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Digital Literacy

What Workshop
When Sep 17, 2007
from 09:00 am to 05:30 pm
Where Crete, GR
Contact Name Dr. Lampros Stergioulas
Contact Email lampros.stergioulas
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The Workshop is organized by the e-START EU-funded project (e-START Digital Literacy Network, e-Learning Programme, Contract No.: 2006-4530/001-001 ELE ELEB11), which aims to build an EU-wide network of experts and key stakeholders that will provide a communication base for understanding, supporting and promoting “Digital Literacy” in compulsory education (K-9) across Europe.

3rd International workshop on Digital Literacy

Organized by the e-START Digital Literacy Network, 2007
Workshop affiliated to the European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2007)
17th September – 20th September, Crete, Greece

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The Call for Papers is now open with a deadline of 7th July 2007 

Papers are invited on the following subjects:

  • Conceptualization of Digital Literacy

  • Practical measures and indicators of Digital Literacy

  • Feasibility of a Digital Literacy framework for compulsory education

Papers will be published as EC-TEL workshop proceedings on-line as part of the CEUR Workshop proceedings series. N.B. is a recognized ISSN publication series, ISSN 1613-0073.



It has become apparent over the last few years that digital literacy is an essential, fundamental and critical educational goal constituting an important life skill, in the same way as literacy and numeracy. The importance that has been assigned to its development within compulsory education can be clearly evidenced in the rationale of official EU reports and OECD publications, as well as the content of contemporary initiatives and action plans undertaken at national, European and international levels. In particular, as it is suggested in a recent OECD official publication, ICT enriches the curriculum in at least two fundamental ways. “The first is as an enhancement across almost every subject and activity…(and) the second, yet more radical, is the pursuit of digital literacy in its own right, whereby the individual becomes empowered as a discriminating and autonomous learner” (OECD, 2001:36). Similarly, as it is stated in the eEurope 2002 Action Plan, “pupils must be digitally literate by the time they have left school” and teachers should be trained so that they can adapt their curriculum to new technologies (EC, 2002a:13). The same emphasis on the urgency of digital literacy development in compulsory education, in response to the broadening of the digital divide phenomenon, can be detected in a range of other EU publications (EC, 2001; EC, 2002b), which amongst others seem to propose the establishment and implementation of a pan-European digital literacy curriculum (EC, 2004:4; Tornero, 2004). Yet, for such a curriculum to be realized, certain issues need firstly to be addressed, considered and analyzed with respect to the meaning of the term ‘digital literacy’, its relationship to other similar concepts and in particular with the “digital divide” as well as the creation and formation of mechanisms and strategies that would enable the development of a common digital literacy framework.

The Workshop will address the conceptualization of Digital Literacy, as well as practical ways to gauge the level of Digital Literacy in groups and communities. It will also examine the feasibility of a digital literacy framework for compulsory education by examining its development through the establishment of an EU-wide network of experts and education key stakeholders.



It has become apparent over the last few years that digital literacy is an essential, fundamental and critical educational goal, and at the same time an important life skill. The importance assigned to the pursuit of digital literacy within compulsory education is clearly illustrated in a number of reports and publications, initiatives and action plans undertaken at national, European and international levels. In many of these cases, the endorsement of digital literacy is perceived as an act in response to the emergence and broadening of the “digital divide” and the promotion of an e-inclusive pedagogy, which might be fostered through the development and implementation of a European-wide educational framework on digital literacy. Yet, for such a framework to be realized, certain issues need first to be addressed, considered and analyzed with respect to

  1. the fundamental educational aspects to the creation of such a framework and any development processes involved in this pursuit, focusing on curriculum development; and

  2. the suitable metrics (indicators, measures, and statistics) which can reflect the reality of Digital Literacy in small or larger communities, countries and the EU as a whole, and give us a good picture of the level of Digital Literacy in diverse groups of the EU’s population.

Following this rationale, the activities of this Workshop will attempt: (A) to initiate and activate the participants’ reflections on these issues through short talks and presentations, and (B) to foster dialogue, active collaboration and exchange of creative ideas among participants through the organization of thematic working sessions, following a Learning Café methodology. The Workshop will have invited “speakers” and convenors to initiate the discussion, and a structured session with paper presentations, but it will be an open event for all EC-TEL 2007 participants (who will be required to pre-register).

Our discussion forum “Learning Café” methodology

Reserve one large room with 5 round tables fitting 8 people per table. During each session, each round table will discuss the topics introduced by the presenter. The discussion will be "animated" by the table facilitators. Each topic discussion will be documented on one big sheet of paper on the table. The documentation procedures are free: anyone can write, there is no requirement for the format of the documentation either i.e. mind mapping technique, bullet points, drawings, or just writing words and sentences.

The Workshop will kick off with a brief introduction and will comprise two main interactive sessions in the form of learning cafes. During the de-briefing of the sessions each table will present the results of the documented discussions. The table-facilitators will be responsible for the presentation of the results. The de-briefing is organized in such a way that all tables present the results of a concluded theme, before going through another round for the next theme. The order of table presentations changes each round. An open panel discussion will summarize the results of each sub-forum and will be held in the afternoon’s last session of the Workshop.



The Workshop takes a critical view to the development of digital literacy in Europe, with a focus on compulsory education, addressing numerous and diverse informational, communicational, transformative, lifelong learning needs of differentiated stakeholder communities, such as pupils, parents, teachers, and policy makers.

The workshop language will be English.



As part of the learning café aggregation process, the Workshop results will be summarized, during the last session, into a draft/skeleton for a White Paper on the Concepts and Measures of Digital Literacy. The White Paper will provide the basis for a later joint journal publication in a TEL-related international journal.



Each submission must explicitly address at least one of the themes above. Contributions selected should not exceed 4 pages for the short papers and 8 pages for the long papers. All contributions should be written in English and sent to:

Marina Bogovac 

Department of Information Systems and Computing, Brunel University, Uxbridge,

Middlesex, UB8 3PH, UK

Telephone: + 44 (0)1895 267 423 

Fax: + 44 (0)1895 251 686

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Workshop papers will be published as EC-TEL workshop proceedings on-line as part of the CEUR Workshop proceedings rules.



Contributions should be submitted by 7th July 2007.

All authors will be informed regarding acceptance/rejection by 21st July 2007.



Workshop chairs

Vana Kamtsiou, NCSR Demokritos, Athens, Greece

Lampros Stergioulas, Brunel University, London, UK

Organising Committee

Tapio Koskinen, HUT, Helsinki, Finland; Aija Elg, Tikkurila Upper Secondary School, Helsinki, Finland; Katherine Maillet, GEN/INT, Paris, France; Barbara Kiesinger, CSI, Vienna, Austria; Dimitra Pappa and Panagiotis Telonis, NCSR Demokritos, Athens, Greece.

Learning Cafe convenor

Tapio Koskinen, HUT, Helsinki, Finland

Programme Committee:

Valentina Dagiene and Tatjana Yevsikova, MII, Lithuania; Joanna Kisielewska, CSI, Vienna, Austria; Nikitas Kastis, MENON Network; Ian Selwood, Univ. of Birmingham, UK; Manuela Repetto and Vittorio Midoro, ITD, Italy; Ifigeneia Mylona, Univ. of Macedonia, Greece; Helen Drenoyianni, AUTH, Greece; Tacha Serif, Brunel University, UK.

Communication & Networking Managers

Marina Bogovac, Brunel University, London, UK

Valentina Dagiene, MII, Lithuania

Helen Drenoyianni, AUTH, Greece


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