Researchers - Edulab



Montse Guitert


Main researcher of Edul@b

PhD in Educational Sciences from the University of Barcelona, specializing in new technologies; Degree in Education at the University of Barcelona.

Full professor of Psychology an Education Studies at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). Now she is director of the Digital Literacy program and coordinator of the “ICT competences” course since its inception (1995). Professor at the Information and Knowledge Society Doctoral Programme; Master in Education and ICT (e-learning) and Master in Open Software at the UOC.

She also has been professor (1992-2000) in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational and Sports Sciences (Blanquerna) at the Ramon Llull University, where she taught different subjects related to the Educational Technology area and Qualitative Research within the Doctoral programme.

Her research focuses on ICT uses in education and training and, particularly, online collaboration, online teacher training and Digital Competences. She has coordinated some projects in these areas. She has published several articles and participated in international conferences and workshops in her research areas.

She has received the Jaume Vicens Vives 2016 Distinction from the Generalitat for the leadership in online training on digital skills in the university environment and its impact on citizens.

Nati Cabrera



PhD in Education from the University of Barcelona, Department of Teaching and Educational Organization; Degree in Law at the same institution. She has obtained several diplomas in teacher training and educational methodologies through ICT.

Professor of Psychology and Educational Sciences. Associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Educational Organization of the Faculty of Education at the University of Barcelona (2012, today), teaching education and ICT subjects in teacher training programs.

At the Open University of Catalonia she has carried out different roles as: Project Coordinator of the strategic area of methodology and educational innovation (2002-04), Director of Operational Methodology and Educational Innovation (2005-07), Director of the Support Unit for European Higher Education Area (2007-08) and Academic Coordinator of the School for Cooperation at the UOC (2009-12). Currently, she is actively involved in the innovation commission and good practices in Practicum commission, both of Psychology and Educational Sciences, as well as in projects for teacher training in assessment and feedback.

She has developed and directed numerous research projects related to the use of ICT in education, at national and international level, and she has directed numerous research projects related to the Master in education and ICT and Secondary Teacher Training. She has also developed multiple educational materials, most of them oriented in university teaching through ICT.

Her research focuses on models of organization, management and leadership on e-learning, educational assessment, especially the e-assessment and feedback processes, and the impact of training using ICT, from the educational, economical and social perspective.

Lourdes Guàrdia


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PhD in Educational Sciences from the Basc Country University); Degree in Philology and Master in Second Languages adquisition from the University of Barcelona.

She’s full time professor at Psychology and Educational Sciences Department and researcher at eLearn Center (Center of Research, Innovation and Training in e-learning) of the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). She’s is currently the director of the Master in Education and ICT (e-learning).

She has been working at the UOC since 1996 with different roles: as a Director of the of Multimedia Instruccional Design Department and as Innovation Projects Coordinator in the Strategic Area of Methodology and Educational Innovation. Between years 1991 and 1996 she worked as a professor at the School of Teachers of the University of Barcelona first and at the University of Pompeu Fabra, later.

The areas of research in which she is focused on are the techno-pedagogical design or instructional design, the educational technology and the didactics, the e-portfolio, the eAssessment, and the development of models based on the use of the ICT (e-learning). She has been working in all them participating and coordinating different projects of research and of innovation, so many at national and international level.

Since 2014 she is Chair of the European expert group on Curriculum development & Course design of EADTU (European Association of Distance Teaching Universities); since 2013 founder member of the European Network of ePortfolio Experts & Practitioners. She has advised over 20 years international institutions, on both Latin American and Anglo-Saxon models on the implementation of online education.

Joseph Hopkins


dd2ykxckJoseph Hopkins has over 20 years of experience in foreign language teaching in the United States and Spain. In 2001, he was appointed lecturer in English as a foreign language at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, where he is currently the Director of the Program of Languages.

His research interests are CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning), training of language teachers in the use of ICTs, distance language learning, computer-supported collaborative learning, and computer-mediated communication. He has given numerous conference presentations and published various articles and book chapters on these topics.

He has also taken part in several projects related to online teaching and learning, such as Developing Online Teaching Skills (DOTS), funded by the European Centre for Modern Languages.

He is currently working on his doctoral dissertation, entitled “Language learner interaction in a synchronous audiographic conferencing environment”.

