Digital Literacy - 21st Century Workforce Development

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PowerPoint PresentationDr. Niran Oyekale fiimaPresident / CEO, Commit Technology & Consult Limited+234(0)7031055234, (0)8183428803 commitechng@gmail.comDigital Fluency: Securing Today Empowering The Future The Paradigm ShiftFrom The Industrial AgeTo The Information AgeTo The Creativity AgeThese changes, among others, are ushering us toward a world where knowledge, power, and productive capability will be more dispersed than at any time in our history a worldwhere value creation will be fast, fluid, and persistently disruptive.The Implication..Something Worth Pondering on?Think about the closing of one school year and begin the transformation into another, file away just one number: 65 percent....fully 65 percent of todays basic school pupils may end up doing work that hasnt been invented yet.Source: Cathy N. Davidson, co-director of the annual MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning CompetitionsThink back 50 years. could educators then have predicted how the Internet, which emerged globally in 1994, or the mobile phone, which appeared a few years later, would change the world? Think a moment about this generation These technologies have not just become tools of learning, but networking and knowledge sharing, as well as innovation and entrepreneurship.Think a moment further about this generation Think Again..A Fast Changing World..changing so fastThat the replication of more of the same knowledge and skills of the other days will not suffice to address the challenges of today, not to talk of the futureImagine.A generation ago, teachers could expect that what they taught would last their students alifetime. Rapid economic and social changesdemand Nigeria to prepare the citizenry for jobs that are yet to be created, technologies that have not yet been invented and problems that we don't yet know will arise.Reality of Time Increasingly diverse customer base Increasing complexity of business structures and organizations Expanding mobile customers and increasing electronic communication Increasing economic importance of digital commerce and digital contentResultant Changes in Business EnvironmentResultant Change to Process of Learning20th Century Classrooms21st Century ClassroomsTime-basedOutcome-basedFocus on memorization of discrete factsFocus on what students KNOW, CAN DO and ARE LIKE after all the details are forgottenLessons focus on lower level of Blooms Taxonomy knowledge, comprehension and applicationLearning is designed on upper levels of Blooms synthesis, analysis and evaluationTextbook-drivenResearch-drivenPassive learningActive learningLearners work in isolation classroom within 4 wallsLearners work collaboratively with classmates and others around the world the Global ClassroomTeacher-centered: teacher is center of attention and provider of informationStudent-centered: teacher is facilitator/coachLittle or no student freedomGreat deal of student freedomFragmented curriculumIntegrated and Interdisciplinary curriculumGrades averagedGrades are based on what was learnedResultant Change to Process of LearningLow expectationsHigh expectations If it isnt good, it isnt done We expect, and ensure, that all students succeed in learning at high levels. Some may go higher we get out of their way to let them do that.Teacher is judge. No one else sees student work.Self, Peer and Other assessments. Public audience, authentic assessments.Curriculum/School is irrelevant and meaningless to the students.Curriculum is connected to students interests, experiences, talents and the real world.Print is the primary vehicle of learning and assessment.Performances, projects and multiple forms of media are used for learning and assessment.Diversity in students is ignored.Curriculum and instruction address student diversity.Literacy is the 3 Rs reading, writing and mathMultiple literacies of the 21st century aligned to living and working in a globalized new millennium.The impact or response to these trends is eitherFor the most part - "technology focused" Precipitated or facilitated by technology orRequired of skills that are predominantly and significantly technology related. These trends don't seem to suggest a strong need to teach "technology for technology's sake, but technology for fluency"Understanding the TrendFluency Attained when an act is accomplished with no noticeable cognitive or mental effort. Having a mastery of certain skills to the point of not requiring conscious attention.Digital fluency An evolving aptitude that empowers the individual to effectively and ethically interpret information, discover meaning, design content, construct knowledge, and communicate ideas in a digitally connected world. Digital fluency develops from digital literacy and requires that an individual be as comfortable using technology as they are reading the newspaperUnderstanding the New Language Tremendous understanding of the past and current situations Adaptability to the digital age Imbibing new sets of global best practices Re-tooling and re-skilling to global standards Success DeterminantsIT capability to leverage technology for business differentiationGAPNeed for Digital FluencySource: The 451 Group and The InfoPro - 201180% of all jobs and 98% of all college degrees requires capable and proficient use of computers and InternetIT challenge: the need for expertise