Pedagogical Innovation

Academic year
Subject Area
Education Sciences
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado

Recommended Prerequisites


Teaching Methods

Lectures about the topics of the syllabus.  Debate about innovative topics, participation in a virtual community of learning and critical reflection on innovative teaching practices.The students should also create educational resources.

Learning Outcomes

This course intends to reflect on  pedagogical innovation as knowledge, research and practice. The student should:  innovative project;

Understand the pedagogical innovation concept and its key attributes;

Analyze the teacher's role in research and pedagogical innovation;

Understand teaching and learning mediated by ICT in face-to-face or online, using mobile devices;

Analyze cases of pedagogical innovation;

Create interactive educational resources (such as concept maps, podcasts, quizzes, etc.);

Plan an innovative pedagogical project;

Evaluate an innovative pedagogical project.

Work Placement(s)



1. The pedagogical innovation and research in education

1.1. The current innovative demands and the growing interest in research-action

1.2. Concept of innovation and its key attributes

1.3. The teacher's role in research and teaching innovation

1.4. Research-action as a research methodology and practice of change

1.5. Research-action effects in teacher training


2. Educational resources to promote pedagogical innovation

2.1. Conceptual maps and Mental maps

2.2. Quizzes

2.3. Podcasts

2.4. Games

2.5. Gamification


3. Theories and innovative teaching practices

3.1. Learning Communities and Communities of Practice

3.2. Constructivism, connectivism and Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

3.3. Emergent pedagogies and Personal Learning Environments (PBLs)

3.4. Innovative educational projects

Assessment Methods

Continuous assessment
Construction of individual portfolio aimed at monitoring the process of planning an innovative project: 30.0%
Project: 70.0%


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Cardoso, A. P. (2014). Desafios para a formação docente: Investigação-ação e inovação pedagógica. Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra.

Carvalho, A. A., & Aguiar, C. A. (Orgs.) (2010). Podcasts para Ensinar e Aprender em Contexto. Santo Tirso: De Facto.

Carvalho, A. A. (2012). Mobile Learning: rentabilizar os dispositivos móveis dos alunos para aprender. In A. A. Carvalho (Org.), Aprender na era digital: jogos e mobile learning (pp. 149-163). Santo Tirso: De Facto.

Vieluf, S., Kaplan, D., Klieme, E., & Bayer, S. (2012). Teaching practices and pedagogical innovation: Evidence from TALIS. OCDE Publishing.

Thomas, K., & Muga, H. (2014). Handbook oh research on pedagogical innovations for sustainable development. Hershey: IGI Global.