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The COVID-19 Pandemic as an Opportunity to Foster the Sustainable Development of Teaching in Higher Education

by 1,* and 2,3,4
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CIPES—Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies, 4450-227 Matosinhos, Portugal
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Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of the Azores, 9500-321 Ponta Delgada, the Azores, Portugal
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Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences—CICS.UAc/CICS.NOVA.UAc, University of the Azores, 9500-321 Ponta Delgada, the Azores, Portugal
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Interdisciplinary Centre for Childhood and Adolescence—NICA—UAc, University of the Azores, 9500-321 Ponta Delgada, the Azores, Portugal
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Sustainability 2020, 12(20), 8525; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208525
Received: 27 September 2020 / Revised: 9 October 2020 / Accepted: 13 October 2020 / Published: 15 October 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has had profound consequences on the social, economic and cultural life at the global level. The educational dimension has also been affected in the schools’ regular functioning, with the temporary closure of educational institutions, as well as the impediment of face-to-face classes. This perspective paper aims to add to the knowledge already produced on this topic, by arguing that these challenging conditions can be a pivotal moment of opportunity for reshaping higher education, with the implementation, development and diffusion, among academics and students, of digital technologies. The paper also discusses the role of leadership in the transformation of organizational culture in higher education. The methodology used to carry out this study is qualitative, and the technique employed to analyze the data collected was content analysis. Research studies, in diverse formats, already published on the COVID-19 topic and its impacts were the elected data sources. The results of this document analysis allow us to conclude that there is the need to improve the digital sustainable development in teaching in higher education, which entails profound challenges that higher education institutions need to face and overcome if they want to be at the forefront of success in the international education market. This is where the authors seek to contribute, by offering insights on the challenges—but also the opportunities—that COVID-19 poses to higher education at a time when it needs to redefine its teaching methods, leadership models, and interaction channels, by going digital towards the improvement of the sustainable development of its teaching. View Full-Text
Keywords: digital sustainable development; COVID-19; teaching; higher education; digital transformation; university performance; leadership; sustainability digital sustainable development; COVID-19; teaching; higher education; digital transformation; university performance; leadership; sustainability
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Sá, M.J.; Serpa, S. The COVID-19 Pandemic as an Opportunity to Foster the Sustainable Development of Teaching in Higher Education. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8525. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208525

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Sá, Maria J., and Sandro Serpa. 2020. "The COVID-19 Pandemic as an Opportunity to Foster the Sustainable Development of Teaching in Higher Education" Sustainability 12, no. 20: 8525. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208525

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