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Health and Social Care Educators' Competence in Digital Collaborative Learning: A Cross-Sectional Survey




List of Authors: Mannisto M, Mikkonen K, Kuivila HM, Koskinen C, Koivula M, Sjogren T, Salminen L, Saaranen T, Kyngas H, Kaariainen M

Publisher: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC

Publication year: 2020

Journal: Sage open

Journal name in source: SAGE OPEN

Journal acronym: SAGE OPEN

Volume number: 10

Issue number: 4

Number of pages: 11

ISSN: 2158-2440

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2158244020962780

URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2158244020962780


Abstract
The ongoing change from traditional pedagogy to digital collaborative learning requires a new mode of teaching, learning, and educators' responsibilities. For competence in digitally mediated teaching, educators need understanding of how to provide appropriate digital environment to learn collectively and individually. The aim of this study was to describe and explore health and social care educators' perceptions of their current level of competence in digital collaborative learning and identify distinct educators' profiles. Data were collected via cross-sectional survey from educators in 21 universities of applied science and eight vocational colleges in Finland using an instrument covering two subdimensions: educators' competence in fostering construction of knowledge in digital collaborative learning, and supporting students in individualized collaborative learning. The data were analyzed by statistical methods. Three significantly differing clusters of educators' profiles were identified, and a significant association between type of current work organization and their self-reported competence in digital collaborative learning was found. The vocational college educators rated their competence in fostering construction of knowledge in digital collaborative learning as significantly lower than higher education educators. There were also remarkable differences in competence in supporting students' individual collaborative learning. To provide such support, sufficient competence in teaching in digital learning environment is essential, and our study highlights clear needs to enhance this competence.

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