27 June

Roundtable: Opening UP Higher Education: Open Content, Open Networked Learning, MOOCs, Open Business - What to Expect? What to Be Ready For?

OpenEd & OER


On June 25th, the Chair organised a Roundtable on Open Education & MOOCs with the title:

Opening UP Higher Education: Open Content, Open Networked Learning, MOOCs, Open Business – What to Expect? What to Be Ready For?

An intense debate is growing in catalan and spanish universities regarding their participation in the creation of MOOC courses. Several seminars, meetings and one-day sessions  are beig held by educational institutions and the local government, being the recent ones a one-day session on MOOCs at the University of Barcelona and a seminar of the ACUP (Public Catalan Universities Association).

To bring together the agents involved in MOOC research at UOC, the Chair decided to hold an internal roundtable with  two invited external experts: Terry Anderson from Atabhasca University, and Jordi Sancho, from University of Barcelona’s Interactive Media Lab. The roundtable served to put on the table the main concerns about MOOCs at UOC and debate crucial aspects such as their scalability, pedagogic models, sustainability and business models.

More information:

23 December

Roundtable with Yong Zhao: Defining High-quality Education

Education Worldwide

The UOC UNESCO Chair in e-Learning held a Roundtable on December 13:

Defining High-quality Education: A Critical Analysis of National Trends, Measurement and Outcomes

The roundtable was led by an exceptional guest: Dr. Yong Zhao

- Presidential Chair, Associate Dean and Professor, College of Education; Director of the Centre for Advanced Technology (CATE), University of Oregon, USA.

- Dr. Zhao is a reknown author of books and academic blogs with huge impact on educators all over the world.

More information on Yong Zhao’s CV & projects  zhaolearning.com |

CV zhaolearning.com/vita/

High-level experts were invited to this event (in alphabetical order):  Manuel Castells, Director and Research Professor, Internet Interdisciplinary Institut (IN3), UOC; Begonya Folch, Education Council of Catalonia, Generalitat de Catalunya; Emma Kiselyova, Executive Director of the Chair, UOC; Joan Mateo, Professor, University of Barcelona; currently President, Superior Council of Evaluation, Generalitat de Catalunya; Julià Minguillón, Professor of Computer Science and Academic Director of the Chair, UOC; Dubravka Novkovic, Senior Manager, CISCO; Ismael Palacín i Giner, Director, Jaume Bofill Foundation; Terhi Rantanen, Full Professor, London School of Economics; Ferran Ruiz Tarragó, President, Education Council of Catalonia, Generalitat de Catalunya; Teresa Sancho, Vice-President for Research & Innovation, UOC; Albert Sangrá, Academic Director, e-Learn Center, UOC; Ricardo Torres, Citilab Cornellà; Imma Tubella, President, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).

The attendees in the roundtable, following recommendations of participants of the VIII International Seminar of the UNESCO Chair in e-Learning, agreed on the need to confront a deep reform of the educational system, in order to respond to the changes our society needs. This reform needs to be faced at different levels:

  • The use of technology in the classroom for learning, not just teaching
  • Profound changes in the curricula and evaluation and measurement of the teaching and learning process, both locally and globally
  • The standardization of knowledge, skills and competences versus promoting creativity and innovation
  • The purpose and learning objectives and competences of education in a globalized world


This will serve us as a base  for the IX International Seminar of the UNESCO Chair in e-Learning, to be held next year in Barcelona, October 4-5 (tentative. Mark your calendars!).

After an engaging presentation of ideas and concepts of the invited speaker, the attendees joined a Q&A session and explained their concerns and proposals in an atmosphere of sharing and trust.

 We offer you the Audio of Yong Zhao’s presentation:

Roundtable with Yong Zhao: Defining High-quality Education


02 February

Key Points: Roundtable on Teacher Training with Diana Laurillard

Teacher Development


Here you have some key points we extracted from the past Roundtable on Teacher Training with Diana Laurillard. At the end of the post you will find Diana’s presentation, the link to the LSDE project software download, the audio of part of the roundtable, and some photos of the session.

Fell free to comment, add, correct or point whatever you want. You can do it in the comments of this post, in our Twitter or in our Facebook page .

1) Teacher Training cannot be fully undestood without the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Teacher Training means learning to use ICTs and introduce them in education. Also, Education cannot be fully understood without the use of ICTs. The objective is to evolve from traditional models to blended models (or only-virtual models).

2) Teacher Training isn’t simply sharing a ‘piece’ of knowledge anymore. ICTs evolve very quickly & teachers need to learn new competences, to do that, they need:

  • Institutional support
  • Awareness of the students’ skills in the use of technology (sometimes, students have better technology skills than their teachers)
  • Chances for professional development
  • Peer collaboration

3) This is a process of continous innovation, and must be considered as fully iterative ‘trial-error-improvemen’ process.

4) Teacher Training could also be called: ‘Continuous Professional Development’

5) Open Educational Resources (OERs) ara very important, but they’re not enough. It is necessary to share not only contents but also separate the ‘pattern’ from the ‘content’ and share those patterns. That’s the aim of the LDSE Project; it’s like a ‘microworld’ where teachers can train in the use of technological tools to implement them in their teaching later. The objective of the ‘patterns’ is to ‘catch the pedagogy’ of the teaching process. OERs are the pieces that fit in the patterns and give them the ‘content’.

