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Improving Technology Access and Digital Adoption for SMEs

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 11/04/2016 1478283113
Technology and digital adoption remain some of the most important ways for SMEs to innovate and increase their overall productivity. However, the cost .... Read more

Technology and digital adoption remain some of the most important ways for SMEs to innovate and increase their overall productivity. However, the costs of purchasing or upgrading equipment can be prohibitive for many smaller companies. Lifting these barriers is essential in ensuring that SMEs can remain competitive in an ever evolving marketplace.

  • Introduce an “Innovation Deduction” that would allow businesses to claim up to $100,000 per year spent on new equipment or technology, in the year of purchase. This could be similar the United States’ Expense Deduction Bill (Section 179 Deduction).
  • Reintroduce a 100 per cent Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) rate for technology purchases to allow new investments by businesses in order to improve access to new technologies and help spur innovation;
  • Improve technology and information sharing initiatives between the federal government, educational institutions, and the business community by ensuring that businesses are aware of the resources available to them and removing barriers to accessing resources such as red tape. As businesses rely on sources in their own industries for information on innovation, this could be achieved through working with industry associations to help promote services offered by the government and post-secondary institutions, such as Technology Access Centres.

* For full list of recommendations, see attached CFIB report on SMEs and innovation, Beyond the Big Idea: Redefining and Rethinking the Innovation Agenda 

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Stronger Digital Skills among Canadians

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 10/31/2016 1477934550
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With momentum accelerating for increased innovation and job growth at the same time as the rise of digital skills shortages and global competition for .... Read more

With momentum accelerating for increased innovation and job growth at the same time as the rise of digital skills shortages and global competition for talent, Canada will need a collective effort among industry, associations, academia, and policy-makers to leverage all talent sources.

Stronger Drive to Include Women in the Digital Economy

The CATA Women in Technology Forum outlined in their “Building Digital Skills” Submission (2010) that an “existing and underutilized human resource is Canada’s women. Women [and other diverse people] are under-represented in [information and communications technology] and other advanced technology sectors such as defence and security, and aerospace” (Digital Canada 150: 2010).

It is evident that women in Canada remain behind men when it comes to digital skills and fluency within the workplace; however, improving women’s digital skills can close the existing skills gap.

Accenture, a professional services company focused on a range of services in digital, technology, and operations fields, has outlined in their 2016 report entitled, “Digital Skills Help Narrow the Workplace Gender Gap, Accenture Research Finds,” that if businesses, organizations, and governments within the international community “can double the pace at which women become digitally fluent, gender equality could be achieved in 25 years in developed nations, versus 50 years at the current pace [in workplaces]” (Accenture, 2016: 2).

In order for Canada to build a stronger talent pool of individuals with digital skills - skills which are often seen throughout engineering disciplines - universities, industries and associations must focus on including women into the digital economy. A balanced workforce is about more than just reflecting Canada’s demographics. Successful organizations tend to have a workforce that reflects the diversity of both its customers and society and works to support the development of employee’s skills to succeed in the profession.

Recommendations

In order to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians the federal government must work with industries, associations, and universities on methods to help improve the retention of employees, specifically female employees, within science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) professions. The federal government must:

  1. Promote and support organizations that build awareness of effective methods that promote digital skills for their employees;
  1. Examine how STEM industries and professions could become more attractive to a greater talent pool; specifically focusing on bringing women into the profession; and
  1. Work in collaboration with industries, universities, and organizations to promote mentorship, internship, and co-operative programs to attract and retain women in STEM professions.

Proactive Steps: Engineering Profession in Canada

Engineers Canada is dedicated to increasing the participation of women in the engineering profession by identifying initiatives that attract greater numbers of women to engineering, promoting their retention in the profession and demonstrating the value of diversity and inclusivity in engineering education and in the workplace. A key component of this objective is 30 by 30, Engineers Canada’s goal of raising the percentage of newly licensed engineers who are women to 30 per cent by the year 2030.

30 by 30 has received national support across all provinces and territories. Engineers Canada collaborates with the engineering regulators and other stakeholders to facilitate a national vision on this issue. Whether it is in academic programs, places of employment or other areas, Engineers Canada seeks to recognize organizations that make significant progress in increasing women in engineering. The engineering profession has taken active steps to include women into the profession, including:

  • Assigning a 30 by 30 champion on their Council
  • Presenting an Award for the Advancement of Women in Engineering as a means of recognizing and promoting diversity objectives
  • Creating Women in Engineering Committees, with specific budgets and reporting at a senior level
  • Instituting formal diversity tracking and reporting at every Council meeting

Projects under the 30 by 30 banner also include nationalizing efforts of outreach programs such as the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (OnWiE)’s Go ENG Girl and collaborating with the WinSETT Centre to increase women’s access to leadership training. The federal government should support these nationalizing efforts in order to leverage all talent sources to build stronger digital skills among Canadians.

