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The Universitat de Barcelona (UB) was founded in 1450 and boasts a student body of 84.370 and a research staff of 4.548. Degrees are offered in 73 different areas of teaching with numerous postgraduate and doctorate programs. The UB is the largest of the six universities of Barcelona and is ranked as the first Spanish university and the twenty third European institutions. The Faculty of Pedagogy and the Faculty of Social Education prepare specialists in education in different fields, whereas the Faculty of Education is in charge of initial teacher training. The Institute of Science Education provides in-service teachers training. The Faculties of Education and Pedagogy have strong expertise in the design and use of ICT tools for learning, and its role in teacher education. They maintain a large network of educational institutions working in similar areas of research.

UB will play three key roles in Block Magic. First, UB will be responsible for the development and documentation of the Block Magic teaching methodology and learning exercises (WP3). In this role, UB will work very closely with teachers in Barcelona schools, with EA, with Lega del Filo d’Oro and with University of Dresden. UB’s specific role in this work will to contribute to the definition of protocols, tools and criteria for measuring the effectiveness of learning with the tool.

Second, UB will be responsible for the Spanish branch of the formative evaluation in WP5 and the summative evaluation in WP6. In WP5, UB will collaborate closely with UNIDR and EA to identify improvements and additions to the methodology and will play a similar role during the trial in WP6, where it will collaborate with LFDO.

Third, UB will coordinate the project’s dissemination activities. In this role, UB will be responsible for the design and implementation of publicity materials, and the management of content for the project web site. UB will be responsible for coordinating work with the Spanish media, for the organization of a national awareness event in Spain, and for promoting the project’s presence on third party web sites.

Name of staff member Summary of relevant skills and experience, including where relevant a list of recent publications related to the domain of the project.
Dr. Mario BarajasMario Barajas Dr. Barajas is head of Future Learning team and senior lecturer at the Faculty of Pedagogy/Education, preparing teachers in ICT applied to education. He is a Doctor in Education from UB and Master’s in Educational Technology by San Francisco State University (USA). He has coordinated/participated in several EU-funded projects in technology-enhanced learning. These include: PROACTIVE (coord.), SoRuraLL, PREDIL, Puente, Collage, Delphi (coord.), Merlin (coord.). He coordinated the KALEIDOSCOPE Network of Excellence (VI FP) at the UB. He has strong expertise in studies of the pedagogical impact of ICT-based learning innovations, and in managing EU funded projects. He publishes in 2009 Schools in Action: Pedagogical Evaluation.
Dr. Anna TrifonovaAnna Trifonova Anna Trifonova has a PhD in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) from the University of Trento (Italy) focusing on wireless and mobile technologies in education with application on language learning. She is experienced in ICT from both technical and methodological side. Her interests include technology-facilitated learning, creativity and innovation facilitated by ICT, networking tools for support of virtual communities, etc. She has participated in several EU projects and national-level projects in Italy and Norway. Within Future Learning, she is involved in Pathway, ProActive and SCeTGo and Block Magic.
Dr. Jordi Quintana AlbalatQuintana Dr. Jordi Quintana Albalat is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Education where he teaches Educational Technology and Design of Multimedia and Online Learning Resources. In the past he has taught a course on “Teaching Maths in Secondary Education”. He is a member of the Educational Multimedia research group. He has participated in several EU funded projects, including Learn-Nett, Multimeduc, SETTT, and VIM.  He is the author of several publications and media resources on ICT-based learning.
Dr.José Luís Rodriguez IlleraJL Dr. José Luís Rodriguez Illera is a senior lecturer at the University of Barcelona where he coordinates the Research Group on Educational Multimedia. He is the author of several books, book chapters and articles on the use of ICT in education. He is author of many educational multimedia applications for the learning of languages (Spanish, Catalan, English), and on other topics. He is also co-author of several educational games, and of tools to enhance reading and writing skills in secondary school students. He has participated in several national and international research and development projects including Lingua, Socrates, Info 2000, Europe against Aids, @LIS, etc.
Selected publications

  • Frossard F, Trifonova A., Barajas M. “Collaborative storytelling with Wiki: a case study in Spanish rural schools”. Paper presented at SALL-2010, Patra (Greece), 45/11/2010
  • Barajas, M., Sotiriou S, Lohr M, Owen M. (2010) Collage in Action: a case study on mobile learning and game-based learning in school settings. In S. Caballe; F. Xhafa; T. Daradoumis; A. A. Juan (eds.) Architectures for Distributed and Complex M-Learning Systems: Applying Intelligent Technologies. IGI Global: Hershey, PA