The issue of Digital Literacy has been subjected to a significant debate among many international organisations. ECDL Foundation lays great stress on how its certifications meet the newest criteria, even by changing its own name: from ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) an ICDL (International Certification of Digital Literacy). Actually, the acronym ICDL is already in use in all non-Eu countries since 1998, though with different meaning.
Besides, for the first time ever, in the last quarter of 2018 a non-EU country – Egypt – turned out to be the country with the greatest number of exams taken.
In order to highlight the clear-cut evolution and the distance from its first propositions, ECDL Foundation has rebranded itself and opted for a more linear and effective way to show its aims. What stays the same is the effort of both AICA and ECDL/ICDL Foundation to always keep its modules up-to-date. Molte istituzioni internazionali riconoscono la centralità del tema della digital literacy.
A Global Community
In regards to Digital Literacy, 2018 has been a year full with changes and innovations.
European Union revised the definition of digital skills adopted in 2006 with the Council Recommendation of 22 may 2018onkey competences for lifelong learning. Furthermore, EU Commission proposed a Digital Europe Program, included in the already provisionally agreed 2021-2017 budget, allocating up to €700 for aquiring "advanced digital skills", as reported in the 4th paragraph of the proposal.
Apart from having already been issued in September 2017 a report named Working Group on Education: Digital skills for life and work, in June 2018 UNESCO issued an information paper entitled A Global Framework of Reference on Digital Literacy Skills for Indicator 4.4.2.
The American Council on Education (ACE), a renown major coordinating body for US colleges and universities which since 1974 have been trusted to provide reliable course equivalency in formation to facilitate credit award decisions, has evaluated and recommended college credit for five of ICDL Foundation’s modules (ACE CREDIT).
ISTE is a membership organisation committed to educational technology. Based in the United States, but active around the world, it maintains the ISTE Standards to provide a framework that helps educators transform learning with technology. In May 2017, the ICDL programme received a Seal of Alignment from ISTE, showing that ICDL has been independently reviewed and was found to be aligned with the ISTE Standards.