Adult Educators’ Beliefs About Their ICT Competencies and Their Professional Use of ICTs

As part of valorisiation/dissemination of StepUp project, we are proud to share a research based on the project (and other frameworks), that was presented at the 2019 Edmedia + Innovate Learning Conference in Amsterdam by Yashtee Gowreea and Koen DePryck Vrije from the Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), Institute of Knowledge Management (Belgium).

StepUpNewsThe use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has become an integral part of our society and a basic competency for learners and thus also for educators. This paper presents findings on adult educators’ use of ICT in different aspects of teaching and training and reports on their perception of their ICT competencies. A questionnaire based on the EU DigCompEdu framework for digital competence of educators (looking at ICT in educators’ professional competencies, in their pedagogic competencies and in their effect on learners’ ICT competencies) and on the questionnaire developed by the EU-funded consortium StepUp2ICT for adult educators looking at the use of ICT in different phases of their work (planning and coordination of teaching, assessing learners needs, training design, developing content, training delivery and the evaluation of training) was used to collect data from in-service teachers at a Center for Adult Education in Flanders (Belgium). Qualitative results from this survey indicate that adult educators are making use of ICT in different aspects of their professional activities but remain mostly within their comfort zone and only marginally explore new ICT tools and competencies. A more (pro)active professional development is called for.

The complete presentation on this link

 

Gowreea, Y. & DePryck, K. (2019). Adult Educators’ Beliefs About Their ICT Competencies and Their Professional Use of ICTs. DigCompEdu and StepUp2ICT as Frameworks for Professional Development. In J. Theo Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 1286-1295). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 17, 2019 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/210138/.