Monday, March 17, 2008

ECDL must have questionable worth

ECDL is being used as a badge to say I am 'IT Literate' (whatever that means!). Trouble is, IT knowledge is working knowledge. Typically candidates will study to pass the assessment and then forget next-to-everything. ECDL should take more of a problem-solving approach or those who study for it will feel the badge is rather hollow and their 'IT literacy' will not translate into improved confidence in computer use - possibly the reverse...
Not only that but the 'e-learning' method of learning and testing means that generally only one way of doing something is allowed. This 'closed world' simulation is a far cry from the generally messy way we obtain working knowledge and heuristics.

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