Re-Imagined Learning for 21st Century Skills

Chapter Three

ALT Digital’s core aim is to bring coursework, and learners, into the 21st century using two exemplars: 21st Century Learning as an applicable learning theory, and the DigComp (the European Digital Competence Framework. To bring these two elements into the 21st century means enhancing digital skills and competencies needed for a productive workforce.

In the next two sections, DigComp and 21st Century Learning Skills are discussed.

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DigComp - Digital Competencies Framework

DigComp helps ‘organisations, businesses and individuals to identify digital knowledge and the needs of digital culture that citizens have in their social and personal life’ (Vuorikari et al, in Al Khateeb, 2017). Digital Competence, according to the Welsh Curriculum Reform government division (2018), refers to “the set of skills, knowledge and attitudes that enable the confident, creative and critical use of technologies and systems. It is the skill set that enables a person to be a confident digital citizen, to interact and collaborate digitally, to produce work digitally, and to be confident in handling data and computational thinking (problem solving).” DigComp highlights five global categories which segment digital skills needed for digital citizenship:

  1. Information processing
  2. Content creation
  3. Communication
  4. Problem solving
  5. Safety

The video below explains more about DigComp:


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21st Century Skills

21st century skills , according to Learning Theories (2015) are the skils necessary for people to learn and find success in an increasingly connected world. These skills “include digital literacy, traditional literacy, content knowledge, media literacy, and learning/innovation skills”.

The video below explains more about 21st Century Skills:


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