Fostering STEM Education in Kindergarten to Grade 12 – Focus on Digital Skills         

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) outlined in their 2010 “Digital Skills for Prosperity and Productivity in Canada” submission that a digitally literate population is required for Canada to prosper in the changing international economy. ICTC highlights three main challenges that pose a significant challenge towards the development of digital skills. There are obstacles in place that hinder individual’s ability to access digital technology, “a school system is ill-prepared to develop digitally literate students… [and there is a] disconnect between the skills that industry needs and the education provided by post-secondary institutions” (Digital Canada 150 [ICTC], 2010).

An innovative approach to support the development of stronger digital skills among Canadians is to introduce digital media literacy and information and communications technology within provincial and territorial education curriculum; specifically integrating digital skills training within Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Credit: Engineers Canada

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Accélérer le développement des compétences numériques des citoyens, des consommateurs et des travailleurs

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 10/11/2016 1476212678
Tags: innovation 
Dans le cadre des consultations du Programme d'innovation du Canada, le CEFRIO formule trois propositions pour répondre aux enjeux prioritaires quan .... Read more

Dans le cadre des consultations du Programme d'innovation du Canada, le CEFRIO formule trois propositions pour répondre aux enjeux prioritaires quant à l'utilisation du numérique au pays. Accélérer le développement des compétences numériques des citoyens, des consommateurs et des travailleurs est la deuxième de trois propositions du CEFRIO. 

Quelles approches novatrices permettraient de renforcer les compétences numériques des citoyens, des consommateurs et des travailleurs? La transformation numérique du pays a des impacts sur les Canadiens dans toutes les sphères de leur vie, tant comme citoyens, comme parents, comme consommateurs, comme travailleurs ou encore comme entrepreneurs. Les compétences requises dans un monde numérique sont nombreuses et varient selon les contextes. Dans tous les cas, elles dépassent largement la compétence technique, pour mobiliser un ensemble de connaissances, de compétences et d’attitudes.

Les compétences numériques dans la sphère privée

Selon ComScore (2014), près de 28 millions de Canadiens utilisent Internet de manière régulière, soit environ 80 % de la population totale. Ces données sont similaires à celles collectées tous les mois par le CEFRIO auprès des Québécois. Les Québécois sont également d’importants consommateurs en ligne : plus de 1 Québécois sur 2 a fait au moins une transaction en ligne au cours de la dernière année, et chaque cyberacheteur dépense en moyenne 309 $ par mois.

Le CEFRIO a amorcé l’exploration de la question des compétences numériques des consommateurs, en collaboration avec Industrie Canada, en 2015. En effet, il est nécessaire que les Canadiens aient les compétences numériques requises pour faire un « usage sûr et critique des technologies de la société de l’information», et ceci implique notamment d’acheter et de vendre des biens et services en ligne, mais aussi de comparer des produits, des prix, et de comprendre et mesurer les risques.

Les compétences numériques au travail

Pour plusieurs Canadiens, les compétences acquises par l’utilisation du numérique à la maison pourraient être davantage mises à profit dans le cadre de leur travail. D’ailleurs, les résultats de NETravailleurs, une enquête du CEFRIO menée auprès de 1200 employés industriels, démontrent qu’une majorité de travailleurs manifestent un intérêt pour utiliser davantage leurs compétences avec les technologies au travail. Toutefois, des compétences numériques complémentaires en lien avec le travail doivent être développées, en fonction du métier ou de la profession ainsi que du secteur d’activité, afin d’atteindre les résultats souhaités en terme de performance.

Dans cet esprit, le CEFRIO, avec la collaboration de chercheurs universitaires, a mis au point un référentiel des compétences numériques au travail qui comprend trois (3)  dimensions :

  1. les compétences technologiques (utiliser efficacement les technologies de l’information);
  2. les compétences cognitives (être capable de sélectionner, d’interpréter et d’évaluer l’information numérique);
  3. les compétences collaboratives (collaborer et résoudre des problèmes dans un environnement numérique).

Le CEFRIO souhaite que le Canada joue un rôle d’innovateur en matière de compétences numériques, tant pour mesurer les compétences numériques actuelles des Canadiens que pour soutenir l’innovation issue des différents milieux. En effet, il est nécessaire que les Canadiens développent des compétences numériques pour agir comme citoyens numériques éclairés et vigilants ainsi que des travailleurs numériques innovateurs et performants.

L’état actuel des activités de commerce électronique au Canada ne permet pas à lui seul d’évaluer le niveau de compétences numériques détenues par les Canadiens. Le CEFRIO recommande donc la création d’un indice des compétences numériques des citoyens, particulièrement sous l’angle des citoyens consommateurs de biens et services numériques.

Le souhait de faire du Canada une nation innovatrice nécessite la mise en place d’approches novatrices pour développer les compétences numériques au travail. Le CEFRIO recommande également la mise en place d’un programme de soutien à l’innovation pour le développement des compétences numériques dans les milieux de travail. Ce programme devrait viser les entreprises, les organisations ainsi que les gouvernements.

