OECD Skills Outlook 2019

Thriving in a Digital World

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Economies and societies are undergoing digital transformations that bring both opportunities and challenges and countries’ preparedness to seize the benefits of a digital world is largely dependent on the skills of their population. This edition of the OECD Skills Outlook aims to understand how policies, and in particular those that affect skills development and use, can shape the outcomes of digital transformation and translate into more equally shared benefits among and within countries’ populations. Ensuring people can benefit from new technologies and are not left behind requires a comprehensive and co-ordinated policy effort. This package of co-ordinated policies needs to simultaneously promote digitalisation where the latter increases productivity and well-being, and otherwise cushion its negative impacts.

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Learning in a digital environment

This chapter examines the opportunities that technology offers for skills development, in schools, higher education and throughout life. It explores the relationship between technology use in schools and students’ performance. It also investigates teachers’ use of new technologies and how policies can unlock the potential of technology for teaching and learning. Outside schools, technology offers new sources of lifelong learning through open education and massive open online courses. This chapter shows that inequalities persist in adults’ participation in online learning activities and discusses how governments can adapt systems for recognising and certifying skills when sources for learning diversify.

English Also available in: French


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