Digital Competence and Work-Integrated Learning

Date and Time: June 11 or 12, 2016, Half-Day Event, Room(TBA)


The workshop is organized the COD studio, which is part of the DigitaL project run jointly by the Division of ICT and Learning at Gothenburg University, Sweden, and the research group Work-Integrated Learning at University West, Sweden.


Digital Competence and Work-Integrated Learning
Digital competence is a concept that has been increasingly in focus during the last decade or so. It is argued that our society is becoming more and more digitalised in the sense that a growing number of tasks are - partly or fully - shifting from an analogue format to a digital one. This transformation of society requires us to develop a new set of competencies to cope with our daily lives, and these skills, although not necessarily explicitly identified, are typically referred to as ‘digital competencies'.

Much work in this area have focused on pupils' and students' learning and what digital competences (in this context often referred to as ‘digital literacy' (which is approx. 10 times as common)) today's youngsters need to acquire. However, the process of digitalisation is not limited to school settings or young people but permeates all levels of society and all ages, and digital competence is thus something that should concern us all.

In this call we focus particularly on Digital Competence and Work-Integrated Learning. Work-integrated learning approaches propose that learning occurs preliminary within the work situation and that this learning should intertwine with work practice - formally, informally or both. From here we understand learning as different forms of how people become competent, i.e., acquire the ability to act in relevant ways in relation to a particular work practice.

For the workshop, we seek theoretical and empirical papers that contribute to our understanding of adults' coping with the digitalisation of our society. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Conceptual issues, e.g.:
What is digital competence? What constitutes it? How is it understood?
To what extent is digital competence a generic competence and to what extent is domain-specific?
What is the relation between digital competence and digital literacy?
Organisational issues, e.g.:
How can digital competence be perceived, valued, and assessed?
How do the demands and needs for digital competence manifest themselves in organisations and societies?
What strategies do organisations and individuals enact to meet these demands and needs?
How does digital competence affect work-integrated learning and vice versa?
Design-oriented issues, e.g.:
How should digital technology be designed and used to facilitate digital competence and work-integrated learning?


This is intended to be an inclusive workshop. Work in progress in form of an extended abstract of at least three but no more than six pages should submitted using the Easychair system. Papers will not be formally reviewed but evaluated by the Programme committee for appropriateness, and all papers falling within the general theme of the workshop will be accepted. During the half-day workshop, participants will be divided into smaller group based on the core topic of their manuscripts. Each group member will have access to the other participants' papers and is expected to have read each paper carefully. The focus during the workshop will be on constructive discussions of the papers in order to further our understanding of digital competence in general and how to develop the ideas in the papers in particular.

Program committee

Dr Dick Stenmark, Dr Ulrika Lundh Snis, Dr Lena Pareto


Deadline for submission: April 17
Notification: April 29

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Dick Stenmark is an Associate Professor of Informatics at Gothenburg University. He has a background in Knowledge Management and organisational information seeking behaviour and is in his current research interested in digital competence and work integrated learning, particularly linked to the use of social media in organisations.


Lena Pareto is an Associate Professor of Informatics at University West. In her research she is interested in how difficult thought processes can be justified and supported using IT.  She has developed a mathematical computer game to help children develop a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. She is also developing a rehabilitation system for stroke patients to build up impaired intellectual abilities and locomotive power using various virtual reality games.


Ulrika Lundh Snis is an Associate Professor in Informatics and a senior lecturer in the same subject at University West. Her research deals with working life competence and how information about employees' competence can be documented and conveyed by means of IT. Her research also deals with learning in working life and IT systems that facilitate such learning.