ICDL and DigComp


ICDL Foundation plays an active role in the development of DigComp, The European Commission’s Digital Competence Framework.

In order to understand what the key elements of digital competence are and how to assess it, the European Commission developed a Digital Competence Framework for Citizens called DigComp. DigComp provides a common reference for digital competence in Europe. It aims to assist citizens and organisations to identify digital competence gaps and to reflect on how to address them. It also helps policy makers to formulate policies in the area of digital competence and serves as an inspiration for education and training providers to improve digital competence of various target groups.

DigComp proposes a set of digital competences for all citizens to achieve, related to work, learning, leisure and participation in society. Individual competences (21 in total) are grouped into five competence areas: Information and Data Literacy, Communication and Collaboration, Digital Content Creation, Safety and Problem Solving.

ICDL Foundation has been an active stakeholder in the development of this framework from its initial stages, sharing our expertise in defining, structuring and assessing digital skills. We attended a number of workshops where we provided our input for the content of this framework. ICDL has been identified as an implementation example by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. The graphic below shows how ICDL Modules map to DigComp.

For further information on ICDL and DigComp go to ICDL Europe

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