CODUR presented at EDEN and CIDUI conferences

Prof. Albert Sangrà, coordinator of the CODUR project and Director of the UNESCO Chair for Education and Technology for Social Change, and members of the team Montse Guitert and Juliana Raffaghelli attended the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) Annual Conference held in Genova (17-20 June) and the International Conference on University Teaching and Innovation held in Girona (4-6 July).

In both conferences, the objectives were two-fold: a) to present the CODUR project with its initial online indicators to be included in university rankings and to promote the debate about the evaluation of the online dimension inside the university ranking system, and b) to conduct an interactive workshop where the participants could give their feedback about the new set of indicators created by the CODUR project.

The CODUR project is leading to its end, but the number of impacts (both institutions and people) are growing remarkably.


Nomination call for UNESCO-Hamdan Prize 2015-2016

hamdan prizeThe fourth edition of the UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers has opened the call for nominations.

The prize is awarded every two years and it recognizes initiatives that contribute to improving educational practices around the world, with priority given to developing countries and to marginalized and disadvantaged communities.

The Prize of $300 000 will be divided between three winners.

Candidates may be individuals representing institutions or organizations; international or national governmental or non-governmental organizations (NGOs); educational or research institutions and local/national/regional communities.

Deadline for nomination is October 31, 2015

To submit a nomination, you can download the guide and the application and nomination forms.

Former winners include Oxfam, Education International (Belgium), SOS Villages d’Enfants (Madagascar) or ProEd Foundation (Panama), among others.

For more information, please visit the Prize official website here.

‘An Industry of Mediocrity’ & Change from Outside?






By BILL KELLER, NYT, 20.10.2013 


“Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. And those who can’t teach, teach teaching.”  

This sounds like a scary aphorism, however, National Council on Teacher Quality described this summer teacher education in U.S. as “an industry of mediocrity.” Academic entrepreneurs, philanthropies like the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship  Foundation  are arising to compete with the public universities which have a full monopoly on ed schools. Once again, we are facing an old issue: when a (public) system is unable to reform itself from inside, then an  outsider will try to do the job.
As an example, the Harlem Village Academies charter schools started a graduate education school that will be integrated with her K-12 campuses in Harlem. It will join a young cottage industry of experimental teacher training.
There are 3.3 Mln. public school teachers in America, and they … can’t all be trained by start-ups. Of course, raising up the standards of the university programs should be an urgent priority.  As one of this article´s reader comments:

In spite of all the.. difficulties, there are many, many dedicated and skilled teachers. But as a society, we also have to accept that we need to pay teachers better wages to attract more talent. This is one of those cases where “the markets”, which economists are so fond of, will not help. This is purely a social and political decision, and ultimately, if we have poor teachers teaching our children, we have only ourselves to blame…

Will market be able to help or not, remains to be seen. But if one reason for the widespread mediocrity is recognized as a “cozy, lucrative monopoly” of universities, then competition will challenge this. It’s about time the leaders of our education schools did feel threatened.

 Read  the article in full:

Cicle de debats – Què vol dir ser mestre, avui?

Informació via | Fundació Jaume Bofill

Un diàleg entre la periodista i directora de TV3, Mònica Terribas, i el reconegut mestre i escriptor Jaume Cela obrirà el proper dimecres 1 de febrer el cicle itinerant de debats arreu del país:

Què vol dir ser mestre avui?

El compromís ètic del professorat, a debat, organitzat conjuntament per la Fundació Jaume Bofill i la Federació de Moviments de Renovació Pedagògica de Catalunya, amb la col·laboració de TV3. Cela i Terribas dialogaran al voltant de la funció social dels professionals de l’educació just l’endemà que TV3 hagi iniciat l’emissió d’una sèrie de deu capítols, Mestres, que reflexiona sobre el mateix tema i que s’emetrà els dimarts, a les 22.30 h, a partir del 31 de gener.

L’acte tindrà lloc de les 18 a les 20 h, a l’Aula 1 del Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), al Carrer Montalegre, 5, de Barcelona. També es podrà seguir i participar-hi en directe per Internet a través del blog, que difondrà informació sobre el cicle de debats a través de les xarxes socials.

Abans del diàleg, la directora de la sèrie Mestres, Fúlvia Nicolás, el director de la Fundació Jaume Bofill, Ismael Palacín, i el president de la Federació de Moviments de Renovació Pedagògica, Raül Manzano, presentaran la sèrie i el cicle de debats, respectivament.

Al següent PDF adjunt hi ha tot el programa d’un cicle de debats que pretén parlar en veu alta dels valors de la tasca d’educar i suscitar un procés de reflexió al si de la comunitat educativa al voltant de la funció social del professorat i del seu compromís ètic.

Informació original en línia >>  (Fundació Jaume Bofill)

Programa Cicle de Debats “Què vol dir ser metre avui?” >>  (PDF, 413 KB – Fundació Jaume Bofill)

Open Minds at UOC: Peter Baptist 'The Art of Teaching Maths'

Vídeo with Spanish subtitles >>

Vídeo with Catalan subtitles >>

This content is also featured in the Open Minds social portal of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

Peter Baptist was one of the Demo presenters at the VIII International Seminar of the UOC UNESCO Chair in e-LearningTeacher Training: Reconsidering Teachers’ Roles” You can find the link to the video of his presentation, along with the presentations and videos of all keynote speakers and demo presenters of the event, in the VIII International Seminar’s presentations page.