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 involved as a research associate in several projects such as OpenTEL which is a priority research area in TEL. ACCESS, an ongoing 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). ADMINS a project funded by Microsoft which implied using participatory design, to build a chatbot as an alternative to the forms disabled students complete to access study support.

He is currently a part-time research associate in several different projects such as GO-GN a network of PhD candidates around the world whose research projects include a focus on open education. European MOOC Consortium Labour Market (EMC-LM) project is a outcome of the European MOOC Consortium, combining the world of education and training (universities, platforms) and the world of work (Public Employment Services, companies, sectoral organisations). Teach4Edu4 project has an objective to respond to the need of Industry 4.0 with the strategic partnership that will develop and nurture the vision and solutions of how to accelerate the corresponding transition within HEIs - in the field of Computer Science and related disciplines - towards Education 4.0. INSPIRE is a multidisciplinary research strategy aiming to transform the digital skills gap in the education sector by bringing together the diverse expertise needed to pilot an evidence-based approach.

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 modules TM354 “Software Engineering”, M269 “Algorithms, data structures and computability” and TM740 “The computing and IT project”. He has produced teaching materials for FutureLearn Microcredential “Online Teaching: Accessibility and Inclusive Learning”.

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), where he supervises several Master Degree students dissertations and the modules “AccessMobile4All: Development of mobile apps for everyone” and “Advanced Programming of Accessible Mobile Applications”. All these posts are at the Department of Languages and Computer Systems, School of Computer Science, UNED.

Francisco coordinates the OpenTEL Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Open and Inclusive and OpenAIED. He has been shortlisted candidate for the 2020 SRHE Newer Researcher Awards and finalist for the 2019 British Spanish Scholarship and BJET Fellowship.

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Project Logo ADMINS (Assistants to the Disclosure and Management of Information about Needs and Support) 2019 - 2020