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Assessing the impact of extracurricular digital creativity activities

Room 1.61-1.62, 05/12/2018 (10:00-10:45)

•Digital creativity and digital skills acquisition are happening increasingly outside school in competence centres, libraries, coding clubs, fablabs, makerspaces & other settings.

•Companies, civil society organisations & universities run various digital skills training programmes, hackathons, coding boot camps and other for young people.

•These activities seem to be successful in attracting young people (14-30) to STEM careers, stirring their interest towards the digital and increasing their employability prospects.

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•The methods for data collection and assessment of such activities are different and results are not comparable.

We would like to bring together stakeholders to discuss how to collect & make available open data (quantitative & qualitative) on digital creativity activities & how to assess the impact of these activities on young people’s participation in the digital economy & society (acquisition of STEM skills, digital & 21st century skills, school performance, skills retention, innovation capacities, career, etc.).

Our aim is two-fold:

1. To find out what frameworks for impact assessment of educational activities exist (e.g. Microsoft, Liberty Global, Google have developed such assessments).

2. To create a consortium of interested stakeholders and develop a proposal for a research project on the development of a framework to serve as guidance to organisations in assessing the impact of their activities. Such project could be funded by H2020.

Organised by: Gabriela RUSEVA (ALL DIGITAL (formerly Telecentre Europe aisbl), Brussels Office, Belgium)

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