The number-one inhibitor cited by business and IT leaders is sourcing the right expertise when and how companies need to acquire it. According to The InfoPro, when asked to name the number-one obstacle to adopting cloud services, ~60% of executives cited Lack of staff skills/shortage of expertise. They are reporting a competency gap; employees with relevant skills are difficult to come by. When you consider the rate of change in both business and technology that IT professionals must contend with in order to stay relevant, its no wonder this is the case. According to these leaders, two factors comprise this issue: Sourcing Businesses typically go about acquiring IT expertise in three ways: 1) they hire it, 2) they outsource it, or 3) they acquire it through service providers or cloud services. The IT organization of the future will be much smaller and more nimble, focusing internal resources on deeper and broader business expertise while leveraging service providers who bring deep technology expertise. This represents a whole different mindset for people entering the workforce. Many new IT professionals will become consultants on contract rather than employees. Different expertise (next page)15 The Great ExpectationsEmployers/Parents expect graduates to be:Creative and Job readyReady to thrive in the Digital Age Cope with the challenges of the 21st century Think critically, Solve problems IT Capability GapData, transactions, and customer interactions are increasing exponentially2005Mankind created 150exabytes of digital data12010Created 8x more data12013Mobile appsdownload > 21B22014130M Enterprise usersin mobile cloud320202T devices connect tothe Internet4IT capability to leverage technology for business differentiationGAPIT capability to leverage technology for business differentiation1.The data deluge: Businesses, governments and society are only starting to tap its vast potential, The Economist, Feb. 25, 2010. http://www.economist.com/node/155797172.Dataquest Insight: Application Stores; The Revenue Opportunity Beyond the Hype, Stephanie Baghdassarian, Carolina Milanesi; 16 December 2009.3. Juniper Research. http://www.juniperresearch.com/viewpressrelease.php?id=210&pr=1814.The Difference Engine: Chattering Objects, The Economist, Aug. 13, 2010. http://www.economist.com/node/21009505All of this is driving a major shift in IT. In most organizations, IT is seen as an inhibitor to the rate of change and not as a catalyst. The biggest challenge CIOs face is the need to react much faster to business demands in order to use IT as a competitive differentiator. However, extensive HP research shows the typical IT department spends 70 percent of its budget on maintaining its existing infrastructure and only 30 percent on innovation to generate a competitive advantage for the business. As a result, CIOs are looking for new approaches that enable them to apply more resources toward proactively addressing their business needs. Through the use of cloud services, converged infrastructure, and strategic outsourcing, they can significantly reduce the time required to provision new servicesfrom months to hourswhile lowering the capital, deployment, and management costs to reallocate resources toward what truly differentiates. 17Widening Gap.. The Genesis? Climbing the Tree from the Top Climbing the Tree Bottom-UpWrongRightThe ShortcomingsUnemploymentLow productivityIncompetencyInability to cope with the 21st Century challengesOffices characterized by large volumes of files, file racksDocuments occupying a lot of spaces, some of which are obsolete and already turning yellow.Retrieval of document usually difficult and an irrecoverable loss of important documents in case of fire incidence and other natural disasters The LINKAGEResearches show that:21st Century Skills = Innovative TP X Access to Technology21st century skills can mean the difference between being successful in school or struggling every day, and having a career, or simply getting a job. Nigeria needs a workforce that is skilled, adaptable, creative, and equipped for success in the global marketplace.A Nation in NeedNigeria must go beyond the 3Rs to: Have adaptiveand practical skills required to function within the community, participate fully in global digital society Acquire meaningful literacy within a social context Facilitate access to cultural, economic and political structures Recognize that new ways of seeing and thinking about the world is possible.Going the Extra MilesEmpower the workforce by enhancing their ICT skills to benefit employers and the nation as a whole Eradicate digital illiteracy among them and thus enhance the use of IT. Develop a large and highly-skilled IT community that will be one of the economic drivers of the local economyCreating the StandardThe generation of Significant economic and social benefits Capacity to remain abreast of technology developmentsEffective use of technology to increase productivity and competitiveness in all sectors of the economy and operations, Canonlybe achieved if we provide the appropriate framework and inspiration for establishing a digitally literateworkforce. Providing the LinkMore ImportantlyThe significantrapid changes in society, the transformation of educationwhere and how learning takes place and the changing roles of students and teachers in the learning process canonlybe capitalizeduponif weprovide the framework and inspiration for establishing