Shaping UNESCO’s digital citizenship programs in the Asia-Pacific.

Shaping UNESCO’s digital citizenship programs in the Asia-Pacific.


DER and the Digital Transformation Lab have been awarded a research contract with UNESCO Bangkok Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education. A team, led by Associate Professor Mike Phillips is conducting a project, Digital Citizenship in Asia-Pacific: Translating Competencies for Teacher Innovation and Student Resilience, which aims to research how various countries in Asia Pacific make sense of digital citizenship, and their experiences and approaches to developing digital citizenship skills competencies and skills at student and teacher levels, particularly in light of COVID-19 impact on education and the new demands for online/distance learning.

This project involves quantitative and qualitative mapping of the Digital Kids Asia-Pacific (DKAP) Framework which guides children’s digital citizenship interventions by providing a holistic, rights-based and child-centered approach structured across 5 domains and 16 competencies. In addition, mapping of ICT competency standards for teachers will also be conducted to explore the different ways in which teachers shape digital citizenship opportunities for young people across the region.

The project team includes Associate Professor Mike Phillips, Professor Neil Selwyn, Dr Carlo Perrotta and Professor Umesh Sharma and their research report will be completed in January 2022.