EdDiCo-Supporting the Development and Certification of the Digital Competences of Educators

Project goals

The main goal of  EdDiCo is to  empower educators’ excellence through the improvement of their

digital competences by providing them with means to identify the potential technology holds to transform and improve the education they offer, identify the digital competences they would need to acquire to take advantage of those technologies and associated methodologies; find the educational resources necessary to acquire those competences.

Main project’s outputs

The main result of the prokect is expected to be largest guided self-study resource for educators on digital education competences in Europe with a set of complementary assets that will allow educators to discovery, analyse and find resources. Such set is made up of the following resources:

Competence Metamodel for Digital education competences

The creation of such metamodel involves extracting a list of all relevant competences for digital educators from the various competence models which have been proposed in the last few years. These can then be used as indexing or classification system for open resources. The EdDiCo project does not intend to propose a new competence framework or ‘choose’ a competence framework, but rather allow for the portal to serve educators irrespective of which competence model they or their institution subscribe to.

Learning Maturity model for Digital education competences

Based on the work implemented for the Competence metamodel, for each of the identified competences, educators may not only measure their achievement of competence in binary terms (achieved/ not achieved), but rather in terms of the degree of expertise achieved under each competence. There will be an alignment of Digital Competences with the Tuning/CALOHEE Framework for Teacher Education: As part of the levelling activity, the EdDiCo project will use the indicators and competence assessment frameworks described by the CALOHEE project (Framework for Teacher Education) to propose generic competence level descriptors at EQF levels 6, 7 and 8 for digital education competence.

Quality Assurance checklist for OER in Digital Teacher Education

The project will develop a checklist which will allow for quick assessment of the provenance, relevance and trustworthiness of an open educational resource, to decide whether to include resources in a database of resources. The checklist will operationalise the theoretical model presented in the Joint Research Centre’s State of the Art Review of Quality Issues Related to Open Educational Resources

Database of Open Educational Resources in Digital Teacher Education

This will be the primary output of the project: a directory of over one thousand MOOCs, open textbooks, open courseware, videos and other resources on digital teacher education. Each resource will be labelled according to the competences and levels it allows users to acquire, after having been submitted to the quality assurance process above. All resources will be available in all project languages (EN, DE, IT, ES, FI).

Self-Assessment and Recommendation tools for Digital Education

To enable educators to make the best use possible of the tool, the project will furthermore develop a tool whereby an educator can assess their current level of digital competence and create a competence goals to express their desired level of competence. The tool would then be able suggest appropriate resources the educator can follow to achieve the desired competence levels. The tool will also include a set of ‘recommended pathways’ which would allow for educators to follow a set of resources which combine different competences to reach specific career development goals, expressed in terms of occupational micro-profiles.

Disemination actions

National events will take place in the different partner Member States to disseminate the results and involve external stakeholders in EdDiCO activities, with the support of public consultations, research papers, online resources and social media. A number of policy-workshops, as well as the final conference, will be organised  before the project will end in 2022.

Expected impact

  • Higher Education Institutions will be deeply involved in, and greatly benefit from, our work. The project results will provide them with tools empowering the excellence of their academic personnel’s digital competences.
  • Educators  are the main stakeholders of this project, will be involved  through direct participation in the  validation activities and will be direct beneficiaries of the tools generated in the project.
  • Decison-makers in education and training, at institutional and regional / national / European levels will get a systemic vision of the conditions required for the take-up of  educators’ digital competences.