From early childhood through adult education – digital know-how is a universal requirement

Digitally Competent Educators - or DCE for short - is geared towards boosting digital expertise and know-how within the education sector. Created as part of the Erasmus+ funded E-SLP project and implemented jointly by 4 universities, DCE has been promoting lifelong learning for a few years running.

Digitally Competent Educators (or DCE) is available for sign-up once more, with modules due to start in September and October 2022.

A collaboration between four highly regarded universities, DCE offers flexible study opportunities for teachers and other education professionals to develop their ICT skill level specifically in the pedagogical context.

The 3-module short learning programme is 15 ECTS in total, and it is suitable across different levels and fields of education. Basic computer skills are required to complete the studies, as all course work happens in an online environment. You can choose one or more of the courses according to your needs and interests.

Continuous professional development and lifelong learning

Originally conceived as part of the E-SLP (European Short Learning Programmes) project, DCE is an agile programme for education professionals to in a pedagogical context. E-SLP was a project focused on Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) on an European level for continuous professional development and lifelong learning. The project was co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme. 

The four universities in Finland, Germany, Portugal and Turkey now delivering DCE were project partners within E-SLP, and also EADTU members.

The DCE programme is based on the European Digital Competence Framework for Teachers (DigCompEdu). The framework is a scientifically based entity that describes the importance of teachers' digital competence. It provides a general framework to support the development of teacher-specific digital skills in Europe.

The framework is aimed at educators at all levels of education, from early childhood to higher education and adult education, including general and vocational education, special education and non-formal learning.

In contemporary society, there are no fields where you don't need digital skills.

“In contemporary society, there are no fields where you don't need digital skills. To be able to train digitally skilled employees for the future, we need digitally skilled teachers and trainers at all educational levels from early childhood education to adult education,” says Leena Hiltunen, University Teacher of Educational Technology at the JYU Faculty of Information Technology.

Sign up now, the courses will start in September–October 2022. Registration is open until the courses start!

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