Effective Digital Habits
Growing curious, digitally agile youth workers with a portfolio of digital competences to realise digital youth work. Creating digitally proactive partner organisations through capacity building, giving young people the chance to be safe, resilient and able to learn in today’s world.
‘Effective Digital Habits (EDH) for Youth Work’ was a long term project realised through three mobilities taking place over seven months during 2019. EDH was developed and led by Breakthrough (Netherlands), Think Forward (United Kingdom) and Nectarus (Lithuania) in cooperation with partners from eight other countries.
The project aimed to explore and enhance youth work competences to promote online good practices, create a better understanding of digital youth work, build confidence to embrace and engage the digital world that young people inhabit and give a platform for using digital opportunities to promote what we do and celebrating our successes, outcomes and impacts.
More than 60 people participated in the project having been selected by their organisation. These participants were leaders and decision makers, youth leaders, workers and volunteers working with young people. They included people who were working at foundation, intermediate, advanced and highly specialised levels of digital competence in relation to youth work.
Between each of the mobilities, the participants were encouraged to apply their learning and experiment with the digital competences they had developed, plus take part in a Virtual Exchange Webinar through using the ZOOM platform.
The three mobilities were…
iDigital Seminar (January 2019 in The Netherlands)
The iDigital Seminar laid the foundations for participants to begin their journey through EDH. An exploration of youth work, digital realities, needs for digital competences and literacy, and the digital youth work concept as a whole. Participants were introduced to the first three habits of Covey, with an emphasis on how they can be applied to create Effective Digital Youth Work, transforming their existing youth work practice using digital methodologies and tools. They also began to identify and develop digital cooperation opportunities with each other.
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Grow Digital Training Course (April 2019 in The Netherlands)
In the Grow Digital Training course participants continued to enhance their digital competences and were introduced to the final four habits for Effective Digital Youth Work. In this training the group had the opportunity to go deeper into their digital competence development and built capacity to take home to their partner organisations, with a more strategic perspective. They continued to seek out opportunities for digital cooperation with each other.
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Digital Harvest Seminar (July 2019 in Lithuania)
In the final mobility, the Digital Harvest Seminar, participants were invited to look for practical solutions that Digital Youth Work can offer to address the needs and issues faced by young people and youth work in the digital age. During the seminar the group also collated learning outcomes, results and achievements and prepared materials for dissemination to widen the impact and sustainability of the project.
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Project learning outcomes
Participants were introduced to the competence framework developed by the European Expert Group on Digitisation of Youth Work. There are seven competences areas for youth workers which were focused on…
- Digitisation of society
- Planning, designing and evaluating digital youth work
- Information and data literacy
- Digital creativity
- Reflection and evaluation
These digital competences were also complemented by the areas of competence in Covey’s Seven Habits for Highly Effective Leadership…
- Being proactive
- Beginning with the end in mind
- Putting first things first
- Thinking ‘win-win’
- Seeking first to understand and then to be understood
Participants used open badges to support reflection of their learning and for recognition of their development.