Digital Competency of Higher Education Students in the Context of COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic has exerted a detrimental impact on students' learning. This is because although online pedagogy has been widely adopted in educational settings, many students have felt unprepared. Therefore, digital competency is crucial for students to cope with the unprecedented situation. It is also critical for international institutions and educators to revise digital competency frameworks and digital education plans to enhance the practical exercise, considering the multidimensional conceptualisation and the current circumstances. This study has adopted a mixed-method research approach. It conducted a web-based questionnaire to explore 48 participants' self-assessment of their digital competency alongside interviews with six students to acquire in-depth insights into their understanding of digital competency and digital education. From the six sub-disciplines adapted from Covello and Lei (2010), students generally perceive that they possess adequate digital competency to cope with the pandemic; however, they could benefit more from further support and education from their institutions.

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Xiangshan Ye, University College London, United Kingdom

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Conference: IICAH2023
Stream: Cyberspace

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Ye X. (2023) Digital Competency of Higher Education Students in the Context of COVID-19 ISSN: 2432-4604 – The IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities – Hawaii 2023 Official Conference Proceedings
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