ERASMUS+ Project
Enhancing the Development of Educators' Digital Competencies

evalag (Evaluation Agency Baden-Wuerttemberg, Mannheim, Germany) as a partner together with three European higher education institutional partners, including the lead partner University of Applied Science Upper Austria, has been granted a Strategic Partnership for Higher Education within the Erasmus+ Program under the key action Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices (KA226 - Partnerships for Digital Education Readiness). The project has a duration of 24 months (2021-2023) and is carried out by its four institutional partners from four European countries, namely Austria, Finland, Germany and Portugal.

Project title:
Enhancing the Development of Educators' Digital Competencies  

Acronym: EDUDIG

Project Duration: 01-06-2021 - 31-05-2023
Project Reference: 2020-1-AT01-KA226-092677
EU Grant: 227755 EUR

Project aims and outputs - general
Enhancing the awareness of the necessity of constant individual development of educators’ digital competencies.

Create resources for educators to develop their digital competencies, that are based on the DigCompEdu Framework.

The outputs of the project will offer educators
•    A possibility to estimate one’s own digital competencies (‘where do I stand?’)
•    A repository of content along the DigCompEdu Framework (“What can I learn?”)
•    A place to find out ‘what could I learn with respect to digital competencies?’

The DigCompEdu Framework:
Redecker, C., 2017, European Framework for the Digital Competence of Educators (DigComEdu). Punie, Y. (ed). EUR 28775 EN. Luxembourg, Publications Office of the European Union, doi:10.2760/159770, JRC107466.
Available at https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC107466 (accessed 26 October 2021).

Background - Why?
Until recently, implementing e-lectures was more a nice-to-have than a must-have. The COVID 19 pandemic, however, forced educators to rapidly change their way of teaching from physical, face-to-face teaching into online modes of distance teaching. This sudden transformation demanded considerable adaptations and changes from all teachers and students. Didactic concepts had to be rearranged, e-learning tools had to be found and tested, and new ways of collaboration and communication had to be defined.

All these experiences, gained in the sudden transformation of the educational model caused by the COVID 19 lock-down period, confirmed the necessity of a common, standardised, and structured content plan that helps teachers to reflect and develop their e-teaching or digital competencies.

Objectives - What?
The existing European Framework for the Digital Competence of Educators (DigComEdu) defines educators’ professional and pedagogic competencies as well as learners’ competencies in six specific areas (Professional Engagement; Digital Resources; Teaching and Learning; Assessment; Empowering Learners; Facilitating Learners’ Digital Competence), comprising 22 competencies. Each competency is characterised by a list of activities. However, these activities are rather general and do not provide educators with practical information on how to achieve and implement the outlined goals in practice.

Therefore, the main objective of the EDUDIG project is to fill the framework with practical content, including didactic concepts for online lectures, e-learning tools, and recommendations. These contents are developed in the first phase of the project (Intellectual Output IO1). Educators will have the opportunity to develop their online competencies, depending on their level of progression (A1 to C2), through an online course (IO2) and through an e-teaching manual for self-paced learning (IO3). The aim is to enhance and augment the framework so it can serve as a practical, useful resource for educators willing to develop their digital competencies.

Target groups
All educators with focus on higher education.
 

For EDUDIG project information see also: https://ec.europa.eu/... and https://edudig.eu/

 

The creation of these resources has been (partially) funded by the ERASMUS+ grant program of the European Union under grant no. 2020-1-AT01-KA226-092677. Neither the European Commission nor the project's national funding agency are responsible for the content or liable for any losses or damage resulting of the use of these resources.