The UOC was created in 1995 as the world's first university with a virtual campus, which allowed its students to study at any time from any location. The University continually uses cutting-edge e-learning research and innovation to refine the UOC methodology. This is possible thanks to UOC R&I and its 50 plus research groups, as well as the eLearning Innovation Center, which drives innovation.
The UOC's methodology – its proprietary learning model – combines learning activities and projects, customized teaching support, and teamwork. The students set their own pace in accordance with their needs, facilitating a good work-life balance.
The teaching materials are available in a variety of formats so that students can make the most of the time they spend learning.
We work to ensure that they are presented in an innovative way so that students can see what they have to do to pass each course, how long it will take and what resources are available when working on them.
The eLearning Innovation Center (eLinC) is at the heart of the UOC's mission to transform education and continue improving lifelong learning online.
Learning through transformation, with and for teachers and students.
Research focused where technology and social & human sciences converge.
The UOC has 2 research centres, one centre for innovation and learning transformation and a Doctoral School and also conducts research in the fields of its seven faculties.
The UOC’s Virtual Library forms part of the University’s educational model. It is a key service made available by the University to support learning, teaching, research and management. The Library is a tool designed in and for a virtual world to meet the needs of its users and those who use the web for research, training and academic documentation.
The Virtual Campus is the place that can be accessed without physical barriers from anywhere and at any time, where students will find the necessary tools for study and communication. It is a university campus that students can carry with them in their pocket and which they can access from anywhere in the world, enter its classrooms, consult activities or carry out administrative procedures in the Secretary's Office, etc.
The UOC's graduate community, Alumni, was created in 2008. UOC Alumni seeks to provide an interface between graduates and university, with the goal of becoming an effective platform to enable former students to contact other people they studied with, professional colleagues, teachers and faculties. Furthermore, the UOC's graduate community facilitates access to lifelong learning and professional upgrades.
The UOC is a fully recognized Catalan university. It is constantly assessed by AQU Catalunya (the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency), the Catalan higher education system's leading quality assessment and advocacy body. AQU Catalunya is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).
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