IKM presents research on using the DigCompEdu framework in developing countries at SITE conference in USA

DigCompEdu is the relatively new framework for ICT competences of teachers and educators developed by the EU. As it is a framework describing 6 generic domains (professional engagement, digital resources, assessment, teaching and learning, empowering learners and facilitating learners’ digital compentence) it needs further exploration in specific areas. IKM collaborators dr. Koen DePryck, Diana Gaddum-Riedeward and Jerry Oldenstam started research on how the framework can be used to train teachers in developing countries, ic. Suriname. Prelimary findings were presented at SITE 2019 conference in Las Vegas. SITE is the Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education, celebrating its 30 the anniversay this year.

–Introduction of DigCompEdu for the development of the digital competences of teachers through the capacity building of teacher trainers in Suriname depends not only on ‘intrinsic’ values and conditions but is highly dependent on other factors, mainly

  • –Lack and Cost of Infrastructure
  • –Lack of incentives and return on investment for teachers

–Attention to the legal framework for education (including teacher training) and strategic partnerships are essential in further developing the ICT competences of teachers (and other stakeholders) in education in developing countries.