS projects (e.g. usability of technologies) or their motivations for engaging in them. Thus, bringing together CCS and older people is a timely task, which can potentially help us gain a deeper understanding of emerging socio-technical innovations and address important scientific issues. This project focuses on emotions, which are a key element of human behaviour and healthy ageing. Consequently, emotions also play an important role in designing ICTs that not only meet our needs but also enrich our lives. Yet, emotions are at best marginally addressed, and at worst overlooked, by Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) studies with older people. In this pilot project, we aim to take HCI research with older people forward by: (i) examining cross-cultural, everyday emotional experiences of ICTs use by older people with mild-to-moderate age-related changes in functional abilities, and (ii) exploring the participatory design of new types of online user interfaces (e.g. avatars) that relate to, arise from, or deliberately influence, more positive emotional interactive experiences. This main objective will be achieved by using Citizen Science platforms, such as, and UPF’s online framework for creating and rendering interactive avatars online (

This pilot project will be conducted throughout 2016 and it has been funded with 15000 CAD by the ACT network (Ageing-Communication-Technologies;, in which the GTI participates.

This pilot project will be coordinated by the GTI and conducted with the participation / support of Àgora (, and other centres in which we plan to recruit participants, Sergio Sayago (currently, at Universitat de Lleida), and the ACT network.

Jonathan Chacon is a Doctor now!

The GTI member Jonathan Chacon defended his PhD Thesis yesterday, 2nd of February. His thesis title  was “Community platform management mechanisms to support integrated Learning Design”.

Congratulations to Jon!