The field of education in Europe has been marked in recent decades about the adequacy of educational systems to new social and economic conditions being faced and which resulted in different perspectives and recommendations with the objective of bringing the necessary powers under overall development. These processes of updating education systems have had as an important component of discussion of the role played by ICT to meet the challenges of globalization and technological revolution has imposed on European society on equal.

The Digital Education Observatory at the University of Barcelona (OED), precisely analyzes the impact of ICT and the Information Society in education and, specifically, new forms of literacy and learning.  Its mission is the study and analysis of educational and pedagogical models that are developed in environments and digital systems in specific socioeducational and complexes contexts.

Focusing on its line of development in a wide range of views that emphasize the long life learning perspective,  the centralism in the competences learning for personal development in a complex society and for the access to job, with current trends based on the technology use in the workplace, formal and informal models and digital literacy at the daily life.

The aims of the Digital Education Observatory are:  
1) The content, applications and environments design and development for digital learning.
2) The analysis of the systems, environments and methodologies that are used in teaching and learning  blended environments (or hybrids) and completely virtual.
3) The study of the educational changes and new ways of communication that arise in the Digital Society: especially the analysis and monitoring of digital literacies and the new digital practices (informative and communicatives).

Researchers who are part of the Observatory come mainly from research groups at the University of Barcelona. Additionally, teachers from others univerisities and associate members from Latin american universities participate with us.  Master's degree and PhD students contribute usually in search tasks and organizing information.

Observatori d'EducaciĆ³ Digital, 2012