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EPALE - Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


Content and Digital Competence Integrated Learning (CDCIL) - a new way for developing digital skills of teachers!

by Mari Poikolainen
Language: EN

We all know the feeling of inadequacy after participating in staff training on a quite new digital tool that our orgnisation in introducing to us teachers. No matter how well we are versed in digital applications, in many cases a session or two is not enough to become comfortable in applying the tools. Peer-teacher model introduced by Digi4Adults project (Erasmus+ KA2 2015-2017) can do the trick applied as such or as a way of complementing regular staff training. Here in EPALE we encourage teachers to share their methods, small and big alike, on how to integrate digital skills learning with teaching content. 

We believe, that digital competence is often best learnt when integrated in the actual content of learning. We have coined a term Content and Digital Competence Integrated Learning, CDCIL, the idea of which is based on Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and also on DIGCOM framework (EU wide indicators of digital competence) to emphasize our point. Digital competence is often other than mere technical competence: it rather entails several competence areas such as information, communication, content creation, safety and problem solving.

We are establishing an ongoing collaborative grassroots approach for trainers in adult learning in developing and sharing methods of teaching different aspects of digital competence to adult learners in need of such competence to improve their skills for life and their employability.

EPALE blog is an apt solution for peer-sharing! Here in EPALE blog, we collect CDCIL methods as small case studies, caselets, and will soon invite you all to join us to apply them in new contexts, and moreover, to produce your own caselets with us! 

Come and join us to find out more about the benefits of Content and Digital Competence Integrated Learning and peer-learning in taking on new competences. We believe, that we can very well support each other in learning these inevitably important digital skills for today and for the future!



For more information, please, contact:  Hans Ekman, hans.ekman(at)


In a nutshell, Digi4Adults project encourages teachers as peers to work together in sharing and developing their skills in the application of digital tools. In our EPALE blog, we collect Content and Digital Competence Integrated Learning CDCIL methods as small case studies, caselets, and invite you all to join us to apply them in new contexts, and moreover, to produce your own caselets with us! 


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  • Nina Fröhlig's picture

    Thank you for the great insides!

    The project consortium of V-UPGRATeS has developed an online platform that gives teachers and trainers the opportunity to explore and improve their digital skills in internet security, online learning platforms, interactive learning tools, media editing, web editing and publishing.

    Find detailed information on our project website: (link is external)