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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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British Columbia’s Digital Literacy Framework

The framework provides a clear, and detailed sense of what digitally literate students should understand and be able to do at various levels of their development. The aim is to help educators integrate technology and digital literacy-related activities into their classroom practice and to provide some basis for the development of assessment tools for the digital literacy competencies. 


ORIGIN: British Columbia, Canada 2013

PUBLISHER: Province of British Columbia, 2013

BACKGROUND: The six competencies identified by British Columbia educational leaders are based on the National Education Technology Standards for Students developed by the International Society for Technology in Education. This covers the types of knowledge and skills learners need for success in the 21st century.


The framework has six areas of competencies, each of which is further divided into more detailed sets of skills. The competencies are:

1) Research and information literacy (information literacy, information processing and management);

2) Critical thinking, problem solving and decision making (specialized and advanced skills for learning);

3) Creativity and Innovation (specialized and advanced skills for creative expression);

4) Digital citizenship (internet safety, privacy and security, relationships and communication, cyberbullying, digital footprint and reputation, self-image and identity, creative credit and copyright, legal and ethical aspects, balanced attitude towards technology, understanding and awareness of the role of ICT in society);

5) Communication and collaboration (technology mediated communication and collaboration);

6) Technology operations and concepts (general knowledge and functional skills, use in everyday life, informed decision making, seamless use demonstrating self-efficacy, learning about and with digital technologies).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Suggested grade ranges are also provided in the framework. As an example, grade K-2 teachers should work with their learners on the digital citizenship competence, focusing particularly on internet safety where the learner understands that they can go to exciting places online, but need to follow certain rules to remain safe.

TARGET GROUP(S): Teachers/trainers

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