With a long and well established tradition, founded in 1886 as a higher education institution, the University of Deusto (UDEUSTO) has a mission and educational goal firmly grounded in academic excellence and social responsibility, aiming at generating economic sustainable growth and making positive contributions towards the construction of fairer and more inclusive and humane societies. Academic excellence of UDEUSTO is reflected in its commitment to innovative methods of learning, particularly in the new methodology of competence-based learning, own methodology of teaching, learning, and assessment in a learner-based approach, and incorporation of new technologies as a tool for a quality education.
The university is a hub of 39 research teams working at the university’s six faculties (Psychology and Education, Social Sciences and Humanities, Engineering, Law, Economic and Business Sciences, and Theology) in three campuses: Bilbao, San Sebastian, and Madrid. Currently, UDEUSTO participates in 27 research collaborative projects funded by the European Commission (12 FP7 and 15 H2020 projects), coordinating four of them. In Next-Lab, UDEUSTO is represented by Deusto Learning Lab, with research activities focused on Technology Enhanced Learning (GO-LAB, OSOS, OLAREX, ODL, and PLATON projects), Remote Laboratories (sLabs and PILAR projects) and Cognitive experimentation (MAKEWORLD, STEAM Decks, and MissToHit projects).
In Next-Lab, UDEUSTO contributes to the following activities: implementation of the Next-Lab learning and teaching materials in primary and secondary schools in Spain and dissemination and exploitation of the project outcomes (WP1); creation of teacher training materials and training of pre- and in-service teachers (WP2); design and development of the infrastructure enabling technological solutions and services to empower students and teachers (WP4). UDEUSTO is the Next-Lab National Expertise Center in Spain.
The main goal of the MissToHit project (MissToHit: From Misconceptions To Learning Insights Through Inquiry With Playful Physical Objects) is to create a learning community, where formal and informal learning initiatives can share STEM-related learning activities, based on physical objects in an Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) methodology.
Within the MISStoHIT community, learners and educators can adopt several roles: consumers of previously created learning resources; producers of new learning materials (remixing models, experiments, guides, etc.); or providers of learning insights: common misconceptions, experiment ideas, hints, or new approaches. The new pedagogical methodology created by educators will be the base to design and develop e-learning tools and resources, and an on-line collaborative platform, where students and teachers will be able to learn, teach and co-create content for STEM courses.
The project consortium involves seven partners: the University of Deusto, Spain (coordinator), the University of Twente, Netherlands, IBIMET-CNR, Italy, NEMO, Netherlands, Fundación La Caixa, Spain, Interzonas, Spain, and a secondary school Sensale, Italy.
The Open Learning Approach with Remote Experiments (OLAREX
) is a European lifelong learning project with eight education organizations from six EU countries. The main goal of the project is to innovatively implement ICT-based learning materials, remote experiments, and e-didactic methods into formal and non-formal lifelong learning settings in STEM curricula. The organized online training for teachers provides e-didactic competences in STEM by means of remote lab work, offering practically-oriented approaches for strengthening technical practices.
During this training, five courses with six comprehensive learning modules including remote experiments as didactic support are offered to the secondary school teachers. Participants have to integrate at least one of the learning modules into their curriculum, test it in their classrooms, and encourage their students to apply their knowledge. Learning and teaching materials were prepared based on the target groups’ requirements. The remote experiments as a part of the OLAREX museum exhibition emphasize hands-on experience and context-based learning, making this output a unique non-formal e-learning tool.
IES Cities Project
“Internet Enabled Services for the Cities across Europe” (IES Cities
) is the last iteration in a chain of inter-related projects promoting user-centric and user-provided mobile services that exploit open data and user-supplied data. Technical components and achievements of several former European projects will be integrated to assemble an open Linked Data app-enabling technological platform. Such platform will be deployed across Europe, allowing the citizens to produce and consume internet-based services (apps) based on their own and external open data related to the cities.
IES Cities will provide a user-centric urban app enabling a platform for users in four cities in Europe. Each city will initially test the functionalities of the platform with completely independent services, different at each location, in order to allow the cities and their citizens to cover different needs under a common platform. Users will be able to continuously enrich the services with their own data and to have a voice in the proposal and selection of new services to be developed. The set of pre-defined urban services is specific for the cities where they will be deployed. These services will target different strategic topics in a city such as mobility, environment, health, culture, knowledge of the cities and so on.