a digitally literate teaching force. Digital Literacy: The Global Solution for 21st Century ChallengesThe ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet.A key enabler for building an inclusive society and knowledge based economy. DL = digital tool knowledge + critical thinking + social engagement. Digital Literacy, What is it? Digital Literacy ModelDo Nigeria workforce have the skills they need to use digital technologies? If they possess any, how are these skills acquired?What types of support, training, and professional development do they need?The BIG QuestionsThe Challenges Bridging the gap between technology skills and innovative teaching Going beyond traditional software training to providing a scaffold that helps educators and personnel of all skill levels acquire knowledge. Shortage of digitally literate teachers Inadequate ICT training exercise; usually adhoc, shortterm absence of a comprehensive framework of standard that guides quality and learning outcomes. Individuals tend to over-assess their ICT capability when applying for employment. and where there is no agreed standard around particular skill sets, there may be a mismatch between the candidates actual ability and the employers expectation. Mismatch Galore Far reaching benefits touch every aspect of society and the economy Requirement for the immediate empowerment of our Population The Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) credential is its universal test.Digital Literacy, Global Priority 334/14/2015Internet & Computing Core Certification: The Global Test of Digital Literacy33The stepping-stone into the ICT certification pathway, a fundamental tool for measuring proficiency in the latest key technologies for study, work and life.IC3 was created by Certiport, Inc. in 2000 to address the need for a globally recognized and accepted standard of basic computing knowledge considered fundamental to academic learning and a minimum requirement for employment -Wikipedia.IC3, The Stepping StoneIC3 is based on global best practices and requirements of education, test development and industry, laying down foundational preparation for every job and career, every field of study, and even social and personal lives that are increasingly impacted by technology. The single best solution for verifying and validating skills attainment and mastery in digital literacy As Espoused by GDLCStanding out with IC3A global training and certification program providing proof to the world that an individual is;Equipped with the needed computer skills to excel in a digital world. -Capable of using a broad range of computer technology.Ready for challenges of work, academic and life . Positioned to advanced your career through additional computer certification. Computing Fundamentals45 Questions30% SimulationVendor neutralKey Applications45 Questions80% SimulationBased on Windows 7 and Office 2010Living Online45 Questions30% SimulationVendor neutralAligned with National StandardsGlobal Standard RecognitionRecognized in NigeriaThe IC3 is well-respected internationally, endorsed and recommended byNITDA - National Information Technology Development AgencyCPN - Computer Professionals (Registration Council of) NigeriaNUC - National Universities CommissionTRCN - Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria IC3 the Missing Link From digital literacy certification in IC3, to professionally recognized skills certification on MCE, MOS, MTA, MCP, Adobe, HP, Autodesk products, IC Health etc. IC3 provides the pathway to a fulfilling and valuable career in many different fields.IC3 Digital LiteracyIT ProfessionalDatabase Administration Software DevelopmentHTML / GamingMicrosoft/HP Technology AssociateWeb TechnologiesPrint, Graphics and MediaAdobe Certified AssociateEngineeringConstructionAutoDesk CertificationsAccountingQuickBooks CertifiedOffice MngmntBusiness ProfessionalsLaw ProfessionalsMarketingFinanceMicrosoft Office SpecialistMicrosoft Certified EducatorIC HealthHeath-care ProfessionalsAcademia ProfessionalsPathway to Digital Fluency Training for Success Training to be a Versatilist to continuously adapt, learn and grow in a fast-changing worldVersatilists are able to apply a depth of skill to a progressively widening scope of situations and experiences, equally at ease with technical issues as with business strategy.Core IT/TrainingIC3MOSMCEMTAHPINTUITADOBEAUTODESKIC HEALTHAdministrationMedia and DesignersLaw ProfessionalsHealth WorkersAccounting/FinanceAcademiaEngineeringMapping ICT Skills to Job Roles Achieving Global Standard in Digital Fluency Covering up the oversight in Nigerian Tertiary Education System and broaden the perspective to a national and global level in line with best global practice Breathing a new life into training content, leveraging technology in ways that powerfully advance learning, strengthening Nigerias workforce engagement in challenging, authentic and intellectual works.Raising the Nigerias workforce competence beyond the limits of 3Rs to the 3Cs qualities of high-performance that today characterize most competitive companies.ContdBridging the existing digital gap, thus solving the associated skills gap among Nigeria tertiary institutions graduates.Benchmarking a set of essential digital literacy skills to function in today's business worldAvailing Nigerias workforce of digital portfolio, proof of knowledge and proficiency required to make them more job-ready, marketable