The DELSA (Digital Education to Upskill Adults) ERASMUS+ project drew on the experience of 5 European partners to:
- Assess specific capacity and training gaps in digital skills for low-adults, and
- Develop an Open Educational Resource (OER) Platform for FREE and OPEN access to digital skill learning for adults deficient in digital skills and competencies.
The DELSA Project partners have just released (30th October 2020) a list of free and open courses (http://www.digitaldelsa.eu/training.php) prepared by the project partners to make digital upskilling resources available to those working with adult learners of varying needs.
The resources are:
|1A Using the internet and managing information|
We will learn what the internet is and how to use it to improve our daily lives. Exercises will help us learn to use the internet and to find information that will help us in our lives. … Go to course
|1B Using the internet and managing information|
In this is the second part of the course we will find how to manage information from the internet so it can be useful to us. We will receive some tips about how to find documents on the internet and how to save them. We will learn how to save documents that are attached to Emails We will learn how to create folders so we can save documents and other files and be able to find them again when we need them. Exercises will help to find and store … Go to course
|1C Basic computing, using the internet and managing information|
This section of the DELSA programme deals with the very basics of computing and shows how to turn on a computer, how to use a mouse and a keyboard. It also shows participants what hardware and software are. … Go to course
|1D Basic computing, using the internet and managing information|
This section of the DELSA programme deals with setting up an email account which may be used in some of the exercises in the rest of the DELSA Programme…. Go to course
|2A Digital Technologies for Communication and Collaboration|
This module introduces the main technologies used for communication and collaboration between individuals: WhatsApp for messaging, Outlook for emails and Skype for video chats. In each of these platforms and tools, it is necessary to maintain a correct behaviour, illustrated by the netiquette discussed in Unit 2. In Unit 3 the functioning of the main Social Media is dealt with in detail (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube). Finally, the topic… Go to course
|2B Digital Citizenship|
In this module you will learn how to apply digital citizenship to oneself. Engage positively, critically and competently in the digital environment Able to practise forms of social participation that are respectful of human rights and dignity through the responsible use of technology List ways digital literacy adds quality to your life … Go to course
|3A Developing digital content – Integrating and re-elaborating digital content|
In the first part of the course, we will help you to create a word document. At the end of the course you will find a website that can help you further. In the second part of the course we will help you to create an excel spreadsheet. At the end of the course you will find a website that can help you further. In the third part of the course we will help you to create a Power Point Presentation. At the end of the course you will find a website that… Go to course
|3B Using the internet and managing information|
In this module you will learn how to use apps that will assist you in your daily life. You will learn how to set up accounts on Skype, Twitter and Facebook as the main social media apps that are in use today. … Go to course
|3B2 Using the internet and managing information|
In this module you will learn how to use apps that will assist you in your daily life. You will learn how to set up accounts on Skype, Twitter and Facebook as the main social media apps that are in use today. Finally, you will look at specific subjects (travel and language) and learn how to put the skills that you have learned into practice. … Go to course
|4A Protecting devices|
In this course, we will learn how to install and configure an antivirus in PCs with Windows, MacOS or Ubuntu. We will find some guidelines to increase the security in the operative system in both smartphones and PC. We will receive some tips about how to keep the integrity of our computer with a set of simple actions. We will finally install different antivirus in several mobile systems. … Go to course
|4B Protecting Personal Data and Privacy|
This unit indicates the main topics on digital privacy, digital safety and digital privacy normative… Go to course
|5A Solving technical problems: Identifying needs and technological responses|
In this course we are going to learn how to distinguish among different failures or errors that an OS can present. We will learn several methods to correct them as long as possible. We will also learn some apps that help improve our PC’s efficiency. … Go to course
|5B Identifying Alternatives: messaging, email, video chat|
This unit indicates all the alternatives to communicating applications and platforms used for online communication. When it is not possible to use WhatsApp for messaging, Outlook for emails and Skype for video chat, various alternatives are available: Viber, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Hangouts Meet…. Go to course
|Additional Module: Common online misinformation related to COVID-19:|
Overview of fact-checking and debunking the hoaxes
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Readers are invited to:
- Use the DELSA project resources.
- Distribute information about the resources to colleagues. I would be delighted if you would pass this on to colleagues or other potential interested parties.
- Note the resource in your organisation, agency, or ETB newsletter.
The EC Europe 2020 plan includes a digital single market strategy as one of its top 10 political priorities. The strategy seeks to promote better online access to goods and services across Europe, create an optimal environment for digital networks and services, and to take full advantage of the digital economy as a potential driver for growth. Europe is experiencing a digital job shortage, increasing at 4% per year, and there is a gap between the demand for digital skills and the actual skills among European citizens. This gap is primarily due to low digital competence levels, since connectivity and access to basic ICT infrastructure is widely available Europe-wide. Over 219 million EU households (99.9%) had access to at least one of the main fixed or mobile broadband access technologies according to the Broadband Coverage in Europe 2017 Report. In contrast 17% of the EU population have no digital skills (2017), and the share of EU citizens without basic digital skills is 43% according to the Digital Skills Indicator, a composite indicator based on the Digital Competence Framework for Citizens. These figures imply level of digital exclusion risk for 43% of the EU population in a context of rapid community and economy digitisation. Further, 35% of the EU labour force did not have at least basic digital skills (in 2017) which are now required in most jobs, predominantly because they did not use the internet. (Excerpt from the Executive Summary of the `Mapping of Digital Skills & Competences for Digitally Upskilling Adults` Report http://www.digitaldelsa.eu/assessment.php).
For further information contact Michael Kenny, lecturer, Department of Adult & Community Education, Maynooth University and DELSA project participant at email@example.com