A new study, titled, ‘Mapping of Media Literacy Practices and Actions in EU-28’, has been published by the European Commission, providing a snapshot of trends in media literacy projects that are being implemented by stakeholders across the EU.
According to a new index in the UK, 11.5 million people are lacking basic digital skills. The index, published by Lloyds Banking Group, is designed to show the level of digital skills of adults in the UK. It showed that, while 1.1 million people developed basic digital skills over the past year, there is still a substantial number of people who do not have skills for basic ICT use, including using the internet. The index also shows that half of those over 65 years of age lack basic digital skills.
ECDL Foundation launched its latest module, Information Literacy at an event in Prague, Czech Republic, this month. The module covers the essentials of finding, evaluating and working with online information.
The main challenges facing Europe in tackling digital skills gaps have been identified in a new initiative from a European Commission-led expert group. The group, which brought together representatives of public authorities from across the EU, worked to produce a ‘shared concept’ for a digital skills strategy that can be used by Member States as guidance in developing their own digital skills strategies at the national level.
ECDL Foundation's Head of Programme Standards, Frank Mockler, will chair a symposium on “Initiatives to Promote and Develop Students’ Computing Skills” at the World Conference on Computing in Education (WCCE2017.com) in Dublin in July. The symposium will also include participants from the Italian, Lithuanian, Irish and Polish ECDL National Operators, as well as from the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).
Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, has released its 2016 European Inventory on National Qualifications Frameworks. The latest edition of the document highlights that the benefits and added value of national qualifications frameworks (NQFs) become more visible as those frameworks develop and are implemented.
5,000 to 6,000 graduate students will have the opportunity to participate in paid 4 to 5 month internships in the digital field between 2018 and 2020 under a new pilot project announced by the European Commission.
Lack of knowledge about big data allows personal data to be misused according to a new resolution of the European Parliament on the fundamental rights implications of big data. The resolution, adopted on March 14, also calls for EU Member States to invest further in raising levels of digital literacy, and improving knowledge of digital rights and privacy issues among people in Europe, especially children.
ICT in Education Module Successfully Piloted in Hungary Promoting Interactivity and Creativity for Teachers
ECDL Foundation’s new ICT in Education module has been piloted by the John von Neumann Computer Society (NJSZT), the ECDL National Operator in Hungary. The module, which was launched at an event in Kigali, Rwanda, in March, provides teachers with the skills they need to effectively use technology in the classroom.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), an EU institution representing civil society, has welcomed the European Commission’s ‘New Skills Agenda for Europe’, and called for more innovation in solutions for education and skills development.