Digital competence is one of the eight key competences of lifelong learning. All these competencies affect our everyday life in many ways. Digital competence is important not only in education and work but also for participation in society and active citizenship.
You could compare the importance of digital competence in everyday life to managing to escape from an escape room. If your digital skills are good, you will manage to get out successfully. If your skills are weak or non-existent, getting out will be tough or even impossible.
To put it simply, digital competence is the ability to manage information and digital technologies on different kinds of situations. It also gives you the ability to create digital content, improve your critical thinking, as well as creating an open and positive attitude towards digitality.
According to the European Council recommendation digital competence is constituted by the following:
- Information and data literacy.
- Communication and collaboration.
- Media literacy.
- Digital content creation (including programming).
- Safety (including digital well-being and competence related to cybersecurity).
- Intellectual property related questions.
- Critical thinking.
Skills include the ability to use, access, filter, evaluate, create, program and share digital content.
Research (2016) indicates that 44 % of the EU population had an insufficient level of digital skills. The situation is similar in many EU countries. Because digitalization will not slow down anytime soon it is of fundamental importance to recognize your level of competence in digital skills. Luckily there are a lot of ways to enhance skills through education regardless of age or current level of skills.
Author: Mirka Mäki-Kala, Leader Suupohja