The teaching professions face rapidly changing demands, which require a new, broader and more sophisticated set of competences than before. The ubiquity of digital devices and applications, in particular, requires educators to develop their digital competence.
In the area of educators' digital competence, there are several national and international competence frameworks, each with their own underlying logic, specificity and level of development. A digital competence framework for educators at European level could reinforce national and/or regional initiatives by providing a common understanding of the digital competence needs for educators. The objective of DigCompEdu is to identify and describe the key components of educators' digital competence and to provide an instrument for (self-)assessment, based on research and stakeholder consultations.
The DigCompEdu framework is directed towards educators at all levels of education, from early childhood to higher and adult education, including general and vocational training, special needs education, and non-formal learning contexts. The development of the framework is based on the analysis, mapping and clustering of the elements constituent of educators' digital competence, as these are detailed in existing national and international frameworks, self-assessment tools and certification schemes. The reference model thus generated will be subjected to extensive stakeholder consultations and complemented by proficiency levels. As final product a self-assessment tool, which allows educators to assess their own level of digital competence, will be developed.
The DigCompEdu study builds on previous work carried out to define citizens' Digital Competence in general, and Digitally Competent Education Oragnisations (DigCompOrg). It contributes to the Commission's recently endorsed Skills Agenda for Europe and to the Europe 2020 flagship initiative Agenda for New Skills for New Jobs.
Online Stakeholder consultation
From 13 March to 1 May 2017 the framework and its accompanying self-assessment questionnaire were subjected to an online stakeholder consultation. The results of this consultation will be discussed with representatives of the Member States in mid-May, upon which the framework will be finalised and published.
For more information please contact Christine Redecker