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Juarez L.M.,University of Extremadura | Medina F.X.,University Oberta Of Catalonia Uoc
Revista de Dialectologia y Tradiciones Populares | Year: 2016

In this article we propose a review of the anthropology of food in Spain and Latin America from a recent historical perspective. The article analyzes the origin of the anthropology of food in Spain and in Latin America and the difficulties for the establishment of this specialty in the context of the sociocultural anthropology to the present day, and includes an overview of current and emerging subjects. The article is organized mainly around three axes that group the subjects and trends of professionals who have worked in this field: food heritage between locality and globalization; hunger and food deficiencies; and food symbolism and meaning. © 2016 CSIC.

Castillo-Merino D.,Ramon Llull University | Serradell-Lopez E.,University Oberta Of Catalonia Uoc
Computers in Human Behavior | Year: 2014

Previous studies show empirical evidence on the positive effect on students' performance from the adoption of innovations in the technology of teaching and learning. These innovations do not affect all teaching methods and learning styles equally. Rather, it depends on some variables, such as the strategy of a university towards adoption of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), students' abilities, technology uses in the educational process by teachers and students, or the selection of a methodology that matches with digital uses. This paper provides answers to these questions with data from an experimental set-up performed within the eLene-EE project, and using an empirical model based on structural equations. Our results show that motivation is the main variable affecting performance of online students, confirming the importance of this factor as a source of educational efficiency. Motivation appears in our model as a latent variable receiving the influence of students' perception of efficiency, which is, in turn, a driver for the indirect positive and significant effect on students' performance from students' ability in ICT uses. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Torres-Diaz J.C.,Technical University of Loja | Duart J.M.,University Oberta Of Catalonia Uoc
Journal of E-Learning and Knowledge Society | Year: 2015

The digital divide was initially defined by socioeconomic variables, mainly the level of family income, but now it focuses on how the Internet is used and is called digital inequality. In the case of universities, recent studies have pointed to the existence of patterns that are dependent on a variety of socioeconomic variables. This article analyses the effect that the level of family income, gender and age of students from five Ecuadorian universities has on Internet use for academic activities and entertainment purposes. In the procedure applied to a sample of 4,697 students, factor analysis was used to reduce the data, and multivariate logistic regression was used to estimate the relationships. The results show that the higher the level of family income, the better the technology use for academic activities. Regarding entertainment, the level of income does not determine the intensity of technology use, though it does determine the types of tool that students use. With reference to gender, men have a greater tendency to use technology for entertainment, but there is no difference between genders when it comes to academic uses. © 2015, Italian e-Learning Association. All rights reserved.

Marquez I.,University Oberta Of Catalonia Uoc
Observatorio | Year: 2017

This article is based on the theory of computers as a metamedium initially developed by Kay and Goldberg (1977), retaken afterwards by Manovich (2013) being thus transferred to the mobile phone sphere in its smartphone version. This proposal is related to the so-called post-PC and ubiquitous computing era, which is dominated by the increasing use of smartphones as the main technology for communication, information, and convergence. If computer can be regarded as the paradigmatic metamedium of the 20th century, smartphones are becoming the 21st century metamedium with steady increase. © 2017 (Israel Márquez).

Sanchez V.,University of Vic | Aguilar A.,University Oberta Of Catalonia Uoc | Gonzalez F.,University of Vic | Esquius L.,University of Vic | Vaque C.,University of Vic
Revista Chilena de Nutricion | Year: 2017

To analyze the relationship between the level of knowledge about food, the degree of adherence to the Mediterranean Diet (MeDi) and nutritional status; an intervention study was performed with pre- and post-intervention evaluation after three educational sessions, designed according to the learning preferences of health science university students. Sixty-five physiotherapy and podology students participated. The mean age was 22.0 years and participants were mostly male 58.5%. The majority were normal weight (63.1%), but many (69.2%)needed to improve their eating habits in order to comply with DiMe recommendations. The statistical relationship found between the level of previous knowledge in nutrition and nutritional status (Pearson’s Correlation Coefficient= 0.7; p= 0.049) suggests that nutritional education actions in this group could contribute to improving the quality of the diet, nutritional status and future health of university students. Educational sessions were able to improve the level of knowledge regarding nutrition and food in the majority of students, thus it is possible to consider the intervention as an efficient tool for the transmission of nutritional knowledge in this group. © 2017, Sociedad Chilena de Nutricion Bromatologia y Toxilogica. All rights reserved.

