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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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DQ (Digital Intelligence) Global Standard on Digital Literacy, Digital Skills and Digital Readiness

The framework is based on the DQ concept of 'Digital Intelligence', defined as 'a comprehensive set of technical, meta-cognitive, and socio-emotional competencies that are grounded in universal moral values and that enable individuals to face the challenges and harness the opportunities of digital life.'


ORIGIN: DQ Institute 2019

PUBLISHER: DQ Institute, Global, 2019

BACKGROUND: The DQ Institute is an international think-tank dedicated to setting global standards for digital intelligence that ensures the safety, empowerment, and well-being of all individuals, organizations, and nations in the digital age. The Institute argues that digital competencies should include not only technical skills but also digital safety, digital rights, and digital emotional intelligence. The standard has been endorsed by IEEE Standards Association and the Coalition for Digital Intelligence (CDI), composed of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA), and DQ Institute in association with the World Economic Forum (WEF).


The framework is constituted of eight areas in three dimensions producing 24 competence areas. The eight areas are:

1) Digital Rights;

2) Digital Literacy;

3) Digital Communication;

4) Digital Emotional Intelligence;

5) Digital Security;

6) Digital Safety;

7) Digital Use and (8) Digital Identity.

The three levels are Digital Citizenship (the basic skills needed to use technologies in responsible, safe and ethical ways), Digital Creativity (problem-solving through the creation of new knowledge, technologies and content) and Digital Competitiveness (innovations to change communities and the economy for broad benefit). Each of the 24 competencies are described in terms of the knowledge, skills and attitudes/values which display competence. Each competences is also are mapped to other digital competence frameworks.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The DQ Institute is also working on a DQ Index which attempts to measure the level of digital intelligence of nations. The DQ Institute leads a campaign to support DQforAll.

TARGET GROUP(S): Policy makers Non-governmental organisations (NGOs); Teachers/trainers

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