Reference framework for digital competence: feedback on a much-awaited webinar

It was this Thursday, May 30, that the webinar of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEES) was held to present the Digital Competence Reference Framework. A look back at a session attended by nearly 1000 educational players who care about the present and the future of their students.

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It was this Thursday, May 30 that the webinar of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEES) was held to present the Reference framework for digital competence. VSThis session aimed to enlighten the participants, gathered by the hundreds for the occasion, on the ins and outs of the new digital competence to be developed in teachers and their students.

One year after the unveiling of the Digital Action Plan in Education and Higher Education (PAN), the first orientation of this major government commitment is materialized by the establishment of a benchmark that will guide the development of skills. digitalization of Quebeckers. And with more than a thousand registrations for this webinar, we can safely say that this frame of reference was eagerly awaited by all stakeholders in the education community in Quebec.

Digital competence: for whom and why?

The great presence of digital in our lives worries many people. In fact, concerns that particularly concern young people have been observed in recent years on various issues related to the excessive or inadequate use of certain digital tools or applications.

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEES) then adopted a plan to set up a reference framework that would help all teachers and students in Quebec in the development of their digital skills. Declined in twelve dimensions, the MEES Digital Competence Reference Framework has been inspired by best practices on the planet to arrive with a version adapted to our reality and meaningful for the entire educational community of the Quebec. 

Twelve key dimensions

Why have only one skill and decline it from twelve angles? This question surfaced several times in the webinar chat. The answer is very simple: "this facilitates its integration into any other reference system or document relating to teaching and learning". In other words, digital competence will be an integral part of the new repository of professional skills for teachers. 

Among the twelve dimensions, two appear to be central. Indeed, “Acting as an ethical citizen in the digital age” and “Developing and mobilizing one's technological skills” are presented as the elements around which the ten other dimensions are articulated. Each time a student engages in an activity involving digital technology, he must, on the one hand, act ethically by considering the diversity and the context in which his interactions take place while being aware of the impact of technologies on their physical and psychological well-being. On the other hand, the learner will demonstrate an openness in the acquisition of new knowledge and technological skills which will then allow him to optimize the other dimensions of his digital competence (collaborate, communicate, solve problems, produce content, etc. ).

Some educational avenues

Digital competence can be developed through all the disciplinary skills of the PFEQ. Indeed, whether in French, in mathematics or in the social world, digital technology provides support to all disciplines and the implementation of the twelve dimensions leads learners to broaden their horizons. The teacher who has a well-defined pedagogical intention will then be able to facilitate and even redefine a good number of learning thanks to ICT.

Whether by programming with Scratch to work on certain mathematical concepts in elementary school, by creating a podcast on Anchor To discuss artificial intelligence in high school or by exploring the inside of the human body in virtual reality in a CEGEP biology class, the learning possibilities can be increased tenfold thanks to digital technology.

In the same vein, I take this opportunity to invite you, if you have not already done so, to discover SCOOP educational guides! which, on the one hand, serve to develop the disciplinary skills of learners through topical subjects and, on the other hand, provide the teacher with various pedagogical scenarios that highlight one or more dimensions of the competence digital as levers for learning.

To have privileged access for 30 days and explore the 2018-2019 guides, in addition to the hundreds of others in the archives, meet here.

And then…

From the start of the 2019 school year, teachers will be able to count on a new publication that will highlight several avenues for exploiting digital skills linked to various contexts. In addition, an increase in the learning of digital skills could also see the light of day in the near future. To be watched closely… And with great interest!


To view or re-watch the webinar on the Digital Competency Framework, go to this way. To have access to the repository in PDF, it's here.

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About the Author

Maxime Laflamme
Maxime Laflamme
Maxime Laflamme is an educational advisor and project manager at École branchée. He is also editor-in-chief of the SCOOP! Educational guides. He has a bachelor's degree in preschool education and elementary education from the University of Sherbrooke and is pursuing a graduate degree in school management at Laval University. He transmits his passion for digital education and innovative practices through CréaCamps, conferences and workshops throughout the French-speaking world.

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