UOC Experts’ Findings

Open-Source Projects Don’t Always Operate Democratically

Barcelona (E), May 2016 – (by Jordi Rovira) The purpose of the open-source software movement is to advocate open (the code is public), collaborative (the community participates in the development process) software development. However, neither this goal nor the theoretically democratic functioning that one would expect is always met.  This is the main conclusion reached by the SOM Research Lab at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya's (UOC) Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3).

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NFL Career Advice

What You Know Matters More Than Who You Know

London (UK), May 2016 - Research from the UCL School of Management reveals that working for a high-profile manager can secure a promotion at another organisation, but being hired based on a connection might not lead to a successful career in the long run.

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For Refugees

Kiron Open Higher Education Uses tt knowledge force

Heidelberg (GER), May 2016 - Refugees have a hard time getting access to higher education. They have to wait for their right of residence to be determined, and their documents often go missing during flight. Berlin’s Kiron Open Higher Education wants to provide a remedy to this situation and is enabling displaced people from around the world to pursue a course of study right through to a recognized degree qualification - free of cost. Participants complete online foundation courses over two years while learning German. 

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Case Study

Video Assignments that Assess More than Knowledge

New York, NY (USA), April 2016 - Today's students are expected to know more than just facts; being able to communicate that information is just as important. How can their instructors evaluate both knowledge and skills simultaneously without increasing their own workloads?

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Higher Education

Fully Customisable and Adaptive Online Platforms

Hampshire (UK), April 2016 - Addressing higher education institutions and faculty concerns around student outcomes, feedback, and engagement has meant publishing products have evolved swiftly to supply learning resources in an array of formats – from traditional print to fully customisable and adaptive online platforms. In the following, Dr Andrew Ashwin, Head of Higher & Vocational Education Publishing for the EMEA region at global education company Cengage Learning, shares his thoughts on the many benefits this brings to students and lecturers alike.

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All Online

Students Invent First Device to Monitor Wine Maturation

Paris (F), April 2016 - The first portable device to monitor wine as it matures has been developed by a team of students from Université Paris-Saclay. The students adapted blood-analysis technology invented by biotech start-up Archimej Technology into a unique device allowing real-time control of wine quality, eliminating the huge financial costs and vast quantities of wine that are lost from biological phenomena.

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Royal Marsden School

Free eLearning to Support Cancer Care in the Community

Plymouth (UK), March 2016 - A free eLearning programme is being launched to help health and social care workers broaden their knowledge of cancer care in the community. The Royal Marsden School, which has a national and international reputation for excellence in cancer education, has commissioned eLearning provider Sponge UK to create the new healthcare training. 

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Relaunch

Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education

Barcelona (E), March 2016 - The publication formerly known as “Revista de Universidad y Sociedad del conocimiento” (RUSC. Universities and Knowledge Society Journal) has been renamed the “International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education” (ETHE). On 31 August 2015, the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), editors of the journal, entered into an agreement with the prestigious Springer publishing group for RUSC’s publication. 

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EMMA

A Great Variety of MOOCs

Brussels (BE), March 2016 - EMMA is a thirty-month pilot action supported by the European Union. EMMA offers free, open, online courses in multiple languages (e.g. English, Spanish, Italian, Catalan, Estonian, Dutch, French, and Portuguese) from various European universities to help preserve Europe's rich cultural, educational, and linguistic heritage and to promote cross-cultural and multi-lingual learning. Becoming an EMMA student is easy: Once you've registered, find the MOOC that interests you, click on the "enrol" button, and start learning! » MORE

300,000 Learners

Virtual College's Online Patient-Safety Training

Pictured from left to right Dr Tom Gallacher (Head of Postgraduate Medical Education), Sarah Barwick (Account Manager, Virtual College), prize winner Dr. Jessica Patel (FY1 Acute IM Critical care) and Dr Shyam Madathil, (Clinical Tutor)Ilkley (UK), March 2016 - A doctor from University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust has become the 300,000th National Patient Safety Suite learner. Developed by Virtual College in partnership with NHS England, the National Patient Safety Suite is comprised currently of sixteen patient-safety eLearning courses, including Safe Use of Insulin. Ninety-six per cent of learners would recommend these courses to a colleague. » MORE

Video Accessibilty

Kaltura's Efficient Solution

New York, NY (USA), February 2016 - As video increasingly plays a critical role in education, accessibility has become a major concern. Adding captions on request is no longer a sustainable practice. How are educational institutions today approaching video accessibility strategically? » MORE

eLearning Link

London School of Economics and Cylix

Bath (UK), February 2016 - When the London School of Economics (LSE) was looking for an eLearning course that could boost equality and diversity, it turned to Cylix. Three months after roll-out, the initial results are in… » MORE

Three Years

Extended deadline for the UOC Doctoral Programmes

Barcelona (E), February 2016 - The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) is offering grants for three doctoral programmes for the 2016/2017 academic year. The extended deadline for applications for the doctoral programmes is 15 February 2016. The call for grant applications for the Information and Knowledge Society Doctoral Programme, the Education and ICT (eLearning) Doctoral Programme, and the Network and Information Technologies Doctoral Programme is open. » MORE