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Integrating Emerging Technologies into Higher Education – The Future Perceptions

Version 1 : Received: 30 July 2021 / Approved: 2 August 2021 / Online: 2 August 2021 (13:03:43 CEST)

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Leoste, J.; Jõgi, L.; Õun, T.; Pastor, L.; San Martín López, J.; Grauberg, I. Perceptions about the Future of Integrating Emerging Technologies into Higher Education—The Case of Robotics with Artificial Intelligence. Computers 2021, 10, 110. Leoste, J.; Jõgi, L.; Õun, T.; Pastor, L.; San Martín López, J.; Grauberg, I. Perceptions about the Future of Integrating Emerging Technologies into Higher Education—The Case of Robotics with Artificial Intelligence. Computers 2021, 10, 110.

Journal reference: Computers 2021, 10, 110
DOI: 10.3390/computers10090110

Abstract

Emerging technologies have a potential future impact on the developments in higher education and teaching practices at the universities. The paper is based on the project “My future colleague robot” that aims to improve the competence of university teachers in the implementation of Emerging Technologies (ETs) in the teaching practices at the university. In this paper, we identified the strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats that are related to the adoption of two ETs, robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI), in higher education. Additionally, we analyzed the perceptions of faculty about these ETs. The empirical data was collected using written essays from 18 university teachers and students. Deductive and inductive approaches with thematic analysis were used for the data analysis. The findings support the idea that previous experience related to ETs can support positive attitudes and the implementations of ET in university teaching. University teachers had optimistic expectations towards ETs accepting them as part of teaching practice development, while discussion about the negative effects of ETs was negligible.

Keywords

Emerging technologies; Educational Innovation; Artificial Intelligence; Robotics; Higher Education; Teaching Practices

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