Roles and Domains to Teach in Online Learning Environments: Educational ICT Competency Framework for University Teachers



This chapter is aimed at presenting an integrated framework of the educational information and communications technology (ICT) competencies that university teachers should have to teach in an online learning environment. Teaching through ICT in higher education involves performing three main roles – pedagogical, socialist, and design/planning – and also two cross-cutting domains that arise from the online environment: technological and managerial. This framework as well as the competencies for university teachers associated with it were validated at a European level by a dual process of net-based focus groups of teachers and teacher trainers in each of the participating countries in a European Project (Elene-TLC) and an online Delphi method involving 78 experts from 14 universities of ten European countries. The competency framework and the examples provided in the chapter are the basis for designing innovative professional development activities in online university environments.


Focus Group Delphi Method Online Environment Teacher Trainer Pedagogical Role 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology and EducationOpen University of CataloniaBarcelonaSpain

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