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Chapter 4 on Putting digital literacy education into practice

The task of improving the digital skills of the population as a whole is a challenge in all countries. This chapter aims to show some good practice examples in which improving digital skills is integrated in didactic settings.

Note the strategic approaches and projects in the different countries. It shows the diversity of fields of action and inter-relationships (vocational training, employment promotion, migrant integration, social cohesion, etc.) in which digital competences can and must be promoted. For the success of didactic integration of digital skills training, the digital and didactic competences of teachers must also be improved in order to meet the challenges.


List of case studies


The Norwegian approach: SkillsPlus

The SkillsPlus programme’s aim is to give adults the opportunity to acquire the basic skills they need to keep up with the demands and changes in modern working life and civil society. This includes digital skills as much as the use of apps and other digital tools for basic skills training.

Germany: Digital Skills in AlphaDekade


The Work Programme of Germany’s National Decade for Literacy and Basic Skills provides for measures to expanding literacy and basic education concepts with content from other areas, digitisation among others. One of its central projects is vhs-Lernportal, a tool for mobile learning and to improve the target group’s user skills related to digital media.

UK: Learning & Work



Strategic projects of Learning and work center on improvement of digital skills in the context of family literacy and inclusion of elderly people. It includes also a training programme for staff in non-formal settings like public libraries etc.

Finland: Digi4adults

The objective of the project is to create an international on-going collaborative grassroots approach for trainers in adult learning. This approach includes a training process, in which different teaching methods are developed and tested. The purpose of these methods is to improve the basic skills and especially digital competencies of adult learners to ensure their possibilities for lifelong learning.




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The Capacity Building Series of EBSN provides free open educational resources (OERs) and massive online courses (MOOCs) through EPALE, to help the implementation of the European Commission recommendations on Upskilling pathways in EU Member States. EPALE is funded by the Erasmus+ programme, as part the European Commission’s ongoing commitment to improving the quality of adult learning provision in Europe. The project is implemented with the support of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).



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