José Ramón González

What we have developed is an ecosystem of solutions to solve the approach of digital education.

José Ramón González, participant of TICAL 2017 Costa Rica is a representative of GRAMMATA EDUCACIÓN.

What kind of tool is Grammata, academically speaking?

What we have developed is an ecosystem of solutions to solve the approach of digital education for universities from a modality perspective. What we have implemented are solutions that allow us to have a specifically designed desktop from a mobile device, both for students and for teachers, so that we can concentrate access to all the necessary tools for the learning process. In this context we are also incorporating elements so that the students can be traced and to give the university tools to help it make decisions about the course.

What is the advantage of having GRAMMATA and not another system that could equally favor the university or academic institution?

Many of the systems that exist in the market were designed more than ten years ago, and since they were designed for the Internet environment and to access browsers, they were not designed specifically for mobile devices, which then get neglected. We got started a little later because we have been developing these solutions for around four years, but they are solutions that were developed by and for mobile devices. It has the capacity to be able to learn anywhere, and a capacity to be able to integrate ourselves within the needs of the university using a model which, we say, is more recent and based on their needs.

Where is GRAMMATA? Where does the project come from?

GRAMMATA began in Spain some time ago. What we did was to evolve it to become GRAMMATA Education, as a specialized company, as a kind of StartUp, specifically to be able to create solutions for the university environment. Basically what they need. That started in Granada, and the truth is that we have been evolving in Latin America in recent years, in addition to the hand of the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (UTPL in Spanish), and the truth is that we are quite happy.

We found out about GRAMMATA at the TIC.EC Congress two years ago at UTPL. One of the important aspects was updating the database system. How is GRAMMATA working on that? How often are the versions of the program updated?

The truth is that technology is evolving at such a huge speed, and in the end that makes it a very interesting challenge for us. One of the main elements that we designed for mobility was to have a universal updater as part of that desktop concept that we mentioned previously. In this way we are able to update every moment as it becomes necessary, so as not to impact the students by flooding them with updates every day. What we do, if possible, is always synchronize with the vision of UTPL, so the technology allows us to perform updates, while UTPL also updates one way or another. Also, another fundamental point is that really all our solutions also reside in the cloud, so the fact that they are in the cloud allows us to grow according to the demand and needs that occur at any time in a way that lets us have dynamic updates whenever necessary.

How independent is the administration that each institution has with respect to this tool?

It is absolutely personalized by the institution; in fact, we say that the tools represent 80% of the solution. There is a 20% that is measured, that needs to be integrated with the registration systems, with the reporting systems, and with all the decision making framework that the university uses. So we say that there is a part that requires more implementation of the solution as such, and then there is another part that needs more integration, and working hand-in-hand with the university’s technology.