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The changes modern civilization has brought about, which connect our daily lives with the virtual world more and more, push us to acquire necessary skills in using digital technologies. Digital competence, as recommended by the European Commission[1], is currently one of eight key competences for lifelong learning.

Digital competence can be defined as confident, critical and responsible usage of information and communications technology in the process of learning, working, and active participation in society. It refers to the conscious, proficient and creative use of a full range of digital technologies including:

  1. Information and data literacy
  2. Communication and collaboration
  3. Digital content creation
  4. Safety
  5. Problem solving

These areas are the key components of the Digital Competence Framework for Citizens, also known as DigComp 2.0. It identifies 21 framework competences for each area. Achieving proficiency in these competences enables full participation in a range of specific social contexts, which are now largely defined by the new digital technologies.

[1] European Commission report, JRS IPTS – DIGCOMP: A Framework for Developing and Understanding Digital Competence in Europe; digital competence areas: [1] Information, 2. Communication, Content Creation.

Certification

The European Digital Certificate signifies the completion of a curriculum compatible with both versions of the DIGCOMP Framework – version 1.0., as well as the latest version, 2.0., both in commercial training courses and those subsidized by European Union funds. The European Digital Certificate follows the guidelines of the Polish Ministry of Development, in force since 1 January 2018, for training programmes subsidized by European Union funds. Detailed guidelines have been included in the following document: “Guidelines for the Implementation of Projects Subsidized from the European Social Fund in the Area of Education in the Years 2014-2020.”

Module 1: Information and data literacy

Framework competences

  • Browsing, searching and filtering data, information, and digital content
  • Evaluating data, information, and digital content
  • Managing data, information, and digital content

Module 2: Communication and collaboration

Framework competences

  • Interacting through digital technologies
  • Sharing through digital technologies
  • Engaging in citizenship through digital technologies
  • Collaborating through digital technologies
  • Netiquette
  • Managing digital identity

Module 3: Digital content creation

Framework competences

  • Developing digital content
  • Integrating and re-elaborating digital content
  • Copyright and licences
  • Programming

Module 4: Safety

Framework competences

  • Protecting devices
  • Protecting personal data and privacy
  • Protecting physical and psychological health and well-being from possible dangers in digital environments
  • Protecting the environment

Module 5: Problem solving

Framework competences

  • Solving technical problems
  • Identifying needs and digital tools for problem solving
  • Creatively using digital technologies
  • Identifying digital competence gaps
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