Workshop on education and training
Moderated by Gabriela Barna (EOS, Romania)
Speakers: Anusca Ferrari (European Schoolnet,
Belgium) and Dimitra Andritsakou (Hellenic Adult
Education Association, Greece)
Theme: European Commission’s Digital Competence
Framework – DIGCOMP
Conclusions and recommendations:
The workshop addressed the issue of
how telecentres can, on one hand, validate the
competencies acquired in their settings and,
on the other, certifying these competences.
DIGCOMP could be one possible reference
framework for this but there are others as well.
DIGCOMP is a framework of competences
that a citizen needs to have to be considered
digitally competent. The original idea was to
provide an exhaustive view, keeping in mind that
individuals will rarely be fully competent in all its
areas. Very important to note that it was meant
to be descriptive not prescriptive. However, not
all agree that it has remained purely descriptive!
recognised as basic competence just like
it is the case for reading and writing.
DIGICOMP may benefit from a process of
simplification, so that non-formal educators can easily
use it as a reference. Already it is being used, for example
by schoolteachers in Serbia, as a model for their own
skills framework. However, for non-formal education
providers it may indeed be quite academic. A more
playful and hands on approach may be envisaged.
For some participants, certification is primarily
the recognition of a pool of knowledge. However, the
business world needs people with a consistent ability
to learn and innovate. Certification can even be
counter-productive, since employers now require outof-the-box thinkers especially for the digital economy.
G. Rissola proposed that telecentres map
the training that they are providing, with the
DIGICOMP framework, so that we can have a clear
picture. The question remains on how can we
certify these outcomes: should we build our own
certification system or use existing ones? Being
“DIGCOMP-compliant” could indeed become a
quality label. TE members may consider the idea
of creating our own label based on DIGCOMP for
training and certification provided by telecentres.
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