Subject editors Dr. Ramón López-Martín, Universitat de València, Spain Dr. Paulo Dias, Universidade Aberta of Lisbon, Portugal Dr. Alejandro Tiana Ferrer, National Distance Education University, Spain
Starting from the premise that it is education that makes innovation possible, the development of the ‘learning to learn’ competency is the key to understanding how to innovate. At a time when communication and exchange of information via new digital technologies are subject to immediacy, good educational practices are needed to enhance pertinent, excellent learning within the higher education setting. On the implementation of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the university opted for a competency-based learning approach focused on the student. The idea that one-way transmission of knowledge exclusively taught on campus was no longer enough. Human knowledge can only be enhanced by making the transition from education focused on teaching to education focused on learning, which has consolidated the use of a teaching methodology using information and communication technologies – virtuality – tools facilitating the learning process. In this context, overcoming past misgivings and having surpassed the old controversy that emerging technologies entail, per se, good innovative practices or the depletion of the entire richness of innovation, it seems appropriate to contemplate which tools are the most suitable to boost teaching quality. Now is the time for those responsible at all levels of this process to reflect on the application of these web tools and on whether their use has led to the creation of a digital education culture, modifying our own teaching habits. Are we truly heading in that direction? Education organisations should provide feedback from ongoing changes in current contexts, placing value on the need to undertake a planned process capable of introducing changes and improvements in individuals. Taking into account the emerging newlybuilt digital classroom, both education policy makers and university educators should provide the university with leadership for students within the parameters of governability and social responsibility in the university. In this regard, this monograph wishes to re-examine educational e-innovation from a strategic role to be fulfilled, without forgetting the demand of its application from the university standpoint. The search for good practices means, without a doubt, curiosity, renovation, creativity and being at the cutting edge; that CALL FOR PAPERS, 51 (2017-2) is to say: innovation, including new developments (new methods or services), change and transformation, or benefits and progress. The aim is to collect and disseminate research showing results of innovation already demonstrated, which affect the behaviour of individuals, their communication and organisations in which they participate and take part. In summary, discovering which organisational strategies and methodologies are the best in order to respond to the need of adaptation and change that society is expecting in the university context.
ICT and innovation in higher education.
E-governability in the university setting.
E-training for teaching staff.
Good practices in e-innovation.
Communicating innovation: university responsibility in the e-society.
Closing date for submitting articles: 30 September 2016 Date of publication of this issue: Pre-print version: 1st quarter 2017 Print version: 2/2017: April 2017