Re-Imagined Learning for 21st Century Skills

Chapter One

If we wish to keep the pace with this growing demand for a technologically-skilled workforce, we must design learning environments which not only teach knowledge and skills, but we must also build environments using methodologies which inherently teach those skills needed – 21st century skills.

The European Commission developed DigComp as a framework to reference when explaining “what it means to be ‘digitally competent’.” (European Commission, 2017). These skills are outlined (briefly here and in more detail in Section 3), as follows:

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These skills are needed for individuals to thrive in the digital age, particularly in a professional environment. Our re-imagined learning ecosystem is one in which these skills are assessed diagnostically prior to the learner entering the environment. From that point, a personalised learning journey can be built to satisfy the digital skills and competencies they need. This re-imagined learning ecosystem combined three principles:

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A personalised learning journey means a learning environment which is geared towards a learner’s specific needs in their own specific context. This would require dynamic content which can be served to the learner based on the diagnostic results from the digital competence assessment that takes place prior to learning..

Learning is constructive: this means that learning is an active, constructive process where the learner is the information constructor and actively constructs or creates their own subjective representations of objective reality (Learning Theories, 2019). The teacher is the facilitator in this process – a guide rather than an instructor – and the learner can dynamically construct information.

Digital learning, in this context, refers to learning which takes place using digital technologies. Naturally, when attempting to enhance digital skills, the educator should use digital media that helps the learner to successfully utilise digital media for themselves.

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The diagnostic assessment to be conducted prior to learning is a questionnaire adapted from the Ikanos European Framework of Digital Competencies diagnostic test for the professional individual, as well as the European Union’s Digital Competence list, and is used for two purposes:

  1. Measuring professional digital competencies according to the Digital Competencies Framework
  2. Engaging professionals in a way that not only identifies gaps in digital competencies, but allows professionals to understand exactly which digital competencies are necessary to thrive in a digital economy.

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