I am a researcher, lecturer, public speaker and international consultant in digital education, educational technologies and open education. I have over 25 years of international experience in the educational field. Currently I hold a post at the European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) as a Scientific Officer (2013-present). My role involves research and policy support on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Learning, Skills, Open Education and Digital Competence of Educators. My work lies in the intersection between research and policy, contributing to identifying opportunities and challenges of ICT and open educational practices’ implementation to innovate and modernise teaching, learning and training practices at all education levels.
My current focus is twofold: the promotion and uptake of openness in higher education institutions and EU Member States, and the digital competence of educators. I have led the OpenEdu Project of the European Commission and conceptualised the OpenEdu Framework, which helps higher education institutions to go open. I also carry out research on digital certificates, blockchains and computational thinking. I have published several scientific research reports produced as a result of my research projects, in collaboration with colleagues and experts throughout the world.
I hold a PhD in Educational Technology from the Open University of the United Kingdom (2011) and a Master’s in research Methods for Educational Technology from the same institution (2003). I also have a Master’s in Linguistics and Literary Studies in English Language from the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil (2001). I have worked as an open educational resources (OER) researcher for the Open University UK (2006-2011) and since then have been involved in several other OER and ICT-related research projects in the UK, Brazil, Spain and worldwide. I am the founder of DigiLearn (2011), a consultancy service focusing on awareness raising on the various aspects of open education and continuous professional development practices for teaching and managerial staff of education institutions. My clients include government bodies, private and public higher education institutions, schools, NGOs, professional associations and high-profile enterprises in Latin America, USA, Europe and Africa.
On the personal side, I hold dual nationality, Spanish -Brazilian. I currently live in Seville (Spain) and am the mother of a beautiful baby boy. I communicate fluently in three languages: English, Portuguese and Spanish, due to have lived for many years in Brazil (birth), UK and Spain.
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