The digital transformation is challenging the European citizens in multiple ways: As employees at our workspace, as learners of all ages, or as conscious, self-responsible, and democratic citizens. Digital transformation in its effects relates to vast aspects of peoples everyday life. Therefore, the project identifies approaches, topics and tools, how to include and address the thematic field of digital transformation in adult education.
Project period: 09/2019-07/2022
Grundtvig Award 2021 (transnational project)
Competent Citizens in the Focus
Digital competence should enable people to approach these challenges. Adult education for Active Citizenship has a crucial role to play as it supports learners to develop these competences and to participate in society as democratic and confident citizens. However the field of Adult Education has to deal increasingly with an audience/target group which is more and more in a position of exposed to the transformation while not being sufficiently equipped to understand digital transformation in its aspects to democracy, and society.
Understanding the Bigger Picture
Such to develop digital competence goes far beyond media literacy and critical thinking development but pre-requires also a field of Adult Education which itself is confident and able to understand and develop learning concepts that address the democratic challenges and dimensions relating to digital transformation in its full range. Above all stands the belief: It’s the citizen who should design the social change and making use of new technology, not vice versa.
In particular Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education have a potential which our project DIGIT-AL explores and aims to activate. In cross-sectoral collaboration we deliver two handbooks, an app and policy recommendations.
Handbook for Facilitators: Learning the Digital
Competendo Facilitator Handbook: Digital transformation and digital competence from the practice of Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education.
Positions and reflections from the perspective of Education for Democratic Citizenship/ Human Rights Education.
Digital Toolbox and App
The free and open toolbox for democracy learning, digitalisation and non-formal education. During the project we updated and extended the toolbox including new content about digitalisation, tools and materials.
Some Facts about Digital Transformation
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All materials are available on the project website:
Download: Digit-AL Paper Robot
Outcome of the Project
- A reader on digital transformation as a specific and transversal topic in adult education: this publication explores the horizon of digital transformation and its connection to the practice of Adult Learning for democratic citizenship
- A handbook for educators: Digital competence: What is it? Through what kind of approaches and practices adult learners might gain it and what kind of digital competence adult educators need to develop
- Policy Recommendations targeting at premises of competence frameworks, Adult Education policies in Europe related to digital transformation and learning for democratic citizenship
- An app to support adult educators in their learning settings with concrete and easy adaptable info and concepts for targeting digital transformation in their learning settings
Nils-Eyk Zimmermann, Elisa Rapetti, Georg Pirker
- Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten AdB e.V. (DE) (Coordinator)
- Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe (BE)
- Partners Bulgaria Foundation (BG)
- Centro per la Cooperazione Internazionale (IT)
- Rede Inducar, CRL (PT)
- Education Development Center (LV)
- JAAN TONISSONI INSITUUT MTU (EE)
More about DIGIT-AL:
Past information on our website related to the project DIGIT-AL Digital Transformation in Adult Learning for Active Citizenship:
Policy: Improving the Provision of Digital Skills (2022)
DARE network’s feedback to the Proposal for a Council Recommendation on improving the provision of digital skills in education and trainingDate: 2022-09-16 People are in different roles affected by the digital transformation E.g., as users, learners, trainers, employees and active citizens. This multitude of roles that each person takes on demands an approach using themes…
Event and Book Launch: Learning ‘the Digital’ 1st June, 2022 Brussels
Digital competence and pedagogy from the perspective of Education for Democratic Citizenship. Book launch of the facilitator handbook Learning the Digital,presentation of the EAEA working group Digitalisation and Democracy context paper and DARE policy recommendations June 1st, 2022, 15:30-17:30 Representation of Lower Saxony to the European Union Rue Montoyer 61 | 1000 Bruxelles | OpenStreetMap
Facilitator handbook: Learning the digital
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. Competendo Facilitator Handbook 2021/22,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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: 01/09/2021G. Pirker, D. Kolarova (ed.)58 pages, Brussels 2021 Content Human rights and democracy in the digital world Aims of learning the digital. Digital transformation through lifelong learning Processes,…
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.…
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…
New DARE App: Competendo Digital Toolbox
The Competendo Digital Toolbox got a redesign, new articles about digitalisation as a topic for civic education and non-formal learning – and an App. You don’t need to go to the appstores, just enough to visit the toolbox https://competendo.net with a Safari, Chrome or Edge browser – and install it with one click.
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…
Discussion in the Lifelong Learning Week 2020: Digital transformations in Education for Democratic Citizenship: Challenging digital competence
December 2nd, 2020, 3pm With 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
DIGIT-AL Toolbox online
The new website for the DIGIT-AL project is online and presenting the Reader Series “Smart City – Smart Teaching”. It explores digital transformation as a topic in education in all ages and under a lifelong learning perspective. Our focus is set on learning for democratic citizenship and the necessary digital transformation competencies. They are published…
DIGIT-AL at NECE Campus 2020
DARE presented some results from the DIGIT-AL project in the nece network -networking european citizenship education under the title: Digitalisation, Digital Competence, AI or Big Data – a Challenge for Education for Democratic Citizenship in Europe. In the framework of the NECE Campus 2020 – Lunch talk with ideas by Nils-Eyk Zimmermann (Democracy and Human…
Digital Transformation as Part of Digital Education. Recognize the Systemic Relevance of Civic Education – September 2020
DARE network contribution to the European Commission’s consultation on the Digital education action plan (update) in September 2020
DIGIT-AL: Smart city, smart work, smart life? Smart teaching!
Towards cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary perspectives on digital transformation. Meeting between education experts in Education for Democratic Citizenship/Human Rights Education with advocates, policy experts, and researchers on digital transformation in Europe between February 24-29, 2020 in Brussels.
DIGIT-AL: Kick-off Meeting of the New Project on Digital Transformation and Adult Learning
The project team from seven partner organizations met in Riga between October 24 – 27, 2019 for the first meeting. The project team discussed the steps of the two year cooperation project DIGIT-AL and planned the first material they aim to be develop together. The Educational Development Center in Riga was hosting the group with…
Project: DIGIT-AL – Digital Transformation in Adult Learning for Active Citizenship
The digital transformation is challenging the European citizens in multiple ways: As employees at our workspace, as learners of all ages, or as conscious, self-responsible, and democratic citizens. Digital transformation in its effects relates to vast aspects of peoples everyday life. Therefore, the project identifies approaches, topics and tools, how to include and address the…