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Paula Morais


Concluiu o Doutoramento em Tecnologias e Sistemas de Informação em 2002 pelo(a) Universidade do Minho. É Professora Associada na Universidade Portucalense Infante Dom Henrique, lecionando e fazendo investigação nas áreas de desenvolvimento de sistemas de informação e tecnologias de informação na educação. Afiliação: REMIT - Research on Economics, Management and Information Technologies. DCT - Departamento de Ciência e Tecnologia.

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REMIT – Research on Economics, Management and Information Technologies
Centro de investigação que que tem como objetivo principal produzir e disseminar conhecimento teórico e aplicado que possibilite uma maior compreensão das dinâmicas e tendências económicas, empresariais, territoriais e tecnológicas do mundo contemporâneo e dos seus efeitos socioeconómicos. O REMIT adota uma perspetiva multidisciplinar que integra vários domínios científicos: Economia e Gestão; Ciências e Tecnologia; Turismo, Património e Cultura. Founded in 2017, REMIT – Research on Economics, Management and Information Technologies is a research unit of Portucalense University. Based on a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective it aims at responding to social challenges through a holistic approach involving a wide range of scientific fields such as Economics, Management, Science, Technology, Tourism, Heritage and Culture. Grounded on the production of advanced scientific knowledge, REMIT has a special focus on its application to the resolution of real issues and challenges, having as strategic orientations: - the understanding of local, national and international environment; - the development of activities oriented to professional practice, namely in the business world.

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  • PublicaçãoAcesso Restrito
    Integration of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the curriculum: Findings based on the analysis of higher education programmes
    2023-07 - Barros, Elisabete; Morais, Paula; Fernandes, Sandra; Araújo, Alexandra M.; Albuquerque, Ana Sílvia
    Higher education institutions play a vital role in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Therefore, the integration of SDGs in higher education curriculum and pedagogic practices is essential to ensure that students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to address complex social and environmental challenges and promote sustainable development in their personal and professional lives. This study aims to investigate the extent to which higher education programmes integrate SDGs into their curricula. The research was conducted in a private higher education institution located in the north of Portugal. In this context, faculty training was developed as an institutional strategy to facilitate the incorporation of SDGs in higher education policies and practices. The study was based on a mixed-methods approach, including content analysis and semi-structured interviews. The content analysis was performed on the course outlines of selected graduate programmes from three different fields of study: business, engineering, and social sciences. To complement the content analysis, semi-structured interviews were conducted with faculty members responsible for curriculum design in the selected programmes. The preliminary results show that there is a growing trend in the integration of SDGs in the curriculum, especially in courses from the social sciences field. This integration is mainly focused on awareness-raising rather than action-oriented learning. The interviews, to be carried out in the second phase of the study, will allow to identify the main barriers and challenges to effective integration. The study also highlights the need for greater faculty support to effectively integrate the SDGs into the curriculum. The research contributes to the literature on SDGs integration in higher education and provides insights for policymakers, curriculum designers, and faculty members to better address the challenges and opportunities in sustainability education and the importance of educating students on sustainability issues.
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    Improving student engagement with Project-Based Learning: A case study in Software Engineering
    2021-02 - Veloso, Bruno; Morais, Paula; Ferreira, Maria João
    In the area of Information and Communication Technologies, in addition to the problem of engagement, students often have difficulties in learning subjects related to modeling and programming. The reasons for these difficulties are well known and described in the literature, pointing to difficulties in abstraction and logic thinking. Knowing that the value of flexible and personalized learning, teachers are changing the way they teach, using different active learning methodologies, such as flipped classroom, project-based learning, and peer instruction. This paper describes an experiment conducted to improve the learning experiences of the students enrolled in the Computer Science bachelor’s degree course, attending three curricular units: Information Systems Development, Data Structures, and Web Languages and Technologies. The approach followed by the teachers used project-based learning as an active learning methodology. This methodology allows us to achieve four main objectives: (i) improve student engagement; (ii) improve learning outcomes achievement (iii) increase the course success rate and (iv) allow students to experience the need for the software development lifecycle, feeling that software engineering is not a block-based process but depending on previous activity, often leads to the need to go back in the process. The results obtained with the use of the active methodology were well accepted by the students and allowed both teachers and students to reach the objectives set.
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    Implementing a Business Information System to improve the quality assurance mechanisms in a Portuguese higher education institution
    2019 - Lopes, Filomena Castro; Morais, Paula
    Higher education institutions (HEIs) face, nowadays, enormous challenges to be competitive in a global world. The competitive environment means that HEIs, like other organizations, must be concerned with evaluating and monitoring their strategic objectives. Business Information (BI) systems combine different sources of information, from different information systems (IS), with analytical tools to present competitive information to planners and decision makers. In this way, BI systems emerge as tools that allow institutions to create future competitive advantages. This paper presents a case study of a Portuguese HEI, describing the implementation of a BI system to support the quality assurance system, and to improve its future strategy. This study focuses on one of the three HEI mission vectors: Teaching and Learning. As a result of this work, it was possible to parameterize the BI system, and to identify the digital information missing in the IS, and the necessary developments to collect it.
