Influence of active methodologies: Projects and cases in the development of digital competences with mobile devices.

Publication TypeJournal Article
Año de publicación2021
AuthorsAgila-Palacios, MV, García-Valcárcel, A, Ramírez-Montoya, MS
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Higher Education
Keywordsactive methodologies, case-based learning, Digital competence, Higher Education, mixed methods, mobile device, project-oriented learning


The research purpose is to analyze the influence of two active methodologies on digital competences development using mobile devices. The first methodology is Project-Oriented Learning (POL); the second one is Case-Based Learning (CBL). The analyzed digital competences belong to the communication and collaboration area of Framework DIGCOMP.


This article shows the results of the quantitative stage with a design pre-experimental pre-test post-test. A questionnaire was designed and applied to an intentional sample from two different courses. 178 students completed the questionnaire in the pre-test, after five months 38 students completed the questionnaire in the post-test.


Results show that students to whom POL was applied increase by 7% competence of interaction with mobile technology. The results also show that the students to whom CBL was applied to increase all four competencies (Interaction +8%, Share +6%, Collaboration +5%, Netiquette +4%)


The rapid advance of technology and the results of various investigations make evident the need for digital competences development. The most common process is digital literacy through techno-functional training. However, these research results confirm that it is possible to promote these digital competences from a practical view and implicitly in active methodologies educational practices.

Research limitations/implications

Self-perception for the evaluation of digital competence and the short study time are limitations to generalize the results, so a longitudinal study is necessary and complemented with qualitative analysis, to present a better validation of the contribution of active methodologies to the development of digital competences.

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