The careNET consortium is happy to announce that based on a careful analysis, the Map of domains for common and specific digital competences for domiciliary care workers and care recipients aged 65+ years is now publicly available. The result of an analysis and description is to be published after collaborative exercises in the development process in two workshops, respectively outlining the methodological bottom up approach in relation to study the common and specific competences for the two target groups and elaborating on the map of domains of competence working with grouping and wording of the areas of competences.

The digital competences are defined by an analysis of ‘day-to-day’ activities in real context of work and life, against a background of affordances of available technology. The identified competences are described in the Map of domains of competence. Data has been collected in the careNET partnership, respectively in France, United  Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Spain, Denmark and Hungary to provide the content for the descriptions of the competence areas and interrelated competences in the Map of domains of competence. A survey with self-administered questionnaires has provided quantitative data from 130 care recipients’ and 108 care worker in domiciliary about their use of computer, the Internet and mobile phones for analysis concerning common digital competences. Focus group interviews and individual interviews have provided qualitative data from 27 older people and 20 care workers as first movers for analysis regarding specific digital competences for both target groups. In relation to the identification of  the Foundational Competences, the research on Digital Competence from the DIGCOMP project (Ferrari, 2012)  at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), Joint Research Centre has been used initially in relation to define areas the common competences. In the analysis of the data in the CareNET project there has been elaborated collaboratively in the partnership on grouping and wording the common and specific areas of competence for care recipients and care workers. The analysis of the data are validated in reviews from national stakeholders i.e. associations active in the field or experts.

The common digital competences for care recipients and care workers are the foundational areas of competence:
1.      Technological orientation,
2.      Information seeking and management,
3.      Communication, collaboration and participation,
4.      Creation of content and knowledge,
5.      Privacy and security
6.      Informed decision making and problem-solving.

The specific digital competences for the care recipients are the day-to-day areas of competences:
1.      Online transactions,
2.      Social connections,
3.      Wellbeing,
4.      Leisure,
5.      Community participation
6.      Self-expression.

The specific digital competences for the care workers are the vocational areas of competence:
1.      Care management and administration,
2.      Peer learning,
3.      Employability,
4.      Enabling the ICT use by others.

The Map of domains of competence is used in the careNET project to the design and develop learning paths and resources for the identified ICT competences for care recipients and care workers. These are tested in the pilot phase in Spain and France as the validation of the work.

The full report will be available publicly on the careNET project’s website.

Ferrari, Anusca (2012): Digital Competence in Practice: An Analysis of Frameworks. JRC Technical Reports. Report EUR25351 EN