We are at the beginning of a new evolution because of the development of Information Technology and Communication (ICT), and their introduction and intensive use in social dynamics and educational reality. This advance of digital technology has created environments that greatly favor social interaction. In recent years, new trends have emerged in e-learning as mobile learning, the model "Flipped Classroom", massive open online courses, personal learning environments, game-based learning and learning analytics; in all of them, the collaborative learning is strengthened. In addition, some negative effects that can be caused by indiscriminate and superficial use of collaborative activities were discussed. Finally, main issues were identified to be considered to perform the design of collaborative activities, such as those relating to the formation of groups, selection, clarity, flexibility and significance of the task, and monitoring and control.

Granell-Canut C.,European Commission - Joint Research Center Ispra | Aguilar-Moreno E.,University Oberta Of Catalonia Uoc
Profesional de la Informacion | Year: 2013

The increased proliferation and accessibility of geographic data are changing the landscape of services based on geographic information. From the analysis of recent job offers posted in American university libraries, we discuss what could be the role of the information professional in this new context, with respect to the management and dissemination of geographic data collections, looking for synergies for mutual benefit between academic libraries and their information professionals and the geographic data community that uses geographic information systems (GIS). In fact, this activity would be one more among the data curation or data sets preservation tasks needed currently in many disciplines.

Aguilar A.,University Oberta Of Catalonia Uoc | Xavier Medina F.,University Oberta Of Catalonia Uoc
Revista Espanola de Nutricion Humana y Dietetica | Year: 2013

The consumption of ostrich meat was introduced into Europe in a relatively short time. Considered even today as an exotic meat, its inclusion in the usual sources of animal protein in our context has been repeatedly assessed, because it converge some of the most interesting nutritional characteristics of poultry and red meat. Over ten years later, the consumption of ostrich meat continues crossing a road that lies increasingly away from the exotic to become very slow, in usual. Although information on their nutritional value is still limited, we have more data showing protein values quite similar to other meats but with a smaller proportion of histidine and serine; fat values close to poultry meat low in fat; cholesterol values, vary according to the court, but similar to beef or chicken, and an improved lipid profile compared to the meat of turkey meat, lamb or beef. The information on its vitamins and minerals throws elevated iron and vitamin B12, higher amounts of vitamin E and Zn than other types of meat and a low concentration of sodium.

The aim of this investigation is to estimate the economic and social impacts of cruise tourism on Barcelona. For this purpose, we examine the development and evolution of cruise tourism in the city in recent decades, as well as public and private collaboration in recent years to promote and invest in improving the urban city and cruise port infrastructure. Although the spectacular growth of cruise tourism has positioned Barcelona as a world leader in this sector, it has impacted on the destination both positively and negatively. Residents’ perceptions regarding this type of tourism are also discussed as they are key to the strategic management planning and sustainable development of cruise tourism in Barcelona. © 2015, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. All rights reserved.

Sprunker J.,University Oberta Of Catalonia Uoc
Proceedings of the DigitalHeritage 2013 - Federating the 19th Int'l VSMM, 10th Eurographics GCH, and 2nd UNESCO Memory of the World Conferences, Plus Special Sessions fromCAA, Arqueologica 2.0 et al. | Year: 2013

As the literature (Juanola; Calbó Valles, 2006; Fontal, 2003; Calaf, 2009) suggests and from what we saw in our research, heritage education promotes students' personal developm ent. During the academic year 2008/09, we carried out a pilot experiment in heritage education through internet within the framework of Catalonia. It brought different actors (cultural managers, teachers, secondary school students and coordinators) into a virtual platform as user and co-producers of digital objects with heritage contents. The study evidences the importance of heritage institutions delivering contents on the world wide web. This contribution wants to show educational uses of digital objects with heritage contents (images, videos, etc.) so that students of compulsory secondary educational acquire knowledge and skills related to heritage, syllabus core subjects and digital literacy. © 2013 IEEE.

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