DIGCIT - Strategic partnership to develop open educational resources for teaching digital citizenship
Digital citizenship aims to provide the individual with the values, attitudes, skills and knowledge to use the digital tools of today and tomorrow to participate in shaping and creating the future. Digital citizenship skills are essential for social inclusion because influence the ways and means by which information and communication technologies affect one capacity for active participation as a full member of society.
The project DIGCIT aims to promote digital citizenship through youth work. Thus, the consortium has chosen to develop innovative pedagogies and methods for teaching, learning and assessment that support trainers and learners to use digital technologies in creative, collaborative and efficient ways. We will design Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) with free educational resources for digital domains essential for today’s digital world:
- Access and Inclusion
- Learning and Creativity
- Media and Information Literacy
- Ethics and Empathy
- Health and Wellbeing
- e-Presence and Communications
- Active Participation
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Privacy and Security
- Consumer Awareness
The innovative MOOC teaching, learning, assessment and recognition system developed by the youth and youth workers of project partners will be transferred and promoted to youth organisations. It will build the capacity among youth workers and youth organisations, achieving the third specific objective: increasing awareness of young people and youth workers to promote quality developments in youth work.
The main objective of the project is the promotion of digital citizenship through youth work. It will be supported by innovative digital solutions through the following specific goals:
- Improve the pedagogical skills of youth workers for using the MOOC innovative methodologies developed especially for those who wish to harness the potential that digitalisation represents for active citizenship of their youth target group from partners countries;
- Develop civic competencies while protecting the online safety of young people from partner countries, under the guidance of youth workers with increased pedagogical skills;
- Increasing awareness of young people and youth workers from partner countries about the use of innovative methodologies and MOOC citizenship education resources to promote quality developments in youth work in partner countries and Europe.
A multi-disciplinary, complementary partnership consisting of four NGOs from Romania, Greece, Cyprus and Germany and 21 associated partners will contribute to reaching the target groups and supporting the dissemination and sustainability of the project. The MOOC will reach out to youth workers at the local, regional, national level and will equip them with the competencies for implementing and assessing digital citizenship education. The project will improve the recognition and will support the validation of competencies acquired through non-formal learning.