The Learning Maturity Model for Digital Education Competence is based on the results obtained by the partnership in the previous stage: The Competence meta-model for Digital education competences. This Learning Maturity Model creates an organisational paradigm for digital education training content as means of structuring the information about the degree of expertise on specific competences for all those teachers and educators that aim at improving their digital competences. For each of the identified competences, educators may not only measure their level of competence achievements in binary terms (achieved/ not achieved), but rather in terms of the degree of expertise achieved under each competence.
The Learning Maturity Model serves as the foundation for EdDiCo’s central outputs: a learning directory with 500 high-quality digital learning opportunities (e.g., MOOCs or OER) which are described in terms of support for attaining digital competences. While the learning opportunities are matched according to specific competence subsets and progression levels and will be suggested to educators through the self-assessment tool.
The process followed by the project to define this Learning Maturity Model for Digital Education competence included the following activities and results:
Description of Competences using CALOHEE Descriptors and Dimensions
Each of the competences described in the Competence Meta-Model for Digital Educators is further subdivided into their constituent elements of knowledge, skills, responsibilities and attitudes, and broken down into descriptors and sub-descriptors as necessary.
By aligning the model’s structure to the Tuning-CALOHEE framework (KSA – Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes), its compatibility with previous work (such as the Tuning-CALOHEE Framework for Teacher Education) has been pursued. Thus, this bears the potential to add “digital education” to the Tuning-CALOHEE framework and allow for its future-oriented expansion.
Definition of the Learning Maturity Model for Digital Education Competence
The Learning Maturity Model for Digital Education Competence describes each subset of the competences identified in the Competence Meta Model for Digital Educators in terms of three proficiency levels — Explorer, Expert, Pioneer — and subdivides each competence into its constituent elements of (1) knowledge, (2) skills and (3) autonomy & responsibility.
This differentiation acknowledges on the one hand that educators may not only measure their level of specific digital competences in binary terms but rather in terms of proficiency levels. On the other hand, the tripartite structure mirrors that competences are a conglomerate of content-related expertise (e.g. on digital technologies and pedagogical strategies), the application of this knowledge, and the attitude or mindset that educators display. As the Competence Meta Model for Digital Educators heavily draws on the European Framework for the Digital Competence of Educators (DigCompEdu), the Learning Maturity Model can be understood as a proposal to further operationalise DigCompEdu.