I'm admit to not knowing about the detailed specifications of ECDL, but I
handheld (handholded?) both my non-tech parents (secondary teachers) through any
problems they had with the material. I also spent an hour or two browsing the
book they were using. The book was Syllabus 3 IIRC.
1) The book was 7 modules, know-your-computer, files & dirs, word processing,
spreadsheet, database, presentation and drawing, information and network services.
On rapid inspection, the course is revealed as "3+4"
- three fairly generic modules, covering: what is RAM? how many teeth has a
kilobite, etc.; directory heirarchies, filenames, extensions; internet, modems,
- and four modules aimed squarely at each of Bill's big 4: word, excel,
powerpoint and access.
The interesting thing is my parents did their course on Macs. The database
module was "re-targetted" on Filemaker Pro, the examples *and the exam
questions* re-phrased to match the terminology used in FMP.
The whole ECDL thing was originally intended to ensure a generic skillset, with
multiple valid ECDL implementations, even down to the point of a tutor playing
Clearly, the thing to do next is find out details about exactly how you build a
new syllabus. I'll get back to people on this, or mail me off-list.
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