An ECDL Regional Conference and Forum with the theme, ‘from digital literacy to digital competence’ was held on 18 October 2018 in Priština, Kosovo. The opening speech was given by the Chairman of ECDL Foundation, Tony Franke. The conference and forum were organised in four sessions.
The Austrian Computer Society (OCG) launched the new ECDL Computing module earlier this year. Alongside the introduction of this module, OCG has embarked on a major cooperation on coding with the Ministry of Education. As a result, every teacher in Austria can take ECDL Computing training workshops offered by OCG, and have the opportunity to pass the exam. The costs are paid by the Austrian Ministry of Education.
Hungarian ECDL National Operator, NJSZT, has implemented an Accredited Teacher education programme, under an EU Call for Proposals. The programme helps teachers to become familiar with the use of digital technologies in public education through 30 hours of training based on the ECDL syllabus. Teachers can also follow the ECDL ICT in Education module through distance education.
The latest edition of the International Digital Economy and Society Index (I-DESI) has been published by the European Commission, showing countries’ performance in a number of areas, including digital skills. The report ranks EU and non-EU countries. South Korea tops the index overall, followed by the top-four performing EU Member States.
A €15 billion investment plan to fund training courses for up to 2 million people has been announced by the French Government. The Plan Investissement Compétences (PIC) will run until 2022.
Since 2014 students following the Global BBA programme at the emlyon business school [in French]have the opportunity to validate their computing skills through mandatory ICDL modules.
The European Commission has announced the 2018 edition of its European Digital Skills Awards. The awards aim to highlight project that further digital skills development in Europe. There are five award categories: Citizens, Labour Force, ICT Specialists, Education, and Women & Girls. The winners of the awards, and the runners up in each of the award categories will be invited to the ICT 2018 conference in Vienna to present their projects.
An opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee, requested by the European Parliament, has investigated the digital gender gap in the education system and labour market. It analyses the reasons behind this occurrence and makes proposals on how to increase the participation of girls in STEM and ICT studies and boost the presence of women in the digital sector.
A draft report by the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education has examined the ‘challenges, opportunities, and lessons for EU policy design’ on education in the digital era. The report, which notes the high percentage of people in the EU who still lack basic digital skills, and the changing nature of work, which increasingly requires advanced digital skills, argues that it is essential to properly assess and monitor digital skills.
The European Parliament has published a study on Digital Skills in the 21st century, which aims to identify potential blind spots in the field of digital skills and competences that are not addressed by the European Commission’s Action Plan for Skills and Mobility, or any other existing initiatives at EU level.