Certiport Introduces Model to Enhance Digital Literacy and Scholastic Readiness of Incoming College Students: Model Provides Solution for Digital Literacy Assessment and Remediation of Incoming Students--All Leading to Achievement of Certiport Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3)

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Certiport today unveiled a model to assess and develop digital literacy among college freshmen using the globally recognized standard of Certiport Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3(R)). The program is designed to assist institutions retain students by helping incoming freshmen gain the current and relevant skills needed to excel in 21st Century learning environments.

Digital literacy has quickly become the fourth fundamental skill; today it is every bit as vital to education and employment as reading, writing and arithmetic

    The Certiport model for developing and validating freshmen digital literacy consists of four parts: Mapping the school's curriculum of basic computing and Internet courses to globally accepted digital literacy standards, assessing the digital literacy level of incoming freshmen, creating personalized-learning plans for students in need of remediation and providing students with the added opportunity of earning an industry-recognized credential.

"Digital literacy has quickly become the fourth fundamental skill; today it is every bit as vital to education and employment as reading, writing and arithmetic," said David Saedi, president and CEO of Certiport. "Although a digital literacy shortfall among college and university students has gone largely undetected and unaddressed, leading institutions of higher learning now have access to a holistic approach that ensures students are equipped to leverage digital tools effectively in the learning environment."

The approach Certiport recommends for addressing the digital literacy needs of incoming college students is based on the Certiport IC3 standard. The credential follows the recommendations of the Global Digital Literacy Council (GDLC), the preeminent advisory body that reviews and updates digital literacy standards based on input from hundreds of subject-matter experts, educational authorities and government agencies worldwide. Certiport IC3 is recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE), promoted as a standard for digital literacy in the workplace by Oxford Cambridge Royal Society of Arts (OCR) in the United Kingdom, endorsed by CompTIA as the foundational credential for all other technical certifications, adopted as a means to develop essential career skills by the United Kingdom's leading vocational awarding body City & Guilds and outlined as one of the "Basic Vocational Abilities" by the Youth Employability Support (YES) Program created by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

Digital literacy is the knowledge and skills needed to understand and utilize computers and the Internet, the natural medium for creating and exchanging information in the 21st Century. To learn more about student readiness for higher education and one school's efforts to prepare its students with digital skills, visit our background document on freshmen digital literacy. Also, go here to listen to faculty give insights into research on digital literacy's value in higher education and to an administrator's perspective on implementing a digital literacy assessment program for freshmen.

About Certiport

Certiport prepares individuals with current and relevant digital skills and credentials for the competitive global workforce. These solutions are delivered by more than 12,000 Certiport Centers worldwide and include Certiport Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3(R)), the official Microsoft(R) Office certification programs and the Adobe(R) Certified Associate certification program. For more information, visit http://www.certiport.com.

"Certiport" and "IC3" are registered trademarks of Certiport, Inc. in the United States and other countries. "Microsoft" is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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