Since last October, IBEC Región Andina has offered the ICDL from their centres in Quito, Ecuador and Lima, Peru. The centres have become ICDL Accredited Test Centres with the aim of providing digital skills training and certification to students, teachers, administrative personnel of universities and institutes, as well as to the personnel of private and public organisations, NGOs and the community in general.
A new report by UNESCO has highlighted the ICDL programme as a significant example of a digital skills framework around the world. ‘A Global Framework of Reference on Digital Literacy Skills for Indicator 4.4.2’ was published with the aim of providing a basis for an indicator of the, “Percentage of youth/adults who have achieved at least a minimum level of proficiency in digital literacy skills”, under the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for five of ICDL Foundation’s modules. Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the United States’ higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents and more than 200 related associations nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy.
Administrative staff at the Colegio Andino – Deutsche Schule Bogotá, Colombia’s first German college, began ICDL certification. The college joins a number of other education institutions in Colombia that are using ICDL as an opportunity to optimize their use of digital resources and meet international standards to boost educational innovation in the country.
The University of Panama’s Faculty of Informatics, Electronics and Communication (FIEC) became a new ICDL Accredited Test Centre in September. The University of Panama is a leading educational institution in the country, with 82 years of experience and facilities across the country. The University has a commitment to academic excellence and promotes the quality training of the general public and its staff.
The first ‘Program Your Game’ contest was held by the Technological University of Panama on 13 September, to mark Programmers’ Day. ICDL Americas were invited to participate as sponsors.
ICDL Americas has been invited by Virtual Educa to participate in a workshop with leaders of networks working on educational innovation in ICT from across Latin America and the Caribbean.
ICDL Foundation participated in the recent ISTE conference in Texas, USA. ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) is the leading voice on technology in education and this annual conference and expo brings together over 20,000 educators from across the US and beyond to discuss the latest trends.
ICDL Americas sponsored the first Inter-University Forum on ‘Virtual Education’, at the invitation of Santa María La Antigua Catholic University. Organised by the Board of Rectors in Panama, Jessica Rodriguez of ICDL Americas delivered a presentation on digital skills, some our research results and the ICDL programme.
ICDL Americas took part in the 18th international Virtual Educa event, which took place in Bogotá Colombia. The event, which is considered the most important event on education, innovation and ICT in the Latin American and Caribbean region, brought together different organisations from the public, private and academic sectors to discuss and debate the future of education, and how education is a motor of social innovation.