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Peer-Learning Activity of Working Group on Digital Skills and Competences



The role of the Working Group on Digital Skills and Competences is to look at the development of digital skills and competences at all levels and stages of learning and the potential and challenges of digital technology use in education. The group shares experience, evidence, analysis and policy options.

Key challenges: 

1. Diagnostic assessments are tools (e.g. small tests and exercises) given to students to help teachers obtain a better knowledge of students’ skills and knowledge before and during the learning process. Diagnostic assessment supports individualised student-based teaching approach. Diagnostic assessment links closely and might make use of learning analytics.

  • What are the possible tools for diagnostic assessment?
  • How can diagnostic assessment help to make teaching and learning more effective? 

2. The integration of digital technologies in learning is a priority across Europe. Governments spend significant resources on digital infrastructure, devices, learning materials and trainings. However, even though it is widely agreed that digital solutions can add value to teaching and learning, it is difficult to clearly assess the impact of these efforts. An ongoing critique of digital integration in education is this perceived lack of data on effectiveness. At the same time, digital technologies and materials and how they are used in education are constantly changing and large-scale and long-term data in many cases simply do not seem to exist.

  • How do countries assess the impact of current digitalisation initiatives, either at macro or micro scale?
  • What is European education ministry's approach to dealing with this uncertainty?
  • Which current cases show clear impact of digital solutions on learning outcomes in general education? 

3. As learning processes are changing, assessment is commonly described as a 'bottleneck' to innovation and the digitalisation of education. Yet it is essential to monitor skills of students to identify progress, challenges and upskilling needs, and also to address gaps in policy-making or implementation. How are European countries adapting their national assessment methods (high stakes assessment) of different skills?

  • How/when can e-assessment be used in formal education?
  • What are the specific challenges and how have countries responded to them?
  • What new insights can e-assessment provider, either for teachers, parents or the policy level?

What kind of new skills and competences need to be, and are already, assessed in different countries through digital means?


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