Research and Innovation in Educational Technology in the Digital Era


Education and Technology International Forum

From 27 to 29 October 2021, the FIET2021 will be held in on-line format. 

The first edition of the International Forum on Education and Technology was held in June 2014 as part of the events of the Catalan Tricentennial. The forum was an international event that brought together 96 specialists from 16 countries and 64 different institutions to analyse the current role played by Technology in Education and its expected role in five years’ time.

Technology has clearly facilitated the design and development of new educational spaces, promoted new methodologies, and blurred the barriers between formal, non-formal and informal education, which increasingly need to be considered together and not in individual compartments. The international context of the forum allows us to generate creation networks for redefining new educational and cultural perspectives. In this context, more than ever, we need to consider education as the true driver of a country's development.

This digital, global and ever-changing context must be monitored to gain evidence of the true effectiveness of applying and using technology in education, and we must do so from different perspectives: public policy, the impact in terms of learning and improving the educational process, the ethical and equitable use of technology to help create a more inclusive, unbiased and just world and the necessary critical look at technological advances to take advantage of their educational applications and counteract their dangers, if any. It is necessary to systematically observe the educational context in order to be able to demonstrate through evidence the real impact, in terms of improvement, of applying and using technology. A well-founded, future-oriented educational strategy needs to be defined.

The research strategy should allow us to ask some key questions and, by analysing real situations, answer them: What public policies would be needed to incorporate technology in the educational process to improve the quality of the education system? What new educational spaces does technology offer us? Are teachers able to take on the challenges of education in a digital context? Do we teach students to build knowledge? What should the ethics of education be in a digital society? What are we talking about when we refer to digital inclusion? And Are the latest technologies a threat or an opportunity? We need carry out research into quality educational technology and have sufficient resources to be able to gain evidence of the real impact of technology on educational process.

Research needs to be carried out from an international perspective for generating networks that promote a global collaborative work context in order to answer complex research questions. This forum aims to contribute to making this possible.

FIET 2021 aims to be a meeting of researchers of international relevance in the world of education and technology so that they can reflect, discuss and make proposals on the role of research into technology and education as a transformative element of education in a digital context. The objective is to contrast and find solutions to some of the current deficits of research into educational technology.

The objectives of this Forum are:  

1. Visitivity of research in education and technology and contrasting it with that of the world in order to generate future scenarios in this area.

2. Analyze, discuss and develop educational research proposals for new educational scenarios from a global and transformative technological perspective.


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Antonio Bartolomé
University of Barcelona
Eloy Bernal
CASIO España
Cristina Borràs Sardà
University and Research Grants Management Agency
Julio Cabero Almenara
Universidad de Sevilla
Nati Cabrera Lanzo
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Francesca Caena
Ca 'Foscari University of Venice
Marcel Cano Soler
University of Barcelona
Xavier Carrera
University of Lleida
Linda Castañeda
University of Murcia
Gisela Cebrián Bernat
Rovira and Virgili University
Mireia Civís
FPCEE Blanquerna - URL
César Coll
University of Barcelona
Janina Minelli De Oliveira Ramos
Rovira and Virgili University
Josep M. Duart
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Jordi Duch Gavaldà
Rovira and Virgili University
Àlex Escolà Serra
Institute of Diagnosis, Psychiatric Care and Psychology
Francesc Esteve
University Jaume I
Vanessa Esteve González
Rovira and Virgili University
Marta Esteve Zaragoza
Carulla Foundation
Maria Assunção Flores
University of Minho
Joaquín Gairín Sallán
Center for Research and Studies for Organizational Development
Héctor Gardó
Fundació Bofill
Mercè Gisbert Cervera
Rovira and Virgili University
Juan González Martínez
University of Girona
Mariona Grané Oró
University of Barcelona
Agueda Gras-Velazquez
European Schoolnet
Carme Grimalt
Rovira and Virgili University
Esther Gurri Costa
Museu de Badalona
Carme Hernández Escolano
Rovira and Virgili University
Josep Holgado García
Rovira and Virgili University
Sanna Järvelä
University of Oulu
M. Carme Jiménez Fernández
Ramon Muntaner Institute
Jordi Juvany Vila
Department of Education
Virginia Larraz
University of Andorra
José Luis Lázaro Cantabrana
Rovira and Virgili University
Carles Lindín Soriano
Universitat de Barcelona
Víctor López Simó
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Tarek Lufti i Gilabert
Rovira and Virgili University
Marta Marimon-Martí
University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia
Luis Marqués
Rovira and Virgili University
Francina Martí
Associació de Mestres Rosa Sensat
Miquel Martínez Marín
University of Barcelona
Matías Matías
Global Education Strategist Advisory Board Member for HP Foundation, HP Life Program HP Inc
Santiago Mengual
Universidad de Valencia
Cristina Mercader Juan
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Josep Francesc Moragrega
The Association for the Preservation of the Railway and Industrial Heritage of Móra la Nova (APPFI)
M. Julia Morales González
University of the Republic
Laura Nahabetian Brunet
Universidad de la República
Ramon Palau Martin
Rovira and Virgili University
Francesc Pedró
Karma Peiró
Visualization for Transparency Foundation
Miquel Àngel Prats
Blanquerna - Ramon Llull University
M. Paz Prendes
University of Murcia
Jorge Puche Soler
Federació de Moviments de Renovació Pedagògica de Catalunya
Lluis Puig Gordi
Government of Catalonia. Department of Culture
Robert Rallo
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Cintia Refojo Seronero
Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT)
Jordi Riera
Blanquerna - Universitat Ramon Llull
Enric Roca Casas
María Jesús Rodríguez-Triana
Tallinn University
Rosabel Roig Vila
Universidad de Alicante
Margarida Romero
Université Côte d'Azur
Núria Sabaté
Asociación Espiral, Educación y Tecnología
Jesús Salinas
University of the Balearic Islands
Albert Sangrà
Open University of Catalonia
Mònica Sanromà Giménez
Rovira and Virgili University
Jaume Sarramona López
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Karl Steffens
Universität Zu Köln
Alejandro Tiana
Ministry of Education and Vocational Training
Fernando Trujillo
University of Granada
Mireia Usart
Rovira and Virgili University
Cristina Valls
Rovira and Virgili University
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