An Analysis of Barriers and Facilitators for the Development of Digital Competencies of Engineering Students

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OECD has established that adults should have the necessary skills and competencies to solve problems and perform complex tasks in “technology-rich environments”. This would mean considering not only basic competencies, but also higher-order skills needed to use information, evaluate information critically, and use it to solve problems. A key concept in the present proposal is related to Digital Competence (hereafter DC). Ferrari et al. Define DC as the: “the set of knowledge, skills, attitudes, abilities, strategies and awareness that is required when using ICT and digital media to perform tasks; solve problems; communicate; manage information; behave in an ethical and responsible way; collaborate; create and share content and knowledge for work, leisure, participation, learning, socializing, empowerment and consumerism” [4]. The general objective of this research was to analyze the characteristics of the DCs of students pursuing engineering and related careers in a private institution of VET, recognizing barriers and facilitators that intervene in the development of DCs. The results obtained are an approximation to DC and the perceptions of Chilean students from a VET institution of it. They allow the authors also, to identify various aspects of the online learning experience in the context of the global pandemic and new needs to be corrected by teachers and university authorities in the design and implementation of OL in VET context.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning in the Age of Digital and Green Transition
EditorsMichael E. Auer, Wolfgang Pachatz, Tiia Rüütmann
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages12
ISBN (electronic)978-3-031-26876-2
ISBN (print)9783031268755
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

SeriesLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
Volume633 LNNS


Title25th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning
SubtitleLearning in the Age of Digital and Green Transition
Abbreviated titleICL 2022
Conference number25
Duration27 - 30 September 2022
Degree of recognitionInternational event
LocationHilton Park Vienna & online

External IDs

Scopus 85151135122
ORCID /0000-0002-6958-4572/work/142238963
WOS 001004128000028



  • Chilean VET students, Digital competence, Engineering students, Online learning