I had the opportunity to participate in the panel “Digital Learning: New Modalities of Education”, an event organized by the Salvadoran Association of Industrialists or Asociación Salvadoreña de Industriales (ASI) in which I commented on the advances in training models. We already use models in BISITE that incorporate the use of video platforms, collaborative work, news and evaluation.

I also presented our training offer, and the model of knowledge transfer used in our research group. The future of education is shaping up towards digitalization and online training, with platforms such as e4you.org on which we collaborate, and which has allowed us to create great projects such as the C1b3rWall Academy course that we are running together with the National Police. An initiative that has already attracted more than 30,000 students and we estimate will have up to half a million students throughout the program.

Online training

During the debate, the panel evaluated the problems faced by distance education and training and the existence of models, techniques and tools that can facilitate training processes that meet the standards of the 21st century.

Open, asynchronous education taught by professionals, including videos and well-selected documents through systems that facilitate collaboration among students and with teachers, is here to stay, and is already one more element of the continuous training that students and professionals need.

e4you.org make this possible at the touch of a button; these agile platforms also facilitate academic accreditation processes.

It has been a pleasure to participate in this panel which has been organized within the framework of the ASI Innovation Week,  to compare the evolution of online training between America and Europe.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.