Received: 2020-08-15  |  Accepted: 2021-02-24  |  Published: 2021-06-30

Title

Digital competencies’ assessment and challenges of academic staff: the case of Latvia


Abstract

The need to develop digital competences has long been emphasized, but only in the state of emergency due to COVID-19, it has become a real necessity. The study process in higher education institutions is organized remotely, which means that academic staff have essential digital competencies to ensure a certain level of quality. The aim of the research is to study the self-assessment of the digital competencies of the academic staff and the possibilities of its improvement. In the course of the research, there were surveyed the representatives of the academic staff of regional higher education institutions of Latvia, who were asked to assess their digital competencies. When analysing the obtained data, it was taken into account whether the academic staff has an IT-related education or occupation. As a result, it was concluded that, in general, the most significant problems for academic staff are content creation and information processing, which are essential for the successful implementation of their job responsibilities. Accordingly, the academic staff is also interested in developing these competencies in particular.


Keywords

academic staff, digital competencies, Information and Communication Technology (ICT)


JEL classifications

I21 , I23 , O15


URI

http://jssidoi.org/jesi/article/811


DOI


Pages

85-102


Funding

The paper was supported by the National Research Programme “Latvian heritage and future challenges for the sustainability of the state” project “Challenges for the Latvian state and society and the solutions in international context (INTERFRAME-LV)” The paper was supported by the project: “Strengthening the academic staff of the higher education institution in the field of strategic specialization” strengthening the academic staff of Rezekne Academy of Technologies in study fields “Mechanics and metal working, heat power industry, heat engineering and mechanical engineering” and “Management, administration and real estate management”, Nr. 8.2.2.0/18/a/016

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Authors

Mietule, Iveta
Rezekne Academy of Technologies, Rēzekne, Latvia http://www.rta.lv
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Litavniece, Lienite
Rezekne Academy of Technologies, Rēzekne, Latvia http://www.rta.lv
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Lonska, Jelena
Rezekne Academy of Technologies, Rēzekne, Latvia http://www.rta.lv
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Burova, Olga
Rezekne Academy of Technologies, Rēzekne, Latvia http://www.rta.lv
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Journal title

Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues

Volume

8


Number

4


Issue date

June 2021


Issue DOI


ISSN

ISSN 2345-0282 (online)


Publisher

VšĮ Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Center, Vilnius, Lithuania

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