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Dr Francisco Iniesto

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I am a Research Associate in Technology Enhanced Learning at the Institute of Educational Technology (IET). In June 2019, I successfully passed my doctoral viva. My PhD is part of the Open World Learning programme based at The Open University, where I had a fully funded Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship. My research project was titled “An Investigation into the accessibility of MOOCs". During my PhD, I have investigated tools and approaches that may lead to more accessible MOOCs and raise awareness among the various stakeholders of accessibility challenges in this educational environment. I have designed and validated a four-component audit for improving the accessibility in MOOCs for disabled learners from an expert evaluation perspective.

My background is as a Computer Engineer (bachelor’s degree at the Autonomous University of Madrid, UAM) with extensive experience in IT consulting and software development using Agile techniques (for more than seven years), and I have participated in several international projects in Spain, Belgium and The Netherlands. I conducted my master's studies at the National Distance Education University (UNED) in EdTech. Since that moment, I have been collaborating and participating in several international research groups such as Technology and Accessibility UNED-Vodafone Foundation Research Chair, FutureLearn Academic Network (FLAN), OLA! Open Learning and Accessibility and YourMOOC4all.

Biography

During his time as an employee in IET Francisco has been a full-time research associate for OpenTEL for one year. OpenTEL is a priority research area that brings together researchers across the university, with existing research capabilities and established excellence on TEL projects. He was responsible for coordinating OpenTEL several lines of research and events including the creation of the special interest group “Open & Inclusive” which still coordinates.

Other projects where he has been involved part-time include the early stages of ACCESS, a project which is drawing on existing and emerging evidence to inform the design of the programme through an adaptive, people-centred approach through co-creation for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. In this case, Francisco was responsible for investigating the latest methods on codesign within the area of educational technology and health education. More recently he has overseen the trials and research of the most up to date technology in educational virtual assistants for Assistants to the Disclosure and Management of Information about Needs and Support (ADMINS) a project which implies using participatory design, to build a virtual assistant as an alternative to the forms disabled students complete to access study support.

One of the projects Francisco invests currently more time in is the GO–GN Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) a network to support PhD candidates around the world whose research projects include a focus on open education. I this case he coordinates the fellowship scheme, where IET is supporting the research of nine alumni of the network with a strong focus on the Global South and EDI values. GO-GN has started a mentoring program in Latin America named Collega.

Other international projects that complement Francisco’s research in Open Education and Inclusion are Erasmus + funded projects Accelerating the transition towards Education 4.0 in HEIs (TEACH4EDU4), European MOOC Consortium Labour Market (EMC-LM) and Relevant assessment and pedagogies for inclusive digital education (RAPIDE), these projects include the use of Microcredentials in the labour market and new concepts such as Education 4.0 in Computer Science.

During his time at IET, he has got teaching experience, since 2019 he is an associate lecturer for the School of Computing and Communications, currently tutor at the modules TM354 “Software Engineering”, M269 “Algorithms, Data Structures and Computability” and TM470 “The computing and IT project”. He has been involved in the creation of the OU Microcredential in FutureLearn “Online teaching: accessibility and inclusive learning”. As well he is tutor for the Master in “Secondary Education, Professional Training and Language teaching” (HE teaching certificate) and the two modules on the development of accessible mobile apps, all these posts are at the School of Computer Science, UNED.

