ICT and Education
As from today, the UOC has become a university collaboration centre for Cambridge English Language Assessment, the University of Cambridge's English assessment department. The UOC's students will now be able to take the examinations to obtain the Cambridge English certificates at the university centre. The agreement seeks to offer a competitive advantage to university students, as the Cambridge English certificates are recognized by educational centres and companies around the world.
"The results that are obtained in e-learning are equivalent if not better at times than in on-site learning"
Albert Sangrà is a teacher with 30 years of experience. Today, he is an international expert in the field of e-learning. Currently, he is academic director of the UNESCO Chair in Education and Technology for Social Change and director of the Government of Catalonia's Industrial Doctorates Plan. Albert Sangrà is also a researcher in the research group in Education and ICT (EDUL@B), affiliated with the UOC's eLearn Center, where he was director from 2012 to 2014. In 2015 he received the Award for Excellence in eLearning from the World Education Congress, the only academic in Spanish to receive this honour. He is also an EDEN Senior Fellow. Together we take a look at e-learning as it stands today.
The UOC has started up a scholarship programme which will give refugee students or asylum seekers living in refugee camps in Greece, or waiting to be relocated to other European locations, access to higher education and language courses. This initiative corresponds to an institutional commitment to guarantee the right to education of people whose lives have been interrupted by armed conflict or other extreme circumstances.
María José Lemaitre, Executive Director of CINDA, wanted to work in university planning and management. As this course did not exist as such, she enrolled on a Sociology course and studied a postgraduate degree in Pedagogy with that objective in mind. Soon, Iván Labado invited her to join CINDA, with which she has worked in one way or another ever since. Decades later, her curriculum is extensive: she has held positions linked to higher education in her country, Chile, has provided advisory services on quality assurance for university systems in countries such as Saudi Arabia or Argentina and organizations such as the OECD or UNESCO, and has chaired high-level international organizations linked to quality agencies. When we ask her what she has left to do, she recognizes that, “I would return to Cambodia, with everything I know now. After the years of the Khmer Rouge dictatorship, we were presented to a committee of experts to set up the university system. It was a devastated country. We had meetings with youths aged 20 or 30 and the Minister of Education was a social worker who had studied in the United States. It was the highest level of studies. A whole generation had disappeared, all the structures of a country”. Undoubtedly this says as much about her as her spectacular service record.
Forty-four Colombians to study for a master's degree at the UOC thanks to the ICETEX grants programme
Forty-four Colombians will be studying for a university master's degree thanks to the grants offered by the UOC in the call of the Colombian National Overseas Study Grants Commission of ICETEX, published in November 2016. These education grants will offer Colombian students with the best academic performance the chance to study at a European university.
Encouraging a critical spirit in children, the tool for fighting the sexism that infiltrates our screens
Women with impossible bodies, who are provocative, scantily-clad, hyper-sexualized or with denigrating roles are some of the main attributes of female characters that appear in video games. This audiovisual product is the main focus of discriminatory stereotypes towards women, although cinema, TV series or advertisements for games also camouflage sexist conducts which, even today, seem difficult to eradicate. Positive self-esteem, educating in the classroom and at home and public condemnation of such stereotyped content are some of the tools experts use to encourage a critical spirit from an early age.
The UOC Virtual Library is providing students of the Game Design course, of the Master’s Degree in Video Game Design and Development, codes for the downloading and subsequent study of audiovisual products on Steam. This digital platform, created in 2003, currently has over 9 million regular users and is considered a leader in video games for PCs with 75% of the digital market, according to data from Bloomberg. The University is therefore committed to the video game as a learning tool.
The UOC has created a pioneering app in education so that university students can learn by playing. It is called Quadrivia and it is similar to the well-known Trivial Pursuit. Players have to answer multiple-choice questions with four possible answers, of which only one is correct. Open to the whole of the university community and to anyone with a higher education profile seeking to try out their knowledge, the initiative reinforces the commitment made by the UOC to provide students with different learning resources.