Media literacy was in the spotlight last week as the EU marked its first European Media Literacy Week. A series of events, including a high-level conference brought together organisations from the public and private sectors that are working to tackle issues around disinformation online and low levels of trust in the media.
DSJC Denmark, the Danish national coalition affiliated to the EU’s Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition was launched in February 2019. The coalition aims to improve digital competences in the country.
The Cyprus Computer Society and ECDL Cyprus participated in the International Education and Career Exhibition that was held from 15 to 17 February 2019 at the Cyprus International Fair grounds in Nicosia.
Teachers in Nanjing have taken part in the first round of train-the-trainer courses to get ready to teach the new ICDL 3D Design module. The module, developed in cooperation between ICDL Asia and Siemens PLM Software, has gained significant interest in the Chinese market, and will be included in the 2019 Nanjing Skills Competition.
1,300 students and 200 faculty at the Thai Royal Military Academy Preparatory School will have the opportunity to develop their digital skills with ICDL.
On October 3, DANSK IT, the ECDL National Operator in Denmark, had a call for action meeting for a national open learning platform for digital competences for a wide range of key stakeholders in Denmark (trade unions, business organisations and public authorities). The platform is anchored in the international standard for digital skills, ICDL, and the EU’s DigComp framework.
A new study from the European Commission on digital technology in education has highlighted that there is a gender gap in digital skills development between boys and girls. The study also found that teachers often have to use their own time to learn the skills to teach ICT to their students.
ECDL has been referenced in a new report from the European Commission as an example of quality assurance in skills certification. The report, ‘Support to the development of the ESCO qualifications pillar’, was commissioned to help develop the qualifications element of the European Skills/Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) classification, which is, itself, used to help match between skills, jobs, and qualifications.
ICDL is being introduced to schools run by the Islamic Charity Center Society (ICCS) in Jordan under a new agreement between ICCS and Specto, the ICDL National Operator in the country. Under the agreement, which was signed in the presence of the General Manager of the Education Sector of ICCS and principals from all schools in the society, students will have the option to gain ICDL certification in 2019, and certification will become mandatory for all grade 7 to 9 students in 2020.
Students at Silicon Lake Vocational and Technical College, in the Chinese city of Suzhou, will have the opportunity to gain ICDL certification. The College is the first in Suzhou to answer Jiangsu Provincial Education Department’s call to encourage vocational students to actively take up international certifications. The Department hopes that students will improve their employability by developing their skills through ICDL certification.