European Commission’s Joint Research Centre Institute for Prospective Technological Studies has just published its long awaited DIGCOMP: A Framework for Developing and Understanding Digital Competence in Europe.
With the 2006 European Recommendation on Key Competences, Digital Competence has been acknowledged as one of the 8 key competences for Lifelong Learning by the European Union. Digital Competence can be broadly defined as the confident, critical and creative use of ICT to achieve goals related to work, employability, learning, leisure, inclusion and/or participation in society. Digital competence is a transversal key competence which, as such, enables us to acquire other key competences (e.g. language, mathematics, learning to learn, cultural awareness). It is related to many of the 21st Century skills which should be acquired by all citizens, to ensure their active participation in society and the economy.
The project, which was carried out between January 2011 and December 2012, had the following objectives:
- To identify the key components of Digital Competence in terms of the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be digitally competent;
- To develop Digital Competence descriptors that will feed a conceptual framework and/or guidelines that can be validated at European level, taking into account relevant frameworkscurrently available;
- To propose a roadmap for the possible use and revision of a Digital Competence framework and descriptors of Digital Competences for all levels of learners.
Read the full report by download: ftp://ftp.jrc.es/pub/EURdoc/JRC83167.pdf