Digital skill sets for diverse users: A comparison framework for curriculum and competencies
This article reviews several digital literacy frameworks and curricula to identify the digital skills people need to learn to participate in today’s world.
The City of Seattle’s Digital Equity Initiative provides a roadmap to reach the City of Seattle’s vision to become a more digitally equitable city, where technology’s opportunities equitably empower all residents and communities. The City, in partnership with TASCHA, developed a set of Digital Equity Indicators that helps measure Seattle’s progress in meeting the initiative's goals. Building upon this work, TASCHA and the City developed a set of recommended digital skills and assessments that meet the goals outlined in the indicator framework. The City will use the results to inform its digital equity program and investments and assist training providers in their program planning and delivery. The created framework and recommendations contribute to digital equity research resources for partners to use for policy, design, and curriculum development.
This resource provides a very thorough, research-based comparison framework for digital literacy curriculum. The resource can be used by adult foundational skills educators (i.e., those with students who need basic skills, high school equivalency preparation, or English language for all levels of immigrants and refugees) to learn about the widely used frameworks, curricula, and assessments and consider which one they might use as a set of standards or competencies, as a curriculum, and/or as an assessment tool. Tables, graphs, and charts included throughout the resource provide quick snapshots of the research comparing digital literacy curriculum providers.
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