A new online tool to help students and teachers be the best in the world at exploitation technology has been launched.
Microsoft has teamed up with some of the leading education organisations in the UK to create a guide that lets people spot the gaps in their digital skills, and then points them to applicable courses.
The free tool is designed to create a generation of digital leadership who will thrive in workplaces that are progressively relying on technology.
Clare Riley, Further Education and Higher Education Engagement Manager at Microsoft, aforesaid it will help people from every background to accomplish more in education and life.
“Today’s world is digital and mobile, app-based and personal. To thrive in it, lesser confidence around how best to harness technology and new digital skills are vital; but not everyone has them,” she aforesaid.
“Our easy-to-use online tool is designed to help you assess your digital skill and capabilities and identify the necessary courses and resources to accelerate your learning, research capabilities or impact as a teacher. It will guide you through a three-level course of study with plenty of free online resources to raise your digital readiness to new high and help you become future leadership in business and academia.”
The service has been launched in conjunction with Leicester University, Milton Keynes College and JISC – a nonprofit organization company that offers digital solutions for education and research in the UK.
Students, academics, researchers and administrators can take courses at gold, silver and bronze levels, depending on their skill level. Bronze courses offer information on how to work with confidence , collaboratively and effectively in a digital world, and include help with Office 365 Education, OneNote, Sway, GDPR, the cloud, Microsoft Teams and exploitation Skype in the schoolroom, among other topics.
Silver courses focus on creativeness and collaboration, and look at accessibility, inclusion, Power BI, amplifying student voices and problem-based learning.
Gold courses are for anyone who wants to use technology to inspire and introduce others. These courses offer help with growing a professional network, searching for jobs and becoming a Skype Master Teacher to learn from other education professionals crosswise the world.
Penny Langford, Head of eLearning at Milton Keynes College, added: “We’ve worked in conjunction with JISC and Microsoft to categorize key skills into three levels – bronze, silver and gold – depending on whether they will help drive productivity, creativeness or innovation. For each level we’ve besides developed three core learning paths, so you can take charge of our own development and navigate the necessary online courses and learning resources you need to succeed.”
It is believed that 65% of today’s students will end up working in jobs that don’t exist yet, and more than 500,000 highly-skilled workers will be needful to fill digital roles by 2022 – three times the number of UK computer science students who graduated in the past 10 years. Just 5% of computer scientists are female, piece people returning to work and those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are besides immensely underrepresented inside the sector.
Last year, the Government used the Budget to announce more money for AI and triple the number of trained computer science teachers in a bid to make United Kingdom one of the leadership in technology and innovation.
Microsoft has besides launched a digital skills programme that aims to ensure the country remains one of the global leadership in next-generation technologies.