Consultez les autres propositions du CEFRIO :http://cefr.io/3prop

Credit: CEFRIO

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Déployer un programme pancanadien d'accompagnement à l'adoption de technologies numériques structurantes chez les PME

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 10/11/2016 1476211812
Tags: innovation 
Dans le cadre des consultations du Programme d'innovation du Canada, le CEFRIO formule trois propositions pour répondre aux enjeux prioritaires quan .... Read more

Dans le cadre des consultations du Programme d'innovation du Canada, le CEFRIO formule trois propositions pour répondre aux enjeux prioritaires quant à l'utilisation du numérique au pays. Déployer un programme pancanadien d'accompagnement à l'adoption de technologies numériques structurantes chez les PME est la première de trois propositions du CEFRIO. 

L'utilisation du numérique est aujourd'hui indispensable pour toute organisation. Si les entreprises canadiennes utilisent aujourd'hui l'informatique pour réaliser des tâches reliées à l'administration, aux finances, aux ventes ou au marketing, il n'en est malheureusement pas encore le cas pour l'ensemble d'entre elles pour ce qui est de la production, de la logistique, de la gestion de la chaîne d'approvisionnement ou du commerce électronique.

Or, il est prouvé que plus une entreprise fait un usage intensif du numérique, plus elle est innovante et plus elle est performante.

Pour soutenir l'innovation, la compétitivité et la performance des PME canadiennes, le CEFRIO recommande que le déploiement d'un programme national d'accompagnement à l'adoption de stratégies numériques soit l'une des priorités du Programme d'innovation du Canada.

De 2012 à 2015, le CEFRIO a opéré pour le compte du ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation du Québec le programme pilote PME 2.0 pour développer une nouvelle approche favorisant l'adoption du numérique dans les entreprises. Ce programme a permis de développer une démarche et des outils pouvant aujourd'hui être transférés à d’autres PME dans l'ensemble du pays, pour les soutenir à leur tour dans leur passage vers l'entreprise numérique.

Éprouvée en pilote auprès de 30 PME industrielles des secteurs de la mode et de l’aérospatiale et présentement mise en œuvre auprès d'un nombre toujours plus important d'entreprises, cette démarche structurée d’adoption des technologies de l’information en entreprise a produit des résultats concrets.  Elle s’élargit actuellement pour rejoindre plus de 600 PME du Québec.

PME 2.0 a permis d'augmenter la productivité des PME participantes en soutenant une intégration réussie des TIC. Le programme a également favorisé l’émergence d’une culture numérique dans les PME de manière à augmenter les compétences numériques des dirigeants et des employés, facteur clé de la réussite des projets technologiques. PME 2.0 visait de plus à augmenter les investissements en TIC réalisés par les entreprises pendant et après leur participation, produisant des effets à plus long terme pour le Québec.

Une telle démarche structurée (diagnostic de la capacité numérique, plan numérique, bonnes pratiques de gestion de projet TI) permet de guider un grand nombre d’entreprises dans un processus d’adoption et de maximisation des gains recherchés, pour ainsi générer des résultats transférables et créer un effet d'entraînement au sein des industries, régions et secteurs économiques visés.  

Accompagnée d'un soutien financier au projet concret de la PME (pouvant provenir des programmes et mesures déjà en place), une démarche d'accompagnement telle que PME 2.0 favoriserait une réelle mise en action des entreprises, allant ainsi plus loin que la sensibilisation et l'information.

Les projets numériques cadrent souvent mal avec les normes des programmes financiers auxquels font appel les PME pour soutenir leur croissance, qu'ils soient privés ou gouvernementaux. En exigeant des PME recherchant un soutien financier gouvernemental pour réaliser un projet numérique qu'elles suivent la méthodologie de planification propre à la démarche PME 2.0, les institutions et programmes de financement canadiens pourraient à la fois améliorer l'accessibilité à leurs fonds et maximiser le rendement des investissements publics et privés. Une telle intégration accélérerait encore plus le passage au numérique des petites et moyennes entreprises du pays.  

Des PME faisant plus grand usage du numérique à travers l'ensemble de leurs fonctions seront plus performantes, innoveront davantage et seront plus susceptibles de faire appel aux centres et organismes de recherche et d'innovation de l'écosystème d'innovation canadien. Leur performance accrue et leurs exportations contribueront à renforcer la place du Canada dans l'économie mondiale.

Le CEFRIO recommande donc de s’appuyer sur les acquis de PME 2.0 au Québec pour mettre en place un programme national d'accompagnement à l'adoption du numérique chez les petites et moyennes entreprises.

Consultez les autres propositions du CEFRIO :http://cefr.io/3prop

Credit: CEFRIO, ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation du Québec

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Peer to peer payment transfer app

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 10/07/2016 1475884298
I am Jignesh, founder of mobile application called Wundr. What is Wundr? Wundr is useful when you need to pay back a friend for dinner, and you real .... Read more

I am Jignesh, founder of mobile application called Wundr.

What is Wundr?

Wundr is useful when you need to pay back a friend for dinner, and you realise you have no cash in your wallet? Or you fancy a packet of crisps, and you reach the till at the corner shop only to find that it's either cash-only, or even worse, there's a CAD 10 minimum card spend or a card fee. 

