How Does the Digital Transformation Affect the Job of University Teachers?: Summary of the Required Skills of University Teachers

How Does the Digital Transformation Affect the Job of University Teachers?: Summary of the Required Skills of University Teachers

Amira Sghari
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4972-8.ch011
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Abstract

The use of digital devices, which is exponentially growing among students, requires universities rethinking teaching practices. Digital acceleration in the field of higher education is very important especially with the appearance of modular object-oriented dynamic learning environment, massive open online course, and small private online courses phenomena. Thus, digital pedagogy transforms the required digital skills of university teachers' teaching. Determining in detail the digital skills of university teachers was difficult. This chapter is based on some research works as well as on the repository of skills defined by the Virtual University of Tunis, which provides training of university teachers to enhance their e-skills. This theoretical chapter presents a synthesis of works dealing with the skills required by university teachers in a context of digital transformation. Such a synthesis will allow a good preparation of training programs for university teachers.
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Job Of A University Teacher

“Teach means to impart knowledge to or instruct (someone) as to how to do something; or to cause (someone) to learn or understand something by example or experience; or to encourage someone to accept (something) as a fact or principle (Soanes and Stevenson, 2003, p. 1809). Teacher is a “professional who is qualified for theoretically profound and critical analysis of educational phenomena, processes in the teaching his study subject” (Blašková et al., 2014, p.458). It designs the educational policies and procedures in a way that leads to the educational objectives creating optimal condition for the students’ moral development and their self-development (Valica and Rohn, 2013, p. 866). According to Samson and Vyjayanthi (2013, p. 92), creating a warm classroom climate, promoting enthusiasm and motivation as well as maintaining an interactive classroom are an effective teacher’s responsibilities.

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Teaching Competencies: Group of teaching acts or behaviours intended to facilitate pupil’s learning directly or indirectly.

Digital Literacy: Individual's ability to find, evaluate, and compose clear information through writing and other media on various digital platforms.

Virtual University of Tunis: Public establishment support higher education development efforts by providing free quality education and training to students and teachers in Tunisian universities and higher education institutions.

Digital Education: Innovative use of digital tools and technologies during teaching and learning.

Teacher: Professional who is qualified for theoretically profound and critical analysis of educational phenomena.

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