DigiSkills: Network for the enhancement of Digital competence skills
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 aims 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). Promoting innovative and engaging activities that project the scientific aspect of digital competences that promote innovative teaching and learning practices, DigiSkills aspires 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 is 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 aims 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 will be 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 aspires 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.) shall be 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.