UNIR facilitates an exclusive, innovative and high quality virtual model of higher education, which leans on a personalized, pro-active, and collaborative distance learning method of instruction. UNIR provides international courses, in two languages (English and Spanish), with lecturers and students across the world, along with a strong support team (ratio 1 support staff/20 students; 1 lecturer/20 students). There are premises in Spain (Logroño and Madrid), Argentina (Buenos Aires), and Brussels (Belgium)Santa Cruz (Bolivia), and a number of collaboration agreements with Latin American universities.
UNIR provided a two-folded Exploratorium:
1) as a workplace setting, with over 400 people in 4 different locations, all of them working with computers on R&D projects, academic processes, and support services (i.e. tutoring, legal, publishing, editing, technical, administrative, etcetera)
2) as university, with over 9.000 students and 400 teachers. UNIR develops a proprietary virtual campus, which combines functionalities of LMSs and Social Networks (SN). Along the academic year 2012-2013 the inter-relation between informal learning (via SN) and regular programmes (via LMS) will be a key research topic Both scenarios will facilitate the analysis and implementation of practices and trends from W1, WP2, and WP3, which will support, encourage, and improve the user experience (student-teacher-support staff) and the institutional objectives at the university.
The HE Exploratorium will engage, at least, 3 different Master degrees which involve 200 students, 60 teachers, and 20 staff members.