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    Developing higher education institutions as effective learning communities: Approaches, practices and policy levers at one Portuguese university
    2018 - Costa-Lobo, Cristina; Morais, Paula; Caramelo-Gomes, José; Jesus-Silva, Natacha
    In Europe, when speaking of quality assurance of Higher Education Institutions (HEI), the point of reference is the Standard and guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area document, devised by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education. This document establishes a set of guidelines for the Internal Systems of Quality Assurance (ISQA) of the HEI and, also includes, guidelines for the creation of quality assurance agencies, such as the Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES), Agency which establish standards, evaluate and ensure the quality of the HEI in the different member countries of the Higher Education European Space. In Portugal, the A3ES created a Manual for the ISQA audit process which specifies the objectives, the form of organization and operation of the institutional audit model adopted by the A3ES, so as to certificate the ISQA in the HEI. Besides the two stated references which are aimed, specifically, to the HEI, when discussing management systems certification, it’s also relevant to mention the ISO norms. The ISO 9001 is the most used norm of management systems worldwide, establishing itself as international reference for the Certification of Quality Assurance of Management Systems. The adoption of a Quality Assurance System is, according to this norm, a strategical decision of the organization. The strategy formulated to ensure quality in Higher Education uses internal systems of quality assurance, of the institutions responsibility, and also external systems, of the quality assurance agencies responsibility. The development of quality assurance systems demands a balance between the HEI’s actions and the external procedures of quality assurance purposed by the agencies, in the case of Portugal, the A3ES. HEIs are required to establish their own self-evaluation mechanisms. For this purpose, promoting a solid internal quality culture is elemental to strengthen effective strategies of institutional evaluation. Related to its continuous improvement process, Portucalense University, a private HEI, located in Portugal, decided to certificate its quality assurance system, both by the A3ES and by the ISO 9001. This article describes the developed practices in this double certification process. The perception of the areas with greater need of being leveraged, the respective improvements to be applied, and the better way of proceeding in regard to the continuous improvement of the processes, either of management, value chain and support or services, stand out as results of this content analysis. With this study, it is intended to contribute with good practices for the attainment of the certifications and the continuous improvement of the HEI in question.
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    Integração dos Objetivos do Desenvolvimento Sustentável (ODS) na planificação curricular dos cursos da Universidade Portucalense: Resultados de um estudo preliminar [abstract]
    2023-07 - Fernandes, Sandra; Araújo, Alexandra M.; Albuquerque, Ana Sílvia; Morais, Paula; Barros, Elisabete
    As Instituições de Ensino Superior são vitais para a concretização dos Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável (ODS). Neste sentido, a integração dos ODS nos curricula do Ensino Superior e nas práticas pedagógicas é essencial para garantir que os estudantes desenvolvam os conhecimentos, as competências e os valores necessários para enfrentar os atuais desafios sociais e ambientais e para promover o desenvolvimento sustentável nas suas vidas pessoais e profissionais.
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    The Centre for Excellence in Teaching (CET) at Portucalense University: goals, strategies and expected outcomes
    2018-06 - Mesquita, Diana; Morais, Paula; Fernandes, Sandra; Fernandes, Sara M.; Abelha, Marta; Albuquerque, Ana Sílvia
    This paper presents part of the change process carried out at the Portucalense University (UPT), Portugal, aimed at promoting student centred teaching and learning. To attain this goal, the Centre for Excellence in Teaching (CET) was created to support academic staff development, provide pedagogic training for teachers, create pedagogical resources and enhance the dissemination of best practices and teaching quality at UPT. The preliminary results of the implementation of the activities developed by the CET reveal a positive participation and involvement of academic staff, according to data collected through an online questionnaire to participants. Teachers showed interest in developing active learning strategies and openness to change their teaching practices. Some examples of the activities implemented by teachers, in the first semester of 2017/2018, are briefly presented in this paper.
