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RESEARCH / Online teaching is gaining followers, the number of online university students has grown from around 9% in 2000 to 15% in 2016 and many university professors give classes in virtual classrooms. The research project entitled La identitat del professor com a docent virtual: rols, enfocaments i sentiments (The identity of the professor as an online teacher: roles, focuses and feelings), supervised by Antoni Badia, Julio Meneses and Consuelo Garca, professors of Psychology and Education Sciences at the UOC, analyses the educational work of these professionals who classify online teaching as "participative", "quick" and "positive".

E-LEARN / The first two editions of the Introduction to Business Intelligence and Big Data MOOC, which the UOC offers through the Ibero-American platform Mirada X, recorded nearly 50,000 registrations. The success of the course was also confirmed by Mirada X's MOOC ranking, recently published, in which the UOC was leader in five countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala.

BUSINESS ORGANIZATION / New entrepreneurs and new workers are searching for points of reference to act as role models and encourage them to develop their professional careers. These key figures are mentors, professionals who, although they hail from historical models associated with learning, are a new and growing phenomenon in business. Joan Torrent, professor with the UOC's Faculty of Economics and Business, will compare the relationship mentors have with those they are mentoring or their protgs with the relationship traditionally enjoyed between "teacher and student in the education sphere, or apprentice and master in industry". 

VIDEOGAMES AND GENDER / Women with impossible bodies, who are provocative, scantily-clad, hyper-sexualized or with denigrating roles are some of the main attributes of female characters that appear in video games. This audiovisual product is the main focus of discriminatory stereotypes towards women, although cinema, TV series or advertisements for games also camouflage sexist conducts which, even today, seem difficult to eradicate. Positive self-esteem, educating in the classroom and at home and public condemnation of such stereotyped content are some of the tools experts use to encourage a critical spirit from an early age.

TECHNOLOGY AND FOOD / 3D printers are starting to be used in very diverse spheres. These machines, as well as being used to print components in the industrial sector, manufacture prostheses for the medical sector, or produce various decorative figures, are now starting to be used in the kitchen. For the moment, it is in the kitchens of large restaurants and catering services; however, in the near future, they aim to take their place between the toaster and the coffee maker and become like any other kitchen appliance.

INTERVIEW WITH ALBERT SANGR, ACADEMIC DIRECTOR OF TGE UNESCO CHAIR IN EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AT THE UOC / Albert Sangr is a teacher with 30 years of experience. Today, he is an international expert in the field of e-learning. Currently, he is academic director of the UNESCO Chair in Education and Technology for Social Change and director of the Government of Catalonia's Industrial Doctorates Plan. Albert Sangr is also a researcher in the research group in Education and ICT (EDUL@B), affiliated with the UOC's eLearn Center, where he was director from 2012 to 2014. In 2015 he received the Award for Excellence in eLearning from the World Education Congress, the only academic in Spanish to receive this honour. He is also an EDEN Senior Fellow. Together we take a look at e-learning as it stands today.

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