Systems and Means of Informatics
2016, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 171-180
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES AND EDUCATION IN THE EUROPEAN UNION: FORMING THE NEW PROFESSIONALS
The situation in the labour market mismatch between the availability and demand for information and communications technologies specialists that exists in the European Union despite the high level of unemployment is con-sidered. The reasons for the existing imbalance that has mainly been caused by insufficient level of digital competences among the significant part of the working population are analyzed. Certain aspects of "The Riga Declaration on e-skills" designed to change the current situation are presented. A significant role in the imbalance compensation is assigned to school teachers, who either insufficiently use or avoid the ICT usage in the learning process, which has been proved by the research results. The measures taken to improve the teachers qualification level are listed. The Massive Open Online Courses focused on various aspects of the ICT use in teaching both general subjects and computer science are given as an example.
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