Information-Related Competencies for Teachers and Students in an E-Learning Environment



This chapter explains the concept of “information competence.” After defining the concept in the broader context of digital competences, we explain how important is to develop such competence in the context of workplace skills required in a knowledge society, and specially, in an e-learning environment. Being competent in the use of information is a requirement for life-long learning. In that sense, the information competence development has been a controversial aspect since their implications on the learning and teaching process makes difficult to see it as an isolated concept. We try to explain the skills, attitudes and all other aspects linked to the information seeking and use process, and how their acquisition is quite different if we talk about teachers or about students. We try to explain the implications of information competence on the benefit and exploitation of a content management system and finally, we offer some recommendations of the aspects of information competence that must be taken in account in order to design systems that helps teachers and students to be more competent in their use.


Lifelong Learning Information Literacy Information Overload Knowledge Society Open Educational Resource 
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  1. 1.Department of Information and Communication SciencesUniversitat Oberta de CatalunyaCataloniaSpain

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