The role of the Working Group on Digital Skills and Competences is to look at the development of digital skills and competences at all levels and stages of learning and the potential and challenges of digital technology use in education. The group shares experience, evidence, analysis and policy options.

Meetings take place in Brussels or in host countries where 'peer learning' activities (similar to study visits) are organised on a topic agreed by the group.  These events give the members a chance to meet and to share examples of good practice and discuss common challenges. Peer learning activities usually include a visit to schools or higher education institutions to see projects in action and meet teachers and students.

Key policy messages

The group regularly produces key policy messages following their meetings on a particular topic. Click on the links below for more information about the key messages published so far:

                Digital skills gap  Education 4.0 - Mobile Learning

Bring Your Own Device Policies  Coding and Computational thinking

       Learning Analytics  Teaching in the Digital Age

Topics

Themes that the group work on include:

  • Digital skills gaps and the link to education planning and curriculum planning.
  • Teacher training for digital education.
  • The role of management and leadership in promoting modernisation of education.
  • Quality assurance, validation and accreditation of digitally-acquired skills.
  • Quality of digital and online educational material.
  • Use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and open education.
  • New, potential and current technologies and their role in the classroom, to support teachers, or for independent learners.
  • Policy level issues and initiatives.
  • The role of computational thinking/skills and coding.
  • Learning Analytics and data in education.

Mandate of the Group

Membership

 Members of the group are:

  • Experts from national administrations specialising in digital skills and technology use in education (most of them come from national education ministries). These experts (which make up 2/3 of the group) are from EU Member States, candidate countries and EFTA countries
  • Social partners (business and trade unions) and civil society organisations working in education.
  • International organisations (eg Council of Europe).

Each country nominates their experts, and civil society organisations are chosen through a selection process. The group has around 50 members and each member has an alternate member. 

Timeframe

The working group was launched in February 2016 and runs until June 2018.

The group follows on from the Working Group on Digital and Online Learning which ran from 2014-2015.

Meeting schedules

  • January – peer learning on the changing role of the teacher in higher education, Malta.
  • March – plenary meeting, Brussels.
  • April – peer learning on partnerships to tackle the digital skills gap, Belfast (see key messages above)
  • May - ad hoc meeting on self-assessment tools for schools (SELFIE) and digital competence framework for educators
  • June – peer learning on mobile learning and Industry 4.0 Vienna.
  • September - plenary meeting, Brussels
  • October – peer learning, digital assessment, Talinn
  • December - peer learning on teacher education, Zagreb
  • February - kick-off meeting of group, Brussels - minutes
  • April - plenary meeting Brussels, topic social inclusion and ICT - minutes
  • July - peer learning on Bring Your Own Device, Hamburg (see key messages above)
  • September - peer learning on coding and computational thinking, Helsinki. (see key messages above)
  • October – plenary meeting Brussels, topic learning analytics - minutes. (see key messages above)

If you have any questions on the group please send an email to the group coordinators.