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Ryhtä, I., Elonen, I., Hiekko, M., Katajisto, J., Saaranen, T., Sormunen, M., Mikkonen, K., Kääriäinen, M. ., Sjögren, T., Korpi, H., & Salminen, L. (2021). Enhancing social and health care educators’ competence in digital pedagogy: A pilot study of educational intervention . Finnish Journal of EHealth and EWelfare, 13(3), 302–314.

Enhancing social and health care educators’ competence in digital pedagogy : a pilot study of educational intervention

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Author: Ryhtä, Iina1; Elonen, Imane1; Hiekko, Mari1;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Turku, Finland
2Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Turku, Turku, Finland
3Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing Science, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
4Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, University or Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
5Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
6Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland
7Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Finnish Social and Health Informatics Association, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-02-07


The purpose of this pilot study was to explore connection of an educational intervention on the competence of health care educators and educator candidates (n=11) in digital pedagogy as a part of national TerOpe project. An educational intervention, Basics of Digital Pedagogy was developed by the TerOpe project’s experts. The participating educators and educator candidates of the educational intervention were recruited from the universities and university of applied sciences, which were involved in TerOpe project. All the participants of the educational interventions were invited to take part in this study. The educational intervention was conducted during spring 2019. Pre- and post-tests were implemented digitally by using an Educators’ and Educator Candidates’ Competence in Digital Pedagogy self-assessment instrument (OODI), which was developed for this study. The OODI includes 32 items divided in six digital competence areas professional engagement, digital resources, teaching and learning, assessment, empowering learners and facilitating learners’ digital competence. The data was analysed statistically. The self-assessed level of overall competence in digital pedagogy and competence in all competence areas of digital pedagogy increased statistically significantly during the intervention. The educational intervention used in this study seems to increase educators’ self-assessed competence in digital pedagogy. We recommend that all educators be encouraged to conduct continuous education on the basics of digital pedagogy.

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Series: Finnish Journal of eHealth and eWelfare
ISSN: 1798-0798
ISSN-E: 1798-0798
ISSN-L: 1798-0798
Volume: 13
Issue: 3
Pages: 302 - 314
DOI: 10.23996/fjhw.107466
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
516 Educational sciences
Funding: This work was supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland under Grant [OKM/61/523/2017].
Copyright information: © 2021 Finnish Journal of eHealth and eWelfare. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.