The latest revision of the Danish Act on upper-secondary education (Lov om gymnasiale uddannelser no. 1716 of 27/12/2016) aims to equip students for the digital society of the future, when technological development will be a vital requirement. Upper-secondary students need to obtain digital competences so they can adopt a critical stance to the digital media and join digital communities. The students learn to search for information and to be critical of their sources when looking for information in digital media. The teaching also gives them experience of digital communities, and they work on the creation of digital products.
The National Agency for It and Learning supports this work by launching a demonstration school project involving action research, focusing on developing and collecting knowledge and experience at upper-secondary schools that use IT and digital learning resources innovatively and successfully. This action research project, known as DiDaK, will be conducted by the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media at Aarhus University in the period 2017-2020. Selected demonstration schools will be involved.
The aim is that these demonstration schools should collaborate with researchers to develop and carry out a series of courses at schools, with the focus on implementing digital competences in the subjects studied.
The project seeks to determine how the digital competences identified in the reform of Danish upper-secondary schools can be implemented in teaching practice, thereby helping to support the focus of the reform in terms of academic knowledge, skills and self-development.
One of the central aims is that the implementation of digital competences should be embedded on a broad basis in the demonstration schools involved. The project is based on small-scale courses/activities which are scaled up at the schools in the last part of the project. The project also aims to collect experiences and spread them to other upper-secondary schools with a view to refreshing their educational practice and integrating digital competences in their teaching.
Schools can apply to participate in the demonstration school project, and a total of five demonstration schools will be selected to take part. The demonstration schools selected must set up a local working group consisting of the managers, supervisors and teachers who are to participate in the project.
The schools taking part will be involved in an action research project which depends on close collaboration between researchers, managers and teachers with a view to achieving joint development, sparring and knowledge sharing.
Participation in workshops and the implementation of a number of activities will lead to competence development among both teachers and managers at the schools in question. Finally, the development of educational formats will give the schools involved a number of tools that can identify the didactic methods of their teachers and anchor the work done by managers on digital competences within the organisation of the school concerned. These educational formats can be used as a common language, enabling teachers from various subjects to communicate with researchers and jointly develop specific courses of teaching.