If only everywhere and everyone accepted card payments. Think of all the time you'd save from not having to find an ATM. No more chasing your friends for their bank details to make a transfer. None of that sinking feeling when you realize that cheque you've been meaning to deposit expired two months ago.

With Wundr, the only thing you need to make or receive a payment is already in your hands. From now on, you can use your smartphone to pay friends and businesses by card.

Wundr is a universal solution that covers all your needs:

paying back a colleague for lunch

paying your doctor

paying for the vintage bike you found on Kijiji

Wundr works with iOS and Android.

 

How it works?

- User 1 send money from his account to User 2

- User 2 get money in his Wundr account as a balance

- From Wundr balance User 2 can deposit that balance to his bank account

 

What I am looking for Wundr?

I am looking best payment gateway service with lowest pricing to make it happen this in CANADA. 

Also I am looking for to do partnership with payment gateway if you really like the idea and want to be part of new way of payment.

Let me know if you need anything else from me. 

Thanks

Jignesh Rajodiya

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Building a B2B platform for petty cash purchases

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 10/03/2016 1475518135
All businesses have Petty Cash purchases; i.e purchasing tea, coffee, sugar, cleaning materials, stationary and other regular monthly purchases. The i .... Read more

All businesses have Petty Cash purchases; i.e purchasing tea, coffee, sugar, cleaning materials, stationary and other regular monthly purchases. The idea is to create a web platform where Canadian businesses can create a monthly order of petty cash purchases and then suppliers can fill out those orders by competing in terms of delivery time, items quality and prices. How would this contribute to the Canadian's digital skills? In the beginning this will help prepare the market for full e-commerce in terms of business entities; later on the idea can be extended to cover citizens (households).

Currently, I have applied to the Canadian Immigration and I know my chances are slim to none; but I do believe deep down inside my heart that I can contribute highly to the Canadian community and I wish I could have a chance to prove my worth as an effective individual in the Canadian community.

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12 Recommandations pour les Villes et Gouvernements (Fed / Prov / Terr.)

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 09/29/2016 1475152446
Tags: innovation 
Une conférence de portée internationale sur l'INNOVATION, tenue à l'ENAP-Montréal le 11 mai 2016, a permis l'identification de 12 recommandations .... Read more

Une conférence de portée internationale sur l'INNOVATION, tenue à l'ENAP-Montréal le 11 mai 2016, a permis l'identification de 12 recommandations pouvant aider à faciliter l'innovation publique.

http://recherche.enap.ca/fr/lectureNouvelle.aspx?idNews=27549#.V9lmM0-FMdU

 

Article court :

https://pmiquebec.qc.ca/index.php/articles-du-mois/548-innovation-publique-ere-numerique

 

Bonne lecture,

 

Pr. Yvan Lauzon, MBA

newpmp2.0@gmail.com

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Rapport Blanc Lauzon sur l'INNOVATION PUBLIQUE

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 09/28/2016 1475070460
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Un Rapport innovant et bien vulgarisé de 176 pages, aussi connu sous l’appellation est accessible à tous GRATUITEMENT et il est référencé .... Read more

Un Rapport innovant et bien vulgarisé de 176 pages, aussi connu sous l’appellation <Rapport Blanc Lauzon sur l’INNOVATION> est accessible à tous GRATUITEMENT et il est référencé jusqu’à maintenant sur une dizaine de sites, notamment sur les suivants :

 

http://recherche.enap.ca/fr/lectureNouvelle.aspx?idNews=27549#.V9lmM0-FMdU

 

12 Recommandations y sont proposées

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Invest in the youth and develop digital skills early

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 09/23/2016 1474661061
Tags: mining  innovation 
Encourage the early development of digital skills starting at the elementary school levels. Include specific mining specific digital skills develop .... Read more
  1. Encourage the early development of digital skills starting at the elementary school levels.
  2. Include specific mining specific digital skills development within the mining curriculums.
Credit: Centre for Excellence In Mining Innovation, CEMI

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Mobility/Internet

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 09/21/2016 1474472027
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-There is a need for better mobility & internet services in Northern communities, many have poor or no service.   Invest in towers and satellites to .... Read more

-There is a need for better mobility & internet services in Northern communities, many have poor or no service.   Invest in towers and satellites to have profit within community and allow for better access for residents.

-High-speed internet is needed within communities for health issues, (telehealth care) communication and to accommodate the growing demand of online learning/web based education

Credit: Indigenous Roundtable hosted by MP Don Rusnak

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Give options, experience and encouragement

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 09/19/2016 1474322765
First and foremost, we must ensure that all Canadian educational institutions encourage Canadians of all ages to engage in technology and are developi .... Read more

First and foremost, we must ensure that all Canadian educational institutions encourage Canadians of all ages to engage in technology and are developing skills that will ultimately lead to highly qualified graduates with the necessary expertise and training for the video games industry and the digital technology industry more broadly. This includes not only highly developed technical disciplines such as computer science, but also more traditionally "creative" fields such as art, animation, visual effects, game design and sound design, which also represent high value, high paying jobs. Moreover, to achieve success, Canada must prioritize and foster a cross-disciplinary approach to education and training that also incorporates communications, finance, sales and marketing skills as well.

