Eight projects were recognised as exceptional examples of the implementation of ECDL Foundation’s programmes at the annual Best Practice Awards, held during the recent ECDL Foundation Forum in Prague.
The Best Practice Awards were established by ECDL Foundation to acknowledge and credit initiatives and projects that show best practice in using ECDL and ICDL to raise levels of digital literacy or that promote the programme. The four categories were: ECDL and ICDL in the Workplace, ECDL and ICDL in Education, ECDL and ICDL in Society, and Marketing.
The 2018 winners were:
ECDL and ICDL in Education
First place: John von Neumann Computer Society, Hungary. ‘ICT for Teachers’
‘ICT for Teachers’ is an ongoing project, started in October 2016, through the implementation of the ECDL ICT in Education module and courseware. With a training programme based on the Hungarian Government’s, then, newly developed Digital Education Strategy (DES) and the syllabus of ECDL ICT in Education module, the main objectives were to create a solution that serves as a standard in the teacher training sector.
Second place: Asocijacija informatičara u BiH, Bosnia and Herzegovina 'Girls SelfeSTEM'
ECDL and ICDL in the Workplace
First place: OCG, Austria. ‘ECDL in Apprenticeship’
The Austrian apprenticeship training system is highly practice-oriented and much valued in the business world. As ECDL is a well-known and prestigious qualification, OCG has approached companies that educate apprentices to introduce ECDL there. Personal contacts, educational fairs, events and media work have been successful: more than 30 companies, including Siemens, REWE (the biggest retail chain in Austria), Infineon, Wiener Stadtwerke and Erste Bank, have had their apprentices certified with ECDL so far.
The ‘ECDL in Apprenticeship’ project is in line with the Digital Roadmap Austria, “to create more and better jobs through digitization and to educate and train people accordingly” (www.digitalroadmap.gv.at/en).
Second place: Computer Society of Zimbabwe. ‘Grade 9 ICT Exam – a blessing in disguise’
ECDL and ICDL in Society
First place: ECDL Ireland. ‘Digital Skills for Citizens’
ECDL Ireland’s Digital Skills for Citizens project successfully delivered training in basic computer skills throughout 2017 and is still in progress. The aim was to provide the skills required to use functions on a computer that provide immediate and tangible benefits: social networking, internet and email use, online shopping, and so on.
Second place: John von Neumann Computer Society, Hungary. ‘IT Security – understandable for all’
First place: PCIE, France. ‘ECDL 20thAnniversary campaign’
PCIE's 20th Anniversary Campaign project aims to reinforce the reputation and the awareness around the ECDL certification in France and has been driven through a single exceptional event, The creation of a marketing and communication campaign and networking with institutional parties and public funders.
Second place: ICDL Asia. ‘ICDL Digital Challenge 2017’