ECDL / ICDL Today
David Carpenter
Chief Executive
The European Computer Driving Licence Foundation Ltd.
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ECDL Presentation
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ECDL-F Mission & Role
Success & Development
Differentiation
ECDL Economic Value
ECDL Benefits
Social Ethos and Inclusiveness
International Recognition
EU Relationships
Product Developments
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ECDL Foundation
A not-for-profit global governing body of the world’s leading
computer skills certification programme
Members - computer societies in Europe
Established in January 1997 by CEPIS (Council of European
Professional Informatics Societies)
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ECDL Foundation Mission
• Help raise the general level of computer skills in society
• Establish a global benchmark for core computer skills
competency and IT knowledge
• Provide an essential qualification that allows all people to
participate in e-Society
• Be an inclusive programme, ‘Open to everyone’
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ECDL Mission: ‘Computing Skills for Life’
ECDL Syllabus
Version 3.0
CONTINUITY
• Evolution not Revolution
• ECDL Module Structure
• Consistent Literacy Message
MOTIVATION
• Currency & Relevance
• Quality Improvement
* Clarity & Precision
* Structure
* Rigour
ECDL Syllabus
Version 4.0
Evolution of IT Technologies
& Competencies
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Syllabus Version 4.0
Value & Relevance
• Continuity: Builds on
Success of ECDL Brand
• Focus on Current IT Skills
• Relevant Competencies
• Clearer and more Precise
Wording (for)
* Candidate
* Trainer
* Test Provider
• Improved Structure (for)
* Precision in testing
* Courseware
• More rigorously
designed (for)
* Test Validation
* Test Improvement
ECDL Foundation Role
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Global governing body
Licensing Authority
Product maintenance & development
Quality assurance
Standards and guidelines
Audit Function
Working groups – special needs, teachers
Approval of external service providers
Communication
Marketing & Business Support
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ECDL Success
Statistics:
• 3.25 million students, July 2003
• 12 million+ tests
• 15,000 test centres, 132 countries, 27 languages
Europe - ECDL as a % of population:
• Almost 6% of Irish population
• Nearly 4% of Swedish and Danish population
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ECDL Development
• Finland - CDL
• Employers, Unions, Govt, Education
• Council of European Professional Informatics
Societies (CEPIS) Task Force
• European Commission - ESPRIT
• Pilot Tests - April 1996
• ECDL - August 1996
• ECDL Foundation - January 1997
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Differentiation
• CEPIS = 250,000 IT Professionals.
• International Support - computer societies,
international bodies, governments.
• Social ethos - not for profit, commitment to raising
skills, disability issues.
• Generic growth model – “Sweat” Equity approach.
• Test Centres / Courseware / Test Providers.
• All embracing syllabus development process.
• Validation - ETS, EASK, Citogroep,12Million Tests!
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International Context
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Levels of Input
• CEPIS
• National Computing Societies
• Practicing Computing Professionals
• National Operators
• Test Centres / Courseware & Test Providers
• Subject Matter Experts (SME’s)
• Specialist Expert Groups
• ECDL Candidates
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Vital Statistics - Ireland
On a per capita basis, Fastest growing
ECDL uptake in the world!
Test
Centres
Candidates
Licences
Testers
1,100
230,000
120,000
140,000
5,500
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ECDL Value to Economy
• Irish government grant of €19,500.
• Impact Study - government objectives,
economic benefits, social objectives.
• Scale of program - estimated annual value to
Irish economy, approx. €30million.
• UK and Italy are largest ICDL markets, currently
6-7 times size of Irish market and growing.
• Value to UK and Italian economies???
• Factor of 7 = €200million annually???
• Hidden productivity benefits from up-skilling???
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ECDL Key Benefits - Candidate
• Designed to help people in work and at home
• Gives candidates a recognised, relevant & up-to-date
qualification
• Gives solid foundation of computer skills
• Personal development and motivation
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ECDL Key Benefits - Employer
• Increased productivity
• Reduced PC support costs
• Establishes a tangible benchmark for computer user skills
• Increased quality of administrative output
• Faster payback of IT investments
• Enables employers to invest more efficiently in IT
• Ensures that best practice and quality issues are
understood and implemented
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ECDL Key Benefits - Society
ECDL - Gateway to the Information Society
• Raise the general level of competency in computer skills
• Promote Computer Literacy
• Raise IT Knowledge Levels
• Facilitate Job Mobility
• Facilitate Re-Training
• Improve Productivity
• Enhance returns for IT investments
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Social Ethos
• Inclusiveness: ECDL for People with Disabilities - EU
Project with partners in Austria, Germany, Ireland,
Italy and Norway.
