Exploring cross-cultural digital competencies: Building the Global Educational Learning Observatory, GELO
Friday, June 29 10:45 AM-11:05 AM
Presider:Loretta Teng, BCIT, Canada
This paper presents the Global Education Learning Observatory, GELO, offered as an international platform which can be used to (i) measure digital competencies for individuals or groups in formal educational institutions and informal settings; (ii) provide access to tools that measure digital competencies and readiness for online learning, for individuals and groups in underserved and underrepresented populations, including Indigenous communities; and (iii) use digital technology tools as a means of transforming societal understandings of education. Building on existing agreements between the Educational Informatics Laboratory (EILab) at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), and other institutions, especially those with a significant Indigenous presence, this project aims to fully involve marginalized voices of all kinds, to collectively build bridges, and increase capacity in remote communities and elsewhere by enhancing digital skills and competencies. Similarly, we will work collaboratively with international partners to understand the diverse imprint cultural factors have on digital competencies and online learning engagement.