ECDL Foundation Newsletter -
                                July 2013

Welcome to the latest edition of the ECDL Foundation Newsletter. All articles featured in this HTML version can be read in full in a downloadable PDF version of the newsletter.

ECDL Foundation in Action
                                      Around the World

ECDL / ICDL Sample Part-Tests for Office 2013 – Now Available

The ECDL / ICDL sample part-tests for Office 2013 are now available for the Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Using Databases and Presentation modules. These sample part-tests give an indication about the scope and approach adopted within the actual ECDL / ICDL certification test for these modules. Read more.

Quds Open University Adopts ICDL as University Computer Curriculum Requirement – Palestine

Quds Open University (QOU) in Palestine has recently passed a resolution that recognises ICDL as a substitute for the course ‘Computer Science 0102’ (CS 0102). According to the new resolution, students can complete the ICDL programme or CS 0102 as their university ICT requirement. Read more.

Concrete IT Security Recommendations Presented at World Conference on Computers in Education – Poland

At the 10th edition of the ‘World Conference on Computers in Education’, which is an IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) event, five concrete recommendations were put forward to significantly improve ICT security at all levels of education. Read more.

Linking Policy to Practice: Mapping the Digital Agenda for Europe

A new platform set up by the European Commission to gather inspiring, high-impact initiatives that help achieve the goals of the Digital Agenda for Europe, has been launched. It includes a series of initiatives organised by ECDL National Operators. Read more.

The CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark to Tackle IT Professionals’ Skills Mismatches

According to recent estimates, up to 900,000 ICT vacancies could remain unfilled by 2015. To help current and future ICT professionals identify the competences they need for various ICT roles and career paths the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) has developed a new free online interactive tool, the CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark. Read more.

Variety of New Accreditation Partners and Test Centres - Latin America

ICDL Latinoamérica is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Accreditation Partners and two new Accredited Test Centres in Latin America (Ecuador, Chile, and Costa Rica). These activities are part of the ongoing development of the ICDL network in the region. Read more.

Vice-Presidential Visit for ICDL at National ICT Summit – Suriname

The Vice-President of Suriname was welcomed to the ICDL exhibition booth at the first formal national ICT Summit, held in Paramaribo, in June. The event was also attended by the Chairman of the National Assembly – thus highlighting the importance of ICT for the government and for society in Suriname. Read more.

University of Central Asia – ‘Peer to Peer Education’ Project

In July 2013, the University of Central Asia (UCA) introduced a ‘Peer to Peer Education’ project as part of their efforts to increase the pass rate of ICDL at its ‘Lyceum 61’ school. Given the success of the project, UCA plans to expand this initiative to involve 200 new students in the ICDL programme next year. Read more.

Wanganui’s Digital Literacy Challenge – New Zealand

TechEx is a community technology exhibition held annually, with the aim of teaching the local community about the importance of technology and how it can be used to improve business and education. As part of this year’s conference, participants’ digital skills were put to the test using a series of sample online ICDL ‘diagnostics’. Read more.

EC Call for Tenders: e-Leadership for SMEs and e-Skills for Jobs Campaign 2014

The European Commission recently published two new calls for tenders related to digital skills. The first call is about providing start-ups and fast growing SMEs with relevant e-leadership skills and qualifications for entrepreneurs, managers and advanced ICT users that are trans-nationally recognised. Read more.

ICDL Certificate-Awarding Ceremony at Lynfield College – New Zealand

Since 2007, the school has seen nearly 500 students complete the ICDL programme. The students enjoy completing the skills-based assessments and are continually challenging themselves to score higher results with each exam. As a result of completing the programme, most students gain the confidence and skills needed to tackle any new programme they come across. Read more.

News from the ECDL / ICDL

Digital Skills and Education

Recently, a new framework for the English National Curriculum was announced by the Department for Education. The overhauled curriculum replaces ICT with Computer Science, placing a big emphasis on programming. Children as young as five will be taught about algorithms and how to create and debug simple computer programmes. While the modernisation of ICT skills development in schools is required, it should not be at the expense of broad-based digital literacy development for all school-goers. Read more.

Programme News

ECDL Foundation Position Paper: ‘Developing Appropriate Skills for the Future: Teaching the Right Technology Skills’ (August 2013)

This paper examines the dissatisfaction in some countries with what ICT skills are currently being developed in schools. It argues for the continued delivery of digital literacy to all school-goers: these skills will be needed by them, no matter what future path they pursue. Read more.

Singapore Institute for Adult Learning/ICDL Productivity Research Project (July 2013)

This report details significant ICT productivity gains based on participants’ training and testing in several ICT modules. The project was conducted by the Institute for Adult Learning. Read more.

Telefónica Global Millennial Survey: ‘Today’s Young Adults: the Leaders of Tomorrow’ (June 2013)

More than 12,000 18 – 30 year-olds (the so-called ‘Generation Y’) were surveyed in 27 different countries about their views on subjects such as, their job prospects, their role in society, and the role of technology in the world – now and in the future. Read more.

Enhancing Digital Literacy is a Priority for Local and Regional Authorities in the EU (July 2013)

74% local and regional authorities in the European Union (EU) have identified the development of digital literacy, skills and inclusion as the most relevant aim of the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE), according to a survey carried by the Committee of the Regions. Read more.

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