Publications

2022

Farrow, Robert; Baas, Marjon; Cardoso, Paula; Cox, Glenda; Czerwonogora, Ada; DeWaard, Helen; Essmiller, Kathy; Helton, Emily; Huth, Kate; Iniesto, Francisco; Johnson, Kathryn; Peramunugamage, Anuradha; Pitt, Rebecca; Sousa, Lorena; Vizgirda, Vidiminas and Weller, Martin (). GO-GN Research Review 2022. Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN). The Open University (UK).
Bossu, Carina and Iniesto, Francisco. (). Equity, diversity and inclusion in a GO-GN project: Adopting participants’ recommendations. In: Open Education Conference #OER22, 26-28 Apr 2022, London - UK.
Murphy, Victoria; Iniesto, Francisco and Scanlon, Eileen (). Higher Education’s Digitalisation: Past, Present, and Future. In: Kaplan, Andreas eds. Digital Transformation and Disruption of Higher Education Cambridge University Press (In Press).
Rodés, Virginia and Iniesto, Francisco. (). Research in Open Education in Latin America: towards an agenda of collaboration between networks. In: 2021 XVI Latin American Conference on Learning Technologies (LACLO), 19-21 Oct 2021, Arequipa - Perú (Virtual).
Howson, Oliver; Charlton, Patricia; Iniesto, Francisco and Holmes, Wayne. (). INSPIRE: Fourth Industrial Revolution Teaching in the Classroom. In: 53rd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, 2-5 Mar 2022, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
Iniesto, Francisco and Hillaire, Garron (). UDL and its implications in MOOC accessibility evaluation. In: Rienties, Bart; Hampel, Regine; Scanlon, Eileen and Whitelock, Denise eds. Open World Learning: Research, Innovation and the Challenges of High-Quality Education Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 208-224.
Iniesto, Francisco; McAndrew, Patrick; Minocha, Shailey and Coughlan, Tim. (). A qualitative study to understand the perspectives of MOOC providers on accessibility. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 38 (1) pp. 87-101.
Iniesto, Francisco; McAndrew, Patrick; Minocha, Shailey and Coughlan, Tim (). Accessibility in MOOCs: the stakeholders’ perspectives. In: Rienties, Bart; Hampel, Regine; Scanlon, Eileen and Whitelock, Denise eds. Open world learning: research, Innovation and the Challenges of High-Quality Education London: Routledge, pp. 119-130.
Divjak, Blazenka; Rienties, Bart; Iniesto, Francisco; Vondra, Petra and Zizak, Mirza. (). Flipped Classrooms in Higher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Findings and Future Research Recommendations. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education.
Iniesto, Francisco; Charitonos, Koula and Littlejohn, Allison. (). A review of research with co-design methods in health education. Open Education Studies, 4 pp. 273-295.
Bossu, Carina and Iniesto, Francisco. (). Supporting Latin American researchers in Open Education through the Collega mentoring program. In: Open Education Global Conference 2022, 23-25 May 2022, Nantes, France.
Howson, Oliver; Charlton, Patricia; Iniesto, Francisco and Holmes, Wayne. (). INSPIRE: Fourth industrial revolution teaching in the classroom a multi-disciplinary collaboratively designed pilot project. In: EDULEARN22 Proceedings, IATED Academy, Valencia, 8604-8613.
Iniesto, Francisco; Coughlan, Tim; Lister, Kate; Devine, Peter; Freear, Nicholas D.; Greenwood, Richard; Holmes, Wayne; Kenny, Ian; McLeod, Kevin and Tudor, Ruth. (). Creating ‘a simple conversation’: Designing a conversational user interface to improve the experience of accessing support for study. ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (In Press).
Iniesto, Francisco; Ferguson, Rebecca; Weller, Martin; Farrow, Robert and Pitt, Rebecca. (). Introducing a reflective framework for the assessment and recognition of microcredentials. Open Technology in Education, Society, and Scholarship Association (OTESSA) Journal (in press).

