ABSRJ 2023 Volume 14, Number 2

The development of digital competences and attitude towards e-learning

Laura Fink
GEA College, Slovenia

Nataša Makovec
GEA College, Slovenia

Jaka Vadnjal
GEA College, Slovenia



We have recently been witnessing a significant shift from fully classroom-based learning to hybrid learning. As a result, the purpose of this study is to validate the differences in digital skill levels among different groups of students (faculty and higher vocational) in Slovenia. The methods used included statistical analysis for mean differences (T-test, one-way ANOVA test), linear regression for hypothesis testing, and Chi-square for possible bias testing on a total of 223 data points. The results are based on a questionnaire that includes the following constructs: 1.) student engagement; 2.) efficient use of the e-learning platform; 3.) perception and attitude towards e-learning; 4.) digital readiness; 5.) skill development; and 6.) digital infrastructure. They indicate that digital skills differ depending on work experience, self-awareness, the study programme, and form, as well as the formal educational level attained after graduation. The study supports the idea that different groups of students differ in their digital skills and digital readiness, which proves to be relevant for their study engagement.

Keywords: rdigital skills; digital competence; e-learning; motivation; study engagement

Full Text (PDF)