While the full collation of all of the project research is ongoing, some initial results from the development of the O1 output are currently available. In total 131 language teachers took part in this self-assessment activity and shared the results of their self-assessment. The aim was to better understand the needs and challenges of the project target groups. The survey results have been collected and analyzed by individual partner organisations, including focus groups consisting of 70 teachers, including 60 foreign language teachers and expert groups in the field of language teaching, who were analysed according to their use of digital technologies as well as their implementation of CEFR. The results below show the different levels of digital competences summarised on the basis of received self-assessment questionnaires.
Most of the language teachers assessed their own digital competences on the scale from A2 to B1, whereas teachers from Germany assessed their own competences mostly on level A1-A2, teachers from Spain mostly on the levels A2 – B1. Almost half of the teachers from Poland taking part in the assessment indicated level B2 and some percentage on level C1, in case of Italy and Ireland the results were spread through all levels from A1 to B2 equally with exception of Italy where for level C1 and C2 some minor percentage of teachers was indicated.
When looking for the teacher profile at whom the project is to be addressed, of course, all levels should be considered, with emphasis on A2 and B (1, 2) – in particular with a view to what features and skills can be used to relate to the most common levels? In the document (DigCompEdu) it is identified that:
Explorers (A2) have started using digital tools without, however, following a comprehensive or consistent approach. Explorers need insight and inspiration to expand their competences.
Integrators (B1) use and experiment with digital tools for arrange of purposes, trying to understand which digital strategies work best in which contexts.
Experts (B2) use a range of digital tools confidently, creatively and critically to enhance their professional activities. They continuously expand their repertoire of practices.