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Digital technologies and the future of universities

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Presentation on the 7th World universities forum

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Digital technologies and the future of universities

  1. 1. Pedagogy at University Teaching, Learning, Self-study and Creative Audiences Neuza Pedro, nspedro@ie.ul.pt Ulisboa, 9-1o january 14
  2. 2. Digital environments and technologies in elementary and secondary education + E-learning program of University of Lisbon
  3. 3. #1 The students that are presently in the classrooms of the elementary and secondary schools are used to learn in a very different way that todays’ teachers have been used to teach.
  4. 4. "There's a new generation around the world that is the first to grow up digital.’ (Tapscott, 1999)
  5. 5. Online environments and networks support a peace of their identity.
  6. 6. (Small, 2009)
  7. 7. Adults are better on: . Reading facial expressions (interpersonnal face-to-face interactions) . Reflection (connections, generalization) . Perform more metodically and preciselly . Reasoning (not-acting) Kids are better on: . superior cognitive abilities in snap decisions and juggle multiple sources of inputs. . Understanding graphic representation (3D) . multitasking . Parallel information processing
  8. 8. #2 An update is needed is teaching methods in higher education! New learning theories have emerged. More quality and innovation is demanded.
  9. 9. Neuropsychophisiology, Artificial intelligence, Machine learning, Big data Analysis, Synthetic Biology … all this new fields of sciences provide relevant inputs about Human learning processes.
  10. 10. High-value activities on campus: Teaching vs Research & Development
  11. 11. (Pedro, Matos, Pedro & Abrantes, 2011)
  12. 12. Employability and citizenship
  13. 13. Quantum Mechanics: The Structure Of Atoms
  14. 14. #3 To reflect cultural and technological shifts new formats of content, courses, degrees and certification should be offered.
  15. 15. #4 The higher educational system is not failing or in need of some renovation. Universities just need to remember their main role: . to provide higher education . to nurture science and make it prosper . and to share the developed and carefully validated knowledge with society in order to promote social growth.
  16. 16. Universities are pedagogical places where innovation can happen in a low-risk environment. To learn, in the higher education level, is not about content it’s about learning of to touch the content.
  17. 17. #5 Universities are part of the higher education system. Therefore, they should work as actor in this network: articulate efforts, share problems and co-operate solutions.
  18. 18. Higher education system is also linked with other systems in an Educational Ecology.
  19. 19. Pedagogy at University Teaching, Learning, Self-study and Creative Audiences Neuza Pedro, nspedro@ie.ul.pt

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