As part of the IDEAL project – which is focused on supporting language teachers through digital tools – the project consortium is researching policies and initiatives which may be used to support language teachers. A central element to all of this is the European Framework for the Digital Competence of Educators (DigCompEdu) which is a scientifically sound framework describing what it means for educators to be digitally competent.

Digicomp Edu It provides a general reference frame to support the development of educator-specific digital competences in Europe. DigCompEdu is directed towards educators at all levels of education, from early childhood to higher and adult education, including general and vocational education and training, special needs education, and non-formal learning contexts. DigCompEdu details 22 competences organised in six Areas. The focus is not on technical skills. Rather, the framework aims to detail how digital technologies can be used to enhance and innovate education and training

DigCompEdu details 22 competences organised in six Areas. The focus is not on technical skills. Rather, the framework aims to detail how digital technologies can be used to enhance and innovate education and training.

For the IDEAL Project

DigCompEdu sets out 22 competences spread through those six areas. The competences are explained at six different levels of proficiency (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2). DigCompEdu addresses educators at all levels of education, from pre-primary to vocational, higher and adult education. The focus of the framework is to support and encourage teachers in using digital tools to enhance and innovate their educational practices. For the IDEAL project, the assessment tool for teachers in adult education was used and this allowed language teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses in using digital technologies. For each of the items, the teacher was able to choose one of five answer options corresponding to the level of proficiency: A1 – Newcomer; A2 – Explorer; B1 – Integrator; B2 – Expert; C1 – Leader and C2 – Pioneer.