University students’ digital competence in three areas of the DigCom 2.1 model: A comparative study at three European universities

  • Eloy López-Meneses Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Spain)
  • Fabrizio Manuel Sirignano Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa
  • Esteban Vázquez-Cano Spanish National University of Distance Education (UNED-Spain).
  • José Manuel Ramírez-Hurtado Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Spain)
Keywords: Higher education, Information and communication technology, DigCom 2.1, digital competence, Internet.

Abstract

This study analysed the digital competence of 1,073 students at one Italian and two Spanish universities using the COBADI 2.0 (Basic Digital Competences/Registered Trademark 2970648) questionnaire. A quantitative methodology was applied to university students’ use of, and competence in, three areas of DigCom 2.1: information and data literacy, communication and collaboration, and digital content creation. The results showed that these future graduates had an upper intermediate level of competence in information and digital literacy, and communication and collaboration, but a lower intermediate level in terms of digital content creation, particularly in the creation and dissemination of multimedia content using different tools. Two student profiles were identified for time spent online: those who dedicated a lot of their time to gaming or interacting on social media, and those who used most of their online time to searching for information and completing academic work.

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Author Biography

Esteban Vázquez-Cano, Spanish National University of Distance Education (UNED-Spain).

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Associate Professor

Published
2020-01-30
How to Cite
López-Meneses, E., Sirignano, F. M., Vázquez-Cano, E., & Ramírez-Hurtado, J. M. (2020). University students’ digital competence in three areas of the DigCom 2.1 model: A comparative study at three European universities. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 36(3), 69-88. https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.5583
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