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Social and health care educators' perceptions of competence in digital pedagogy : A qualitative descriptive study (2020)

Ryhtä, I., Elonen, I., Saaranen, T., Sormunen, M., Mikkonen, K., Kääriäinen, M., Koskinen, C., Koskinen, M., Koivula, M., Koskimäki, M., Lähteenmäki, M.-L., Wallin, O., Sjögren, T., & Salminen, L. (2020). Social and health care educators' perceptions of competence in digital pedagogy : A qualitative descriptive study. Nurse Education Today, 92, Article 104521. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2020.104521

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All authors or editors: Ryhtä, Iina; Elonen, Imane; Saaranen, Terhi; Sormunen, Marjorita; Mikkonen, Kristina; Kääriäinen, Maria; Koskinen, Camilla; Koskinen, Monika; Koivula, Meeri; Koskimäki, Minna; et al.

Journal or series: Nurse Education Today

ISSN: 0260-6917

eISSN: 1532-2793

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 92

Article number: 104521

Publisher: Elsevier

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2020.104521

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/71104


Background Digitalisation has made digital competence a necessity for those working in social and healthcare. A high degree of competence in digital pedagogy is required of educators to meet the challenge of educating future professionals who are themselves highly digitally competent. Objectives The aim of this study was to describe the perceptions of competence in digital pedagogy that educators in social and healthcare have. Design A qualitative descriptive study. Participants The participants were Finnish-speaking social and healthcare educators (n = 37) working at six Finnish universities of applied sciences (UAS). Methods Group interviews (n = 12) were conducted during spring 2018. Each group consisted of 2–5 educators, with a total of 37 educators. The data was analysed using an inductive content analysis. Results According to the interviewed educators, competence in digital pedagogy involved pedagogical, digital, and ethical skills and awareness. The educators were aware of the possibilities afforded by digital technology and had a positive view on how the technology could be utilised in education. However, the educators were concerned that technology might solely be utilised for the sake of digitalisation instead of being pedagogically preferable. Conclusions In the future, the results of this study can be utilised while developing an instrument to evaluate the level of competence in digital pedagogy. Examining the perceptions of the educators will allows us to better understand the phenomena from the educators' point of view.

Keywords: higher education (teaching); teachers; educational technology; competence; nursing sector; health sector; social sector

Free keywords: digital pedagogy; competence; digital technology; education; educator; social and healthcare

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Reporting Year: 2020

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