Digital Action Plan for Education and Higher Education
QUÉBEC CITY, May 30, 2018 – The first Digital Action Plan for Education and Higher Education was unveiled today by Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region, and Hélène David, Minister responsible for Higher Education and for the Status of Women. The action plan is a major commitment of the Policy on Educational Success and the Québec Digital Strategy.
With this Digital Action Plan for Education and Higher Education, the government recognizes teaching and higher education as the key to enabling Québec to adapt to the digital revolution, the fourth major revolution after mechanization, electrification and industrialization. Thus, a total of nearly $1.2 billion is granted to implement this plan, which will continue until 2023.
The Digital Action Plan follows three major objectives:
- Develop the digital skills of young people and adults;
- Make use of digital technologies as a value-added vector in teaching and learning practices;
- Create an environment conducive to the development of digital technology in the education system overall.
Educational success is the possibility for everyone to showcase their talents at all stages of their life. It also and especially stands for lives that start off well, on a solid foundation. Our duty is therefore to ensure that students have access to the tools they need to develop their full potential and adapt to their time. This new generation of students must have the opportunity to develop computer skills, to program, to code and to learn about robotics. They must be able to benefit from everything that digital technology allows us to do in terms of developing 21st century skills and acquiring knowledge.
– Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region
Among other things, the best use of digital technologies will be made tangible through innovative practices, the pooling of resources and services, and a remote training offer adapted to the realities of today and tomorrow. We are committed to making digital tools more accessible and promoting sharing and collaboration between institutions. Total investments in higher education for the next five years are around $387,750,000, a historic amount! The eCampus Québec will also, among other things, comprise all courses offered remotely in every college and university in Québec. This virtual campus will raise awareness among Québec students, as well as among international students, in particular those from French-speaking places, of the training offered remotely.
– Hélène David, Minister responsible for Higher Education and for the Status of Women
The Québec Digital Strategy, launched in December 2018, marked the beginning of a societal transformation that we hope will be successful and harmonious, to the benefit of all citizens. We need to be at the forefront of the digital shift, in particular through education, from introducing children to programming through to training older people in more specialized areas. The Strategy is a roadmap for the success of this major digital shift that is leading us to think, act and interact differently. Québec’s digital transformation is no longer a choice but a must in all fields.
– Dominique Anglade, Deputy Premier, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy
This action plan was developed based on the results of several consultations with the education and higher education network.
The 33 measures that make up the digital action plan focus on the effective integration and optimal use of digital technology for ensured success, so that everyone can develop and maintain their skills throughout their lives. For example:
- Acquire digital equipment for educational purposes in institutions;
- Develop the educational use of computer programming in schools;
- Promote ongoing training for teaching, professional and support staff in terms of digital education;
- Produce a new competency framework for the teaching profession to promote the integration of digital technologies in future teachers’ educational practices;
- Establish a cross-disciplinary digital competency framework for all levels of education;
- Create a national platform for digital educational resources;
- Implement e-book lending in school libraries;
- Promote remote training in primary and secondary education;
- Bring together all of the training offered remotely in higher education (eCampus Québec);
- Set up students’ unified digital files, which will follow them throughout their educational career;
- Develop departmental assessment tools in digital training;
- Support the development of the educational technology (ed-tech) sector in Québec.