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UNESCO-UNEVOC Digital Transformation Hub Seminar Series 2023

How Europe is addressing the digital education challenge:

DigComp, DigCompEdu and SELFIE

The UNESCO-UNEVOC digital transformation hub brings together information, examples of practice and new knowledge that can support digital innovation in the delivery of TVET education and training. This seminar showcases two of the leading initiatives in the world aimed at the digital upskilling of both citizens and teachers. DigComp and DigCompEdu have been developed by the European Commission. DigComp provides more than 250 new examples of knowledge, skills and attitudes that help citizens engage confidently, critically and safely with digital technologies. DigCompEdu is a comprehensive framework that describes what it means for educators to be digitally competent. The seminar also looks at the European SELFIE tools. SELFIE for TEACHERS is an online tool to help primary and secondary teachers reflect on how they are using digital technologies in their professional practice. SELFIE for work-based learning (WBL) is a free online tool for TVET institutions. It helps schools and companies become fit for the digital age.

Three speakers from the European Commission outline how the frameworks have been developed, their content and how they are being used in different countries to support TVET education and training.

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10:00: Introduction, Sarah Elson-Rogers
The UNESCO-UNEVOC Digital Transformation Hub

10:10: Judith Cosgrove:
DigComp – defining digital competence for learners (and citizens) at EU level

Questions and Answers

10:40: Anastasia Economou:
DigCompEdu – defining digital competence for teachers at EU level

Questions and Answers

11:10: César Herrero:
Digital Transformation of VET (SELFIE for work-based learning)

Questions and Answers

11:30: Chair’s summary and closing


Judith Cosgrove, Scientific Officer, Digital Economy Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Judith works in the Digital Education and Skills (DES) team of JRC’s Unit T1 (Digital Economy) in Seville. She follows and oversees activities in relation to the European Digital Competence Framework, DigComp. Previously working in Ireland, she has a Master’s in psychology and a Doctoral degree in education (exploring validity of policy claims with respect to large-scale assessments). Over the years she has had various roles as project manager, analyst, policy adviser, and Chief Executive of the Educational Research Centre in Dublin. A strong advocate of collaboration, she has worked on the theme of digital education and skills for the past 10 years or so, and also has a keen interest in educational equity.

Anastasia Economou, Scientific Officer, Digital Economy Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Anastasia works at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission since February 2020. She is leading SELFIEforTEACHERS, the self-reflection tool based on the European Framework for the Digital Competence of Educators and the DigCompEdu project. In her previous position as the head of the educational technology department at the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, she led a number of projects on teachers’ professional development and digital technologies for teaching and learning. She received her BSc in Education from Boston University in 1993, her Master´s degree in Educational Technology from Arizona State University in 1994 and her MBA degree from the University of Cyprus in 2008.

César Herrero, Scientific Officer, Digital Economy Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

César works in the Digital Economy Unit from the European Commission Joint Research Centre. His work contributes to the field of digital education and digital skills, with a clear focus on the digital transformation of the Vocational Education and Training Sector. He is the project leader of SELFIE for work-based learning, a self-reflection tool to support VET institutions and companies become fit for the digital age.

Professor Graeme Atherton (Chair), UNEVOC Consultant

Professor Graeme Atherton is Director of the Centre of Inequality and Levelling Up (CELUP) at the University of West London, leads the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) which is the UK professional organisation for access & equity in higher education (HE) with over 100 universities as members and has also founded the World Access to Higher Education Network (WAHEN). He is a trustee of the National Union of Students (NUS) and holds visiting professorships at the Centre for Higher Education Research, Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur and Amity University London. He has produced over 200 publications and conference papers.

Sarah Elson-Rogers, Consultant to UNESCO-UNEVOC

Sarah Elson-Rogers worked for UNESCO-UNEVOC from July 2021 to February 2023 as Team Leader for the Innovation and Future of TVET programme, which includes the Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET (BILT) project. The team supports efforts to strengthen TVET systems in UNESCO’s Member States with a focus on the themes of digitalization, greening, migration and entrepreneurship. She is currently supporting the work of UNESCO-UNEVOC as a consultant.


16 May
10.00 am – 11.30 am CEST



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