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The diagnostic tool for digital competence

The Competencenumerique.ca platform, expected since the launch of the Digital Competence Reference Framework in April 2019, is now available. It is intended for anyone wishing to develop their digital skills, but it is offered in priority to teachers and students of primary and secondary education.

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On the occasion of Digital Education Day, the Canada Research Chair in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education presented the new platform for diagnostic, self-assessment and learning in link with the Digital Competence Reference Framework.

The platform Digitalcompetence.ca was expected since the launch of the Reference framework for digital competence in April 2019. This is a platform for anyone interested in developing their digital skills, but it is primarily offered to teachers and students in primary and secondary schools. Versions for the general public as well as for post-secondary levels will be added in the coming months.

Concretely, by registering on the platform, one can carry out a positioning test in relation to the 12 dimensions of digital competence, as stated in the Reference Framework. The questions asked are modulated according to the age of the users (from primary to university) and their role (learner, teacher, general public). Questions are always generated randomly. Attention, the speed of response to questions is taken into account!

Depending on the diagnosis, and always taking into account the user's profile, learning activities will be offered to enable them to progress in their mastery of the various dimensions. Each dimension represents a different path which is entirely personalized according to the initial result of the test. 

The user can therefore cross the levels: novice, intermediate, competent, advanced and expert for each of the dimensions. As he progresses, he collects badges and badges, to obtain a certificate in the end. This fun aspect of the process was mainly implemented to stimulate students' engagement in their learning.

Teacher dashboard

A teacher can have access to the portrait of all his students, which allows him to adapt his interventions according to their needs and to follow their progress thereafter. It is possible for him to consult the last activity, the answers to the questions as well as the overall level of the digital competence of each learner.

To take into account data confidentiality issues, a minimum of information is collected about users. Moreover, the pupils must authorize their teacher to consult their results. An opportunity to educate them about sharing information online.

To learn more about the Digital Competence Framework, a MOOC is now offered.

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

To see the Framework.

About the Author

Martine Rioux
Martine Rioux
After studying public communication, Martine worked as a journalist for various publications, before pursuing her career as an interactive communications consultant at La Capitale, a financial group, then at Québec Numérique, an organization she took over as general manager before making the jump. as political advisor in the office of the Minister for Digital Government Transformation. Today she is the online Editor-in-Chief and Special Projects Manager at l'École branchée. Her dream: that everyone has access to technology and can use it as a tool for learning and opening up to the world.

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