 

Following graduation, it is imperative that juniors in the industry have the opportunity to elevate their skills and experience by having the opportunity to work with the best senior leaders in the global video games industry. This collaboration and exposure not only elevates skills of each employee, but it also elevates the Canadian companies and their internal teams in a meaningful way that preserves their competitiveness globally and enables them to thrive.

 

For these reasons we encourage the federal government to proactively foster and support interactive training and skills development by co-ordinating with provincial governments to provide direct support for these educational programs from Kindergarten - Post-secondary, with a particular focus on closing the gender gap in technology industries. Ensuring that young girls possess the necessary skills to pursue careers in technology is critical to the balance of Canada’s future digital economy. Some examples of innovative approaches to education include, the UKs Digital Schoolhouse (http://www.digitalschoolhouse.org.uk/) and the US-based Alt School (https://www.altschool.com/about).

Credit: The Entertainment Software Association of Canada

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Enseignement des compétences numériques

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 09/19/2016 1474292911
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*proviennent essentiellement du rapport d’ESAC sur les compétences paru en mars 2016  Établir un partenariat de travail étroit avec les p .... Read more

*proviennent essentiellement du rapport d’ESAC sur les compétences paru en mars 2016 

  • Établir un partenariat de travail étroit avec les provinces pour que les compétences informatiques et numériques fassent partie des programmes d’enseignement dans les écoles primaires et secondaires du Canada :
    • Intégrer la programmation au curriculum dès l’école primaire comme cela se fait déjà au Royaume-Uni et comme cela a été annoncé en Colombie-Britannique et en Nouvelle-Écosse. Le Nouveau-Brunswick et plusieurs états américains (NY, Floride) veulent aussi emboîter le pas.

               Financer des organismes comme Kids Code Jeunesse pour y arriver.

  • Enseigner les compétences informatiques et numériques de façon amusante et accessible, en utilisant des plans de leçons « ludifiés». Selon un récent rapport de l’ONU, c’est la meilleure façon d’apprendre pour les enfants.
  • Encourager une approche interdisciplinaire de l’enseignement, combinant des cours dans les TIC à d’autres domaines, comme les arts et le design.
  • Élaborer des politiques et des programmes qui incitent les intervenants du secteur à participer de manière active à l’enseignement des compétences numériques.
    • Dégager les salariés en entreprise afin qu’ils puissent collaborer à des projets d’enseignement, coaching, mentorat, par exemple en offrant des compensations salariales aux entreprises.
  • Le gouvernement fédéral devrait créer un groupe de travail et une stratégie nationale complète sur les compétences dans les domaines informatiques et numériques.
  • Au Canada, les principaux acteurs, y compris les écoles et les gouvernements provinciaux, adoptent déjà des mesures pour régler le problème des déficits en matière de compétences numériques, mais ce qui manque, c’est la coordination et la cohérence. Un cadre général pour l’harmonisation de ces initiatives permettrait d’optimiser les avantages pour le pays dans son ensemble.

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Open-Educational Resources

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 09/15/2016 1473949577
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Open-educational resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, and research materials that are part of the public domain under an intellectual property lic .... Read more

Open-educational resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, and research materials that are part of the public domain under an intellectual property license that allows them to be used and repurposed freely.[1] Examples of OERs include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.[2]

Open resources provide non-discriminatory access to the resource, while allowing for sources to be adjusted, amended for specific teaching practices, and shared many in courses.[3] OER refers to “digitized materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning and research.” This allows a greater number of learners to access educational materials easily and with lower costs.

Offering a wide range of opportunities for learning is a cornerstone of an effective educational system, and removing barriers to learning is a fundamental step in achieving an informed and capable society. With technological advancements, the landscape of learning has shifted and so too have the methods for delivering teaching.

The flexibility of OERs allow for quality information to be more accessible, resulting in wider participation in higher education. OERs are also a factor in breaking down the barriers between formal and non-formal learning. The open and collaborative method in which OERs are produced encourages educational innovation, and it both supports and takes advantage of the development and use of emerging technologies.[4] Adoption of OERs in place of traditional textbooks in post-secondary settings has been correlated with increased student performance and increased student retention from having a better, customized learning resource and more flexible access[5].It not only fuels the further advancement of knowledge, it brings scientists and scholars the recognition that advances their careers.

The OER movement is expanding globally. As of 2016, the Open Policy Network lists 3 Canadian Provinces and 26 US states that have already launched OER initiatives[7], and UNESCO adopted the 2012 Paris OER Declaration urging governments to promote the use of open resources globally[8]. In Canada, British Columbia has adopted the use of open textbooks for a number of courses, improving the quality of materials available to students and saving them money.

OERs are an opportunity to introduce timely, relevant, thorough and cost-effective learning tools to academic settings. These resources can produce better education and skills for learners and increase the standard of human capital for society. Government should have an interest in supporting OER projects because they increase access to learning for all of society and are capable of reaching non-traditional student groups, fostering participation by more citizens in higher levels of education.

