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).
PISA Study Results Show Large Disparity in Classroom Access to Technology & Highlights Importance of Digital Skills for Teachers
The results of the 2015 PISA survey have been published by the OECD, featuring a focus on science, with reading, maths and collaborative problem solving as minor areas of assessment. The study also featured questions on technology in schools. PISA (the Programme for International Student Assessment), which is conducted by the OECD, surveyed over 500,000 students, and evaluates education systems around the world.
Representatives of organisations active in digital skills, including ECDL Foundation, gathered in Brussels on 1 December to officially launch the new Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, a partnership of organisations with the goal of tackling digital skills shortages.
The EU is marking its first European Vocational Skills Week from 5 to 9 December. The week of events in Brussels and across Europe will showcase vocational education and training (VET) initiatives and raise awareness of the VET opportunities that exist.
The Community Policing Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has announced the adoption of the New ICDL Profile structure, which includes IT Security, in order to enhance the digital competencies and knowledge of the police and community.
The John von Neumann Computer Society (NJSZT) has introduced the new ICT in Education module in Hungary. NJSZT is among the first organisations to introduce the ICT in Education module. The new module aims to assist non-ICT teachers in the acquisition of ICT skills and methods that can be used in their own subject areas. Pilot courses held in Budapest and three other towns in Hungary were huge successes. Teachers who participated in the pilot courses said, “We have learnt something that all teachers should be familiar with.”
ICDL Foundation Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training During Irish Presidential State Visit
During the State Visit to Vietnam of President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, ICDL Foundation and the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan TD, was also in attendance at the signing ceremony, which was organised by the Embassy of Ireland in Hanoi and Enterprise Ireland and took place on Monday 7 November.
Al Mughtaribeen University, in Khartoum, Sudan, is planning to implement ICDL for over 700 students. It is one of the first centres to use New ICDL. The programme will be used as part of the University’s academic curriculum.
A new study by the University of Alcalá, an ECDL Accredited Test Centre, has looked into the performance of over 400 people in ECDL testing. The study, which used the anonymised results of 2,351 ECDL tests, was conducted in cooperation with ATI, the Spanish ECDL National Operator. It found that there was no significant difference in performance of candidates based on their gender, but that, in a number of areas, young candidates, up to the age of 26, do worse than those over the age of 45, confirming the fallacy of the ‘digital native’.
ICDL Africa partnered with the British Council and Vodafone to host the 3rd Uganda Teachers’ Forum in Kampala on Friday 28 October. The event was hosted in conjunction with the Uganda National Teachers’ Union and the Ministry of Education. The theme of this year’s Forum was ‘ICT in Education’.