Flexible and Open Online Education

This 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:

  1. Exploring new educational models, both blended and online, which have been generated from diverse cultures and environments, and which mean different approaches to education;
  2. Identifying those pedagogies that are underlying these new models or which better fit with;
  3. The new forms of organization of learning;
  4. The technologies which contribute to these new emerging models;
  5. The opportunities online education provide in the framework of globalization;
  6. Studying the potential of open and flexible models to guarantee equity and access to education for those traditionally most disadvantaged groups;
  7. The components of quality and cost of the new emergent models and their outcomes. 

Thesis Proposals

Researchers

Research Group

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
Coordinator

I2TIC

 

Design and assessment in online learning & teaching Dra. Adriana

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.

Dr Adriana Ornellas

 

Older adults learning and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

Older adults have special learning needs that differ from younger adults when it comes to technology. This thesis proposal is focused on older adults' ICT learning and the strategies, processes, attitudes and motivations involved. 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.
 
Research topics:
 
  • ICT interventions for cognitive enhancement.
  • Technology adoption and use.
  • Technologies for life-long learning
 

Dr Eulàlia Hernández 

Dr Modesta Pousada 

PSINET Research Group

Self-directed and networked learning, online communities and professional development
 
This research proposal is devoted to the analysis of self-directed learning processes in flexible and open digital environments, in which participation, social interaction and community provide the basic architecture and resources for individual and collective knowledge building. Within this framework, a subline has to do with teachers’ inquiry and collaborative knowledge production as a model of teacher professional development. Another subline has to do with the development of scaffolds for autonomous learning and individual and social learning regulation in networked learning environments.
 

Dr Iolanda García

 

2.0 tools in health sciences

This line of research studies the possibilities of 2.0 tools as a support system for learning about health and self-care.

Dr Francesc Saigí
Coordinator

I2TIC

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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Montse Guitert 
Coordinator

Dr Nati Cabrera

Dr Lourdes Guàrdia

Dr Marcelo Maina

Dr Marc Romero

Dr Teresa Romeu

Dr Albert Sangrà

Dr Juliana Raffaghelli

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). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Montse Guitert
Coordinator 

Dr Nati Cabrera

Dr Lourdes Guàrdia

Dr Marcelo Maina

Dr Marc Romero

Dr Teresa Romeu 

Dr Albert Sangrà

Dr Juliana Raffaghelli

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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Montse Guitert
Coordinator 

Dr Nati Cabrera

Dr Lourdes Guàrdia

Dr Marcelo Maina

Dr Marc Romero

Dr Teresa Romeu

Dr Albert Sangrà

Dr Juliana Raffaghelli

EDUL@B Research Group

Changes and challenges caused by the effects of COVID-19 on education (Canvis i reptes provocats pels efectes de la COVID en l’àmbit educatiu)
 
At the current moment we are living, in a pandemic situation, we need to find well-founded educational responses based on evidence on aspects such as inclusion and digital divide, the necessary digital competences, discontinuous in-presence teaching, reversibility and hybrid and online educational models, networked
 
motivation and interaction, and how technology can become an ally to improve education. Ph.D. research projects leading to a thesis in this line will analyze the situation of each topic and propose solutions.
 

Dr Montse Guitert
Coordinator 

Dr Nati Cabrera

Dr Lourdes Guàrdia

Dr Marcelo Maina

Dr Marc Romero

Dr Teresa Romeu

Dr Albert Sangrà

Dr Juliana Raffaghelli

EDUL@B Research Group

Food, nutrition and the online: Opportunities and challenges for higher education and life long learning

Due to the multidisciplinary nature of food studies, in the large variety of European Food Sciences programmes the central core considers food technology, consumer sciences, business and economics, nutrition and health studies. Research on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) applications in educational systems confirms the potential of ICT to promote and encourage innovation and improve the quality of education, as well as to achieve greater inclusion and equity quotas. On the other hand, online lifelong learning training systems through different training modalities (e-Learning, b-Learning or m-Learning, MOOCs) make a more extensive and inclusive lifelong training possible in formal and non-formal education, proving to have the potential to be effective in expanding food studies. In addition, ICT is also a powerful pedagogical tool for the treatment of curricular contents related to: determinants of food choice, food marketing, food culture, food security, food safety and food technology. This research line aims to raise awareness and help to adapt food related modules/courses to these new opportunities and educational challenges.  

 
Coordinator 
 
 
eHealth Lab

The classroom of the future: design and spatial configuration to learn for the 21st century.

This research analyzes and explores how the learning spaces should be in educational institutions in order to meet current educational needs, pedagogical principles and contemporary models. Although in recent years the integration of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has become an important educational innovation, the teaching and learning space has barely evolved. In addition to ICT, this research ultimatley focuses on studying the most accurate design and spatial configuration of its elements and features to promote the most suitable teaching and learning methodologies for the 21st century education.

Dr Guillermo Bautista

Dr Marta Lopez

Smart Classroom Project
Digital narrative Objects in the cross-boundary of educational changes
 
Considering personal digital stories as "boundary objects" which allow to express problems and difficulties that people face in important moments on their lives when they change from one context to other (school, labour market, retirement, illness,...), the research proposes to investigate about the role and the nature of these multi-context boundary objects in the transition of academic to professional context.
 
 
 
Dr José Luis Rodríguez-Illera (UB)