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Project duration 01.02.2012 - 31.12.2015

International Computer and Information Literacy Study 2013

The ICILS 2013 study (International Computer and Information Literacy Study) was the first international comparison to measure information and computer-related competences of young people and to empirically record the school and extracurricular framework conditions for their acquisition.

Funding of a specialisation module by the Deutsche Telekom Foundation

Project description

The International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) 2013 is an international comparative school performance study that measures information and computer-related competencies of adolescents as cross-curricular competencies of students in grade 8. Germany has regularly participated in international school performance studies since the 1990s. Corresponding studies on the competence area of information and communication technology (ICT) have been missing until now. The ICIL study 2013 closes this gap: It is internationally coordinated by the IEA and, with its design, for the first time now takes up ICT literacy as a fourth key competence in the sense of a basic education construct. 

Dunkelgrauer Schriftzug des Projektnamens ICILS 2019 IEA mit dunkelgrauer, symbolischer Hand und einem jeweils rosa, grünen und blauen Kreis

The ICILS 2013 study is based on the fact that competent use of information and communication technologies is essential in our knowledge and information society. The skills to be tested in this study not only play an important role in many occupational fields, but also play a central role in everyday life due to advanced technology. For successful participation in society, mastery of information and communication technologies is a general cultural technique.
Worldwide, 21 education systems participated in ICILS 2013. Germany participated with a nationally representative sample of 2,225 students in the eighth grade and 1,386 teachers who taught in the eighth grade. The computer and information-related competencies of the students were recorded for the first time on a computer-based basis in a live software environment. In addition, student, teacher and school questionnaires were used to record the framework conditions of competence acquisition.  
The ICILS 2013 study was a national and international milestone, as it takes into account the social and technical changes in the 21st century and deals with them using contemporary methods of empirical education and school research.

Lead researcher at IFS

Project management

  • Dr. Julia Gerick

Project team

  • Dr. Julia Weischenberg (geb. Kahnert)
  • PD Dr. Ramona Lorenz

External project partners

Konsortium von ICILS 2013:

Kooptierte Konsorten:

  • Prof. em. Dr. Renate Schulz-Zander (TU Dortmund, IFS)
  • Dr. Heike Wendt (TU Dortmund, IFS)

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Location & approach

The most convenient highway exits are on the B 1/A 40 (Dortmund-Barop) (closer to the North Campus) and on the A45 (Dortmund-Eichlinghofen). The university is signposted at both exits. In the local road network you will find signs to Campus Nord, where the Campus Treff is also located. From Emil-Figge-Strasse, entrance no. 18 and from Vogelspothsweg entrance no. 23 lead to parking spaces near the venue.

From Dortmund main station, take the S-Bahn "S1" in the direction of Solingen on track 7 to the stop "Dortmund-Universität" (price level A). The S-Bahn runs every 15 minutes during peak hours on weekdays and takes about 6 minutes. From Düsseldorf, the S-Bahn runs every 30 minutes. Directly at the S-Bahn station you will find the CDI building, which houses the Center for Research on Education and School Development.

One of the university's landmarks is the H-Bahn, which has two terminuses on the North Campus. One is located directly above the S-Bahn station and is easily accessible from it by elevators. The other is located in the center of Campus North at the bridge between the University Library and the Mensa, right next to the Audimax. The H-Bahn runs from here to the South Campus and the Eichlinghofen district.

Dortmund has an airport connected with some destinations in Central Europe. There are regular flights, for example, to Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Katowice, Krakow, Leipzig-Halle, London, Munich, Nuremberg, Paris, Poznan, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich. For the approximately 20 kilometers from the Dortmund airport to the campus, you can take the bus to the main train station and from there the S-Bahn. Faster is usually the use of a cab. Far more international flight connections are offered by the Rhine-Ruhr Airport in Düsseldorf, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.