I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Technology Enhanced Learning for GO-GN and ADMINS at the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) . My PhD was part of the Open World Learning (OWL) programme based in the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET) at The Open University, where I had a fully-funded Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship. My research project is titled “An Investigation into the accessibility of Massive Open Online Courses (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 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 in the National Distance Education University (UNED) in the area of teaching, learning, collaboration and adaptation (EdTech). Since that moment, I have been collaborating and participating in several research groups such as Technology and Accessibility UNED-Vodafone Foundation Research Chair, FutureLearn Academic Network (FLAN), the Computers and Learning Research Group (CALRG), OLA! Open Learning and Accessibility, YourMOOC4all and the GO–GN Global OER Graduate Network.
During Francisco's time as an employee in IET:
• He has been a full-time research associate for OpenTEL for one year. OpenTEL is a priority research area in TEL. OpenTEL encompasses interdisciplinarity, bringing together researchers across the university, with existing research capabilities and established excellence as well as strong networks beyond the OU to work together on TEL projects.
• He has been a part-time research associate in ACCESS for six months, a project which seeks to bridge the gap between research and programming by 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 (SRHR).
• He is currently a part-time research associate in two different projects:
GO-GN a network of PhD candidates around the world whose research projects include a focus on open education. The GO-GN aims to raise the profile of research into open education, to offer support for those conducting PhD research in this area, and to develop openness as a process of research.
ADMINS (Assistants to the Disclosure and Management of Information about Needs and Support) is a project which implies using participatory design, to build a chatbot as an alternative to the forms disabled students complete to access study support.
During his time at IET, Francisco has got teaching experience, he is currently an associate lecturer for the Faculty of STEM, School of Computing and Communications, at the module TM354 “Software Engineering”. In the past Francisco successfully supervised an end of degree project in Computer Science, and he is tutor for the Master in “Secondary Education, Professional Training and Language teaching” (HE teaching certificate) and the module “AccessMobile4All: Development of mobile apps for everyone”, all these posts are at the Department of Languages and Computer Systems, School of Computer Science, UNED.