Marcelo Maina


PhD in the Information and Knowledge Society Programme  from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya; Master in Communication Sciences from Université de Montreal (Canada), and BA in Communications and Education from Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos (Argentina).

Associate professor of Educational Technology at the Department of Psychology and Education at UOC, he teaches courses of the Master in Education and ICT (e-learning) and related e-learning programs.

Researcher of the Edul@b research group (UOC) and associate researcher of the LICEF Research Center (Télé-université, Canada). He has participated in numerous European projects regarding technologies, education, and lifelong learning. His research encompasses such topics as learning ecologies, learning design methods and tools, emerging digital pedagogies, personalized learning, and open education.  On these and other related subjects he has made presentations at international conferences and published articles and book chapters. He has been invited to several conferences in Latin America and published his research in conference proceedings, journal articles, and book chapters.

He serves on numerous committees (e.g., International Seminar UNESCO Chair in Education and Technology for Social Change) and review panels (e.g., International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning). He has participated in conference scientific committees (e.g., Annual Conference European Distance Education Network), as well as a reviewer in teaching innovation symposiums (e.g., International Symposium of University Teaching).

Marc Romero


PhD in Education at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (2008). Master in Information Society and Desing of virtual learning environments (URV).

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 within the eLearn Center (UOC), and the Collaborative Learning in Virtual Environtments Network (RACEV, in spanish), coordinated by Montse Guitert.

He has been also associate professor (2000-2007) of the Educational Science and Psychology faculty at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, were he taught the “New Technologies applied to Education” course in the teachers training program. He was teacher in several postgraduate workshops and courses.

His research focuses on the Educational Technology and E-learning and more specifically on the students’ ICT skills and the collaborative work in virtual environments. He has participated in conferences and workshops in his area of expertise.

He was previously a member of the FOCONNET research group (URV).

Teresa Romeu

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Pedagogue (UAB, 1987), Master in Information and Knowledge Society (UOC, 2005) and Doctor in Information and Knowledge Society (UOC, 2011). From 1987 to 1991 she worked as a researcher in the Department of Applied Pedagogy at the UAB. Later she is head of studies in Distance Education Center (Ceac, 1991 to 1999).

Since 2000 she is a professor at the UOC, in the area of ​​Digital Competences in the Studies of Psychology and Education Sciences, coordinating the subjects of “ICT Competences” in the degrees of Humanities, Social Sciences, Anthropology and Human Evolution Degrees, History, Geography And Art, Business Administration and Management, Marketing and Tourism. She is also a teacher of the Master of Education and ICT, coordinating the Online Teaching itinerary. Since 2009, 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 network, online teaching and the use and application of digital technologies in different fields and educational levels. She has developed innovation projects in the conceptualization of multimedia didactic resources on digital competences. She has participated in national and international invited papers and is an evaluator in scientific journals of her area of ​​experience

Albert Sangrà



He’s got an European Ph.D. in Education at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain). Postgraduate in Applications of Information Technology in ODE at The Open University of the UK, and Diploma on Strategic Use of IT in Education at Harvard University. BA in Education at the Universitat de Barcelona.

Academic Director of the UNESCO Chair in Technology and Education for Social Change at the Open University of Catalonia. He is a researcher at the Edul@b research group and full professor at the Psychology and Educational Sciences Department.

At the UOC, he has served as Director, Methodology and Educational Innovation until 2004, being in charge of the educational model of the university; Director of the M.Sc. program in Education and ICT (e-learning) (2006-2012), and Director of the eLearn Center (2012-2014).

His main research interests are ICT uses in education and training and, particularly, the policies, organization, management and leadership of e-learning implementation, and its quality assurance, and the professional development for online teaching. He has played the role of consultant in several online education and training projects in Europe, America, Australia and Asia, focusing on implementation strategies for the use of technology in teaching and learning and its quality, and he has also served as a consultant for the World Bank Institute.

He is the recipient of the 2015 Award for Excellence in eLearning awarded by the World Education Congress, and he has also recently acknowledged as EDEN Senior Fellow by the European Distance and E-learning Network (June 2015).

