Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category


A new class dynamic in Private Civil Law has been introduced by Professor Casilda Cortes Puya

Students in the LLB received a lawsuit, a reply to the suit, a witness and a documental proof a couple of weeks before the class. They were split into two groups: one group was supposed to support the claimant, whilst the other the defendant.
London Lawyer and Professor Nicholas Yell was invited via a videoconference to be part of the session. To start off, he explained how these kind of proceedings work in the UK. After this students had to defend their position in groups, through two statements. The first one had to detail their position and the second focused on answering the arguments of the first group and also included some final conclusions. Nicholas acted as the judge (putting on a real court wig!), helped them along with their statements and delivered the final judgment, which actually existed as this was a real life case.
As far as we can tell, the virtual judge and the new lawyers were all happy with this new ability to deliver sentences across countries. Lady Justice will add some more devices to the blindfold and the scales of justice: perhaps a webcam and a headset!


Boosting feedback in class

Written on October 29, 2012 by in General, Technology

Different IE professors use clickers in the classroom

At IE Business School electronic response systems have been used for years in blended programs in the videoconference sessions. Through survey polls students are able to give immediate feedback on different questions. This experience has been transferred to face to face classes with a response system that professors can borrow from the learning innovation department. Clickers are physical electronic student response systems, usually allowing for A,B,C,D,E,… or number responses.

At IE, professors of Financial Management, such as Carmen Alonso-Muñoyerro and Carlos Bellon, Marketing professor Antonios Stamatogiannakis or Lee Newman from the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, have been using this technology to boost synchronous class feedback. Some of the advantages of the system are:

• Everyone participates, not just the overly vocal.
• The results of the voting could be shown in different types of graphs that are developed immediately.
• It is much easier to vote, as oppose to a large number of students raising their hands.
• There is the possibility to vote, not only through the clickers, but also by smart phone or other mobile devices.

Pictures sometimes say more than words: As you can observe from the photo, students love the experience.
If you like to use the clickers in the classroom please contact: (917875115)


Learn how to brand yourself virtually

Written on March 28, 2012 by in General, New Experiences, Technology

Professors David Gracia and Manuel Alonso Coto introducing “About me”

This pilot project’s objective was to develop the digital presence of students of the MBAP with the help of digital tools. Personal Branding also forms part of Reputation Management in the digital environment and is an important pending task for managers. is a free service that allows the creation of very aesthetic one-page website about persons and their interests. Users are able to upload a photo, write a short bio and add their favorite social networks to show the world the picture of them.

These dynamic launch pages direct visitors to their content from around the web. It also details how many people see their profile, where they’re coming from, and their interactions with the page.

As the professor David Gracia mentions:

The web is becoming more and more social and the content is created primarily by the very users. In this context brands cannot choose whether to be or not to be in social networks, they will be there anyway. If you think about yourself as a brand the same principly applies. The question is not IF you want to be in the Internet but HOW you want to be there. In this course, students can learn how to manage both their personal and professional identity in social networks in order to build a digital identity that is alligned with the image they want to convey about themselves.

Some examples of the students could be found here:


“Amplifying” the classroom

Written on March 28, 2012 by in General, Technology, University

Experts from around the globe coming to your classroom

Videoconferencing is one of the multiple tools that IE uses for teaching and communication purposes. However, at IE University the video lecture software is also being used as a tool to “amplify the classroom” by inviting virtually, experts from around the world to share their knowledge.

Last January in the bachelor of biology, Dr. Eduardo de la Peña, from Terrestrial Ecology Unit of  Ghent University in Belgium was invited from a distance to lecture on the topic: “Out of sight, out of mind: the role of soil biota in the functioning and restoration of terrestrial ecosystems.”

Students onsite at IE University in Segovia received this experts lecture in their regular classroom. As Maria José Sanchez, director of bachelor in biology mentions:” This has been a fantastic experience, not only for the students but also for the professor. Inviting an expert from across the world has never been easier. We hope to repeat this learning experience for students.”

The borders of the real classroom are getting fuzzier, real life experiences from across the world can easily be shared and amplify the educational field.


Working like a real trader

Written on February 1, 2012 by in General, Technology

New investment lab for finance classes

In December IE inaugurated its Trading Room to better address market related assignments such as Portfolio Management, Investment Game, Fixed Income, Derivatives, Equity/Asset Valuation, Financial Programming, Equity Research, FX Markets.

Equipped with Bloomberg, FactSet, WONDA, EVA Dimensions, Thompson, Matlab, Reuters, TTR & Zoologic and other technologies, this facility has one of the top collections of analytical tools for a university/business school´s investment lab in the world.
The Trading Room will be as well the home to many finance classes of Masters in Finance, MBA and other IE programs which require doing analytical research on security pricing, brokerage, portfolio risk and performance analytics, and other analytics such as stocks, bonds, commodities, options and futures, and currencies.

As Leila Guerra, Director of Innovation and Development mentions: “The experience we have been living in the first 2 months running the lab were very satisfying. Not only finance classes have been running inside the lab, also a lot of individual students from all programs have been asking for permission to use to lab on an individual basis and proposed interesting projects such as creating a real portfolio. Users have expressed their absolute satisfaction with this new acquisition.”
The trading room is therefore a perfect learning tool for immersion into real world.


Rock´n Roll Architecture

Written on October 6, 2010 by in Technology, University, Visits

What have architecture and Rock’n Roll got in common?

In the Bachelor in Architecture, in the subject of Design Studio II, Professor Manuel Ocaña invited architect and researcher Carlos Ramos to one of his lectures. Carlos’ conference was entitled out Towards Rocking Architecture.A retrospective insight into space and sound throughout four short stories.- and talked about the influences rock music could have on architecture. As well as speaking about the subject – Carlos  also took out his guitar and played some chords like the well known “Smoke on the water” from Deep Purple in the videoconference.

Not only was Professor Manuel Ocaña amazed by this new learning experience, but students also commented: “This was really a fantastic conference and a very out of the box learning experience.”

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