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    Social responsibility and career education: An international case study
    2018 - Costa-Lobo, Cristina; Menezes, José; Campina, Ana; Caramelo-Gomes, José; Morais, Paula; Jesus-Silva, Natacha; Formosinho, Maria das Dores
    Corporate Social Responsibility and career education emerge in a context of a society where the importance of the ability to anticipate change, adapt to new circumstances, and invent new business practices is explicit. Career education has been presented as an effective response to the requirements of adaptability, flexibility, and continuing education. This paper is a report on the findings of a study conducted at an international leading food group. Documentary analysis and discourse analysis techniques were used to examine how corporate social responsibility and career education are valued by this international group. The sample of this investigation is composed by the Director of the development area, by the Coordinator and two Social Assistants of the Social Emergency Fund. The success and effectiveness of this international group are marked by ambition, ability to resist difficulties, sharing of values, spirit of unity and team sense. In addition to internal training, it directs investments for external training by promoting actions such as participation in seminars and congresses worldwide and the creation of partnerships in various areas of management with prestigious teaching entities. Findings indicate the creation of a training school, with initiatives for internal and external training, in partnerships with prestigious teaching entities. Of particular note is the Management Trainees Program, developed for more than 25 years, characterized by building a career by obtaining knowledge and skills acquired in the combination of on-the-job experience and a training program.
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    The role of leadership in promoting social responsibility in Higher Education
    2022-11 - Pereira, Adelaide; Morais, Paula; Fernandes, Sandra; Albuquerque, Ana Sílvia
    This study aims to analyse the role played by the academic leadership in developing pedagogical practices promoting social responsibility in a private higher education institution in the north of Portugal. Despite the limited research in the area, the interest in this subject has been growing in recent years. In this study, we attempt to understand the pedagogical methodologies that promote social responsibility competencies in the students. Higher education institutions must direct their activities and knowledge to both the internal and external communities, contributing to solving concrete social problems. Academic leaderships are central in this process because they are essential in promoting pedagogical practices aligned with the higher education institutions' social responsibility, like the active teaching/learning methodologies (e.g. project-based learning and service-learning). In this work, we focused on the qualitative methodology through the case study method. The participants of this study are students, lecturers and academics with leadership roles in a private higher education institution. The authors collected the data used in this study through questionnaires, semi-structured interviews, written narratives, and documental analysis. The study reveals that pedagogical practices implementation aligned with social responsibility leads to an improvement of the students' qualifications and helps in their development as socially responsible citizens, acknowledging, however, some lack of interest by the lecturers in adopting active pedagogical practices. Nevertheless, the academic leaders interviewed (e.g. lecturers who are members of the administrative body) have described the development of personal and professional qualification projects that instil the importance of active citizenship in the students and whose results are analysed to improve the process of continuous learning. We conclude that promoting social responsibility competencies to students in all higher education courses is essential and that this should be done using active methodologies. We intend that this work will contribute to the debate about the importance of leadership in higher education institutions, promoting pedagogical innovation, social responsibility, and sustainability practices.
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    Specific requirements of human resources in the IT sector in Portugal.
    2015 - Baldaque, Alexandra; Azevedo, Casimiro; Costa-Lobo, Cristina; Lopes, Filomena Castro; Morais, Paula; Santos-Pereira, Carla
    The strong growth in recent years in the ICT sector has been limited by the shortage in the number of professionals available to fill the growing number of jobs that emerge in this area. This is a particularly serious problem in Europe where the shortage stubbornly persists, despite the efforts made by European leaders over the past decade. Aware of these needs, we carried out a study on the specific needs of human resources in the ICT sector in Portugal in the view of retraining unemployed, in partnership with ANETIE, National Association of Information Technology and Electronics Enterprises. The study began with a search aiming to identify the existing ICT professions, coming to a list of 15 professions applicable in Portugal. Based on several European studies we constructed a list of technical activities and responsibilities associated with each profession. As the next step a survey was conducted using a questionnaire aimed to gather information about the relevant professions in the ICT sector, the main activities to be undertaken, and the needed skills, not only technical, but also soft, cognitive, business and communication skills. The results show that the Software Developer is the profession with more number of workers existing in the enterprises from the sample, but it is also the most needed in the next three years. Five other professions should, also, be highlighted as the most needed: IT Consultant, Technical Specialist (HW/ SW), Helpdesk Professional, Project Manager and Sales Manager. The CIO profession was not mentioned by any organization.
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    O teu mestre: A distance learning platform (results)
    2019 - Azevedo, Daniel; Morais, Paula
    We live in a an age of change regarding mentalities and a consequent time of change in the learning processes. In this sense, it is necessary to create new methodologies and alternative practices to learn, teach and, more importantly, to learn how to learn. In recent years there has been a widespread commitment to use Information and Communication Technologies as a tool to support teaching. It is in this context that this work is inserted. The aim is to validate a digital educational resource of school that will be able to contribute to the aid of students of traditional education and also of those hospitalized and/or prevented from being present in the classroom. The proposed model was validated through a case study developed during the second and third periods of the 2014/2015 school year, involving special education students, in a hospital context, students of Mathematics A of the 12th grade of a Porto school and high school mathematics teachers.