Discussion: A Healthy Digitalisation for Digital Wellbeing – Nov 30, 2021

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.

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Project DIGIT-AL: Training about Digital Competent Adult Educators in Porto

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).

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Grundtvig Award 2021 ceremony at November 18, 2021

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 award ceremony will take place online at the EAEA Annual Conference 2021: Learning to exercise democracy in a digital world at November 17/18.

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Grundtvig Award 2021 for the DIGIT-AL project

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.

More: EAEA Media Release

“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. ”

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EPALE Community Conference 2021: Meet DARE at the panel: Digital activism and democracy

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.

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Policy Recommendations: Learning the Digital Lifelong

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


  • Human rights and democracy in the digital world
  • Aims of learning the digital.
  • Digital transformation through lifelong learning
  • Processes, methodologies, structures and quality
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Training: Digital Competence as a Civic Key-Competence. Let’s Unleash the Potential of Education for Democratic Citizenship/Human Rights Education

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.

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Expanding the Pedagogy of the Digital

Digitalization is an important topic of European policy. Adult Education has a crucial role to play in accompanying the transformation.

By Nils-Eyk Zimmermann (DIGIT-AL project)

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?

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Smart City – Smart Teaching – Our Reader Series about Digital Transformation

Our series “Smart City – Smart Teaching” explores digital transformation as a topic in education in all ages and under a lifelong learning perspective. The focus is set on learning for democratic citizenship and the necessary digital transformation competencies. They are published under a Creative Commons License CC BY SA 4.0 within the project DIGIT-AL – Digital Transformation in Adult Learning for Acvtive Citizenship.


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At DIGIT-AL project’s website: https://dttools.eu

Work under Transformation

N. Zimmermann (ed.), 52 p.

Platformisation of the European economy, automatisation, additive factoring and the (global) redefinition of value chains and collaboration processes are digital drivers of industrial transformation. Obviously, these developments also have an impact on concrete working conditions, although the differences among countries and also sectors are remarkable. Working spaces have also become more technologically enhanced. One result of digitalisation and rationalisation is job polarisation, an increase of high-profile and low-profile jobs while those in the middle vanish. On the other hand, platforms are creating a new kind of working environment. In particular this brochure also highlights how education policies and training strategies might respond to these challenges. It ends with scenarios in regard to (un)employment and labour and with the idea of a universal basic income, which has received increasing support thanks to discussions about digital transformation.

Media & Journalism

V. Vivona, N. Caranti (ed.), 44 p.

Digitalisation has changed journalism in the last two decades. The digital revolution has created a high-choice media environment, and one of the consequences has been (paradoxically?) news avoidance. Another appearance in recent years has been so-called “fake news” or “disinformation” which we discuss under the topic “information disorder”, which has a wider meaning.

Next, we examine new information models as possible ways out, including investigative journalism, explanatory reporting, solutions journalism, constructive journalism, and data journalism. Finally, we focus on media literacy as an educational response to cope with the new media environment.

The Digital Self

N. Zimmermann (ed.), 60 p.

The question of how digitalisation instigates changes to our body, our social identity and our self-image is becoming apparent. This chapter describes the conditions and aspects constituting a digital identity. One important aspect is the machine-human relationship and its underlying constructive conditions. Another is the identificatory aspect of digital technology ““ the tension between privacy and identifiability (and for whom), and also we need to explore mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion. Therefore, digital transformation has an impact on the ideas of privacy and autonomy and how they might be achieved in the digital social reality, especially under the conditions that big data and datafication create. The second part tackles the question of how the exposure to and embeddedness in digital interaction affects the abilities and attitudes of us as individuals.


S. Valdmaa, M. A. Udikas (ed.), 48 p.

The digital transition in regard to governments has made all societies focus on security, democracy and data protection issues. In some countries, digitalisation has moved more quickly and is more wide-spread than in others. However, digitalisation has become an unstoppable process, and it is most useful to analyse all kinds of threats and risks and evaluate already existing experiences and achievements in e-government. Estonia is considered to be one of the pioneers and pathfinders in the digital transition of public services and infrastructure, as it was one of the first to start developing e-governance with wide digital possibilities. We introduce, how Estonia has established its e-society and changed also the understanding of people as (digital) citizens with access to tools and platforms that have become essential to participate in society. In consequence, everybody today needs digital citizenship skills to fully participate in the social life of their communities.

The Internet, Big Data & Platforms

N. Zimmermann (ed.), 68 p.

The current digital transformation is rooted in earlier digitalisation in different parts of society. In particular, the emergence of the non-centralised internet, globalisation, networked technology, technical advancement, new ways of networked collaboration and the vision of ubiquitous computing have abetted the transformation toward the dominant topics in discourse around digital transformation today. Topics like the platform economy, big data and artificial intelligence. But the Internet has also helped other ideas break through, in particular, new open and non-centralised models of creation, communication and collaboration. As a global infrastructure, there is also an environmental impact associated with the physical network of cables, satellites, data centres, and antennas. In this publication, we introduce some of these fundamental topics.

Education & Learning

R. Martinez, D. Kolarova, G. Pirker (ed.), 88 p.

Digital transformation has an impact on learning in all ages and situations and is influencing the education and training sector. Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education can play a specific role in this transformation and this focus might also affect what kind of digital competencies education is aiming to facilitate. Certainly the education sector itself is a space where digital instruments are more and more included. Therefore the brochure is asking what characterizes digital didactics and digital learning describe, especially in relation and complementary to “analogue” learning spaces. It ends with an outlook to the new practices in the field of recognition of learning – open badges and micro-credentialing.

Activism & Participation

E Rapetti, R. Caldas (ed.), 52 p.

Social movements’ transform (digitally) and also the idea and ways of active participation. The authors underline the relevance of both online and offline forms of participation in a world where (hack)tivists and movements play an increasingly major role in local communities and in the global processes.

From the tech universe to social feminist organizations, they highlight movements that have mapped out an important path in empowering citizens and brought citizens’ voices into the public. The brochure concludes with some reflection about how participation will change in the future and about the necessary competences for participation of citizens under the conditions of the (digital) transformation age.

Arts & Culture

G. Pirker (ed.), 72 p.

Digital Transformation impacts the field of arts and culture, but how do artists understand and explore digitalisation? The brochure explores how artists and art research are discussing the transformative process and to what initiatives and new dimensions of culture it could lead.

On example of various practices it investigates the arts undergoing a change far beyond the field of production and “œconsumption”, exposing us to new philosophical frontiers of our understanding of nature and culture. Furthermore, it explores deeper what kind of questions and approaches arts and culture could offer also for civic education.

The project is supported in the framework of the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission (Strategic Partnership in the field of Adult Education). Project Number: 2019-1-DE02-KA204-006421

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Discussion in the Lifelong Learning Week 2020: Digital transformations in Education for Democratic Citizenship: Challenging digital competence

December 2nd, 2020, 3pm

MEP Victor Negrescu (S&D, Romania)
MEP Rasmus Andresen (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Nils-Eyk Zimmermann (DARE Network Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe)
Moderator: Oonagh Aitken, LLLPlatform Steering Committee

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