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Digital competence frameworks for teachers, learners and citizens

These pages are dedicated to defining and discussing the digital knowledge, skills and attitudes viewed as inherent to being digitally 'competent'. There are two main components to this work:

1) a database of digital competence frameworks. This database provides a global reference point for information on how digital competencies are being defined for citizens, learners and educators through the use of competence frameworks. The content is relevant to all types of UNEVOC Network members (national and international policy-makers, researchers and practitioners).

2) links to articles and think-pieces discussing the many implications of changing digital skills needs on TVET provision:

2 webinars were held on the topic:

The database will be expanded to include digital strategies developed at continental, national and regional level, and occupational digital competence frameworks. Please check back regularly!

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Quebec Digital Competency Framework

The aim of this framework is to foster the development of digital competency throughout the educational community so that Quebecers may be autonomous and exercise critical judgment in their use of digital technologies. The framework sets out the key dimensions of learning and personal development for learners as well as teachers and non-teaching professionals.


ORIGIN: Quebec, Canada 2019

PUBLISHER: Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Quebec, Canada, 2019

BACKGROUND: The framework forms part of the Digital Action Plan for Education and Higher Education (2018). It was launched in 2019 after more than 70 frameworks from some 17 countries were analyzed, along with further consultation carried out with education and higher education stakeholders including teachers and education consultants. Its dimensions are designed to be applied in educational and professional contexts as well as in everyday life.


The framework is constructed around 12 dimensions listed below:

1 - exercising ethical citizenship in the digital age;

2 - developing ethical citizenship in the digital age;

3 - developing and mobilizing technological skills;

4 - harnessing the potential of digital resources for learning;

5 - developing and mobilizing information literacy;

6 - collaborating via digital technology;

7 - communicating via digital technology;

8 - producing content via digital technology;

9 - using digital tools to foster inclusion and address diverse needs;

10 - mobilizing digital technology for personal and professional empowerment;

11 - solving diverse problems via digital technology; developing critical thinking with regard to the use of digital technology;

12 - adopting an innovative and creative approach to the use of digital technology.

Each of the 12 competence areas are defined by further 'elements' which describe a target behaviour, skill and/or competence with concrete examples of how they might be applied in real-world learning and teaching contexts.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A pedagogical guide and a development continuum have been produced to facilitate the implementation of the Digital Reference Framework.

TARGET GROUP(S): Citizens; Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) Teachers/trainers; Curriculum Developers

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