Ubiquitous Learning and “Prometeo” for English Language Learners

By Soraya García-Sánchez, Cayetano Guerra-Artal and María Dolores Afonso-Suárez.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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“Prometeo” is an innovative online platform at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC, Spain) that combines multimedia content with digital mediated learning. A team of computer specialists has worked on the audiovisual production, programming systems and graphic design in order to help teachers create multimedia material for their students. As a Virtual Learning Platform (VLP), “Prometeo” allows ULPGC students to have access to different interactive activities, in-class recorded lessons, content videos, screencast presentations and automatic evaluation systems that contribute to improve learners’ independent learning skills. “Prometeo,” on the other hand, is a stage that allows teachers to modify contents and control the activities completed by students. After its third year, “Prometeo” is a project in which more than 70 subjects have participated. “English Language II” is a subject that has successfully improved learning abilities in its students by using “Prometeo.” This work will focus on its teaching methodology, the multimedia material created and the learning outcomes obtained after a year on “Prometeo” in order to answer the following question: Does ubiquitous learning (u-Learning) contribute to improve independent learning in EFL university students?

Keywords: CALL, CAI, EFL, e-Learning, Language Learning, “Prometeo”, VLP, Ubiquitous

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.65-76. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.196MB).

Dr. Soraya García-Sánchez

Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of English Studies, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

M. Soraya García Sánchez is a lecturer at the Faculty of English Studies at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain where she has taught language, culture and literature courses both online and on a face-to-face basis. Her research areas are focused on women’s writing, literature, culture and language in contemporary contexts.

Dr. Cayetano Guerra-Artal

Lecturer, IT Faculty, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Dr. Cayetano Guerra-Artal is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Computer Science at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), Spain. He has been teaching Multimedia for more than ten years. For several years he has led some university projects devoted to improve technologies for learning in the classrooms and to develop web-based e-learning platforms.

María Dolores Afonso-Suárez

Lecturer, IT Faculty, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Maria Dolores Afonso-Suárez graduated at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Computer Science. She has worked in private enterprises developing software and directing software projects, and as associated professor at the Computer Science and Systems Department of the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Her main research fields are Multimedia and e-Learning.