Sunday, 23 July 2017
Tertiary students in Singapore not as tech-savvy as they think: Study
Despite being “digital natives”, youths here are not as well-equipped for the digital economy as they think: A study has found that Singaporean tertiary students overestimate their level of proficiency in digital literacy skills, including in word processing and spreadsheets.
Conducted by International Computer Driving License (ICDL) Asia, the study, Perception and Reality, measured the students’ actual information and communication technology (ICT) literacy standards against their perceived proficiency in such skills.
Nearly 90 per cent of the Singaporean participants in the study, conducted between February and May, rated their skills from “fair” to “excellent”.
However, the participants’ average competency standard — based on the results of their ICDL tests — stood at 55 per cent, which is “relatively low” than the global passing standard mark of 75 per cent, the study noted.
My 2 cents:
Singaporeans are merely users of software. To be tech-savvy, they must go deeper into some technical aspects of the software, able to share data with other computers of different OS, able to do some simple coding, and be able to automate routine tasks, etc. They should not just stop at using the software for routine work, but should customise the software for different environment or project.
Just like driving a car, the driver should do more than just drive. He should be able to maintain his car like changing tire, changing oil or topping up pure water or coolant, etc.