The Importance of Technological Training for Teachers in Higher Education
The European Space of Higher Education indicates the importance of
linking the training in higher education with the professional world
and defines a new frame of teachers’ professional competencies linked to the new formative priorities students must acquire in order to fit the needs of the labour market.
Hence, the importance of the learning process is understood
as Competency-Based Education and Training (Cbet). As far as ICT is concerned, a great amount of studies include their basic knowledge and use as professional key competencies. Thus, Coughlin (1999) emphasized the consequences of the spread of new technologies in the development of professional competencies.
In the field of education, commanding technological competencies
involves being able to operate technical devices, knowing their main
features and potentialities, and their applicability as training
tools. Consequently, the aim of this research has focused on the
advantages and disadvantages of the application of technological tools
to the teaching and learning process in the area of higher
Keywords: Technological Competencies, Higher Education, Teacher Training
Dr. Beatriz Rodríguez-López
Lecturer, Filologías Extranjeras y sus Lingüísticas, UNED (Universidad Nacional de Educación da Distancia
She develops teaching materials for young learners and teen-agers. She has given workshops in Spain and abroad focusing on the different aspects of Didactics of Foreign Languages, especially English.
Dr. Margarita Pino-Juste
Lecturer, Didáctica y Organización Escolar, Universidad de Vigo
Diploma in Psychology. Ph D. at the University of Santiago de
Compostela, 1996. Headmaster of a Special Education School, 1989.
Vice-Director of a Crafts School Workshop, 1992. Senior Lecturer at
Vigo University since 1998. Her publications and research interests
focus on the fields of social education, needs analysis and teacher