Sapo Campus: what users really think about an institutionally supported PLE
Santos, Carlos and Pedro, Luís and Ramos, Fernando and Moreira, António (2011) Sapo Campus: what users really think about an institutionally supported PLE. pp. 1-11. In: Proceedings of the The PLE Conference 2011, 10th - 12th July 2011, Southampton, UK.
Higher Education Institutions (HEI) are facing great challenges nowadays related with funding, with the discussion of its own mission but, above all, related with answers that are needed in order to cope with new learning contexts and new typologies of students. However, despite these challenges being traditionally framed within an economical, social and political discussion, they are also a result of technological evolution and new usages of technology. Following this line of thought we will present a social media platform – Sapo Campus – launched at University of Aveiro (UA) in the fall of 2009 and some preliminary results of a first questionnaire that was recently applied to the university community. SAPO Campus is a technological platform that results from a R&D partnership between UA and SAPO (the major Internet portal and ISP in Portugal) that aims to launch and assess an integrated Web 2.0 services platform based on SAPO core technologies in order to promote communication, sharing and collaboration skills in Portuguese HEI students and promote and support the use of these services in Higher Education contexts. This first questionnaire allowed us to obtain an accurate technological profile and Web services usage overview from the community and also to understand their opinions about Sapo Campus evolution and its present and future potential impact as far as learning, social and institutional dimensions are concerned. In this paper we argue that, inside HEI, technology is not neutral and may perform a major role in a disruptive innovation process of learning practices.
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