Albert Sangrà, Ph.D., is the director for the UNESCO Chair in Education and Technology for Social Change at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Full professor at the Psychology and education Department and researcher at the Edul@b research group.
He is also currently the director for the Industrial Doctorates Programme at the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya).
Recipient of the 2015 Award for Excellence in eLearning awarded by the World Education Congress, he has been also appointed as EDEN Senior Fellow by the European Distance and E-learning Network.
Member of the founder team of UOC (1994-95), where he served as Director, Methodology and Educational Innovation until 2004, being in charge of the educational model of the university; Director of the M.Sc. program in Education and ICT (e-learning) (2006-2012); and Director of the eLearn Center (2012-2014).
Former Vice-president, European Foundation of Quality on E-Learning (EFQUEL), and member of the Executive Committee of EDEN (2003- 2009). Former member of the Portugal’s Universidade Aberta’s Advisory Board. Currently he is member of the TELSC (Technology Enhanced Learning & Societal Challenges) PhD. Programme, a join programme between Universidade de Lisboa, Universidade de Aveiro and Universidade do Minho, in Portugal; member of the COER (Center for Open Education Research), Oldenburg Universität, Germany; and advisory member of the Board of Directors, Instituto Profesional IACC, Chile.
His main areas of research are the uses of ICT in education and training and in particular, policies, organization, management and leadership in the implementation of online education (e-learning) and the guarantee of its quality, as well as the professional development for online education.
He has worked as a consultant and trainer in several online and blended learning projects in Europe, America, Asia, and Australia, focusing on implementation strategies for the use of technology in teaching and learning and its quality assurance. He has also been a World Bank consultant.
He performs as evaluator at the Agenzia Nazionale per la Valutazione delle Università e la Ricerca (ANVUR), Italy, and at the Estonian Higher Education Quality National Agency (EKKA). Member of the Editorial Board of several indexed academic journals. Author of books as Managing Technology in Higher education. Strategies for Transforming teaching & Learning, jointly with Tony Bates (Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 2011); La Transformación de las Universidades a través de las TIC (EDIUOC, 2004), with Mercedes González-Sanmamed; or Aprender en la Virtualidad (GEDISA, 200), with Josep M. Duart.
Ph.D. (Europaeus) in Education (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain). Postgraduate at the Open University, UK, in Applications of Information Technology in ODE, and Diploma on Strategic Use of IT in Education by Harvard University, USA. B.A. in Philosophy and Education, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.