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Digital literacy for teachers in Cuban Tourism and Hotel Management Schools. Some experiences on its development

International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education201512:12030003

https://doi.org/10.7238/rusc.v12i3.1994

Received: 15 October 2013

Accepted: 15 February 2014

Published: 15 July 2015

Abstract

Digital literacy for teachers has been a widely studied topic in recent years, and several studies have been conducted featuring student-oriented ICT competency models and frameworks. This research aims to develop a teacher-oriented ICT Competency Framework for Cuban Tourism and Hotel Management School instructors, on the one hand, to have reference points or criteria to make an assessment on the actual status of ICT training and, on the other hand, to provide guidelines on ICT training for teachers. The main research method for this paper was document analysis. The proposed model states that ICT training for teachers has to be undertaken on a continuous basis. Incorporating new tools into the teachers’ professional environment is a critical matter to be taken into consideration for any type of teacher training model in the 21st century. Furthermore, some examples on the main courses and training sessions that are part of the Teacher ICT Training Research Project are provided. It may be concluded that a teacher-oriented ICT Competency Framework for the context of Cuban Tourism and Hotel Management Schools was attained.

Keywords

digital literacy digital literacy for teachers teacher training in ICT ICT competencies