New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 13

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Emergency Remote Teaching and The Adoption of Digital Technologies in Higher Education - The Case of a Portuguese Tourism Science Faculty

Ana Pires, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (Portugal)

Sónia Pais, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (Portugal)

Laura Chagas, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (Portugal)


The global spread of COVID-19 affected all areas, including education, with teaching and learning having to take place online and on digital platforms. With very little to no time to prepare for this change, most higher education institutions resorted to emergency remote teaching (ERT) as the response to maintain instructional continuity in the face of the global health crisis. This sudden transition to online education brought new challenges for higher education lecturers, who were forced to adjust from face-to-face to online learning and to explore a plethora of digital tools to keep teaching and assessing remotely. By means of a survey conducted among the tourism science faculty of a higher education institution in Portugal, the purpose of this study is to identify which digital tools and resources were adopted during the transition from traditional classroom teaching to ERT, and explore the main difficulties experienced by faculty in this challenging period.

Keywords: COVID-19; emergency remote teaching; science education; digital tools; tourism faculty experiences.  

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