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The digital world – in companies, schools and at home

The digital world is constantly changing and has an increasing influence on every area of life. Digital elements are becoming increasingly important, especially in professional life, but also in education. What might the digital world look like in the future?

You can find out more details about the “Education in the digital world” strategy from the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs as well as the aspects of ethics, consumer protection and security in the digital world in the following article as a guide to the digital world.

Fields of action of the “Education in the digital world” strategy

The competencies in the digital world KMK (Kultusministerkonferenz) deal with various areas of the digital world. These include the following fields of action, which can be further subdivided into schools, universities and further education institutions:

  • Education plans
  • Teaching development
  • Training and further education for educators (teachers and educators)
  • (Digital) equipment and infrastructure
  • Educational media
  • E-Government
  • School administration programs
  • Education and campus management systems
  • Functional and legal framework conditions

Consumer protection in the digital world

Consumer protection in the digital world is of great importance. People want to feel secure in the digital world and not have to worry about their personal data being stolen.

Consumer advocates and data protection experts are therefore keeping a close eye on the introduction of new digital tools and systems. All aspects of the digital world should therefore always keep an eye on the consequences for the consumer and recognise potential deficits even before new digital services and tools are introduced.

Ethics in the digital world

Ethics in the digital world is another factor that must be taken into account in the future. Digital ethics encompasses all ethical standards and values that apply in the digital world. This includes, for example, dealing with artificial intelligence. How far will artificial intelligence develop in the future and to what extent do people want to be surrounded or even influenced by it? What happens when AIs start making independent decisions?

Topics such as surveillance and privacy also play a role in the ethics of the digital world. How much data can you disclose about yourself without compromising your privacy? Is digital data really secure and how should social media be handled in the future? All these questions will keep us busy in the future.

Teaching in the digital world

Teaching in the digital world depends on the quality of the equipment, but also on the willingness of the teachers. Constantly learning new things and teaching them to children and young people digitally requires flexibility and continuous training in dealing with the latest developments.

What is modern today may be considered outdated in two years’ time, so regular further development is necessary. In schools, universities and educational institutions, not only the use of digital media must be trained, but also the pedagogical handling of it must be learned.

User orientation in the digital transformation

Despite all the technical advances in the digital world, the focus should always be on the end user. Not every new tool or app is really useful. The use of digital tools should be as simple and self-explanatory as possible and lead quickly to the goal. This can be the online conclusion of an electricity contract on the Internet, but also ordering in stores, the use of learning apps and other tools.

Digital products and services will only survive on the market in the long term if they are geared towards the needs of users. Many useless apps and digital tools were therefore replaced by new applications shortly after their launch.

The digital world of the future

What will it look like, the digital world of the future? It is not possible to say exactly. The technical and global developments that have a strong influence on this are too rapid. However, there is already a lot that can be done today to make a company or school fit for the digital futurefor the digital future.

In the future, companies and schools must increasingly be able to offer training, further education and teaching digitally. Flexibility and openness to new ideas are required. After all, the market situation is constantly changing and new products and services have to be adapted accordingly.

The digital world is also important in personnel development. This is because when recruiting new employees, the focus is increasingly on digital skills , which are ideally learned at school and continually brought up to date during further training.

The digital world of companies in transition

Once employees have been hired, there is a regular need for further training in order to keep up with the latest technical developments.

E-learning tools are one way of saving time and money by providing employees with regular training on many topics relating to the digital future.

Important for well-functioning e-learning concepts are multimedia offerings that are easy to produce and clearly communicated. For example, learning presentations, explanatory videos, audio books, digital tests and many other options are used. They continuously train the entire team, including managers, in the digital field and thus support the company in the process of digital change.

Conclusion:

There is no specific guide to the digital world. It is also impossible to predict what the digital world will look like in the future. However, the trend towards digital change is clearly recognisable and many companies, but also schools, have already recognised this and are increasingly focusing on digital training and the use of innovative technologies. Data and consumer protection in the digital world should not be forgotten, so that digital content can be used securely and trustworthily in the future and is accepted as an opportunity by everyone. Those who feel secure in the digital world are also open to new developments that will definitely come in the future.

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