By Gabriela Ruseva (ALL DIGITAL)
Last month on 14-15th February pathways4employ partners met in Riga at Microsoft Latvia. The meeting was hosted by Mara Jakobsone on behalf of our Latvian partner DMG.
The highlight of the meeting was the testing of the brand-new platform and assessment tool for digital skills of entrepreneurs and virtual office workers. Tecnalia presented the beta version of the platform. Then partners put themselves in the shoes of entrepreneurs and virtual workers, which is not that difficult because in fact most of us are or have been in one of these roles at some point in our professional life, or even in both.
The online assessment tool itself consists of two tests – one tailored for entrepreneurs, with scenarios specific to their context, and one for virtual workers, again, based on situations that virtual workers face in their everyday work.
The tests are based on a bank of questions. Their order is randomly generated, so you can’t take the same test twice. The questions are divided into five areas: Information and data literacy, Communication and Collaboration, Digital Content Creation, Safety and Problem Solving. Sounds familiar? That’s right! These are the five areas of the European Digital Competence Framework.
Remember that in an earlier phase of the project, we developed the ideal digital competence profile of entrepreneurs and virtual workers, again based on the 21 competences of the Framework (our bible) divided in five areas.
Now with the online assessment tool, everyone can test where they stand compared to the ideal profile, and where they need to improve.
The test is also a learning tool. By being challenged to solve the questions, the users will be learning by doing, and will discover how digital technologies can help them in their work in ways they didn’t know before.
What are the next steps?
Of course, no tool is perfect from the first time. In Riga partners worked hard to identify bugs and ways to improve the platform and the questions and solve bugs. We are now working on these improvements and will be ready for a small piloting of the platform with experts and the end of March. And then?
Then the tool goes public! Everyone will be able to try it in English, Spanish, Basque, Latvian and Greek in April 2018. So, stay tuned and prepare to get your digital skills to the next level.