Educational Technologists in Latin America and the Caribbean: Perceived Importance of Competencies for Practice

  • Enilda Romero-HallEmail author
  • Leonor Adams
  • Erika Petersen
  • Adriana Vianna
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The purpose of this investigation was to determine which educational technology competencies practitioners in Latin America and the Caribbean perceive as critical or essential. Participants (n = 100) were educational technology professionals who are 18 years or older and currently residing in Latin America or the Caribbean. An electronic survey was used to collect responses related to the importance of knowledge and ability competencies as an educational technologist. The results indicate that the highest rated knowledge competencies were: online teaching and learning, adult learning theory, e-learning development, formative and summative evaluation, blended learning techniques, and copyright laws.

Additionally, the highest rated ability competencies were: create effective instructional products, work well with others, develop course materials, write learning objectives, and prioritize tasks. Based on the participants in this investigation, the region of residence, gender, age, education level, economic sector of employment, and current classification are not factors that affect the level of importance of knowledge and abilities competencies. Last, the results illustrate that there is a range of professional development opportunities that are attended by educational technologists in Latin America and the Caribbean. Several of the professional development opportunities mentioned were international conferences that are often hosted in the United States. However, other professional development opportunities included regional or national conferences hosted in different countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Educational technologist Instructional design Competencies Latin America The Caribbean 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Enilda Romero-Hall
    • 1
    Email author
  • Leonor Adams
    • 2
  • Erika Petersen
    • 1
  • Adriana Vianna
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TampaTampaUSA
  2. 2.Old Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Patricia A. Young
    • 1
  • Tutaleni I. Asino
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of Maryland at Baltimore CountyBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.College of Education, Health and AviationOklahoma State UniversityStillwaterUSA

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