2021

Weller, Martin; Pitt, Rebecca; Iniesto, Francisco; Farrow, Robert; Bossu, Carina and Vladimirschi, Viviane (). GO-GN Annual Review 2021. Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN). The Open University (UK).
Iniesto, Francisco; Sargent, Julia; Rienties, Bart; Llorens, Ariadna; Adam, Araceli; Herodotou, Christothea; Ferguson, Rebecca and Muccini, Henry. (). When industry meets Education 4.0: What do Computer Science companies need from Higher Education?. In: TEEM'21: Ninth International Conference on Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, USA, 367-372.
Farrow, Robert; Iniesto, Francisco; Weller, Martin; Pitt, Rebecca; Algers, Anne; Bozkurt, Aras; Cox, Glenda; Czerwonogora, Ada; Elias, Tanya; Essmiller, Kathy; Funk, Johanna; Lambert, Sarah; Mittelmeier, Jenna; Nagashima, Tomo; Rabin, Eyal; Rets, Irina; Spica, Elizabeth; Vladimirschi, Viviane and Witthaus, Gabi (). GO-GN Guide to Conceptual Frameworks. Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN). The Open University (UK).
Iniesto, Francisco; Coughlan, Tim and Lister, Kate. (). Implementing an accessible Conversational User Interface applying feedback from University students and disability support advisors. In: 18th International Web for All Conference, 19-20 Apr 2021, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Iniesto, Francisco; Weller, Martin and Roberts, Sarah. (). Lessons learnt from the Cardiff CPD development programme. In: EDEN 30th Annual Conference 2021, 21-24 Jun, Madrid.
Iniesto, Francisco; Murphy, Victoria; Scanlon, Eileen and Shi-Min, Chua. (). OpenTEL: lessons from a pandemic for the future of distance education. In: EDEN 30th Annual Conference 2021, 21-24 Jun, Madrid.
Rienties, Bart; Balaban, Igor; Ferguson, Rebecca; Herodotou, Christothea; Iniesto, Francisco; Muccini, Henry; Sargent, Julia and Virkus, Sirje. (). Education 4.0 and Computer Science: A European perspective. In: Central European Conference on Information and Intelligent Systems (CECIIS), Oct 13-15, Varazdin, Croatia.
Iniesto, Francisco; Tabuenca, Bernardo; Rodrigo, Covadonga and Tovar, Edmundo. (). Challenges to Achieving a More Inclusive and Sustainable Open Education. Journal of Interactive Media in Education.
Iniesto, Francisco and Holmes, Wayne (). INSPIRE Fourth Industrial Revolution Teaching in the Classroom: Project report. The Open University, Milton Keynes.

2020

Weller, Martin; Pitt, Rebecca; Iniesto, Francisco and Farrow, Robert (). GO-GN Annual Review 2020. Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN).
Iniesto, Francisco; Coughlan, Tim; Lister, Kate and Holmes, Wayne. (). Designing an Assistant for the Disclosure and Management of Information about Needs and Support: the ADMINS project. In: ASSETS '20: The 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, 1-4.
Farrow, Robert; Iniesto, Francisco; Weller, Martin and Pitt, Rebecca (). GO-GN Research Methods Handbook. Milton Keynes: Global OER Gradate Network.
Lister, Kate; Coughlan, Tim; Iniesto, Francisco; Freear, Nick and Devine, Peter. (). Accessible Conversational User Interfaces: Considerations for design. In: Web for All 2020, 20-21 Apr 2020, Taipei, Taiwan.
Rodrigo, Covadonga; Iniesto, Francisco and García-Serrano, Ana (). Reflections on Instructional Design Guidelines from the MOOCification of Distance Education: A Case Study of a Course on Design for All. In: Mendoza-González, Ricardo; Huizilopoztli, Luna-García and Alfredo, Mendoza-González eds. UXD and UCD Approaches for Accessible Education Hershey PA, USA: IGI Global, pp. 21-37.
Iniesto, Francisco. (). [Book Review] Open education: from OERs to MOOCs, edited by Mohamed Jemni and Mohamed Koutheair Khribi, Springer, 2016. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 35 (2) pp. 196-198.
Papathoma, Tina; Ferguson, Rebecca; Iniesto, Francisco; Rets, Irina; Vogiatzis, Dimitrios and Murphy, Victoria. (). Guidance on how Learning at Scale can be made more accessible. In: Proceedings of the Seventh ACM Conference on Learning@ Scale, Aug 12-14, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA.

2019

Iniesto, Francisco; Rodrigo, Covadonga and Hillaire, Garron (). Applying UDL Principles in an Inclusive Design Project Based on MOOCs Reviews. In: Gronseth, Susie and Dalton, Elizabeth Dalton eds. Universal access through inclusive instructional design: International perspectives on UDL New York: Routledge, pp. 197-207.
Iniesto, Francisco; McAndrew, Patrick; Minocha, Shailey and Coughlan, Tim. (). Auditing the accessibility of MOOCs: a four-component approach. In: EC-TEL 2019 Fourteenth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, 16-19 Sep 2019, Delft (Netherlands).
Iniesto, Francisco and Rodrigo, Covadonga. (). YourMOOC4all: a recommender system for MOOCs based on collaborative filtering implementing UDL. In: EC-TEL 2019 Fourteenth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, 16-19 Sep 2019, Delft (Netherlands).
Hillaire, Garron; Iniesto, Francisco and Rienties, Bart. (). Humanising Text-to-Speech Through Emotional Expression in Online Courses. Journal of Interactive Media in Education.
Iniesto, Francisco; Hillaire, Garron and Mittelmeier, Jenna. (). [Editorial] Special Collection on Doctoral Research: Learning in an Open World. Journal of Interactive Media in Education.
Holmes, Wayne; Iniesto, Francisco; Sharples, Mike and Scanlon, Eileen. (). ETHICS in AIED: Who Cares? An EC-TEL workshop. In: EC-TEL 2019 Fourteenth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, 16-19 Sep 2019, Delft (Netherlands).
Iniesto, Francisco. (). Designing accessible Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): the stakeholders perspective. In: BERA Annual Conference 2019, 10-12 Sep 2019, University of Manchester.
Iniesto, Francisco. (). Understanding the design of MOOCs for ESL learners: language as an enabler or barrier to learning. In: International Conference: MOOCs, language learning and mobility, 25-26 Oct 2019, Milton Keynes.

