The University of Deusto is a private and fully recognized university with 997 members of staff and more than 12,000 students. Academic excellence of the University of Deusto 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 tools for quality education with an emphasis in meaningful learning and efficiency.
In Go-Lab, the Faculty of Engineering of UDEUSTO is represented by the WebLab-Deusto, Mobile Communications Research Group, and DeustoTech Learning. Since 2004, the Faculty of Engineering provides a remote laboratory WebLab-Deusto for technical curricula. The remote lab is integrated in the current teaching/learning with LMS, Facebook, and mobile devices. WebLab-Deusto offers different experiments in physics and technologies including logic games and one related to embed systems development. The group participates in many national and international projects, among others OLAREX, CLIPFLAX, E-Pragmatic, RexNet, CITA2, SocialTechBook, PiP-PDI, and sLabs.
The Mobile Communications Research Group hosts SmartLab, a mobile and pervasive computing laboratory, where prototypes of ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence scenarios are designed, deployed and tested in order to experiment with future environments where intelligence is provided by surrounding objects, especially mobile phones. The group has a strong background in the application of Semantic Web and Artificial Intelligence techniques to middleware for embed and mobile system in order to foster context-aware reactivity. MORElab participates in multiple projects, such as MUGGES, uService, CBDP, SABESS, PIRAmIDE, and ACROSS.
In Go-Lab, the Faculty is involved in WP4 (Go-Lab Infrastructure), WP5 (Go-Lab Portal), WP7 (Large-scale pilots), WP8 (Evaluation and Validation), and WP9 (Dissemination and Exploitation). UDEUSTO will act as National Coordinator of the project’s implementation in Spain.
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.
“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.