On March 22 2022, the European Commission hosted the first Digital Education Stakeholder Forum to celebrate the implementation of the 2021 – 2027 Digital Education Action Plan and set out the priorities for the next few years. This Stakeholder Forum aimed to highlight the strong position of digital education and skills in the European Union (EU) and its Member States. This has been supported by the launch at the end of 2021 of the Structured Dialogue on digital education and skills with Member States by the European Commission.
The Forum brought together representatives from academia, educators, learners, young people, and civil society and business representatives from Europe’s digital education community. During this Forum, participants discussed the opportunities and challenges of creating and offering high-quality, effective, inclusive digital education within the EU. Several takeaways have been established from the discussions held during this Forum:
- Cross-sectoral cooperation along with knowledge sharing is vital to bridge policy, research, and practice. The Digital Education Hub Community of practice is one of the EU’s initiatives to support cross-sectoral cooperation
- Young people underlined the importance of a human-driven digital transformation
- Teachers need support during the digital transition
- The use of artificial intelligence and date in education presents ethical implications which must be adequately considered
The Forum also highlighted opportunities for funding under the Recovery and Resilience Facility. The recordings from the event are publicly available and can be watched by anyone who could not attend the Forum.
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