Online Survey Of Educator’s Digital Competencies And Analysis Of The Resulting Data

Leading institution: University of Zagreb

1. Premises before the start of the project:

Research conducted by one of the partners during the lockdown (April 2020), using online consultation among university teaching staff throughout Italy (particularly in the humanities area) and students (from UniPD), has shown a worrying gap between students’ adaptability to the online situation and that of teaching professionals. Very few university professors tried to exploit the pedagogic benefits of online teaching and most complained about the lack of interaction with students, showing little knowledge of the wide number of interactive possibilities of online learning and assessment applications. Although many universities have well-established eLearning support services, most teachers admitted that they never undertook any kind of eLearning course and themselves acknowledged their lack of digital competencies. In addition, most saw the need for digital competence as limited to a short time and the specific current situation, rather than a long-term requirement.

Further research through online consultation among teaching staff from the Humanities areas of the participant organisation countries (WP2) is essential to understand how future agendas for online teaching should develop.

We need to widen the number of questions proposed in the previous questionnaire in order to understand if there has been any change between the initial and the current situation but also widen the number of disciplines of the staff engaged. The idea is to involve at least 500 participants.

This research is much needed to understand which is the current situation, which problems face teaching staff in relation to online teaching and in order to create a product which satisfies problems and perplexities of the participant

2. Creation of a questionnaire by expert in pedagogy, expert in psychology and pondering it by an expert in sociology.

3. Online survey.

4. Analysis of the results of the questionnaire

The questionnaire itself is based on an already existing model, developed during the lockdown by the University of Padova but that it will be adapted and widened. Each of the participant institutions will find the distribute and collect questionnaires and analyze them in relation to an already established analytic, statistic and sociological method. A final report with analysis of the implications for institutional and state policies will be delivered by the University of Zagreb.