Pedagogical roles and competencies of university teachers practicing in the e-learning environment

  • Pablo César Muñoz Carril University of Santiago de Compostela
  • Mercedes González Sanmamed University of A Coruña
  • Nuria Hernández Sellés Centro Superior de Estudios La Salle.
Keywords: online teaching, online teacher roles, competencies, pedagogical competencies, interests in training

Abstract

Identifying the roles and competencies of faculty performing in virtual environments is crucial to higher education institutions in order to build a common frame for teaching and training initiatives. One of the goals of this study is to identify and systematize faculty’s roles through a review of the most representative surveys. There has also been an effort to identify competencies associated to every role, with an emphasis on those of the pedagogical scope, by means of a focus group. Furthermore, a cross-sectional survey with 166 faculty participants has been conducted in order to identify faculty’s level of proficiency on the pedagogical competencies and the interest in training programs. Teacher perceptions on both these aspects constitutes a relevant reference for the design of faculty training programs. Results reveal that content drafting is the aspect in which the subjects declare the highest level of proficiency as opposed to assessment. Faculty also appear to be willing to improve their training, being aware of the changes and requirements entailed by e-learning.

Author Biographies

Pablo César Muñoz Carril, University of Santiago de Compostela

Didactics and school organization Department.

Teacher Training Faculty.

University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain).

Mercedes González Sanmamed, University of A Coruña

Pedagogy and Didactics Department.

Education Sciences Faculty.

Nuria Hernández Sellés, Centro Superior de Estudios La Salle.

Centro Superior de Estudios La Salle.

Head of the e-learning department

Published
2013-07-05
How to Cite
Muñoz Carril, P. C., González Sanmamed, M., & Hernández Sellés, N. (2013). Pedagogical roles and competencies of university teachers practicing in the e-learning environment. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 14(3), 462-487. https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v14i3.1477
Section
Research Articles