Self-Assessment of Digital Competence for Educators: a Brazilian Study with University Professors

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33448/rsd-v11i9.30725

Keywords:

Digital competence of educators; DigCompEdu; Digital technologies; Higher Education; Teaching.

Abstract

Educators' digital competence is essential for the promotion of teaching strategies concatenated with the digital society's demands. The aim of this study is to analyze the digital competence of 39 university professors in Santo Amaro, Bahia State, Brazil, pointing out formation paths for development of educational practices able to promote learning in digital environments. It is configured as an exploratory and descriptive research, with a quantitative approach, using the self-assessment scale from Digital Competence of Educators (DigCompEdu). Out of the 39 responding university teachers, 18 were of the female gender (46.2%) and 21 male gender (53.8%), with ages varying between 25 and 62 years. The results related to the different scopes revealed a mean value (44 points) that locates the participating educators in level B1 (integrator), close to level B2 (which begins with 48 points). The professors surveyed revealed gaps at the digital competence related with the role of the online reflective practice; application of digital technologies in the teaching and learning process and assessment practices with the support of digital technologies; indicating the need for continuing professor education in order to mitigate the evidenced gaps.

Author Biographies

Eniel do Espírito Santo, Federal University of Bahia's Recôncavo

PhD in Education with Post-doctorate in Education. Professor at the Center for Exact and Technological Sciences (CETEC) at the Federal University of Bahia's Recôncavo (UFRB). Professor in both in the Master's Program in Science Education, Inclusion and Diversity, at UFRB and in the Master's Program Interdisciplinary Studies on the University, at Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). Vice coordinator of the Research Group Educational Technologies, Robotics and Physics (G-TERF) and member of the Research Group Training and Research in Teaching Practices (FIPE). Evaluator of the National System for Evaluation of Higher Education by Ministry of Education, Brazil.

Sara Dias-Trindade, University of Coimbra

PhD in History - Didactics of History and with postdoc  in the area of ​​Educational Technologies, both by the University of Coimbra. Invited Assistant Professor in the Department of History, European Studies, Archeology and Arts of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra. Researcher at the Digital Humanities Group and at the Nucleo for Studies in Pedagogy in Higher Education at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CEIS20-UC) of the University of Coimbra, currently integrating the coordination team of the Center.

Rafaela Santos dos Reis, Federal University of Bahia's Recôncavo

Graduated in Interdisciplinary Bachelor in Culture, Languages and Applied Technologies at the Federal University of the Recôncavo da Bahia. Fellow of the Institutional Program for Scientific Initiation Scholarship by the Federal University of Bahia's Reconcavo in the research project: Digital Teacher Competencies (DIGCOMPEDU): a Self-Assessment Scale for Teachers (2019- 2020).

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08/07/2022

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SANTO, E. do E.; DIAS-TRINDADE, S.; REIS, R. S. dos. Self-Assessment of Digital Competence for Educators: a Brazilian Study with University Professors. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 11, n. 9, p. e26311930725, 2022. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v11i9.30725. Disponível em: https://rsdjournal.org/index.php/rsd/article/view/30725. Acesso em: 4 oct. 2022.

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