Digital Creativity for Developing Digital Maturity Future Skills
DC4DM MODEL & TOOLS
The DC4DM project aims to develop a new educational model and a set of tools to
support the training of Digital Maturity Enablers, new professional figures able to
master responsibly emerging digital technologies.
Digital Maturity Enablers have the ability to drive companies in an ever-changing digital
scenario to achieve Digital Maturity, that is a measure of an individual or organisation’s
ability to create value through digital solutions, usually a predictor of success for
companies launching a digital transformation.
Digital Maturity Enablers possess Digital Creative Abilities (DCAs): Cognitive, Digital,
Cross-functional Team, Strategic Vision. Such DCAs would help Digital Maturity Enablers
to navigate disruption, make sense of complexity, and deal with uncertainty to envisage the
medium and longer-term futures (5-15 years) of social and technology environments (Joern
Bühring and Jeanne Liedtka, Embracing systematic futures thinking at the intersection of
Strategic Planning, Foresight and Design, 2018).
These DCAs are useful to face the ongoing digital transformation. They include not only
a broad range of skills (cognitive, social, emotional, etc.), but also disciplinary and
procedural knowledge, attitudes and values that can guide a person to face the
complexity of today and tomorrow’s challenges.
To discover more about how to develop the DCAs, download DM Toolkit Guidelines.
To envision new future scenarios reflecting on the possible applications of digital
technologies and anticipating the potential implications they might have on the societal,
environmental, economic and political levels, the DC4DM model adopts the Design
Futures process by integrating Futures Thinking (FT) and Design Thinking methods.
The DC4DM model is based on three sequential phases. The first one, PRE-PROCESS,
concerns the training of those knowledge and skills that are propaedeutic for the DM
Enabler to go through the whole process; basically, this phase aims to develop the DCAs
described above. The second phase, PROCESS, is based on a divergent-convergent
Future Design Thinking approach; this phase aims to guide the DM Enabler through the
design of new digital solutions with a projection toward future. POST-PROCESS, the third
and final phase, consists in supporting the DM Enabler in iterating and continuing to add
value to their abilities and/or organisation.
To discover more about the PROCESS structure and proposed methods and tools, read
the DM Toolkit Guidelines.
DM VOCABULARY & GALLERY
The DM Vocabulary aims to build a shared knowledge for working with emerging digital
technologies. It consists in a list of terms and definitions that would allow the Digital
Maturity Enabler to become more knowledgeable on digital technologies and future
thinking approach. The DM Vocabulary is also integrated Gallery, a set of case studies
and best practices that serve to inspire and ignite critical reflection.
The DM Toolkit is a practical guide and pathway towards Digital Maturity. It includes a
set of methods and tools that can serve different learning setting (from HE to business
environments). The DM Toolkit consists in the Guidelines that help to go through the
three phases of the DC4DM model, Pre-process, Process and Post-Process, and
understand its parts. Also, the DM Toolkit is accessible through a Miro Multiverse board
where both educators and learners can find further instructions and download tools.
The DM Pills are short video interviews to experts and contributors from Universities,
SMEs and startups in Europe with the aim of collecting different points of view,
experiences and best practices on digital maturity, digital creativity and education.
The DM Pills will be available soon through our DC4DM Youtube channel.
At the end of the project you will be able to navigate the DC4DM EDUbox and other
intellectual outputs through the map below. All materials will be open-source so that our
DM Community will be able to apply the DC4DM method in their learning context and
help us out in improving and evolving, exactly how digital technologies do!