Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
The Fundació per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya was created on 6 October 1994 as an initiative of the Government of Catalonia to provide lifelong learning through the use of information technologies and a personalized educational model. To become consolidated as one of the leading universities for quality online education with a global reach and endowed with an optimal structure for giving the best possible service to students, periodically assessing and publishing their level of satisfaction.
The UOC’s methodology seeks to make the learning processes as easy as possible, constantly innovating for further improvement. It is the first online university in the world with more than 77,000 active students and has trained more than 85,000 international graduates. It has become a benchmark for online learning and has been ranked among the 150 best young universities in the world and the best online university in Ibero-America, according to the British magazine Times Higher Education.
Not only that, but it is involved in many cooperation projects around the world with other institutions, universities, companies, international organizations and intergovernmental agencies, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), UNESCO, the UNDP, the UNWTO, WHO and the United Nations.
Teresa Romeu is an associate Professor at the Studies of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, UOC. She coordinates teacher training who joins the university. She is a researcher at the Edul@b research group, a consolidated research group (SGR1174) on Education and ICT. Her field of research focuses on e-learning and more specifically on collaborative work in the network, online teaching and the use and application of digital technologies in different fields and educational levels. She has developed innovative projects in the conceptualization of multimedia didactic resources on digital competencies. She has participated in national and international invited papers and is an evaluator in scientific journals of her area of experience
Montse Guitert Associate Professor at the Studies of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, In the digital competence area.
She is the coordinator of the Edul@b research group, a consolidated research group (SGR1174) on Education and ICT. Her research focuses on the uses of ICT in education and, in particular, on online collaboration and teaching and digital skills. He has published different articles and has participated in international congresses and workshops within his area of knowledge.
Albert Sangrà is European Ph.D. in Education from the Rovira y Virgili University (Spain). Postgraduate degree in Applications of Information Technology in ODE from the Open University in the United Kingdom, and Diploma on Strategic Use of IT in Education from Harvard University. Degree in Philosophy and Educational Sciences from the University of Barcelona.
He is director for the UNESCO Chair in Technology and Education for Social Change at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). He is a researcher of the Edul@b research group and professor of the Studies of Psychology and Educational Sciences. At the UOC, he was Director of Educational Methodology and Innovation until 2004, being in charge of the design and development of the university’s educational model, as well as director of the e-Learn Center. His main areas of research are the uses of ICT in education and training and, in particular, the policies, organization, management and leadership in the implementation of e-Learning and its quality assurance, and the professional development for online teaching.
Marc Romero is Professor at the Studies of Psychology and Sciences of the Education at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), ICT competences’ course coordinator. He also is a member of the Edul@b research group (UOC). His research focuses on Educational Technology and E-learning and more specifically on the students’ Digital Competence and collaborative learning in virtual environments. He has been involved in several founded projects in his area of research and has participated in conferences and workshops.
Juliana Raffaghelli is a researcher at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain), Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences. PhD in Education and Cognitive Sciences (University of Venice). She has been a researcher, coordinator of international and European projects, educational technologist, teacher and trainer at the University of Florence, the University of Trento, the Institute for Educational Technologies (Italian National Research Council) and the University of Venice. Her research interests focus on professional development for the use of technologies in teaching and other work contexts mediating international / global collaboration. Recently, she has been exploring how to develop educators’ critical data literacies and the emerging practices embracing different data epistemologies (https://bfairdata.net/)
Dèlia Español is Graduate in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and a Master in Education and ICT from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). She is an expert STEAM teachers’ trainer and teacher, with growing experience in the field of technology-enhanced learning at school. Along with her professional activities as a maths and technology teacher in High School, she has adopted an interdisciplinary perspective, combining her technical studies with education. Over that basis, she has carried out a number of educational projects in STEAM at several levels of the schooling system (both upper secondary and lower secondary).