Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

The European Commission yesterday announced a new Digital Education Action Plan that sets out their "vision for high quality, inclusive and accessible digital education in Europe." It is based on two priorities: developing a "high-performing digital education ecosystem," and improving "digital skills and digital transformation competences." Aside from promoting improved internet connections in schools, the actions in the plan are limited to making more plans and revising competency definitions. Still, it seems clear something needs to be done; as is the case pretty much everywhere, "many low-income homes have no access to computers, and broadband access varies widely across the EU," and while 60% of survey respondents had no experience with online learning, "95% consider that the COVID-19 crisis marks a point of no return for how technology is used in education and training."

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Last Updated: Oct 20, 2020 10:18 a.m.