Vanesa Marcos
Communications and Pedagogic Innovation Director
Global Open University-GOU
Expert Contributor

New Teaching Roles for New Learning Realities

By Vanesa Marcos | Fri, 10/22/2021 - 13:04

Much has been written about the role of teachers before, during and after the emergency derived from COVID-19. In a post-pandemic scenario, it seems appropriate to define their role, as they will need to adapt to possible changes, new circumstances, diverse student profiles and innovative ways of teaching and learning. Teachers have a great responsibility in taking the education of our youth into their hands, and this, in stressing situations, can be exhausting and nerve-racking.

In the digital environment, the teachers’ role has become that of a facilitator who guides the student from a holistic perspective. In this sense, the human factor is essential in an environment increasingly influenced by data and algorithms. Accompanying the students, developing critical attitudes and emotionally supporting the students are the backbone of quality in the learning process.

This transformation obviously implies a different type of training that accounts for the new role adopted by teachers, as well as their digital skills. Thus, teachers are in charge of the long-term planning, the design of courses, the preparation of activities and basic resources, and the implementation of the evaluation. All this requires a specific training in digital technology for the adequate use of resources, but also a specific pedagogical formation.

The pandemic has revealed that teachers need to develop their digital teaching competence, using specific didactic methodologies to raise students’ motivation and involvement in an online digital context.

Digital competence involves creative, critical and safe use of technologies to achieve objectives related to work, employability, learning, free time, inclusion and participation in society.

Our commitment is to train future teachers for an ever-changing world. The pandemic has also shown that the future is a challenge that brings opportunities to improve and learn new ways of coping with the unexpected. Lifelong learning is not only a sign of excellence and quality in the educational world, it is, above all, the essence of human progress.

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