2016 Digital skills in teaching and learning – are we on the right track? EDLW 2016

Friday, November 11, 2016, 13:00-14:30 CET

Moderator: Lisa Marie Blaschke, EDEN Vice President

Recording of the discussion is available here

Deirdre Hodson’s presentation

Format: Reflection on New Digital Skills Agenda from Different Countries

Introduction: Information and Communication technologies have become in a short period of time the basic element of modern society which leads to pressing demand for digital skills and competencies. More and more jobs require knowing of ICT, and at the same time great number of people in EU do not yet have basic digital skills. It is predicted that in 10 years all professions, although not directly connected with ICT, will require digital skills in order to improve their efficiency.  Therefore it is of great importance to ensure modern and quality education which will enable future employees’ knowledge and competencies needed for the 21st market.

The European Commission has adopted a new Skills Agenda for Europe. The agenda aims to make sure that people develop the skills necessary for the jobs of today and tomorrow. The agenda calls on European Union countries and stakeholders to improve the quality of skills and their relevance for the labour market. It looks to reduce the number of Europeans lacking adequate reading, writing, numeracy and digital skills.

The aim of this webinar is to reflect on new skills agenda and to get European countries’ view on need for digital skills, especially from the educational perspective.


  • Tackling the digital skills gap in the EU – policies and programmes, Deirdre Hodson, Policy Officer, European Commission DG Education and Culture
  • Developing digital skills – a bottom-up strategy in Romania, Diana Andone, Director of the eLearning Center at the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
  • Getting connected: Enhancing digital competences through curriculum internationalization in higher education, Helga Dorner, Centre for Teaching and Learning at the Central European University, Hungary
  • Digital skills in teaching and learning: the case of Spain, Montse Guitert Catasús, Director, Digital Competencies Program (psychology and science education), Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
  • Innovations and challenges in technology enhanced learning: teacher perspectives,  Margarita Teresevičienė, Airina Volungevičienė, Lithuanian Distance and eLearning (LieDM) association