Maite Villalba de Benito

Maite Villalba de Benito

M. TERESA VILLALBA received her degree in Mathematics in 1996 and her master' degree in Computer Science in 1998 from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. She holds a PhD in Computer Sciences with special mention to the best dissertation from Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid.

She is an associate professor in Languages and computer systems since 2014 at Universidad Europea de Madrid (UEM) belonging to Laureate Network Universities based on Baltimore where she works since 2002. There she has developed different facets both in the areas of research and management, and teaching with more than 15 years of experience teaching in the computer and telecommunications degrees (bilingual), as well as in the research subjects of the Doctorate Program of Multidisciplinary Engineering and in different master's degrees, in addition to supervising doctoral theses in the doctoral program in Education, as well as in Computer Engineering.

In her teaching training she has intervened in more than 20 congresses of teaching innovation and has attended more than 60 pedagogical training courses, teaching pedagogical training to other teachers.

She has been academic director of the Engineering School (2010-2012) depending directly on the School's Director and defining the online academic and pedagogical model, which earned her the European University's quality award in 2011 with the proposal "Improving training" offered to our students through the design of new learning formats. She has been a postgraduate director since 2007.

She is also part of the panel of experts of the Madrimasd Foundation (Autonomous government of Madrid Education Board)  for the accreditation of Higher Education degrees (since 2015). 

Currently, she is a senior researcher of the School of Research and Doctoral studies in charge of a multidisciplinary research group in Educational Technology. Her areas of research are information security and technology applied to education.

Among her research interests are how educational technology can support people with educational special needs. She collaborates with Plena Inclusion (the main organization representing the interests of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities) since 2014 and has led several research projects in collaboration with them to help kids and youngers, with intellectual or developmental disabilities, to learn through mobile e-learning and gamification. The app was a finalist in the Telecommunications innovation awards for the best social solution of Vodafone Telecom Spain.

In addition, she has led 4 ERASMUS+ projects about Technology applied to education and has participated and led other more than 25 national and international research projects.

She has published more than 60 research papers, conference papers and books. She has obtained different awards: the best thesis of her promotion, the best research in ICT Security in Spain in 2011 by Red Seguridad, the best teacher in the 2011-12 academic year and the quality award for the definition of the online model of Personal University, and has received the awards Cisco Instructor Excellence Award 2012 and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert for the second year in a row (2016, 2017). Lately, she has received the David A. Wilson Award for Excellence for Research in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2018) which recognizes the trajectory of faculty members in the field of excellence and innovation in higher education teaching and learning by conferring an award in the form of a research grant (research project: Digital Transformation of Higher Education: Assessment Framework for Improvement of Digital Skills).

Moreover, this last year, one of her supervised theses has received the prize for the best research in privacy by the Spanish Agency for Data Protection (Spain Government, 2018).

Since 2015, she has been the Spanish representative of the Legal & Security Issues Task Force at CEPIS (Council of the European Professional Informatics Society) based in Brussels, and since 2019 belongs to the panel of experts and evaluators of research projects of the service of internationalization of education (SEPIE) under the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.

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