The UNESCO-UNIR Chair in eLearning renews for a four-year period
Logroño, La Rioja, Spain. 28 September 2021
The UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs programme was created in 1992 with the purpose of facilitating research, training and programme development in higher education by establishing strong university networks in key areas related to UNESCO’s fields of competence. More than 850 institutions from 117 countries participate in its network, including the Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR) and, more specifically, the Institute for Educational Research, Innovation and Technology (UNIR iTED), which coordinates this action.
Recently, as a result of this activity, several articles and books have been published, as well as participation in a large number of events, among which the following stand out: Intergovernmental meeting of experts (category II) related to a draft UNESCO recommendation on open science, ESD Marketplace at the UNESCO World Conference on Education for sustainable development, UNESCO OER Dynamic coalition webinar on how to OER courses, UNESCO International conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Education or 40th CG-Ministerial meeting on inclusion and mobility in higher education.
The director of the chair comments on his impressions regarding this continuation of his functions:
“The renewal of this chair for the next four years is an endorsement of the work carried out by UNIR in supporting and training teachers and researchers on models and strategies for online learning and teaching. In recent years, UNIR has strengthened this direct relationship with local communities and institutions, at an international level, to build joint methodologies and tools on which to learn, produce and share”.
About the UNESCO-UNIR Chair in eLearning:
Encourages the global adoption and implementation of eLearning techniques, strategies, methodologies, tools and resources in order to promote universal access to education.
Develops and maintains a research network that facilitates collaboration between recognised researchers, UNIR research teams and other university institutions, companies, user associations and other agents.
It fosters cooperation with local and international institutions, mainly in Europe and Latin America, although with stable relations with Africa, the Middle East and Asia, facilitating scientific exchanges between students, teachers and researchers, as well as the participation of the Administration, experts and professionals in the sector.