CERTIFICATION

Track “Recognition of digital competence certificates in Europe” includes a panel and three workshops:

Panel 3CERTIFICATION:  A model for the recognition of digital competence certificates in Europe

7 October 13:45 – 14:40

The panel will discuss perspectives and potential of a model for the recognition of digital competence certificates in Europe. The panel members will provide context and propose key requirements to earn the buy-in of certification initiatives and how recognition of certificates can be achieved. The panel will also be invited to react to actions announced in the Digital Education Action Plan, to be adopted by the European Commission and discuss how the EU could play a role in supporting the recognition of digital competence certificates across the EU.

Workshop: A model for the recognition of digital competence certificates in Europe

7 October, 15:10 – 16:40

  • Moderator – William O’Keeffe, European Commission DG Employment
  • Fiona Fanning – Director of European Affairs at Certiport – IC3 (Presentation)
  • Nathalie Denos, GIP Pix (Presentation)
  • Ryszard Wos – Chair of ECCC Foundation – ECCC (Presentation)
  • José Antonio González Martínez Junta Castilla y León – tuCertiCyL (Presentation)
  • Ana Vitorica – Director of Ikanos – BAIT
  • Frank Mockler, Head of Programme Standards at ECDL Foundation – ECDL
  • Clara Centeno, Senior Researcher at JRC (Presentation)

This workshop will be used to explore and debate how a possible model of recognition of digital competence certificates at European level can be achieved. What are the issues and obstacles that must be considered and what could be the objectives or measures of success of such a model. Attendees will be invited to express their interest in a follow-up working group on the model (to be run within ALL DIGITAL DigComp Community of Practice (CoP)) which will aim to produce a report of conclusions and recommendations on how to develop the model for recommendation. The work of the group could form a key input to upcoming EU initiatives on digital skills.

Workshop: STE(A)M Education practices and competences

8 October 10:00 – 11:30

  • Moderators – Achilles Kameas, DAISSy Research Group of Hellenic Open University, and Katrin Schuberth, Helliwood

STE(A)M education grew out of STEM education, where the “A” is a term that represents fields such as liberal arts, language arts, social studies, physical arts, fine arts etc. and its aim is to apply creative thinking to STEM projects, igniting students’ imagination and creativity through the arts. Although it is commonly accepted that basic STEM competences are critical for succeeding in most of the technical, engineering and even managerial jobs, several studies have shown that the without the “Αrts” it is impossible for students to reach their full potential!

But guess what? No transition to STEM or STE(A)M education will ever be possible without the active and full involvement of educators. As teaching strategies are changing, educators need to update their competence profiles in order to face STE(A)M education challenges.

That is why the partners of project STEAMonEdu have nominated educators as pillars of STE(A)M education and are committed to supporting their professional development. Check the programme of this workshop to find out how:

  • Overview of the STEAMonEdu project – Achilles Kameas (Presentation)
  • Basics of STE(A)M education – Spyros Papadakis (Presentation)
  • Characteristics of a STE(A)M education good practice – Paolo Russo (Presentation)
  • Towards a common understanding of a STE(A)M education practice evaluation framework (interactive session) – Gabriella Ford (Presentation)
  • STE(A)M education best practices – Paolo Russo (Presentation) & Esther Subias (Presentation)
  • STE(A)M education competence framework – Natalia Spyropoulou (Presentation)
  • Towards a common understanding of a STE(A)M education  competence framework (interactive session) – Natalia Spyropoulou
  • The STEAMonEdu community of STE(A)M educators – Esther Subias (Presentation I) (Presentation II)
Workshop: Key competences for smart cities stakeholders

8 October, 11:40 – 13:10

  • Panos Fitsilis, University of Thessaly
  • Wilfried Bolewski, Sciences Po Paris
  • Hans Rüdiger Kaufmann, University of Applied Management Studies
  • Angelika I. Kokkinaki, University of Nicosia (EDEX)

 #SmartDevOps is an ERASMUS+ Sector Skills Alliance which will define and develop the skills needed in an emerging and very dynamic sector: Smart Cities. The project addresses the shortage of digital and transferrable skills in municipalities. It will support people working in the smart cities sector (ICT project managers; programmers, technical writers, web designers, system administrators, technicians) in their professional development by training them to apply DevOps, an approach combining the “development” and “operations” phases. This will raise the quality of e-services, helping those Cities become truly IT sustainable while fulfilling their scope to “connect, protect, & enhance the lives of their citizens via digital technology.

In this context the in this workshop we will present:

  1. How citizens should be mobilized and engaged in the development of smart cities?
  2. What are the main smart cities challenges and market needs in relation to the skills needed?
  3. How #SmartDevOps project is contributing to the development of the necessary Competences for Smart Cities?
  4. How #SmartDevOps MOOC will contribute to the development and operation of a smart city?