The Teaching Digital Competence of Health Sciences Teachers. A Study at Andalusian Universities (Spain)

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Mar 4;18(5):2552. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18052552.


The impact and benefit that information and communication technologies (ICT) have in the educational field require new teaching skills. This fact has been increased by the recent crisis caused by COVID-19. This study tries to investigate the level of digital teaching competence (DTC) of Higher Education teachers of Health Sciences, and its relationship with several variables. For this, it has the participation of 300 teachers from the 9 universities of Andalusia (Spain). The research is structured through a descriptive (RQ1) and inferential (RQ2) design. The answers given to the DigCompEdu Check-In questionnaire adapted to the Spanish context are analyzed. The results, which show high levels of reliability of the questionnaire (Cronbach and McDonald) and validity (CFA), indicate that the level of competence is basic-intermediate. In addition, the area in which teachers excel is digital resources. For this reason, it is proposed to structure personalized training plans and continue expanding the characteristics of this study at an international level.

Keywords: COVID-19; DigCompEdu; digital competence; health sciences; higher education; teacher training.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Humans
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Spain
  • Teaching
  • Universities*