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bidt members in the Akademie Aktuell

When it comes to digitalisation, Germany is at the bottom of the list across Europe. In the new issue of Akademie Aktuell, Professor Ute Schmid asks what better education in the field of computer science could look like. The exact figures on the status of digitalisation are presented by Dr. Roland A. Stürz. A portrait of the communication scientist Steliyana Doseva completes the print.

Akademie Aktuell Issue 1/2024
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Members of the bidt contributed three articles to the latest issue of the magazine “Akademie Aktuell”. They all deal with different aspects of digitalisation.

Issue 1/2024 of the journal of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities deals with the topic of “The future of schools. School of the future”.

In her article “Educational canon for a digital society”, Professor Ute Schmid, member of the bidt board of directors, points out that user competence should not be confused with IT competence. In response to this problem, she calls for a new educational canon for computer science lessons, which should consist of a triad of digital literacy, data literacy and AI literacy. Digital literacy involves teaching basic digital skills such as the EVAS principle or how algorithms work. The planned work with digital data is the idea behind digital literacy, while AI literacy is intended to sensitise students to the competent use of AI.

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Prof. Dr. Ute Schmid To the profile

In his article “Digital change in Germany and Europe: a comparison”, Dr Roland A. Stürz presents the results of the “bidt-Digitalbarometer.international”. Data from six European comparison countries complements survey data from the bidt-SZ Digital Barometer collected in 2022.

Germany’s low level of digital skills in comparison and the large gap between the generations are striking. Based on this, Dr Roland A. Stürz recommends educational activities aimed at both young and old people. Lifelong learning should arm those in employment against digital change and enable retired people to keep up with social life. The majority of respondents in Germany see a need for political action.

Germany runs the risk of being left behind internationally.

Dr. Roland A. Stürz To the profile

Steliyana Doseva was presented in the “Favourite piece” section. In this portrait, the research assistant at bidt explains how she herself has perceived the change in information culture. With her research at bidt on the regulation of digital communication platforms, the communication scientist contributes to highly topical and socially relevant issues and was awarded the Karl Thiemig Foundation’s Academy Prize for Young Researchers at the end of 2023.

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Steliyana Doseva To the profile