About Me

Ismael Peña-López

I am Ismael Peña-López.

I am professor at the School of Law and Political Science of the Open University of Catalonia, and researcher at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute and the eLearn Center of that university. During 2014 I am also the director of the Open Innovation project at Fundació Jaume Bofill.

My main research interests are the impact of ICTs in society (e-Readiness, the digital divide), especially in development (e-inclusion, ICT4D), and educational (e-Learning, digital competence) and political (e-participation, e-democracy) institutions.

ICT4D Blog


MOOCs, cMOOCs and xMOOCs: time to split up

Keep calm and MOOC away poster

Some weeks ago I was contacted by a doctoral student who is doing her dissertation on MOOCs. She was sending along a questionnaire on how to define and characterize MOOCs to which I had hard times to answer. The reason was not that the questions were specially difficult, but that the answers had very different mileage depending on whether you had in mind cMOOCs or xMOOCs. The feeling was not new: every time I read on the ...

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Sociedad Red Blog


¿Es Catalunya más democrática que España respecto a la consulta para la autodeterminación?

Una de las habituales proclamas entre el sector soberanista catalán es que, en un país normal, es democrático consultar a la población sobre cualquier aspecto que afecte a aquello colectivo. Por ejemplo si quiere o no independizarse de España. Es una cuestión que comparto sin fisuras. ¿Qué hay más democrático que preguntar? O, en términos más prácticos, ¿es que preferimos una salida violenta del nacionalismo? (o de cualquier otra demanda o problema, cabría añadir).

A la afirmación que votar es lo normal, lo democrático, le sigue habitualmente una suerte de corolario: si España "no nos deja" votar, es que ...

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14/04/2014 Están entre nosotros


Appointed Director of Open Innovation at Fundació Jaume Bofill

Imagine an organization you highly and very sincerely respect. Imagine this organization calls you and tells you about their vision and the plans to achieve this vision. Plans about opening research, about making the creation and spread of knowledge very participative and collaborative, about making impact the target and research the instrument put at the service of that impact (instead of research being the goal and impact a casual side-effect). Imagine this organization asking for your opinion and listening to you digress about e-research, personal learning environments, the personal research portal, knowledge management or new ways ...

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Casual Politics: slacktivism as the tip of the technopolitics iceberg

Paper cover for Casual politics: del clicktivismo a los movimientos emergentes y el reconocimiento de patrones

My research on slacktivism has finally been published as a paper both in Spanish and Catalan at two "brother" journals: Educación Social. Revista de Intervención Socioeducativa and Educació Social. Revista d'Intervenció Sòcioeducativa.

This is work that I had already presented at two conferences — 9th International Conference on Internet, Law & Politics; II Jornadas españolas de ciberpolítica ...

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