Do Teachers Feel Prepared for Online Teaching?

Most teachers do not feel prepared to use ICT in classrooms


by Jennifer Craw

Most teachers do not feel prepared to use ICT in classrooms

With schools closed across the globe in response to the coronavirus pandemic, teachers must use digital technology not as a supplemental tool, but as the basis of their teaching. But do they feel prepared for this challenge? The 2018 OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) found that on average, fewer than half of all teachers felt well prepared to use information communications technology (ICT) in their classrooms. Teachers in the United States were in the middle of the pack on this indicator. About 45 percent of teachers in the U.S. said they felt “well prepared” or “very well prepared” to use ICT in their classrooms, similar to the OECD average of 43 percent. In the coming weeks and months, education systems around the globe will be focused on online learning, and the issue of teacher preparation to use digital tools and resources will be front and center. NCEE will continue to monitor and provide insights into how top-performing systems respond to the challenge. For more on TALIS, on April 6th join OECD Director for Education and Skills Andreas Schleicher and NCEE President and CEO Anthony Mackay for a special in-depth look at Volume II of the 2018 TALIS results, Teachers and School Leaders as Valued Professionals. Register for the live webinar here.