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Digital Skills in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Faculty in Mexican Higher Education Institutions

Digital Skills in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Faculty in Mexican Higher Education Institutions
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Author(s): Cynthia M. Montaudon- Tomas (UPAEP Universidad, Mexico), Ingrid N. Pinto-López (UPAEP Universidad, Mexico)and Anna Amsler (Independent Researcher, Mexico)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 22
Source title: Handbook of Research on Future of Work and Education: Implications for Curriculum Delivery and Work Design
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Sunil Ramlall (Concordia University Wisconsin, USA), Ted Cross (Western Governors University, USA)and Michelle Love (Western Governors University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8275-6.ch024



This chapter describes the digital competencies that have become essential in the workforce and how higher education institutions (HEIs) are trying to keep up in a moment in which faculty members have been acquiring digital skills alongside students. A field study was conducted with faculty from HEIs in Mexico to identify the differences between the digital skills that faculty possessed previous to the pandemic and those acquired as a result of remote work. It also analyzes the digital tools they have been provided with to perform their jobs, the training they have received, and the digital skills that they still lack to help students acquire the digital competencies demanded in the workforce. The objective is to identify areas of opportunity and create general guidelines that will help develop critical digital skills. A literature review of the most relevant aspects of digital dexterity and digital competence in higher education (HE) is presented. An analysis of the current context and how it is producing changes faster than before is also included.

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