Online learning: enhancing teachers and students skills in higher education
Dr. Rita Cadima, Vice-President and Director of the Distance Learning Unit Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal.
ELearning strategies are become more essential in modern educational activities and higher education institutions must deal with a significant paradigm shift in the meaning and practice of education in this new era. Elearning programmes and open online courses are a challenge for innovation and development, providing new ways of training for students, teachers and staff, and promote new means of knowledge transfer into society.
E-learning in Higher Education: analyzing two critical factors: organizational strategy and teachers professional development
Dr. Neuza Pedro, Professor, Institute of Education, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Smartphones, apps, multitouch surfaces, wearable technology, IoT, big data, online learning communities, MOOCs, social networks, open badge systems are now widely spread in professional environments, but teaching practices and organizational models in universities remain unchanged. Innovation, in any organizational structure is a difficult process and the successful implementation of e-learning in most higher education institutions is no exception. All too often it takes too much time and effort to be adopted and as a result fails to prove its value and surpass its barriers. This presentation will consider two of these barriers: the lack of an organizational strategy for e-learning and the neglect of teachers’ professional development.