CASA believes that Government has an invested interest in supporting OER projects because they increase access to learning for all of society and are capable of reaching non-traditional student groups. These projects improve the quality of materials and save students money while making programs more accessible. Supporting these projects at a national level would be an investment that reaps dividends in the long term.

[1] EDWeek Market Brief, Software Association Weighs Growth of Open-Education Resources, March 2013, http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/marketplacek12/2013/03/software_association_weighs_growth_of_open-education_resources.html

[2] The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Open Educational Resources, 2013, http://www.hewlett.org/programs/education/open-educational-resources

[3] OECD, Giving Knowledge For Free, 2007, http://www.oecd.org/edu/ceri/38654317.pdf

[4] OECD, Giving Knowledge For Free, 2007, http://www.oecd.org/edu/ceri/38654317.pdf

[5] European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, Open Textbooks and Increased Student Acccess and Outcomes, December 2012, http://www.eurodl.org/?p=current&article=533

[6] (See more at: http://www.sparc.arl.org/resource/greaterreach #sthash.rkktHxq8.dpuf).

[7] SPARC, List of North American OER Policies and Projects, Jan 2016, Accessed online: http://sparcopen.org/our-work/list-of-oer-policies-projects/

[8] UNESCO, What is the Paris OER Declaration?, 2016, Accessed online: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/access-to-knowledge/open-educational-resources/what-is-the-paris-oer-declaration/

 

 

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Ideas for Innovation | idées novatrices

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 09/09/2016 1473427996
On September 7, 2016, ISED Design Lab hosted an Innovation Agenda hackathon. People from ISED, other federal departments and the general public attend .... Read more

On September 7, 2016, ISED Design Lab hosted an Innovation Agenda hackathon. People from ISED, other federal departments and the general public attended.  Attached are the results.

Le 7 septembre 2016, le Labo de conception d'ISDE a pirater l'agenda d'innovation. Les employées d'ISDE, d'autres ministères et des gens du publique on participé.  Ci-joint sont les résultats.

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Ideas for Innovation | idées novatrices

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 09/09/2016 1473427992
On September 7, 2016, ISED Design Lab hosted an Innovation Agenda hackathon. People from ISED, other federal departments and the general public attend .... Read more

On September 7, 2016, ISED Design Lab hosted an Innovation Agenda hackathon. People from ISED, other federal departments and the general public attended.  Attached are the results.

Le 7 septembre 2016, le Labo de conception d'ISDE a pirater l'agenda d'innovation. Les employées d'ISDE, d'autres ministères et des gens du publique on participé.  Ci-joint sont les résultats.

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Invest in the Digital Literacy Skills of Canadians

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
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A recent study by the OECD called the Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), has indicated that 48% of all Canadians fa .... Read more

A recent study by the OECD called the Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), has indicated that 48% of all Canadians fall below high-school equivalency on an international scale when it comes to assessment of literacy, numeracy, and digital skills. From this data we can infer that not only do low-literacy skills prevent Canadians from living a fully engaged life, but there is also a very close correlation between core literacy skills (reading, writing, numeracy) and digital literacy.

To function effectively in today’s world Canadians must be able to make sense of content as diverse as credit card statements, medication instructions, a chocolate bar’s nutritional label, an internet search engine, or a social networking website. Digital literacy is defined as the knowledge, skills, and behaviors used in a broad range of digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers. Digital literacy relies on strong essential skills.  – including critical thinking, numeracy, reading, writing -  which are vital for full participation in a digital society.

As society continues to evolve and become more technologically-driven, more and more Canadians in the workforce are expected to perform work functions in a digital environment. Manufacturers and retailers are expected to collect and analyze data about productivity and market trends to stay competitive. Construction workers often use computers to increase employee safety. A recent survey conducted by Microsoft Corporation found that adults with digital literacy skills are more likely to be economically secure. The same survey cites that in the next ten years six out of every 10 new jobs will be in professional and service-related occupations requiring, at a minimum, a basic level of proficiency in computers. Economic advantage and competitiveness will rest heavily on our ability to equip the 21st century workforce with competitive digital literacy skills. It is imperative that we invest in the digital literacy skills of Canadians now, by making adult literacy and essential skills training—with a focus on teaching digital skills—more accessible to adults from coast to coast.

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Support Technological Education Programs in "Digitally-Divided" Canadian Communities

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 09/07/2016 1473283357
In order for Canada to develop stronger digital skills we need to - as a country - ensure that we’re providing opportunities for all Canadians .... Read more

In order for Canada to develop stronger digital skills we need to - as a country - ensure that we’re providing opportunities for all Canadians to engage with technology in personal, professional and educational capacities. In many communities around the country, particularly Northern communities, rural communities and some Indigenous Communities, members simply don’t have the same opportunities as those living in urban centres to engage with technology in a meaningful way.