6) There’s a common issue: How do we motivate teachers to innovate and train in the use of ICts?. It is necessary to set policies and institutional strategies, but it is also important to do it at a national and international level. It is useless to tell teachers to be innovative in their teaching if they’re going to be evaluated only for their research.

7) It would be necessary to create communities where teachers could share and collaborate by using simple and usefeul tools.



Aquí tenéis algunas ideas clave extraídas de la pasada Mesa Redonda sobre Teacher Training con Diana Laurillard. Al final del post encontraréis la presentación de Diana, el enlace a la página de descarga del software de su proyecto, parte del audio de la mesa redonda y algunas fotos de la sesión.

Os animamos a comentar, añadir, corregir o puntualizar todo aquello que creáis conveniente. Podéis hacerlo tanto en los comentarios de este mismo post, como en nuestro Twitter o nuestra página de Facebook .

1) Teacher Training no se entiende sin las Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Teacher Training quiere decir formar en el uso de las ICTs para introducirlas en la educación. De hecho, la educación no se entiende tampoco sin ICTs. El objetivo es pasar de modelos tradicionales a modelos blended o puramente virtuales.

2) Teacher Training  ya no es la transmisión de un bloque de conocimiento. Las ICTs evolucionan muy deprisa y el profesorado está obligado a formarse continuamente. Para ello necesitan:

  • Soporte institucional
  • Ser conscientes de que los estudiantes van por delante en el uso y apropiación de tecnologías
  • Poder desarrollarse profesionalmente
  • Colaboración entre pares

3) Es un proceso de innovación continua, y debe verse como un proceso de ensayo, error y mejora, completamente iterativo.

4) Teacher Training podría llamarse ‘Continuous Professional Development’ por lo que respecta a la realidad que representa.

5) Los recursos educativos en abierto (OERs) son importantes, pero no suficientes. Es necesario poder compartir no solo contenidos con una forma prefijada, sino separar la forma (o patrón) del contenido y compartir estos patrones. Esto es lo que propone el proyecto de investigación con la herramienta del proyecto LDSE. Es como un ‘microworld’ en el cual los profesores pueden experimentar con elementos tecnológicos que luego formarán parte de la docencia. El objetivo de los patrones es ‘capturar la pedagogía’ del proceso docente, mientras que los OERs son las piezas que encajan en los patrones y los dotan de contenido.

6) El problema sigue siendo el mismo: ¿cómo motivar al profesorado para innovar y formarse en el uso de ICTs?. Es necesario establecer políticas y estrategias institucionales, pero también a nivel nacional y/o internacional. De nada sirve pedirle a los profesores que innoven en docencia si luego solamente serán evaluados por su investigación.

7) Hay que crear comunidades de práctica donde los profesores puedan compartir y colaborar mediante el uso de herramientas sencillas.



Diana Laurillard’s presentation (Slideshare):

Listen to the Presentation / Talk of  Diana Laurillard at the Roundtable (Bliptv):

LDSE Software download:

12 January

Taula Rodona sobre Teacher Training amb Diana Laurillard

Teacher Development

Teacher Training

El proper 1 de Febrer, la Càtedra UNESCO en e-Learning celebrarà una Taula Rodona sobre formació de formadors (Teacher Training). Comptarem amb la presència de Diana Laurillard, professora de la Open University (Regne Unit), que estarà al càrrec de la ponència principal i de liderar la Taula Rodona.

Lloc: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Avinguda Tibidabo 39-43. Sala Jordi Pujol (11:30 – 13:30)

La Taula Rodona serà en anglès, però facilitarem la comunicació en català/castellà si es necessita.

Si esteu interessats en participar-hi, podeu enviar la vostra sol·licitud a:

Fotografia per | joannamkay under CC License BY-NC-SA 2.0

05 May

Roundtable on Education, Gender and ICTs

Gender & ICTs

Next May 20, will take place a roundtable on Education, Gender and ICTs. The roundtable will be chaired by Gill Kirkup, senior professor of educational technology at the Institute of Educational Technology of the Open University (UK) and Head of Research, Data and Policy at the UK Resources Center for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology.Juliet Webster, who opened the cycle of roundtables about Women and ICTs last December, will be also giving us her point of view regarding this issue. 

During the event, we will reflect about ICTs, education and women, starting from an initial question whether ICTs are a tool to help women to access education or if they have become a new barrier for them.

We will also focus on the situation in the developing countries, since education for women usually must respond to other kind of needs and we will reflect on the present role played by ICTs and  try to figure out how can be their future role.

The event will be at the Jordi Pujol room from 10am to 12pm in Tibidabo (Avda. Tibidabo, 39-43) and among the attendants there will be members of the UOC Commission for Equality, researchers of the UOC Group of Research on Gender and ICTs and  a representative of the Support Office for Equal Opportunities of the UPC.

People interested in attending, please confirm your participation at: catedraunesco@uoc.edu.(limited availability).