The PISA 2025 Learning in the Digital World assessment measures students’ capacity to engage in an iterative process of knowledge building and problem solving using computational tools. This capacity is demonstrated by effective self-regulated learning while applying computational and scientific inquiry practices.
What is Learning in the Digital World?
Education technologies can transform how students learn because they offer them new opportunities to explore complex phenomena and to create digital representations of their ideas they can tinker with and share with others. Yet, not enough attention has been devoted to teaching the foundational skills and attitudes that students need to develop in order to be active and autonomous users of technology for confronting open-ended, real world problems.
The PISA 2025 Learning in the Digital World assessment focuses on two competencies that are essential to learning with technologies:
- self-regulated learning, which refers to the monitoring and control of one’s metacognitive, cognitive, behavioural, motivational and affective processes while learning; and
- computational and scientific inquiry practices, which refer to the capacity to use digital tools to explore systems, represent ideas and solve problems with computational logic.
Why is it important for students to be successful learners in the digital world?
As technology advances, it is increasingly important that young people are prepared to take part in a workforce in which computers play an ever-increasing role and to make decisions about how to use technology for acquiring new knowledge and skills. While not everyone will become software engineers, jobs of the future will increasingly require people to interact with computational models and simulated realities, and to solve problems using digital tools. Given the rapid rate of technological change, students today must develop a set of broad skills and perspectives that support lifelong learning in novel and unfamiliar digital environments.
What is innovative about the PISA 2025 Learning in the Digital World assessment?
The PISA 2025 Learning in the Digital World assessment presents several major innovations for PISA. Each test unit is designed as a modern, digital learning environment where students can find a range of resources to fill their knowledge gaps, such as tutorials or worked examples, and where they get intelligent feedback on their progress. In this open-ended environment with low floors and high ceilings, students have to make choices on how much time they dedicate to different sub-tasks, develop strategies on how to tackle complex problems, and monitor and evaluate their progress. Students’ performance is evaluated not just on their capacity to respond correctly to questions, but also on the extent to which they can build a tangible representation of their emerging understanding, which is represented as a program or a computational model. For the first time, PISA will provide international comparisons of students self-regulated learning processes, including measures of motivation and emotion regulation. This evidence is built by combining response and process data through innovative analytical models.