The Importance of Global Digital Literacy

With the world economy becoming more connected via networks and business environments becoming more computer-intensive in day-to-day job tasks, the issue of digital literacy stands out as a key differentiator of success at the individual, regional and national levels. Right now, too many people in too many places are lagging behind in these critical competencies. According to David Saedi, CEO of Certiport, which operates the foundational computer skills certification IC3, this gap in digital literacy needs to be addressed by educators and IT pros with a strong sense of social responsibility.

Certiport held its annual PATHWAYS Conference at the beginning of this month in Orlando, Fla. The event brought together technical pedagogues from around the world, who shared their insights on bringing IT education to a global workforce through certification and other means. “We understand that they need a forum to come face-to-face to exchange data, programs and best practices from various areas of the world,” Saedi said of the conference. “They realize that they have a lot more in common than their separate geographies allow them to share. Once they connect, they find they have a number of topics to share information on. They’re focused more on the society around them – that’s one of the benefits of this gathering – so they see the direct effect of what they do through the measurable outcome of certification.”

Expanding digital literacy is more than just a nice-sounding concept, he added. It serves the global economy by bringing more…


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