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An online course on the dimensions of digital competence

Since November 2, the Canada Research Chair in Digital Education has been offering a MOOC (free course) which aims to better understand the dimensions of digital competence. We have written a full summary for you.

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Since November 2, the Canada Research Chair in Digital Education has been offering a MOOC that aims to better understand the dimensions of digital competence.

What is a MOOC?

First, what is a MOOC? It is the acronym of Massive Open Online Courses, which is sometimes also called Open and Massive Online Course (CLOM) in French. It is a course or training, often free, offered to everyone.

This MOOC is made up of 7 modules, which will require 3 to 6 hours of activity each, for a total duration of 20 to 40 hours. It is largely concerned with the various dimensions of the Reference framework for digital competence. A learner could choose to complete the modules at his own pace, in the order he wishes, or even to complete only the modules that correspond to his interests.

The digital competence framework

The MOOC "Digital skills: everyone's business" covers the 12 dimensions that make up digital skills, as presented in the Reference framework for digital competence.

“The reference framework aims to develop digital competence which is defined by a set of skills relating to the confident, critical and creative use of digital technology to achieve goals related to learning, work, leisure, inclusion or participation in society. The dimensions of this framework have been identified so that the individual can develop his autonomy when using digital technology in an educational, professional or social context. "

Moreover, to get an idea of where we are located, we can also do the diagnostic test newly offered on the site. digitalcompetence.ca

Content of the MOOC

The results obtained throughout the course will allow you to obtain a certificate awarded by EDUlib and the University of Montreal.

Here are some details on the content of the modules.  

Module 1 (Introduction to digital competence) will consist of introducing the Digital Competence Reference Framework, the dimensions and explaining how the MOOC works.

Module 2 (Critical and ethical issues of digital technology) will address dimensions 1, 4 and 11 (MEES, 2019), under the theme “being critical and ethical”. Learners will be made aware of a set of issues and the main themes are:

  • personal data;
  • artificial intelligence;
  • fake news
  • social networks;
  • cybersecurity.

Module 3 (Communicate and collaborate digitally) will address communication and collaboration issues, particularly in the context of professional development. This involves discussing the potential of web 2.0, addressing several communication and collaboration tools as well as providing concrete resources related to professional development for all learners. The main topics covered are:

  • the potential of web 2.0;
  • communication and collaboration;
  • communication and collaboration tools.

Module 4 (Create to learn, learn to create digitally) will help learners better understand the educational potential of certain tools and lead them to create digital content. The main topics covered are:

  • digital learning;
  • video games;
  • virtual reality;

Module 5 (Solving complex digital problems) will be dedicated to higher level skills, such as computer programming. We will illustrate from concrete examples how digital technology can lead users to solve complex problems. The main topics covered are:

  • educational tools;
  • programming;
  • the problem-based approach.

Module 6 (Inclusion and diversity with digital technology) will deal with inclusion and diversity in a digital context, that is, how digital can help inclusion at various levels and the ethical and critical issues it can generate. We will come back to certain ethical aspects discussed in module 2.

  • learning aids;
  • Numeric fraction;
  • social and digital issues.

Module 7 (Conclusion: Digital competence: everyone's business) will allow participants to synthesize the learning achieved during the different modules. It will also identify several issues related to education and the labor market. In addition, it will provide concrete avenues for perfecting the development of competence.

To register, it's here!


Carrefour education has classified many digital tools according to each of the 12 dimensions of digital competence. Consult their table Pinterest.


Dimension (s) of digital competence related to this article
- All 12 dimensions

To see the Framework.

About the Author

Audrey Miller
Audrey Millerhttps://ecolebranchee.com
Directrice générale de l'École branchée, Audrey détient une formation universitaire de 2e cycle en technologies éducatives et un baccalauréat en communication publique. Membre de l'Ordre de l'Excellence en éducation du Québec, elle s'intéresse particulièrement au développement professionnel des enseignants, à l'information à l'ère du numérique et à l'éducation aux médias, tout en s'activant à créer des ponts entre les acteurs de l'écosystème éducatif depuis 1999. Elle s'implique cette année notamment dans l'Association Edteq et en tant que membre du comité d'orientation stratégique de l'ACELF.

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