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Workshop 1: digital skills for jobs and learning

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The EU Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs aims at meeting the requirements of the future workforce and addressing the digital skills gap. Workshop 1 will discuss ICT training and innovative teaching & learning. The morning session will look at new projects and ideas regarding ICT training, and include an update on the Grand Coalition pledges presented at the Conference of 4th & 5th March 2013, as well as new pledges.

The afternoon session will examine the challenges and highlight the drivers & opportunities of learning in the digital age; it will explore how today's learners are equipped for future jobs; how innovation in learning motivates and engages learners of all ages; how to break the boundaries of formal, non-formal and informal learning to boost the skills and knowledge capital of Europe. The event will gather innovative thinkers and actors in the field and representatives of policy-makers and industry.

Have your say and contribute to the debate by joining the online discussion!

The most active participant (in terms of meaningful comments posted) will receive an invitation to the workshop and to the Assembly!

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Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs - One year on workshop report and speakers' presentations

The 'Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs - One year on' workshop took place on 5th of May 2014 in Athens, Greece. It was held at the European Parliament Office in conjunction with the eSkills for Jobs 2014 Grand Event. The workshop was a real opportunity to discuss the progress and successes of the Grand Coalition. It also reflected on ways of expanding and ensuring the sustainability of the Grand Coalition in its next phase. Report from proceedings is now available online.

Here are some photos from Grand Coalition Pledgers' Workshop - 3 October 2013

The Grand Coalition workshop took place on October 3rd.From the links above, you can download some .ppt files with the first fotos of the event.

Presentations from the GRAND COALITION PLEDGERS' WORKSHOP - 3 October 2013

On October 3rd, the pledges of the Grand Coalition met to discuss progress and challenges. A full report will be published soon.In the meantime, here above you can download the presentations from the day.

Workshop 1 in pictures!

/digital-agenda/en/file/9501WS1 - DAA2013.jpg VP Neelie Kroes with a young coding team at the DAA 2013 in Dublin

Workshop is about to start

We are about to kick off the Digital Agenda Assembly and start the workshop on Digital Skills for Jobs and Learning. Looking forward to this! I will have the pleasure of reporting the online discussions results to the participants. We are hoping for a vibrant conversation onsite but also online at #da13skills! Follow #da13skills on Twitter and watch the workshop live . Your comments & questions are more than welcome!

How early should we turn kids on to programming? And what role the industry should play?

To keep up with the IT demand and growing importance of digital innovation, Europe needs programmers. Initiatives like CoderDojo started in early 2011 in Cork by then teen-programmer James Whelton and entrepreneur Bill Liao show that young people can learning how to code in a fun, sociable way. Rewired State since 2009 hosts an annual event Young Rewired State hosted by Google in their London offices that is intended to introduce open government data to the coding youth of the UK.

Who should be invited to the W1 and Digital Agenda plenary?

Just as last year, you can see an "interesting" button. You can vote on the contributions, not based on a general "approval or like" as in social networks, but on the fact that there is interesting content. By clicking on the "interesting" button, you indicate who's bringing the best ideas to the conversations, and whose voices should be heard. Your vote counts!

Do we still need brick-and-mortar schools if we have digital learning environments?

The online learning environment are offering new opportunities for education. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), Personal Learning Environment, Personal Learning Networks, Open Education Resources, Open Education Practices, they all offer a mixture of collaboration, peer-to-peer exchange, different levels of engagement and more flexible time schedules and rythm of learning. Do we still need brick-and-mortar schools or we all will be learning in the cloud?

How to break barriers between formal and informal learning in education?

Recent blog post by Neelie Kroes featured Young Advisers ideas on digital education. One of those is to recognise the importance of non-formal education "through online media as well as peer-learning environments such as co-working spaces et al (not with expensive certificates though)". Informal digital learning methods include simulation & games, social networking sites, mobile applications, online discussion groups and other peer-learning environments, etc.

From ICT Training into Employment. Good practices & Failures

Building on our last week discussion, we would like to this time focus on ICT training for employment. What are the good practices and novel solutions in your organisations, policies that support them, examples from EU and beyond? We have already Manus from FIT and Eva Fabry mentioned some in the last thread: http://bit.ly/11T3RzB.

Interpersonal skills

Dear all, I agree that ICT training is important, what we do see is that ICT is just one side of the challenge. People don't fully benefit of these technical expertises due to a lack of interpersonal skills such as conflict management, cross-functional communications, presentation skills, win-win negotiations and so on. On universities not much or none attention is given to these skills. Do you think this should be discussed at the workshop?

How to encourage more young people to envisage a degree in ICT ?

The recent ICT in schools survey shows that students and teachers in Europe are keen to "go digital". The computer numbers have doubled since 2006 and most schools are now "connected", but use of ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) and digital skill levels are very uneven. How can we make the ICT skills and training available to all students and teachers in Europe? Is it a good way to spark youth interest in ICT career?