and competitive globallyEarning the Nigerias workforce industry-recognized credential, tools and skills set to enter into workforce, armed to succeed in today's economy. Ecobank Group should collaborate to among other initiatives:Develop a roadmap for success in achieving Nigerians digital fluency Champion and adopt IC3 as standard of Digital Literacy NigeriaCapacity development must be acquired within the context of todays technological environment to Nigerians thrive in the digital ageThe Way Forward ICT Training and Certification RoadmapEntrenched from IC3digital literacy to other ICT training modules to attain fluencyat all levels of Nigeriaeducation system Workforce preparation and Continuous professional development in line with best global practices.Bringing All to Global StandardRethinking EducationChanges of this magnitude require a complete rethinking of education. in terms of CurriculumDevelopment of PedagogiesTo ensure that every student acquires the high level of skills needed to thrive in the dynamic world of the 21st century.51If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow. - John DeweyHybrid ICT Curriculum and Content (Age 3 - 16)IC3 Spark (Between SS1 & SS3)Global Digital Literacy ChampionshipIntervene Now Career Progression for Colleges and Universities Microsoft/HP Technology AssociateTechnologyScienceAdobe Certified AssociateCreative ArtsMediaAutoDesk CertificationEngineeringQuickBooks CertifiedAccountingFinanceIC3 Digital LiteracyMicrosoft Office SpecialistManagement MarketingLegalAdminMicrosoft Certified EducatorEducation IC HEALTHMedicalNursingRecordsLaboratoryA National Agenda Promoteacommitmenttodigitalliteracyasthe basic skill requiredfor all citizens. Benchmark and adopt globally accepted metric standards Enhance digital fluency opportunities in technological innovationand workforce readiness. Developtimetables andmilestones to ensure appropriate accountability for assessing timely progress and ultimate success Any nation whose citizens best harness the educational and creative powers of digital technology will write the economic and educational success story of the21st century. Hope of Success Investments in people are fundamental to social and economic development. But, investments in technology will do a little to improve the way we work , learn and socialize unless they are matched by efforts to build capacity of the Nigerians to harness the opportunities that ICT offers. Capacity Development the SolutionThe 3Cs is itAside the basic skills of literacy and numeracy, every Nigerian must also master the "three C's" Communication, Collaboration, and Creative Problem Solving. And beyond attain technological fluency, and, most of all, the skills and attitudes needed to be a lifelong learner.57A Clarion CallPosition Nigeria to do more to keep pace with rapid technology, research, and Societal changes to ensure that her workforce and student-graduates will be ready to thrive in todays knowledge based, global society and have a prove of specific digital skills to fill job openings.In Nigeria today digital literacy is assumed. This forces individuals to learn fundamental skills by trial and error, and non-systematic learning of core computer competencies means thatmany people have big gaps in their understanding of how the basics work.A Worrisome AssumptionM A K E I C 3 T H E F O U N D A T I O N OF Y O U R V I S I O N F O R N A T I O N A L S U C C E S S ! ! !IC3- More Than an Exam.Complete Solution Pathway Pre-Training AssessmentBenchmark knowledge and skill prior to trainingLearningTraditional Instructor-lead courseware and textbooksSelf-paced e-learning and instructional videosPractice TestsValidate mastery of subject and preparedness for certificationIn-class or at-home Remediation Focused help on areas for improvement CertificationUnleash Human Potential.Exposure to computer does not equal understanding computers BRIDGE the DIGITAL GAPSupport Immediate Empowerment of NigeriaImproving digital literacyisnt about having individuals work harderits about ensuring they know how to work smarter, understand the rules of the game, waste less time trying to make things work, and eventually be more productive.Productivity Jump Is It !!!User testing is the key to the process of retooling and skilling of the workforceto determine their varying stages of abilityand see first-hand how theyuse computers. Your Competency in Doubt? Aspire to possess in a step to foster equal opportunities in the information revolution, digital economy and be truly equipped for the mandate of 21st century Take a Leap Today !!! Be Competitive !!!Initiate yourself, workforce and students into todays digital world Equip all with the critical entry-level skills needed to be an effective user of the latest computer and internet technologies to achieve school, career and educational objectives, expand productivity and improve profitability . Some final thoughts..For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it todayAfrican Proverb67The decision is ours to either RESTART OR SHUTDOWN68God Bless Nigeria !!!!!Thank you! Commit Technology & Consult Limited 69 ConclusionIt is an enormous task to build the ICT infrastructure,but more important to have a strategy for developing the skills of workforceby first addressing the digitalliteracy needs of teachers and FIX IT! before addressing the needs of students.

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