The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre has published a new ‘CompuThink’ study examining computational thinking in education systems, showing that it is about more than just coding. The study aims to offer an overview of research findings, as well as initiatives and activities, in the area of developing computational thinking in primary and secondary education in Europe.
Only 2 Job Categories Untouched by Computers: Policy Brief Highlights Importance of Digital Skills for the Future
Just two categories of occupation in the United States remain unaffected by the use of ICT in the workplace, according to a new policy brief from the OECD. The document, titled ‘Skills for a Digital World’ and published recently, examines what skills are needed for a digital world.
Children risk falling victim to dangers online and parents are often unaware of the realities of the risks that social media presents. Those are two of the conclusions of the 'Growing Up Digital' report, published today by the Children's Commissioner for England.
ECDL Foundation turns 20 in 2017, and we’ll be marking the occasion in style with some highlights from our history that celebrate the impact ECDL has had over the past two decades. Since our start as a small project funded by the EU’s ESPRIT research programme in 1997, we have grown to see almost 15 million candidates in over 100 countries around the world.
A preview of a new report by Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, argues that investing in the skills of low-skilled adults can bring significant social and economic benefits. The study, titled, ‘Investing in Skills Pays Off: the economic and social cost of low-skilled adults in the EU’, will be published in full in 2017. Its findings support the European Commission’s ‘Upskilling Pathways: New Opportunities for Adults’ initiative. It will estimate the monetary value of increasing skill levels at a faster rate than at present, and will demonstrate the clear benefits of policies to raise skills among adults.
Digital solutions should be a mainstream part of the EU’s international development policy according to the conclusions of a recent European Council meeting. Noting the importance of digital technologies in, “promoting democracy, good governance, inclusion and participation in the decision-making process”, the conclusions go on to state that, “Enhancing digital literacy and skills is essential to ensure that development interventions, enhanced by the use of digital technologies, generate positive outcomes for the target groups and leave no one behind”. They continue, calling for pilot initiatives in a number of areas, including on digital literacy and skills.
The European Commission has published a study on the recognition of skills and qualifications, which examines obstructions to the recognition of skills and qualifications across Europe. The study draws on evidence from EU Member States, and identifies the causes of such obstacles, as well as proposing potential solutions.
The 2016 edition of the e-Skills Manifesto has been published, featuring a chapter contributed by ECDL Foundation. The book was developed by the European Commission’s e-Skills for Jobs campaign and serves as an important tool for briefing and advising policy makers on the issues around digital skills in Europe, including demand for digital skills, development of skills and best practices from EU Member States.
On December 14, 2016 in London, the 56th meeting of the ECDL Foundation Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) acknowledged the significant contribution made by several of its long-standing members. ECDL Foundation CEO Damien O’Sullivan presented plaques to Rodger Hake (BCS) and István Alföldi (John von Neumann Computer Institute) in appreciation of their service and dedication to ensuring exceptional quality standards. In addition, the contribution to the QAC made by Giulio Occhini (AICA), who retired in 2015, was also recognised. New members joining the committee are Kate Barlow (BCS) and Paolo Schgör (AICA).
International initiatives in the area of qualifications are a reality that cannot be neglected according to findings published this week from the Study on International Sectoral Qualifications Frameworks and Systems. The study, which ECDL Foundation contributed to, analysed the characteristics of international qualifications and potential options for linking them to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).