He has been Vice-President for the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning (EFQUEL) (2011-2014), and member of the Executive Committee of the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) (2003-2009). He also served in the Advisory Board of the Portugal’s Universidade Aberta. He currently is a member of the International Advisory Committee of TELSC (Technology Enhanced Learning and Societal Challenges) PhD Program, led by the University of Lisboa, University of Aveiro and University of Minho in Portugal.

He serves as evaluator for the Italian National Agency of Universities Evaluation (ANVUR) and the Estonian National Agency for Quality in Higher Education (EKKA), as well as member of the Editorial Board of several indexed academic journals.

Collaborators of the Edul@b Group

Carles Bruguera

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Carles CVDegree in Psychology from the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona; Degree in Audiovisual Communication from the Open University of Catalonia; Official Master’s Degree in Cognitive and Communication Psychology from the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona.

PhD student in the research group Edul@b.

His research focuses on the use of new technologies in the education and communication fields and more specifically in the possibilities of social media for the updating of professionals.

Federica Mancini



PhD in the Information and Knowledge Society Programme from the UOC; Bachelor of Science in Education from the University degli Studi di Firenze; Master in Multimedia Content Design (RAI – Radio Televisione Italiana) and various specializations in cultural and social media marketing communication.

She has participated in several European research and innovation projects, in the Vast-lab Laboratories and in the I Care del Polo Universitario Città di Prato and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). She is currently working with the research group Edul@b.

Her research focuses on the use of social media for communication of cultural and educational content and more specifically in participatory strategies that foster the transmission of knowledge.

She has published different articles and participated in international conferences and workshops in her research areas.

Pablo Baztán


Ph.D. in Education at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) with a thesis on the Secondary Teacher Training in collaborative projects, Master in Research in Education (UAB) and Bachelor in Theoretical Physics (UB).

He has worked as a secondary school teacher for almost twenty years, always generating and collaborating on innovation projects.

As education coordinator for the network of researchers Marine Science For Society, he participates in different initiatives linked to the joint and participatory creation of knowledge.

He collaborates as a tutor in End-of-Master’s Work at the International University of La Rioja (UNIR) and teaches courses at the Toulouse Business School (TBS) in Barcelona.

Its main lines of research focus on the interdisciplinary and transversal generation of knowledge and on teacher training as a vehicle for innovation and change.

Federica Giardina


Graduated in Interpretation and Communication at the IULM University of Milan with a Master’s in European and International Policies from the Catholic Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan and Sciences Po Toulouse and a Master’s degree in Immigration Management from Pompeu Fabra University.

Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair in Education and Technology for Social Change and Research Assistant of the Edul@b research group.

Her fields of study are social policies, gender equality and party systems.

She is also part of the research group on Institutions and Political Actors of the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the UPF with the OPCAT project.

Mitchell Peters

Mitchell Peters is a language teacher and educational researcher who has studied higher education in Canada, Spain, France, Portugal, and the United States in the fields of education, globalization, and ICT.

He has taught languages, communication, and psychology at the European University of Madrid (2013-2016).  Previously, he has studied a European Master (2012) as a fellow in an Erasmus Mundus program entitled “Media Design for Education”.

In addition, he has completed a Masters in Global Educational Policy at the University of Illinois (2010), U.S.A. He has also collaborated with organizations such as the U.N. (2012) through professional internships in the fields of media, education and youth.

His current research interests lie in student’s experiences of learning in online higher education, exploring learning across formal and informal digital contexts.

Azucena Vazquez

Master in Education and ICT (e-learning) and Degree in Humanities at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Degree in Teaching at Universitat Ramon Llull.

More than 15 years of teaching experience at different levels: from primary to higher education. At the University, she has taught in Master of Secondary Education at Universidad Internacional de La Rioja and in Postgraduate Innovative and Creative uses of ICT in education at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

She has designed and imparted multiple training courses with the aim of promoting Digital Teaching Competence in various institutions such as the Departament d’Ensenyament de la Generalitat de Catalunya.

Her current research interests are focused on the relationship between the uses of ICT in the classroom and the development of the Digital Competence of students.

Maria Moreno

Graduated in Teaching of Primary Education by the Ramon Llull University.

During the 2015-2016 course, elementary teacher in the United States in an exchange program Amity Institute.

Research assistant in the CRISS project. She is currently studying the Master of Education and ICT (UOC).

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