Schools in Europe will soon have help in understanding how they can effectively use digital technologies in the classroom. SELFIE, a self-assessment tool for schools, is being developed by Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, in collaboration with experts across Europe and 600 schools.
15,000 Civil Servants and Tertiary Students to be ICDL Certified Under New ICDL Asia Agreement with Thailand TPQI
ICDL Asia and the Thailand Professional Qualification Institute (TPQI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 8 September at a meeting in Bangkok. The agreement was signed during a visit to Thailand by ICDL Asia, and follows the official recognition of ICDL as the national ICT standard for workplaces in the country.
A new ‘Cybersecurity Act’ was announced by European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, during his annual State of the European Union speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, on 13 September. The proposal for legislation will define a new role and responsibilities for ENISA, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security, including on developing skills for cyber security.
ECDL Foundation has been accredited to the ISO 9001:2015 standard. The ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System is internationally recognised as the world’s leading quality management standard and has been implemented by over one million organisations in over 170 countries globally.
ICDL Asia held its Annual Accredited Test Centre Forum in Singapore in July. At the event, Tina Wu, General Manager of ICDL Asia, delivered a welcome speech and presented the ICDL Asia Development Plans for 2017 and 2018.
A new call for e-learning papers on digital and innovative education has been launched by Open Education Europa. Under the call, papers on a range of topics, including quality assurance, accreditation and certification, as well as European and national policy in the area, can be submitted on a rolling basis.
A new report from CEDEFOP, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, has examined the skills that people will need to keep up with new digital developments. In ‘People, machines, robots and skills’, the EU agency argues that, “evidence shows that to keep up with digital developments, simply improving digital literacy is not enough. Adults in jobs require at least moderate-level ICT skills also require a strong level of complementary skills”.
ECDL has been mapped to the French national qualification framework. The mapping to the National Register of Professional Qualifications means that ECDL candidates in France will be able to access funding to build their digital skills under the Compte Personnel de Formation (CPF), an initiative that is open to millions of French employees and job seekers. ECDL is mapped as a transversal qualification - it is not restricted to a specific domain or sub-domain, but covers all areas of professional activity.
The European Parliament has approved Mariya Gabriel as the new European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society. Currently a Member of the European Parliament from Bulgaria, Ms Gabriel replaced Guenther Oettinger in the Commission role.
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.