We live in a digitized world. Tasks done in former times by paperwork are today carried out on a digital base – for example, contact to authorities, tax declaration, travel and booking systems, shopping, and other tasks. To understand and carry out such tasks digital competencies (DC) are crucial as society becomes more and more digital, and hence the European Commission has launched the DigComp framework for citizens.
Role of the DISK Project
DC must be learned by the users, as it comprises not just knowledge, but also experiences competencies, skills, and attitudes. Without digital competencies, people become excluded from society. Learning digital competencies requires not just external motivation, but also that users feel that they can engage and be more independent citizens. In a technical and digital-dominated environment, inclusion demands that people feel capable to use the digital tools and means for their ends, in a useful and secure way. Many adults, despite being able and integrated into other spheres, need support to become competent and confident when using digital tools.
Project coordinator: The University of Porto, Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences
Project type: ERASMUS+
Project number: 2019-1-PT01-KA204-060898
Project period: November 2019 – June 2022