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Digital Skills Frameworks and Assessments: A Foundation for Understanding Adult Learners’ Strengths and Learning Needs

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The CREATE Adult Skills Network (the Network) research teams are developing technology-supported learning and assessment tools and implementing curricula to help adult learners build digital skills. Throughout this work, each team has noted the importance of gaining a better understanding of the digital skills learners need to fully participate in the research projects. To that end, this Network Brief will introduce several widely used and relevant digital literacy frameworks and assessment strategies used in adult education.

The brief provides high-level descriptions of the following frameworks:

  • Northstar Digital Literacy standards
  • The ISTE SkillRise Profile of a Lifelong Learner
  • Seattle Digital Equity Initiative’s (SDEI) Digital Skills Framework
  • The Maryland Department of Labor/Adult Education’s Digital Literacy Framework for Adult Learners

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