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Digital learning

Digital and media literacy is about making sure learners have the necessary skills to benefit from technology. The Platform fosters the need to address the digital gap as not everyone benefits from these new possibilities. In 2010, only 39% of Europeans used the Internet for training and education related activities, with huge disparities across countries. Learners need to be digitally skilled before they can actually benefit from the potential offered by new technologies and to engage into further education.

Main barriers are technological, but also linked to attitudes, interests and abilities. Therefore, the Platform supports the plea made by the European Commission for an integrated and collective approach to the digital agenda in its “Opening Up Education” Communication. New technologies represent both a challenge and a great opportunity, especially to support a cultural shift in the way we teach and learn in Europe.

Digital learning also implies the idea of learner-centred, self-directed learning and other innovative learning practices such as blended and hybrid learning, and the creation of new learning environments such as P2P (Peer to Peer learning) and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). This enables learners to determine their own learning speed and path. A key issue is then to recognise and validate the learning taking place online as well as digitial skills themselves.

Resources

  • LLLPlatform working with international Consortium to advocate for boosting competences for responsible online identity

    On the 17-18th of May, DIGIT partner UPI, an Adult Education Centre, hosted the 2nd DIGIT partner meeting in in Žalec, Slovenia where partners got together to discuss upcoming project steps. After a series of FOCUS groups carried out in the partner countries, the data gathered is feeding into the development of the DIGIT Manifesto “Tips on how to stay safe online” which is being put together by Dlearn (European Digital Learning Network) based in Italy. The second part of the […]

  • LLLP reflection on “Educate to Create” conference: taking steps towards a learner-centred approach

    On 19-20 April, the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union organised its flagship conference on digital skills “Educate to Create: from Digital Consumers to Digital Creators”. The one and a half day conference focused on how to promote digital creativity among learners, with attention to issues such as teacher training, gender equality, internet connectivity for schools and rural areas, and cooperation of educational establishments with industry and non-formal education. The conference was attended by both national […]

  • LLLP Annual Conference Report published

    The Annual Conference 2017 took place on 31 May and 1 June in Tallinn, Estonia. This year’s topic is “Education in a digital world. Reducing inequalities through lifelong learning”. The challenge of education in a digital world commands us to open education as widely as possible to include all, through flexible pathways and innovative thinking in order to enable all to adapt to yet unknown developments. The two days in Tallinn have brought us vibrant inputs, valuable contributions and […]

  • Survey on future development in Education and Training in the era of digital transformation

    Dlearn in cooperation with the European Association of Career Guidance and the European Association of Erasmus Coordinators promotes a survey to collect trends and ideas about the future development in Education and Training in the era of digital transformation. The initiative is part of the Digital Skills and Job Coalition’s pledge awarded to Dlearn.
    We are keen to understand your point of view as we promote a bottom-up approach for this survey, that will be shared among all European […]

  • Modernising Education in Europe: Assessment and Next Steps

    On 7 December 2016, the European Commission adopted a Communication setting out its vision for ensuring a high quality education for all. The Communication on improving and modernising education emphasises the strategic of importance of education in the EU. Investing in education represents society investing in its people and its future. The Commission recognises the achievements and progress of education and training systems across the EU in recent years. At the same time, the latest results of the OECD PISA survey, […]

  • Getting Skills Right

    Getting Skills Right: Assessing and Anticipating Changing Skill Needs. Shifts du to digitalisation, globalisation, demographic, as well as other changes in work organisation are constantly reshaping skill needs. This OECD report identifies effective strategies for improving labour market information on skill needs and ensuring that this information is used effectively to develop the right skills.

  • Digital wave: supporting a cultural shift in learning systems?

    The debate on harnessing the potential of ICT for education and training has become more and more vivid. In 2013 a new Commission Communication on “Opening Up Education” has been made public, echoing the commitments made in the Digital Agenda. After the launch of the Open Education Europa portal, many actions are to be undertaken in 2014 to concretise EU recommendations in the field of digital learning. It is now up to Member States to show political will and relay the […]

  • Open Educational Resources

    Education is the key to economic, social and environmental progress, and governments around the world are looking to improve their education systems. Open Educational Resources are becoming a major element of learning transformation. The future of education in the 21st century is not simply about reaching more people, but about improving the quality and diversity of educational opportunities. How to best organise and support teaching and learning requires imagination, creativity and innovation.
    OERs are teaching, learning and research materials that […]

  • Adults, Computers and Problem Solving

    The OECD report provides an in-depth analysis of the results from the Survey of Adult Skills related to problem solving in technology-rich environments, along with measures concerning the use of ICT and problem solving. Variations in countries’ proficiency in problem solving using ICT are found to reflect differences in access to the Internet and in the frequency with which adults use e-mail. The report finds that problem-solving proficiency is strongly associated with both age and general cognitive proficiency, […]

  • e-Skills in Europe

    The importance of e-Skills for Europe is widely acknowledged. Shortages and mismatches in e-skills, and the resulting digital divide negatively affect growth, competitiveness, innovation, employment and social cohesion in Europe. As new technologies develop rapidly, the skills required to use them become increasingly sophisticated and need to be constantly updated. Individuals with creativity, innovation and higher-level conceptual skills are increasingly in demand. Read the European Commission dedicated page and read the Working Paper on Trends and […]

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