Before Canada can expect to grow its collective technological skills, we must all recognize and understand the barriers that some Canadians face in receiving basic technological literacy education. We need both broad-reaching (national) and community-level solutions to address the digital divide in Canada. We can develop stronger digital skills among Canadians by seeking out and supporting (as individuals, organizations and governments) those programs and tools developed to bridge the digital divide. This might look like providing more funding and resources to nonprofit organizations like the First Nations Technology Council, as well as community-level initiatives. It might also look like putting a national spotlight on those community, provincial, inter-provincial or national programs that are doing a great job to address the digital divide and encourage Canadians to seek out and support these initiatives.

The most effective way for Canadians to broaden their digital skills is to provide access to technology for all Canadians and to provide support so individuals new to using digital technology can have the opportunity to become interested in developing their skills.

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Teach psychiatry and peer support at primary and secondary levels of education.

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
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We grow up and find ourselves ill with no knowledge of how to cope or recover. This affects our best minds late in teen life. We need to educate stude .... Read more

We grow up and find ourselves ill with no knowledge of how to cope or recover. This affects our best minds late in teen life. We need to educate students before this happens so they have coping knowledge ahead of time. 

Credit: Psychiatric Survivors Of Ottawa

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Ensuring Canadians have the digital literacy necessary to compete in a digital world

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A digitally literate population requires a digital strategy that includes youth. It is clear that youth will need digital skills for every future care .... Read more

A digitally literate population requires a digital strategy that includes youth. It is clear that youth will need digital skills for every future career. This is currently being challenged by a limited formal school curriculum, no internet for remote communities, and parents concern over online safety.

It must be understood that frequent use of technology by youth, does not mean these youth are digitally literate. We must move youth from consumers of technology to producers of technology. This will require investment in programs that build digital skills and give them the opportunity to apply them. Not just coding, but activities in computational thinking where context is applied for youth to understand why technology matters and and how it impacts our lives.

There is currently a large diversity gap in Canada's technology sector. To solve this, the government must focus on actions and investments in programs that will engage under-served youth at an early age. This includes programs for girls, Indigenous youth, underrepresented youth and those facing socioeconomic challenges. To reach Canada's full innovation potential and compete in a digital world, there must be significant investment in youth engagement.

 

 

 

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A Stronger Digital Canada

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 08/26/2016 1472234760
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Incentivize increased investment from the private sector.  We can learn a lot from Germany: electric cars, solar energy. items to items sending t .... Read more
  • Incentivize increased investment from the private sector. 
  • We can learn a lot from Germany: electric cars, solar energy.
  • items to items sending through the cloud is a huge innovation and it is at the development stage, it should be supported further.
  • Financial security is an essential component in making people have trust and faith in whatever operations they are involved in. 
  • there should be a bottom-up approach to training and understanding to security and privacy issues, also legal and moral training to help people make the right judgement calls. 
  • Big data is an element that people would be interested in, but this is where the training comes in because people need to understand that their data is safe and secure.
  • The use of Bitcoin, increased use of online banking.
  • Due to influx of immigrant, must integrate those individuals and teach them a basic skills set and a more complex skill set. 
  • Connectivity is essential, super highway - we are lagging behind many other countries in that aspect.
  • It is essential to standardize the speed at which people get tools, for instance digital data - people across the country need to have the same level and qualify and quantity of connectivity.
  • Waterloo is our best chance and it is best geared to become our next silicon valley. 
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Educational Integrated eLibraries and Contents Sharing

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 08/24/2016 1472056558
Reliable and affordable same quality Educational Resources delivery for all and developed as the first world CONTENTS and integrated eLibrary for ever .... Read more

Reliable and affordable same quality Educational Resources delivery for all and developed as the first world CONTENTS and integrated eLibrary for every School and University around the world KNOWLEDGE SHARING platform; #OneWorldOneAcademicLibrary (Canadian great concept)!

Schools, Universities, Public and Publishers unite and meet around one cause to SHARE what matters, the EDUCATIONAL CONTENTS under AIDDE (Africa Intellectual Database for Development and Excellence) platform. It was designed to bring all people together in peace, love, harmony, with unity and strength. The platform is named after AFRICA, GIVEN AFRICANS' SPIRIT OF SHARING WHAT THEY HAVE WITH NEIGHBOURS, THE TRUE NATURE OF AFRICANS 200 YEARS AGO in African villages. The same concept was used to develop AIDDE platform, applied to educational resources, yields GLOBAL DIGITIZATION and ARCHIVE connecting academic generations irrelevant of their geographic location. OFFLINE features of the system makes it the most INCLUSIVE that none is left behind. For remote areas without internet connection, contents are delivered pre-loaded on Tablets and easily updated over a phone line! http://www.fvtelibrary.com/aboutus

At the end, integrated standalone eLibrary for every school and Contents SHARING provide same quality resources access for all, bridge Educational Quality CONTENTS DIVIDE GAP, #1 dreams killer and to grow equally in knowledge, sustain local communities' development. It is the most compassionate, economic and eco-friendly approach for the world. Your community needs you, promote own works and support local knowledge production. There will never be a better quality BOOK than your own. Together, stronger and ahead of the time! 