2018

Iniesto, Francisco; McAndrew, Patrick; Minocha, Shailey and Coughlan, Tim. (). Open Education while discussing accessibility with MOOC providers and learners. In: OER18: Open to All, 18-19 Apr, Bristol.
Iniesto, Francisco; McAndrew, Patrick; Minocha, Shailey and Coughlan, Tim. (). Widening disabled learners’ participation to HE through the use of MOOCs. In: Widening Participation Conference: Is widening participation to higher education enough?, 26-28 Apr 2018, Milton Keynes.
Iniesto, Francisco and Rodrigo, Covadonga. (). YourMOOC4all: a MOOCs inclusive design and useful feedback research project. In: Learning with MOOCS 2018: MOOCs for All – A Social and International Approach, 26-28 Sep 2018, Madrid.

2017

Ramírez-Vega, Alexa; Iniesto, Francisco and Rodrigo, Covadonga. (). Raising awareness of the accessibility challenges in mathematics MOOCs. In: TEEM 2017 Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality, ACM, New York, NY, USA.
Iniesto, Francisco; McAndrew, Patrick; Minocha, Shailey and Coughlan, Tim. (). An investigation into the perspectives of providers and learners on MOOC accessibility. In: TEEM'17: international conference technological ecosystems for enhancing multiculurality, 18-20 Oct 2017, Cadiz, Spain.
Iniesto, Francisco; McAndrew, Patrick; Minocha, Shailey and Coughlan, Tim. (). Auditing the accessibility of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). In: 14th AAATE Congress 2017, 13-14 Sep 2017, Sheffield.
Hillaire, Garron; Iniesto, Francisco and Rienties, Bart. (). Toward Emotionally Accessible Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). In: 14th AAATE Congress 2017, 13-14 Sep 2017, Sheffield.
Iniesto, Francisco; McAndrew, Patrick; Minocha, Shailey and Coughlan, Tim. (). What do MOOC providers think about accessibility?. In: EARLI 2017: Education in the crossroads of economy and politics – Role of research in the advancement of public good, 29 Aug - 2 Sep 2017, Tampere, Finland.
Iniesto, Francisco. (). Accessibility in MOOCs: The current state and next steps. In: JURE 2017. Eduaction in the light of multiple perspectives: towards intertwining personalised and collaborative learning, 27-28 Aug 2017, Tampere, Finland.
Iniesto, Francisco. (). [Book review] User-centered design strategies for massive open online courses (MOOCs). Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-learning, 32 (2) pp. 188-190.
Iniesto, Francisco; McAndrew, Patrick; Minocha, Shailey and Coughlan, Tim. (). What are the expectations of disabled learners when participating in a MOOC?. In: L@S '17 Proceedings of the Fourth (2017) ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 225-228.
Iniesto, Francisco; McAndrew, Patrick; Minocha, Shailey and Coughlan, Tim. (). How can MOOCs be more accessible?. In: OER17: The Politics of Open, 5 & 6 Apr 2017, London.
Iniesto, Francisco. (). La cultura de los MOOCS. Innovacion Educativa pp. 303-304.

