ECIS workshop 2016

ECIS workshop 2016

Digital Competence and Work-Integrated Learning

Main contact details
Dick Stenmark, Gothenburg University, Sweden.


Workshop organizers
The workshop is organized jointly by the Division of ICT and Learning at Gothenburg University, Sweden, and the research group Work-Integrated Learning at University West, Sweden.


Workshop theme
Digital competence is a concept that has been increasingly in focus during the last decade or so. It is argued that our society is becoming more and more digitalised in the sense that a growing number of tasks are – partly or fully – shifting from an analogue format to a digital one. This transformation of society requires us to develop a new set of competencies to cope with our daily lives, and these skills, although not necessarily explicitly identified, are typically referred to as ‘digital competencies’.

Much work in this area have focused on pupils’ and students’ learning and what digital competences (in this context often referred to as ‘digital literacy’ (which is approx. 10 times as common)) today’s youngsters need to acquire. However, the process of digitalisation is not limited to school settings or young people but permeates all levels of society and all ages, and digital competence is thus something that should concern us all.

In this call we focus particularly on Digital Competence and Work-Integrated Learning. Work-integrated learning approaches propose that learning occurs preliminary within the work situation and that this learning should intertwine with work practice – formally, informally or both. From here we understand learning as different forms of how people become competent, i.e., acquire the ability to act in relevant ways in relation to a particular work practice.

For the workshop, we seek theoretical and empirical papers that contribute to our understanding of adults’ coping with the digitalisation of our society. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


Conceptual issues, e.g.:

  • What is digital competence? What constitutes it? How is it understood?
  • To what extent is digital competence a generic competence and to what extent is domain-specific?
  • What is the relation between digital competence and digital literacy?

Organisational issues, e.g.:

  • How can digital competence be perceived, valued, and assessed?
  • How do the demands and needs for digital competence manifest themselves in organisations and societies?
  • What strategies do organisations and individuals enact to meet these demands and needs?
  • How does digital competence affect work-integrated learning and vice versa?

Design-oriented issues, e.g.:

  • How should digital technology be designed and used to facilitate digital competence and work-integrated learning?


Workshop format
This is intended to be a wide and inclusive workshop. An extended abstract of at least three but no more than six pages is to be submitted. Papers will not be formally reviewed but evaluated by the Programme committee for appropriateness, and all papers falling within the general theme of the workshop will be accepted. During the half-day workshop, participants will be divided into smaller group based on the core topic of their manuscripts. Each group member will have access to the other participants’ papers and is expected to have read each paper carefully. The focus during the workshop will be on constructive discussions of the papers in order to further our understanding of digital competence in general and how to develop the ideas in the papers in particular.


Program committee members
Dick Stenmark
Ulrika Lundh Snis
Lena Pareto


Plan for publications (e.g. a journal special issue)
We plan for this event to be a springboard for ideas and early-stage manuscripts that are to be developed into subsequent publications. The format is meant to encourage reflective discussions and improvement of paper drafts as well as stimulating to new collaborations between researchers and groups interested in these topics.


Target audience and expected attendance
With this call, we’d like to summon information (IS) systems scholars with an interest in the ongoing digitalisation of society and its effect on work practices and competence development in organisations. In addition, we hope to attract scholar from other disciplines, e.g., sociology, organizational science, pedagogy, who approach digitalization from a perspective other than do the typical IS researcher.


Workshop schedule (deadlines etc.)
Deadline for submission: April 17
Notification: April 24
Workshop: Saturday 11 June 2016, 1pm-4pm


Submissions should be 3-6 pages including title page and references. Use the modified ECIS template provided here.
Submit your manuscript via the EasyChair system:

For additional information, see the ECIS website: