Module 5: Creating awareness on validation of the acquired competences

What is DigComp?

DigComp is a European Digital Compentence Framework developed by the European Union in 2016. DigComp tries to describe what means to be digitally competent. In line with “The Digital Competence Framework 2.0” and its updated version “DigComp 2.1 this module will focus on the key components of digital competence.

DigComp sets out 5 key areas and 21 digital competences and three levels.

1) Information and data literacy: To articulate information needs, to locate and retrieve digital data, information and content. To judge the relevance of the source and its content. To store, manage, and organize digital data, information and content.

2) Communication and collaboration: To interact, communicate and collaborate through digital technologies while being aware of cultural and generational diversity. To participate in society through public and private digital services and participatory citizenship. To manage one’s digital identity and reputation.

3) Digital content creation: To create and edit digital content. To improve and integrate information and content into an existing body of knowledge while understanding how copyright and licences are to be applied. To know how to give understandable instructions for a computer system.

4) Safety: To protect devices, content, personal data and privacy in digital environments. To protect physical and psychological health, and to be aware of digital technologies for social well-being and social inclusion. To be aware of the environmental impact of digital technologies and their use.

5) Problem solving: To identify needs and problems, and to resolve conceptual problems and problem situations in digital environments. To use digital tools to innovate processes and products. To keep up-to-date with the digital evolution.

DigComp framework acts as a common reference tool that can be used as a basis for an online self-assessment test, which allows people to measure their digital competence and identify gaps in their knowledge, skills and attitudes in the five key areas.

DigComp can be used for free by public and private sector organisations. Its flexible design means it can be reused, modified and used to develop tests for digital competence — provided the original source is acknowledged. Results can be used to identify a citizen’s level of digital proficiency, provide input for skills-jobs matching or develop the most appropriate training and education packages to improve people’s digital competence.

DigComp was developed after an intensive two-year research and consultation process involving more than 120 experts and a variety of stakeholders from EU Member States. The framework represents a novel, scientific attempt to define a common set of competences that people need to prosper in all areas of their lives in a digital society and economy. This initiative is aimed at helping citizens and especially workers involved in jobs requiring some digital competence. In this way, it complements the existing European e-Competence Framework for ICT professionals (http://www.ecompetences.eu ) which is focused on the ICT profession in the workplace.

In addition, the framework supports wider key EU policy objectives including: efforts to boost jobs, growth and investment; creating a single digital market; and getting more people into jobs and training. DigComp also forms part of the wider EU initiative on skills (http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1146 ).

Digicom is ready to use free of charge and is available at http://ec.europa.eu/jrc/digcomp

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