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Competence Assessment Tools



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NAME OF THE ASSESSMENT TOOL
Instant Digital Competence Assessment (iDCA)
NAME OF AUTHOR(S)
Calvani, A., Fini, A., & Ranieri, M.
COSTING
Free of charge
TYPE OF PRODUCT
Web Site
DIGITAL COMPETENCES
Communication, Content creation, Information processing
LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE
Medium
LANGUAGE/S OF TEACHING RESOURCES
English
DESCRIPTION
Digital Competence Assessment (DCA) is a set of assessment tools, which addresses students aged 15 to 16.
COMMENTS
Calvani, A., Fini, A., & Ranieri, M. (2014). La competenza digitale nella scuola. Modelli, strumenti,
ricerche. Italian Journal of Educational Research, 5, 9-21.
TEACHERS' COMMENT
The Instant Digital Competence Assessment (iDCA) is a really good tool for assessing digital literacy having been piloted in both Italy and China. It is readily available for schools on the internet and can be administered online through Moodle. Traditionally digital literacy assessments such as ECDL focused on specific technical skills as well as placing a large emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy. The iDCA is a more up to date approach that challenges the learner not only technologically but also ethically and cognitively. To successfully pass the assessment you must attain a grade of 75%. The complete version of the Instant DCA consists of 85 items which consists of multiple choice questions, matching items and open questions. The technological element of the assessment focuses on understanding common everyday situations working directly at the computer. The cognitive element focuses on linguistic consistencies and problem solving. The ethical component relates to protection of data, social consequences and use of technologies. The iDCA not only examines the students’ retention of information but also emphasises problem solving tasks and everyday life challenges. It is a rapid means of assessment and is geared towards 15/16-year-old students. Short answer questions and matching exercises target the knowledge retention of the candidate while the Open-ended questions allow the assessor to gain a further appreciation for the learners’ insights and also inform the assessor on future assessments for different class cohorts. Students may briefly express their thoughts which promotes a more flexible and integrated approach. The assessment is available on the internet and can be delivered through Moodle which makes it quite accessible and inclusive for both teachers and learners.