The UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) is taking an important step by creating a web portal in French. Its aim is to promote francophone linguistics in its domain and to enhance the universities ability to offer studies in French (currently offering a Master of Arabic and Islamic Studies...)
In a scenario in which the university is making strategic decisions about the implementation of the new degrees within the framework of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), this competence is defined at the UOC as follows: “The use and application of ICTs in the academic and professional environment”. UOC’s proposal of digital literacy for the acquisition of ICT competences in the academic and professional scope is based on a compulsory subject of each degree. This 6-credit ECTS subject is mandatory during the first semester within the cross-sectional basic credits and is based on the rational and critical use of ICTs, some knowledge of digital technology, the procedures of the virtual project and on new forms of constructing and representing knowledge for the new social Internet (blogs, wikis, social markers etc.) and for multiple alphabetizations.
On the basis of UOC’s experience we are in a position to single out the key transferable elements for designing a proposal for achieving digital literacy in any educational context: the definition of the ICT competence, the gradual acquisition of ICT skills through creating a project-based work, team work to using and applying new tools and the role of consultants.