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This is the official newsletter of the European project CARER+ 
CARERplus project: developing comepetences of carers to improve the quality of life of older people

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The Carer+ Digital Competence Framework: mapping and developing carers’ skills


The Carer+ consortium is currently finalising research that will lead to the creation of the Carer+ Digital Competence Framework. But what is a competence framework in the first place? And how can it serve care workers and caregivers in their personal and professional development?

  The purpose of a competence framework is to give a clear, systematic picture of what knowledge, skills and attitudes will make a person competent in certain area of work or study. Competence frameworks usually organise their elements in at least two dimensions. Firstly, the types of target activities and work tasks are described and the required knowledge, skills and attitudes are linked to them. Secondly, it is important also to define different proficiency levels that will indicate how complex should the knowledge, skills and attitudes get at different levels from, say, beginner to master.

   Thus, the Carer+ Digital Competence Framework will provide care workers and caregivers with a reference tool that will help them assess their digital competence and plan their further development in an organised and outcome-oriented way. Using the framework, the caregiver will be able to tell what knowledge and skills he/she currently possesses, on what levels of mastery, and where best to aim further learning. Schools, teachers and trainers can make good use of the framework as well by structuring and facilitating their courses’ plans and objectives. It can also help employers to plan their staff’s professional development.

The tool will be finalised in the first quarter of 2013 and published in a wiki environment in the Carer+ Portal for all interested stakeholders to use, review and comment.
by Lubomir Valenta, 3s Unternehmensberatung, Vienna     

News from partners

EC Conference on personal and household services
The European Commission organised a Conference on “Exploiting the employment potential of personal and household services” which took place on 30 - 31 January 2013, in Brussels. Read the deatils and access the materials on the CARER+ website

University Ca 'Foscari of Venice: Conference “Active Ageing. New Training Challenges and Inclusive Policies”,
Rosita Deluigi, (University of Macerata - Department of Education) presented “Learning between generations and cultures: the challenge of common and communicable identity” to highlight methods to build intergenerational dialogue. Carer+ has been brought as a capable instrument of intercepting and devise new ways of communication through the design and use of new technologies. Publication coming soon.

University of Bologna - Department of Educational Sciences
: Conference “The Future remembered: Ethical commitment and educational planning, in memory of Giovanni Maria Bertin”, the pedagogist  who founded the Italian pedagogical approach known as problematicism. Rosita Deluigi presented a report entitled “Care and active ageing"  focused on how to take care of older people enhancing skills and know-how especially of caregivers and care workers, referred to Carer+  as a possible way to improve social inclusion of the  elderly. Publication coming soon.


Online Survey on e-Inclusion Organisations in Europe

This online survey aims to provide a 'map' of eInclusion actors that operate in Europe. It helps policy makers to understand the importance of e-Inclusion organisations that are on the forefront of the digital inclusion and empowerment. e-Inclusion Intermediary organisations are asked to answer a short online survey, until 15th February 2013.

CARER+ in Oslo

The project's intermediary results to be presented at the EDEN 2013 Annual Conference in Oslo in June. Although we are still in the submission phase, we are positive that researchers and practitions will hear details on the Competence Framework in June. The conference focuses on 'The Joy of Learning'  with cca 500 participants.

EU Quality Framework for Long-term Care

is the final output of the WeDO project, available in 10 languages.The quality framework contains quality principles and areas, recommendations with examples of quality development, a methodology and a list of around 30 good practices from 12 countries.
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Contact us:  Eva SUBA Communication for CARER+: suba@eden-online.org