• UNHCR - Global Catalyst Foundation project in
Mtabila Refugee Camp, Tanzania.
• Ramallah Refugee Camp - UNESCO test centre.
• Zimbabwe - WorLD Links for Development Project.
• Chile Califica Program.
• Tristan da Cunha.
• Kabul, Sarajevo, Tsula
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ECDL - Founded on Inclusiveness
• ECDL programme - an inclusive programme
• Open to everyone
• Specific design to ensure equal and fair access for all
people
• Regardless of gender, ethnicity, physical ability, age or
speciality area the ECDL certificate represents the same
recognised standard for the whole community
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ECDL PD Project
Target Group 1
Target Group 2
Target Group 3
Target Group 4
(P1)
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(P3)
(P4)
(P5)
(P6)
(P7)
(P8)
Blind and visually impaired
Deaf and hard of hearing
Cognitive disabilities
Physical disabilities
Austrian Computer Society OCG
University of Linz
MediaLT
Berufsbildungswerk Paulinenpflege
Asphi Onlus
bfi Steiermark
ECDL Foundation
European Disability Forum
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- Austria
- Austria
- Norway
- Germany
- Italy
- Austria
- International
ECDL PD Aims
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Promote IT usage and IT training for people with disabilities
Increase the availability of integrated and special training
Raise the quality of training available for people with
disabilities
– support of training and teaching organisations
Syllabus, tests, procedures, pilot projects, technologies
by means of the standard ICDL certificate
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International Recognition
The ECDL is the only computer skills certification program
adopted and recognized by:
• The European Commission
European Commission initiatives:
ESDIS Committee Oct ’02 recommended that ECDL“be
accepted as a Europe-wide basic IT accreditation scheme”
• UNESCO
ICDL program in Arab States delivered through UNESCO Cairo
Office. Also working with UNESCO in Russia.
• United Nations Development Program
April 2003: UNDP enrolled 5,000 staff members in 131 countries
in the ICDL program.
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International Recognition
Accepted internationally at government level:
• Education Ministries- Australia, Austria, Holland, Hungary,
Italy, Jordan, Poland.
• E-Government Plans – Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Norway.
• Ministries of Defense – UK, Sweden, Italy.
• Re-training Schemes – UK New Deal & FIT Ireland.
• Health Services – UK, Sweden
• Institutes of Public Administration – Ireland, Romania
• Multinational Organizations
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EU Activities
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ESDIS Recommendation
DG EMPLOY, INFOSOC, EAC, ENTERPRISE
E-Learning Industry Group (e-LIG)
E-Skills Forum – Copenhagen, October 2002
E-Skills Forum – 2004
E-Skills Consortium – Industry association
ERISA
EASK – European Association for Skills & Knowledge
ECDL PD Project
Co-operation with CEPIS
Activities coordinated with Interel, Brussels
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Product Development Roadmap
ECDL Programme
Introductory
Core
Advanced
Specialist
E-Kids*
Basic Concepts of IT
Advanced WP
ECDL Certified Training
Professional
EqualSkills*
Using Computer &
Managing Files
Advanced
Spreadsheets
ECDL CAD
Word Processing
Advanced
Database
E-Citizen**
Spreadsheets
Database
Presentation
Information &
Communication
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Advanced
Presentation
ECDL Web Publisher**
ECDL IT
Administrator**
ECDL PD**
ECDL
Specialist
ECDL Advanced
ECDL Core
Introductory
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EqualSkills
• Origin
Developed and piloted in collaboration with Irish government
and ISC Skills. 80,000 participants in pilot.
• Aim
Easy, un-intimidating entry to the computer world and the eSociety.
• Target Audience
Introduction to IT for those who have never had any contact with
computers.
• Structure:
10+ hours of tutor led training covering introduction to using a
computer, the Internet, e-mail.
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E-Citizen
• Origin
Being developed by ECDL-F in collaboration with licensee
network, Ireland, UK, Norway and Finland.
• Aim
E-Inclusion as per the E-Europe 2005 Action Plan, e-Society,
e-Government.
• Target Audience
Introduction to IT for those who have little or no IT experience or
knowledge.
• Structure:
30+ hours of training, both independent and tutor led.
A broader introduction to end user computing including applications.
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ECDL Leading the Way…
…for others to follow!
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Contact Details
David Carpenter
Chief Executive
The European Computer Driving Licence Foundation Ltd.
107 The Windmill, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay
Dublin 2
IRELAND
Ph:
+353 1 679 2847
Fax:
+353 1 679 2921
Email: [email protected]
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