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The use of technology in Portuguese higher education: Building bridges between teachers and students

Higher education institutions are changing due to, at least 3 types of pressures: the development of technologies that are putting some pressures on teachers to introduce and use them in the classroom; the new formats, pedagogies and methodologies that technologies are making possible and finally, the characteristics of the youngsters that live with a smartphone on their hands, for whom time contracted and want everything right here and right now. Teachers are trying to use the technologies in order to fill the gap between classrooms and world outside school meeting the needs and expectations of these youngsters. The question is if teachers are really using the technologies with pedagogical purposes and if students are feeling the gap filled in. Or on the contrary, teachers and students are still speaking different languages. In this quantitative study teachers and students were questioned about the use of technologies in the classroom. Results show that although teachers know how to use the technology, and advocate they use it, it is still not clear if they use it with pedagogical purposes or just as a repositorium, to replace the old photocopies. The reasons advanced for this situation are the technology itself and, in some cases, with the curriculum. Future work should be focused on the analysis of the way teachers really use the technology so it will be possible to provide the training and support to help them to fully take advantage of the technologies with pedagogical purposes.

Anabela Mesquita
ISCAP / IPP and Algoritmi RC

Paula Peres

Fernando Moreira
IJP, REMIT, UPT, Porto & IEETA, UA, Aveiro


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