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Project

DigCompOrg (European Framework for Digitally Competent Educational Organisations)

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Research theme:
«New skills for the knowledge society»

Project duration: 2016-2018

Project website: http://tiny.cc/digcomporg

Staff
Stefania Bocconi - Project manager
Jeffrey Earp
Sabrina Panesi
Guglielmo Trentin

Framework

The European Reference Framework of Digitally Competent Educational Organisation (DigCompOrg) is an initiative of the European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC). Research, design and piloting of the Framework is carried out by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre Directorate B: Innovation & Growth, Human Capital and Employment Unit (JRC Seville).

Objectives

DigCompOrg aims to support integration and effective use of digital technologies in education settings. So far, DigCompOrg is a generic framework for all educational organisations, from primary schools up to higher education institutions. In order to move from a theoretical framework for all sectors to an evidence-based framework relevant to schools, DigCompOrg school pilots’ initiatives have recently been launched by the JRC Seville in four Member States (Denmark, Estonia, Italy and Spain). DigCompOrg School Pilot in Italy aims to provide meaningful adaptations to the Italian educational context of DigCompOrg. The ultimate goal is to contribute to develop a consolidated DigCompOrg standardised question set (SSELFIE) that schools can use to self-reflect as organisations.

Workplan

The method to translate and adapt the generic DigCompOrg conceptual framework to the Italian education context will involve a three-stage approach focusing on general language (step 1); key concepts and terminology (step 2); and on clarity, coherence, contextual relevance, and ease of use (step 3). The translation and localisation process will involve high-profile Italian experts, as well as a sample group of school practitioners (school leaders, teachers and students). Through a User Consultation Survey (DigCompOrg UCS), users’ inputs on the DigCompOrg framework descriptors will be collected to ensure they make sense for school leaders, teachers and students of primary, secondary and IVET schools in Italy. The pilot project in Italy will also contribute towards adaptation of the DigCompOrg SEELFIE (i.e. a self-assessment tools for schools) to the Italian context, allowing schools to self-reflect as organizations, track their progress in integrating technologies for learning over time, compare themselves with others, identify strong points and areas for improvement, and finally, raise their digital maturity level.

The pilot project in Italy will involve 21 Italian schools (equally representing primary level, lower and upper secondary level, and initial vocational education), engaging about 1,470 students, 420 teachers and 17 school leaders. Schools involved in the pilot will be selected from three regions: Emilia Romagna (North), Tuscany (Centre) and Puglia (South).

Expected results

  • A translated and adapted version of DigCompOrg framework (UCS) and self-assessment tool (SSELFIE) to the Italian context and language.
  • UCS and SSELFIE DigCompOrg pilots in 21 Italian schools in compulsory education.
  • Exploratory findings from four case studies in selected schools in Italy.
  • A final report synthesizing main findings from SSELFIE DigCompOrg pilots in Italy.

Partners

INDIRE
http://www.indire.it/
European Commission - Joint Research Centre
https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/about/jrc-site/seville