Digital transformation and digital competence from the practice of Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education. Created in the frame of the project DIGIT-AL – Digital Transformation in Adult Learning for Active Citizenship
M. Oberosler (ed.), E. Rapetti (ed.), N. Zimmermann (ed.), G. Pirker, I. Carvalho, G. Briz, V. Vivona.
We all know how ambiguous the digitalisation feels for many citizens in Europe. On the other hand, we understand that it contributes also to inclusion, participation and feeling well in our society. Is this contradictory?
The DIGIT-AL project (Digital Transformation in Adult Learning for Active Citizenship) invites you to involve in a vivid debate on a healthy digitalisation for digital wellbeing at Tuesday, November 30 2021, 15:00-16:30 (Brussels) online.
The training in the framework of the DIGIT-AL project was focusing on needs and motivations of educators in order to understand the digital transformation and to include it more as a topic in their pedagogical practices. Hosted by the DARE member Rede Inducar, the participants from Portugal, Romania, Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, the United States and Italy explored the different concepts of digital competence and identified aspects which are in particular relevant for Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE).
Today the Grundtvig Arward arrived by mail! The jury of the European Association for the Education of Adults selected this year the DIGIT-AL project in the category “transnational”. The project is coordinated by the DARE member Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten and includes the member organisations Rede Inducar, Jan Tonissoni Instituut, EDC Latvia, Partners Bulgaria, CCI Trento and the DARE network.
The European Association for the Education of Adults awarded the project DIGIT-AL with the Grundtvig Award 2021 in the category “Transnational Project”. The ceremony will take place in the frame of the EAEA Annual Conference 2021: Learning to exercise democracy in a digital world on November 17/18, 2021.
“The Grundtvig Award is a great honor for us. It motivates us to continue on our path and work to ensure that more adult Europeans can learn fundamentally about digitisation as a major political and social issue. ”
On 12 and 13 October 2021, EPALE is hosting its annual Community Conference, which will be held entirely online. The conference will provide an opportunity to discuss how adult education and learning can help reshape our society, promoting inclusive and sustainable models.
The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated vulnerabilities in our globalised and interconnected world, with profound and long-lasting effects. Fast-paced changes on multiple levels – digital, demographic, and environmental – have been the norm in recent times. In this context, the conference revolves around the concept of transition. Transitions are full of uncertainty and instability, but being inherently transformative, they also provide an extraordinary opportunity to sketch out new models, paying particular attention to the challenge of not leaving anyone behind.
Positions and reflections from the perspective of Education for Democratic Citizenship/ Human Rights Education. From the project DIGIT-AL Digital Transformation in Adult Learning for Active Citizenship.
Published: 01/09/2021 G. Pirker, D. Kolarova (ed.) 58 pages, Brussels 2021
The project DIGIT-AL identified different aspects of digital transformation that need more awareness from a civic education and Human Rights education perspective. At the same time, there is a potential of civic education for learning about, for and with digitalisation.
The training explored good educational practices linking digitalisation with Education for Democratic Citizenship/Human Rights Education. It discussed paths toward a digital pedagogy dedicated to digital competence also understood as a competence to support learners in understanding and co-creating the social, cultural and economic impact of digitalisation.
The impact of the current policy developments in the field of digital transformation on European level cannot be underestimated. The Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act will determine what platforms are (still) allowed to do and how the rules of the game of digital capitalism will work. The Circular Economy Action Plan suggests a right to repair. With the way rules for Artificial Intelligence are developed and implemented a market for data-sensitive and democratic innovation is emerging, a European way of dealing with AI or a European-dressed American way. How Europe defines and enforces the Next Generation Internet influences how free, decentralized, competitive, accessible the Internet and digital single market in Europe and if not beyond our continent will be.
These examples show that dealing with digitalization is about more than addressing media literacy: It is always also about active participation in the digital transformation and helping to shape its “broad lines.”
Many, among them also educators, say that it’s all too complex, too technical or too economical. But, one can counter them, isn’t the focus wrong? For instance, we also understand that car companies are not allowed to install fraud software, although we don’t know exactly what programming language the on-board computer was programmed in. Would that have really helped us to draw consequences from the Diesel scandal?
About Digitalization: Conditions, Assumptions, Impact
In this sense, civic adult education can reflect on the technology’s economic, social, cultural, and technology policy conditions, assumptions and impact: Learning about Digitalization. How do certain concepts of digitalization work and act? What alternatives are there? Who benefits from which variant and how?