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Analysis of the didactic use of tablets in the European Higher Education Area

Análisis de la funcionalidad didáctica de las tabletas digitales en el espacio europeo de educación superior


This article presents a study in which we analyse the didactic use of tablets in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The competential and didactic use of mobile devices is a challenge for lecturers, students and universities alike. In the current university system, mobile devices play a key role that requires rigorous analysis to open up new channels of participation and didactic design in accordance with the EHEA. The research is contextualised in a sample of 419 students from three Spanish public universities: Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), University of Oviedo and National University of Distance Education (UNED), Spain. Through a quantitative and qualitative methodological approach, we proceeded to analyse the life stories of students who are familiar with tablets and use them in both their personal lives and for their university studies. The results show that this mobile device can be a useful resource in information processing, content access and creation, and generic competency development in line with the Dublin Descriptors and the main recommendations of the Tuning, Reflex and EUConverge European projects.


Este artículo presenta una investigación en la que se analiza la funcionalidad didáctica de las tabletas digitales en el espacio europeo de educación superior. El uso didáctico y competencial de los dispositivos móviles es un reto al que se enfrentan profesores, alumnos y las propias instituciones universitarias. En el actual sistema universitario, los dispositivos móviles desempeñan un papel esencial que precisa de análisis rigurosos que abran nuevas vías de participación y arquitectura didáctica acordes con el espacio europeo de educación superior. La investigación se ha contextualizado en una muestra de 419 estudiantes de tres universidades públicas españolas: Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Oviedo y Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED). A través de una metodología cuantitativa y cualitativa, se ha procedido a analizar historias de vida de estudiantes que conocen y usan las tabletas digitales de forma personal y en sus estudios universitarios. Los resultados muestran cómo este dispositivo móvil puede llegar a ser un recurso muy útil en el tratamiento de la información, en el acceso y creación de contenidos y en el desarrollo de competencias genéricas conforme con los descriptores de Dublín y con las principales recomendaciones de los proyectos europeos Tunning, Reflex y UEConverge.


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Sevillano García, M.L., Vázquez Cano, E. Analysis of the didactic use of tablets in the European Higher Education Area. Int J Educ Technol High Educ 11, 63–77 (2014).

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