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1. Digital Skills Research: Interview with Natalie Frank, Manager, OLES – Consultations with employers [Audio – 2:55] (2011)

Digital Skills Research: Interview with Natalie Frank, Manager, OLES – Consultations with employers [Audio – 2:55]

Series: Audio Centre - HRSDC

Authors: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

This audio file is part of a podcast series developed by Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES), Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), describing a research project that will help to update the computer use element of the Essential Skills framework.

In this segment, the manager of the policy and research group within OLES discusses consultations with employers carried out as part of the project. While only 20 employers responded to an online survey, they represented a broad range of occupations and sectors throughout Canada.

Among the points raised by employers were the lack of means for assessing the digital skills of workers in many workplaces; a general sense that many workers, especially older ones, do not have the skills they need to work in these new environments; and worries that rapid changes in technology leave many employees simply using trial and error to respond to new situations.

Added: 2012-03-21

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2. Digital Skills Research: Interview with Natalie Frank, Manager, OLES – Literature review & framework [Audio – 6:00] (2011)

Digital Skills Research: Interview with Natalie Frank, Manager, OLES – Literature review & framework [Audio – 6:00]

Series: Audio Centre - HRSDC

Authors: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

In this segment of a podcast series developed by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), the focus is on research related to digital literacy.

The manager of the policy and research group within OLES explains that an international literature review turned up a wide range of terms and concepts, including computer literacy, digital skills, e-skills, and technological literacy. Overall, these concepts have shifted over the past few years to focus increasingly on reflective rather than technical competence, emphasizing the need to connect, evaluate and interpret information.

The literature review is part of a research project aimed at helping OLES update the computer use element of the Essential Skills framework by replacing it with the more broadly based term "digital skills."

Added: 2012-03-13

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3. Digital Skills Research: Interview with Natalie Frank, Manager, OLES - Next steps [Audio – 1:53] (2011)

Digital Skills Research: Interview with Natalie Frank, Manager, OLES - Next steps [Audio – 1:53]

Series: Audio Centre - HRSDC

Authors: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

This audio file is part of a podcast series developed by Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES), Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), describing a research project that will help to update the computer use element of the Essential Skills framework.

In this segment, the manager of the policy and research group of OLES discusses with Véronique Cadieux what will happen now that the research has been completed. The next step includes coming up with a definition of what is meant by "digital skills" as an Essential Skill in the Canadian context.

Then these skills constructs will be broken down in order to describe the elements that make them more or less difficult to perform. That will allow for the development of a reliable scale on which people's skills can be graded and through which job tasks can be given complexity levels for the purposes of profiling occupations.

For more information, please click here: http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/LES/profiles/index.shtml.

Added: 2012-04-03

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4. Digital Skills Research: Interview with Natalie Frank, Manager, OLES – Research objectives [Audio – 2:50] (2011)

Digital Skills Research: Interview with Natalie Frank, Manager, OLES – Research objectives [Audio – 2:50]

Series: Audio Centre - HRSDC

Authors: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

This audio file is part of a podcast series developed by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES), part of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).

In it, the manager of the policy and research group within OLES describes the start of a research project aimed at helping to update the computer use element of the Essential Skills framework.

The project, carried out by a Montreal consulting firm, included a review of international literature on digital skills; the identification of tools currently used to assess digital skills proficiency; and the analysis of options for developing a new complexity rating scale based on the new framework.

Added: 2012-03-07

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5. Digital Skills Research: Interview with Natalie Frank, Manager, OLES - Tools and procedures [Audio – 2:43] (2011)

Digital Skills Research: Interview with Natalie Frank, Manager, OLES - Tools and procedures [Audio – 2:43]

Series: Audio Centre - HRSDC

Authors: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES), Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), commissioned a research project to help update the computer use element of its Essential Skills framework.

This audio file is part of a podcast describing the project. In it, the manager of OLES’s policy and research group talks about the part of the project that looked at tools and procedures currently used to assess people's proficiency with regard to digital skills.

The research identified three types of assessment: test-based assessment based on defined skills indicators; assessment based on self-reporting; and qualitative assessment. Research has shown that both self-reporting and qualitative methods like observational assessment are limited in their ability to provide solid, broad-based conclusions.

Test-based assessment methods can provide more solid information, as long as the tests are themselves broadly based and offer insights into cognitive proficiency as well as technical skills.

Added: 2012-03-27

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6. Intro to Podcast Series - Interview with Sylvie Morissette - Manager, OLES [Audio - 2:25] (2011)

Intro to Podcast Series - Interview with Sylvie Morissette - Manager, OLES [Audio - 2:25]

Series: Audio Centre - HRSDC

Authors: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

This brief audio file introduces a series of podcasts developed by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).

In this segment, the manager of the Essential Skills profiles group in OLES explains that podcasts give the listener the option of choosing which segments they want to hear, an important consideration when time is short.

As well, the listener is able to rewind or fast-forward; save the podcast on a computer; or access it from a portable media device.

Added: 2012-02-27

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7. Updated Essential Skills Profiles – Interview with Sylvie Morissette – Manager, OLES [Audio – 6:31] (2011)

Updated Essential Skills Profiles – Interview with Sylvie Morissette – Manager, OLES [Audio – 6:31]

Series: Audio Centre - HRSDC

Authors: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

This audio file is part of a series of podcasts developed by the Policy and Planning division of the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES), Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

In it, the manager of the Essential Skills Profiles group within OLES talks about a project carried out in 2011 to ensure that the profiles are current and representative of today's occupations. Fifty profiles, chosen from a variety of economic sectors, were selected for updating.

The updates include adding information on how each occupation is affected by digital technology; developing task statements for each occupation; and replacing the "computer use" skill domain with "digital technology" to reflect a more up-to-date concept of skills and tasks.

Added: 2012-04-11

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