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Promoting digital literacy of teachers in adult education

Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for adult education
Project Reference: 2019-1-DE02-KA204-006493
EU Grant: 184.317 EUR
Implementation Period: 01.10.2019 – 31.07.2022

Project Coordinator: Institut für Bildung und Medien der Gesellschaft für Pädagogik, Information und Medien e.V.

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In various projects, the Institute for Education and Media has carried out research on the quality of digital educational media with its partners and developed differentiated quality criteria for the evaluation of educational media in connection with the implementation of the European media competition, Comenius-EduMedia-Award. It was found that the exploration, evaluation and dissemination of high-quality educational media is not enough to improve the learning outcomes. Obviously, high-quality educational media will only be fully effective if they are integrated into a didactically designed teaching and learning concept and teachers have acquired the necessary media skills. From a media didactic point of view, educational media have the enormous potential to make teaching and learning processes different, as media-supported teaching and learning arrangements, self-learning in learning, cooperative scenarios and flexible offers to individualize learning offers. This accommodates the diversity of teachers and learners.
(Kerres 2017). A key role in this process is the DIGITAL COMPETENCE of teachers, lecturers and trainers in the didactically relevant handling of digital media or with the digitization of teaching and learning environments and learning processes. The partnership therefore aims to promote the teaching, development and consolidation of adult educators’ digital literacy through integration (methodological inclusion and practical use) and procedurally selected, exemplary digital educational media into media-based teaching and learning arrangements.

DIGITAL COMPETENCE is the scientific basis (Baacke1980, Bauer 2017, Swertz 2018): the interplay of abilities, skills and certainties with regard to differentiation and decision-making requirements, as well as didactic responsibility on the basis of structural, technical and factual media knowledge, aesthetic and Ethical media awareness, critical media analysis and didactically differentiated built, context-appropriate media design. The project sees itself in this sense as an enlargement of the knowledge and action contexts, but also as an enrichment of the perspectives and options of the didactic arrangements in the adult education context and thus as a promotion of the methodological and didactic quality of teaching competence in the context of currently increasing digitization of teaching and learning Learning cooperation in adult education. (see Baacke 1980, Bauer 2017).

DIGITAL COMPETENCE for adult education teachers
– secure knowledge of the quality of digital educational media and the ability to evaluate it (quality criteria),
– the ability to select suitable digital educational media from the oversupply for their own course design (database),
– to plan, design and implement own course concepts with digital education media and blended learning courses and
– The ability to engage with educators and learners to share experiences of using digital educational media and designing Blended Learnig courses (WEB community).
In the project these proposals and results are summarized in the e-book “DIGITAL COMPETENCE”, systematized and theoretically substantiated and disseminated via the WEB (WEBPORTAL).


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Find all information, outputs, and partner data on the project coordinator’s website “DigiMedia

The partnership will work on the following tasks and disseminate results in the “DigiMedia” project to promote the digital literacy of adult education teachers:

1. EVALUATION TOOL “QualiMedia” (O1)
for adult educators to evaluate digital educational media with quality criteria for identifying appropriate digital educational media.
▸ Download (German)

2. Education Media Database “MediaData” (O2)
with excellent and valued digital educational media from the European media competitions 2020 and 2021 and workshops in participating countries.
▸ Download (German)

3. COURSE MODEL “DigiKomp” (O3)
Exemplary online further education course with country-specific blended learning courses with digital educational media.
▸ Download (German)

4. MEETING POINT “DigiMedia Community” (O4)
WEB meeting point as European practice exchange from workshops and media competitions in an internet forum for teachers.
▸ Download (German)
▸ Join DigiMedia Community on EPALE

5. eBook “DigiKomp” DIGITAL COMPETENCE (O5)
Basic practice perspectives, media assessment, exemplary digital educational media, media usage, and media-based teaching and learning arrangements.
▸ Download (German)