Stronger digital pedagogical competence and better study ability – preliminary studies on digital pedagogy now available to read

In the future, our society will need increasingly diverse expertise. One of the objectives of the Digivisio 2030 project is to find solutions for future learning challenges through digital pedagogy as well as support both learners and teachers in digital pedagogy development. The project has completed two preliminary studies on supporting study ability and competence development from the perspective of digital pedagogy.

Strengthening study ability by means of digital pedagogy

As a result of the preliminary study on study ability, several recommendations were identified, such as for supporting study skills and digital skills, strengthening peer support for students and supporting guidance.

At the request of Digivisio, the Finnish eLearning Centre prepared a written review of the methods used to promote study ability and prevent dropping out as part of the preliminary study on study ability. Based on the written review, key themes for expert panels were identified, which outlined and finalized recommendations for the use of the Digivisio project concerning methods for promoting study ability and preventing dropping out.

The recommendations include methods aimed at supporting study skills and digital competence, building forums and models that support study ability and communality, encouraging peer tutoring and measures that encourage the strengthening of guidance. The recommendations also include the use of learning analytics, improving the efficiency of stakeholder work and developing career guidance. Read the recommendations in more detail: Download the material.

National digital pedagogy education to support competence development

The aim of the preliminary study on the development of e-learning competence of teachers and support service staff at higher education institutions was to produce a plan for the national implementation of digital pedagogy education and to map the need to assess teachers’ digital pedagogical skills.

The preliminary study compiled reports and studies on the future digital competence of teachers as well as international and EU-level policies on digital pedagogy competence. In addition, the working group also reviewed several surveys conducted among students and teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic that revealed various needs for developing digital pedagogical competence. These needs were related to, among others, building a sense of community, guidance and giving feedback as well as interaction and supporting self-direction.

Based on the preliminary study, the working group has proposed a model for national digital pedagogy training programmes. The objective is that four training programmes will be co-designed together with all higher education institutions in 2022 and launched in 2023. Read more on the training themes and view the preliminary study: Download the material.

The recommendations completed in the preliminary study will be promoted in the Digivisio work. “We are currently looking for partners in higher education institutions who want to start working with us on implementation of the recommendations. The work will start early this summer,” says Project Manager Tuula Heide.

The preliminary studies can also be found in the Digivisio Eduuni wiki (login required).

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Tuula Heide

Project Manager