Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 8(10), pp. 4520 - 4528
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.081020
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COVID-19 and the Promotion of Digital Competences in Education

Maria José Sá 1, Sandro Serpa 2,3,*
1 CIPES-Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies, Matosinhos, Portugal
2 Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Department of Sociology, University of the Azores, Portugal
3 Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences – CICS.UAc/CICS.NOVA.UAc, Portugal


The pandemic caused by COVID-19 has profound consequences on social, economic and cultural life worldwide, and is affecting, throughout the world, the regular functioning of educational institutions at all levels, with their temporary shutdown and the impossibility of face-to-face classes. This study aims to add to the analysis of the implications of this context in the reformulation of education shaped by the digital. To fulfill this goal, the authors carried out a document collection, and also mobilized their experience in the research and teaching of this topic. It is concluded that these unforeseen circumstances may be a key moment of opportunity for reformulating teaching, with the implementation, development and dissemination among teachers and students of digital technologies in shaping a society that is, itself, increasingly digital, notably Society 5.0. To this end, and as main implications, the agents of the educational process, teachers and students, due to their traits and various reasons, will have to prepare for student-centered learning through the intentional and sensible mobilization of digital technologies in a complex process, in which each agent will be, ultimately, a critical content creator with enhanced digital literacy. In the contemporary digital society, the school needs to reinvent itself, which is even more pressing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Aspects such as training, internet access infrastructure, hardware and software, digital literacy, and students and academics' teaching and learning strategies are essential. The school offers, thus, a critical contribution to social cohesion and social equity through digital inclusion in education for sustainable development.

COVID-19, Digital Competences, Online Learning, Student-centered Learning, School, Education

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[1] Maria José Sá , Sandro Serpa , "COVID-19 and the Promotion of Digital Competences in Education," Universal Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 8, No. 10, pp. 4520 - 4528, 2020. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.081020.

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Maria José Sá , Sandro Serpa (2020). COVID-19 and the Promotion of Digital Competences in Education. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 8(10), 4520 - 4528. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.081020.