2016

Iniesto, Francisco; McAndrew, Patrick; Minocha, Shailey and Coughlan, Tim. (). Accessibility of MOOCs: Understanding the Provider Perspective. Journal of Interactive Media in Education.
Iniesto, Francisco and Rodrigo, Covadonga. (). A preliminary study for developing accessible MOOC Services. Journal of Accessibility and Design for All, 6 (2) pp. 126-150.
Rodrigo, Covadonga; García-Serrano, Ana; Delgado, José Luis and Iniesto, Francisco. (). Challenges while MOOCifying a HE eLearning course on Universal Accessibility. In: Proceedings of the XVII International Conference on Human Computer Interaction (INTERACCIÓN 2016), 14-16 Sep 2016, Salamanca, Spain.
Iniesto, Francisco and Rodrigo, Covadonga. (). Strategies for improving the level of accessibility in the design of MOOC-based learning services. In: International Symposium on Computers in Education (SIIE), 14-16 Sep 2016, Salamanca, Spain.
Beavers, Sian; Brasher, Andrew; Buckler, Alison and Iniesto, Francisco. (). Book Reviews. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 1 pp. 16.
Coughlan, Tim; Rodriguez-Ascaso, Alejandro; Iniesto, Francisco and Jelfs, Anne. (). OLA! A Scenario-Based Approach to Enhance Open Learning Through Accessibility. In: Computers Helping People with Special Needs: Proceedings of the 15th ICCHP conference, Springer, 445-452.
Iniesto, Francisco and Rodrigo, Covadonga. (). Can user recommendations be useful for improving MOOCs accessibility? A project for inclusive design and profitable feedback. In: Open Education Global Conference 2016, 11-13 Apr 2016, Krakow, Poland.
Iniesto, Francisco; McAndrew, Patrick; Minocha, Shailey and Coughlan, Tim. (). The current state of accessibility of MOOCs: What are the next steps?. In: Open Education Global Conference 2016, 12-14 Apr 2016, Krakow, Poland.

2015

Iniesto, Francisco and Rodrigo, Covadonga. (). Accessible user profile modeling for academic services based on MOOCs. In: Proceedings of the XVI International Conference on Human Computer Interaction (INTERACCIÓN 2015), ACM New York, New York, USA.
Rodrigo, Covadonga and Iniesto, Francisco. (). Holistic vision for creating accessible services based on MOOCs. In: Open Education Global Conference 2015. Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 22-24 Apr 2015, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

2014

Iniesto, Francisco and Rodrigo, Covadonga. (). Accessibility assessment of MOOC platforms in Spanish: UNED COMA, COLMENIA and Miriada X. In: 2014 International Symposium on Computers in Education (SIIE), IEEE, 169-172.
Iniesto, Francisco and Rodrigo, Covadonga. (). Pautas para la evaluación de la accesibilidad en las plataformas MOOC. In: Actas del VI Congreso Internacional sobre Aplicación de Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicaciones Avanzadas, 29-31 Oct 2014, Universidad de Alcalá Alcalá de Henares (Spain).
Iniesto, Francisco; Rodrigo, Covadonga and Moreira Teixeira, António. (). Accessibility analysis in MOOC platforms. A case study: UNED COMA and UAbiMOOC. In: V Congreso Internacional sobre Calidad y Accesibilidad de la Formación Virtual (CAFVIR 2014), Universidad Galileo, 545-550.

2013

Iniesto, Francisco and Rodrigo, Covadonga. (). Estándares y accesibilidad en el ciclo de creación de OERs mediante herramientas de autor. In: Actas del V Congreso Internacional sobre Aplicación de Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicaciones Avanzadas, 2-4 Oct 2013, Universidad Continental (Perú).
Iniesto, Francisco and Rodrigo, Covadonga. (). Análisis de la accesibilidad del portal OpenScout para la búsqueda, etiquetación y difusión de OERs en redes sociales. In: V Congreso Internacional sobre Aplicación de Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicaciones Avanzadas, 2-4 Oct 2013, Universidad Continental (Perú).

2012

Iniesto, Francisco and Rodrigo, Covadonga. (). OpenScout accesible: análisis de un portal de herramientas de adaptación multicultural de contenido en abierto. In: Actas del IV Congreso Internacional sobre Aplicación de Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicaciones Avanzadas (ATICA 2012), 24-26 Oct ubre 2012, Loja, Ecuador.

2008

Iniesto, Francisco (). Accesibilidad y estandarización en el ciclo de creación de materiales educativos. PhD thesis Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia.