Relevant and sufficient expertise in the use of digital tools is the most important challenge in digital teaching, both among employees and students.
In a new report from the Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) they found that a lack of knowledge remains a significant challenge when it comes to making use of digital technology in teaching. Full report here.
The findings align with my own research when writing “The digital classroom, transforming the way we learn.” We assume that students and teachers have the required skills and know-how when it comes to the use of digital tools to enhance students learning. It turns out that they do not in most cases. We need to focus on that and not assume that everyone is on top of this. We need to realize that this is an area that needs attention, focus, and time. It is a continuous journey for teachers and students alike.
What is most remarkable is that the students do not seem to have sufficient competence to take full advantage of digital, educational tools.
“An important reflection that emerged in the focus group interviews is that there may have been a tendency to overestimate the students’ competence in this area. Although students are often major consumers of digital technology in everyday life, this does not necessarily mean that they have the required skills to use digital technology in a learning situation,”.
Perhaps the biggest challenge one faces is the lack of relevant and sufficient competence among the teaching staff. In order to make the best use of the educational potential of digital technology, the lectures/teachers need extensive technical expertise, knowledge about all the possibilities and limitations of technology, access to relevant equipment, and not least an understanding of how digital technology can be used to enhance learning,” is the conclusion of the report.
Although students are often major consumers of digital technology in everyday life, this does not necessarily mean that they have the needed skills to use digital technology in a learning situation”
The report points to 3 areas where the use of digital tools can have a good effect on the students learning;
- more student-activating teaching methods
- pedagogical development, especially in practical subjects
- increased access for the student in higher education, regardless of time and place
The report is based on a review of literature, the Teaching Survey, Diku’s portfolio evaluation and interviews with universities and university colleges. Source; Khromo