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Dr Francisco Iniesto

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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.

Biography

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.

Publications

2021

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.
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).

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.
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. (). 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.