• ISSN: 2155-7993
  • Journal of Modern Education Review

Digital Competencies of Higher Education Teachers in the E-Learning Process During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Salvador Ruiz Bernés1, Martha Ofelia Valle Solís2, Verónica Benítez Guerrero3, Ramona Armida Medina Barragán4, Alejandrina Montes Quiroz5, Emma Genoveva Aguiar Fuentes6
(1. Unidad Académica de Enfermería, Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit, México;

2. Unidad Académica de Odontología, Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit, México)

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought great challenges to the teaching and learning process. This study aimed to determine university teachers’ digital competencies in the virtual teaching-learning process in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Data were collected using the Google Form software to generate a questionnaire describing the participants’ subjects, of which 39 teachers of higher education met the inclusion criteria and signed informed consent; forming a non-probabilistic objective sample, all participants of the education program Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at the Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit, Mexico; delivering theoretical and practical courses. Socio-demographic questionnaires were characterized by frequencies and proportions, and Spearman correlation coefficient (rho) nonparametric test to measure the correlation between variables. The results indicate that the teachers who present a high level of competencies in both subscales have a higher level of competencies in online education and of course a better performance in the teacher’s teaching role. The use of these tools is associated with high use of the Google Suite in general, a result that the teacher’s mastery over these tools intervenes in the performance of digital competencies and therefore the teacher can better perform his activities in his educational work. 

Key words: digital competencies, higher education, e-learning, COVID-19

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