Flexible and Open Online Education

The Open and Flexible Education research line focuses on investigating new ways of teaching and learning in different contexts and scenarios (current and future) stressing on the new and more flexible education and learning models. We want to look at how they fit with the new student profiles and their needs, and to take into accounts which are the different social and cultural contexts in which they are immersed. The main research areas would include: a) exploring new educational models, both blended and online, which have been generated from diverse cultures and environments, and which mean different approaches to education; b) identifying those pedagogies that are underlying these new models or which better fit with; c) the new forms of organization of learning; d) the technologies which contribute to these new emerging models; e) the opportunities online education provide in the framework of globalization; f) studying the potential of open and flexible models to guarantee equity and access to education for those traditionally most disadvantaged groups; g) the components of quality and cost of the new emergent models and their outcomes

Propostes de tesi

Investigadors/es

Grup de recerca

Collaborative and interdisciplinary learning network: community of practice applications, and learning & teaching

Communities of practice are nowadays an important concept in the healthcare sector. Described as a group of people who share an interest in a domain of human endeavour and engage in collective learning that creates bonds among them, they give healthcare professionals the chance to build collective knowledge working at different levels of care. These virtual communities of practice (VCoPs) have proven capable of solving healthcare professionals' information and communication problems in a much simpler way. Moreover, they have been found to improve the functioning of organizations by generating the kind of tacit knowledge that emerges from interactions among colleagues. Finally, through virtual communities of practice, the optimal conditions for facilitating a collaborative and interdisciplinary learning network are created. The interest in identifying the benefits that VCoPs offers in the healthcare sector is relatively new in specialized literature. 

Dr. Francesc Saigi, coordinador

Dra. Alicia Aguilar

Dr. Francesc Xavier Medina

I2TIC

Food Lab

 

Design and assessment in online learning & teaching environments, supported by social and collaborative tools

This line of research studies the pedagogical, organizational and symbolic aspects of the new social and collaborative environments and technologies for teaching and learning in a complex and changing world.

Dra. Adriana Ornellas

 

Older adults learning and ICT

Older adults have special learning needs that differ from younger adults when it comes to technology. This research line is focused on older adults' ICT learning and the strategies, processes, attitudes and motivations involved. At the moment, it aims to address not only the processes of ICT adoption, but also to take into account people who are already ICT users. The objective is to enhance the effectiveness and experience of learning how to use ICT, even through the use of ICT, whether in formal or informal learning scenarios.

Dra. Eulàlia Hernández Encuentra

Dra. Modesta Pousada Fernández

Dra. Beni Gómez-Zúñiga

PSINET Research Group

Psychosocial factors affecting women’s access to technology careers and their distancing in ICT socialization

 

Dra. Montse Vall-Llovera

 

 Teacher education through online learning environments

This research line aims to study the processes of teacher learning and develop his/her professional identity as a teacher through online learning environments. Some conceptual constructs associated with this area are:
Teacher identity development
Teacher inquiry
Teacher learning from educational research
The community of teachers' pedagogical inquiry
 
coordinador
 

2.0 tools in health and food sciences

This line of research studies the possibilities of 2.0 tools as a support system for learning about nutrition, self-care and enhancing adherence to changing food habits.

Dr. Francesc Saigi, coordinador 

Dra. Alicia Aguilar

Dr. Francesc Xavier Medina 

I2TIC

Food Lab

Open Education and Emergent Learning Scenarios

We work by analyzing, categorizing and identifying emerging learning environments (formal, non-formal, and informal) in life-long and life-wide contexts, considering flexibility, collaboration, and interaction as fundamental elements as well as the development of digital competencies as a necessity for citizens in the 21st century (focus: student-citizen).
 

Dra. Montse Guitert, coordinadora 

Dra. Nati Cabrera 

Dra. Lourdes Guàrdia

Dr. Marcelo Maina

Dr. Marc Romero

Dra. Teresa Romeu 

Dr. Albert Sangrà

 

 

EDUL@B Research Group

Teacher Professional Development in the Digital Era

Beginning from the development of a competency based framework, strategic and training-focused for teaching in blended and online scenarios. We propose strategies and actions that support teacher professional development in the use and application of digital technologies in the context of life-long learning (focus: teacher).

Dra. Montse Guitert, coordinadora 

Dra. Nati Cabrera 

Dra. Lourdes Guàrdia

Dr. Marcelo Maina

Dr. Marc Romero

Dra. Teresa Romeu 

Dr. Albert Sangrà

EDUL@B Research Group

Transforming Educational Institutions through ICT and Online Education: Leadership, Management and Quality

Consists of identifying evidence that influences and impacts education policy in the use of ICT in education, as well as, more concretely, establishing parameters and instruments that facilitate the integration of e-learning in higher education institutions, with quality criteria in support of open education policy (focus: policy and institutions).

Dra. Montse Guitert, coordinadora 

Dra. Nati Cabrera 

Dra. Lourdes Guàrdia

Dr. Marcelo Maina

Dr. Marc Romero

Dra. Teresa Romeu 

Dr. Albert Sangrà

EDUL@B Research Group

Learning regulation processes in open social learning environments
 
This research line is devoted to the analysis and design support of learning regulation processes in flexible and open digital environments, in which participation and social interaction provide the basic structure and resources for individual and collective knowledge building. More concretely, the aim is to study how processes of learning self-regulation, co-regulation and socially shared regulation interact with each other in environments based on networked collaboration and social learning. The model of design-based research is applied to intervene directly on pedagogical practice through an iterative cycle based on stages of design, intervention, evaluation and reflection. This process allows the development and testing of theory on the processes of social regulation.
 

 

 

 

Dr. Iolanda García

 

SMART Classroom - Innovation in learning spaces and integration of ICT

This research line analyzes and explores how the learning space should be in educational institutions to meet current educational needs and pedagogical principles and contemporary models. Although in recent years the integration of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is an important educational innovation the teaching and learning space has not changed anything in parallel to this integration. But it is not the only factor we need to attend to. Thus, in addition to ICT, this research also focused research efforts which are the designs and spatial configuration of elements in the classroom, as well as the most suitable methodologies for teaching and learning in the future learning spaces (smart classrooms).

Dr. Guillermo Bautista