DigiSkills: Network for the enhancement of Digital competence skills
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The experience from various EU countries and projects shows lack of a concrete policy for the advancement of those strategic skills that correspond to the identified need for the connection from secondary to higher and adult education to promotion of digital competencies. DigiSkills aimed to correspond to this increasing recognition, through the development of a network that is going to strengthen the connection between educational actors and the rest of relevant actors (e.g. parents, publishers, stakeholders). DigiSkills aspired to provoke interest on ICT enabled learning among school/university/adult community, and thus contribute to the increase of number of European-wide stakeholders. The goal was to develop an appropriate scheme for collecting and exchanging these exceptional good practices and their respective tools in the area of education that exist in various EU countries, in accordance with the "Education and Training 2010" framework.
DigiSkills aimed also to bring together and further develop content, services, pedagogies and practices for lifelong learning in school/university/adult population, formulating specific scenarios of use of learning tools and platforms which were tested with real users from eight countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Greece, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK), and evaluated in terms of their impact, with a particular attention to institutional as well as pedagogical innovation and change.
This way, DigiSkills network aspired to address the necessity to develop an integrative approach in collecting and disseminating best practices that promote ICT enabled learning using innovative teaching and learning practices. To this end, a European network of all relevant actors (teachers and students in secondary education (SE), teachers and students in higher education (HE), parents, policy makers, adults returning to higher education, learners entering the workplace (AE) etc.) was formed and motivated through specific educational actions, contests, conferences and summer schools, to develop the competencies necessary in order to properly educate in digital competence and learning to learn skills and thus supporting the transition of Europe to a leading knowledge based economy.
- To a detailed and systematic methodology to define the criteria for identifying the best practices and then operate as the frame for the collection and formation of exceptional teaching and learning approaches with the view to provide/collect innovative teaching and learning practices.
- To design and develop a web-based Inventory, which will include a collection and categorization of best practices that can support learning community and where users will be able to find, exchange and adapt innovative teaching and learning practices and exchange ideas and best practices.
- To establish a constantly-expanding network of SE, HE and AE communities informed on the necessity of innovative teaching and learning practices and trained in effective use of ICT in teaching.
- To collect and develop innovative, relevant and multilingual content that will support the proposed approach, which will be described and stored in the Inventory’s repository of content.
- To develop ICT literacy skills and ensure the access to and use of innovative teaching and learning practices by the users under the umbrella of community building.