Education in the digital age
Europe’s digital transformation continues to accelerate through the development of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing.
Digitalisation brings with it many new opportunities, but it also presents significant societal challenges. Digital technologies can enhance flexibility and creativity, help to improve efficiency and learning outcomes. However, phenomena such as misinformation also threaten to undermine open, democratic societies and further marginalise vulnerable groups.
Technology-integration for educational purposes is lagging behind throughout European Union (EU) Member States. Divergences persist with regard to the supply of digital infrastructure and equipment, as well as the presence of digital competences.
It is essential to adequately prepare citizens for an increasingly interconnected, globalised future by investing in the skills and competences required to thrive and positively engage in society in the digital age.
Towards high-quality and inclusive digital education and training
The Digital Education Action Plan presents measures to help Member States and education and training institutions to reap the opportunities and meet the challenges presented by the digital age.
The Action Plan has 11 actions across three priorities:
Priority 1: Making better use of digital technology for teaching and learning:
- Action 1 - Connectivity in schools
- Action 2 - SELFIE self-reflection tool and mentoring scheme for schools
- Action 3 - Digitally signed qualifications
Priority 2: Developing digital competences and skills:
- Action 4 - Higher Education Hub
- Action 5 - Open science skills
- Action 6 - EU Code Week in schools
- Action 7 - Cybersecurity in education
- Action 8 - Training in digital and entrepreneurial skills for girls
Priority 3: Improving education through better data analysis and foresight:
- Action 9 - Studies on ICT in education
- Action 10 - Artificial Intelligence (AI) and analytics
- Action 11 - Strategic foresight
The Action Plan contributes to the European Commission’s broader ambition to create a European Education Area by 2025.
A new Digital Education Action Plan
The 2018 Digital Education Action Plan will be implemented by the end of 2020. The Commission is expected to adopt an updated Action Plan in September 2020.
An open public consultation on the new Action Plan was released on 18 June 2020 and is ongoing until 4 September 2020.
The consultation seeks to gather the views of citizens, institutions and organisations on their experiences and expectations during the COVID-19 crisis (both to-date and in the recovery period), as well as their visions for the future of digital education.
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