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Design more accessible and inclusive technologies

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 08/22/2016 1471890853
The acquisition of digital skills is highly dependent on the availability and suitability of the digital tools, products and services that Canadians c .... Read more

The acquisition of digital skills is highly dependent on the availability and suitability of the digital tools, products and services that Canadians can access. While it is a growing market, there are still not enough technologies that are designed with the needs of older adults in mind. This problem is compounded when we consider the myriad variety of other physical, sensory and/or cognitive challenges that individuals of any age may face. By thinking innovatively about how we use technology and integrate it into our lives, we can design more accessible and inclusive technologies that will allow all Canadians to enhance their digital skills. We do this at the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research by working with students from over 25 programs, and over 50 different community and industry partners.

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Empower communities

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 08/20/2016 1471705140
One half of an overall strategy would be to empower communities by supporting locally developed digital skills programs. Communities know their need .... Read more

One half of an overall strategy would be to empower communities by supporting locally developed digital skills programs. Communities know their needs and capacities. They are innovative and can mobilize resources quickly. Community driven technology projects have been around since the early days of the Internet. There are successful models to build on and people still deeply engaged and committed to filling digital skills gaps and pushing digital frontiers. What is missing is a national vision, a strategy, and a program to fuel the creativity that already exists in communities. The other half of this strategy would be to enable communications among local initiatives. Even in our age of constant connectivity, we have still not mastered the knowledge sharing part of this equation.

 

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Digital Opportunities Secretariat

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 08/19/2016 1471614556
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We encourage the Canadian government to resume its position as a leader in promoting the effective use of ICT by all sectors of society.  To achieve .... Read more

We encourage the Canadian government to resume its position as a leader in promoting the effective use of ICT by all sectors of society.  To achieve this, a Digital Opportunities Strategy needs to be formulated which will capitalise upon the existing infrastructure in order to increase SME productivity, government efficiency, social well-being, and the efficacy of the social economy.  As part of this strategy, and in keeping with models developed in the United Kingdom and the European Union which acknowledge the fundamental role of inclusionary ICT policies in national and global competitiveness, a Digital Opportunities Secretariat should be formed in order to coordinate and cultivate a cross-departmental strategy that will make full use of Canada’s community technology assets.

Credit: Pacific Community Networks Association, Bev Collins, Tate Bengtson

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Robotics Program Curriculum

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 08/17/2016 1471478274
It's critical to start young when strategizing for stronger digital skills in our communities. We need to make sure that all kids and youth have acces .... Read more

It's critical to start young when strategizing for stronger digital skills in our communities. We need to make sure that all kids and youth have access to a digital-based curriculum no matter his/her circumstances. Learning robotics at a young age develops coding skills, digital know-how, and critical thinking. A program like FIRST Robotics Canada already has curriculum developed and in partnership with the schools and government, these learning resources will enhance digital skills at a young age and help develop those young innovators who will be tomorrow's leaders.

http://nationofinnovators.ca/detail?view=detail&layout=1page&idea_id=401 

Credit: FIRST Robotics Canada

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Computing in Education

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 08/17/2016 1471397985
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Integrate computer programming & computational thinking into all Ministries of Education's curriculum across the country from K-12 dans les deux lang .... Read more

Integrate computer programming & computational thinking into all Ministries of Education's curriculum across the country from K-12 dans les deux langues officielles - with teacher training, pre-service teacher courses in all major universities, and in-classroom support for students and teachers. Federal government has to unite the key message, connect the mission and leverage municipal, provincial and federal organizations to support the Education systems. And to be vocal on an international stage.

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We need a digital population for an innovation agenda

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 08/16/2016 1471375769
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"An innovation agenda is not going to happen if we don't have an engaged and digitally literate population coming up quickly behind," Jennifer Flanag .... Read more

"An innovation agenda is not going to happen if we don't have an engaged and digitally literate population coming up quickly behind,"

Jennifer Flanagan, Actua, Searching for gold, Hill Times, July 11 2016

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CODING - essential skill for young Canadians

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 08/09/2016 1470774353
All Canadian students should be learning CODING in elementary school to keep us globally competitive.  The Learning Partnership can make this happen. .... Read more

All Canadian students should be learning CODING in elementary school to keep us globally competitive.  The Learning Partnership can make this happen.  Currently training teachers in NB, BC, PEI and ON. 

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Develop and implement STEAM curriculum in public schools in all provinces

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
on 08/09/2016 1470721336
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Most kids have basic digital literacy skills because they have grown up using iPads, iPhones, computers, etc. But if you want the majority to have str .... Read more

Most kids have basic digital literacy skills because they have grown up using iPads, iPhones, computers, etc. But if you want the majority to have strong digital skills that will allow them to compete for future jobs (STEAM careers), there should be a strong focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math in the public school curriculum, starting in the younger grades. For example, a public school lesson plan should include the basics of coding. Early fluency in STEAM allows kids to enhance their  digital skills, gain more confidence in their math abilities,  and pique an early interest in STEAM careers. 

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Why Geeks need to do Lake O'Hara

Question:What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
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Tourist guides, maps and digital materials need to adopt and adapt CURRENT technologies

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