EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation

Digital Literacy: Further Developing Michigan's Twenty-First Century Workforce (2013)

Project Details

Co-Learning Plan - 2013

Author: Eric Frederick, Connect Michigan; Elizabeth Riesser, Connected Nation

Summary

The purpose of this Co-Learning Plan was to examine the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills or "digital literacy" skills gap and its relationship to workforce and economic development in Michigan.

Summit Presentation

Authors

Eric FrederickEric Frederick, Connect Michigan

Eric Frederick is the state program manager for Connect Michigan. In that role, Frederick leads Connect Michigan's continuing statewide effort to increase broadband adoption and use throughout the state. Connect Michigan has been leading the way since 2009 to bring the economic and quality of life benefits of broadband to all Michigan residents. Frederick's duties include developing and leading a coordinated initiative for broadband capacity building, continued broadband inventory mapping, local and regional technology planning, technical assistance, and ultimately, increased broadband adoption and digital literacy.

Elizabeth RiesserElizabeth Riesser, Connected Nation

Elizabeth Riesser is Research Analyst for Connected Nation in the Bowling Green office where she is responsible for using qualitative and quantitative techniques to interpret data, formulate reports, and make substantiated recommendations based on research findings. She works with internal and external stakeholders to develop research and provide critical analysis in support of the Connected Nation mission. She also provides quality assurance review of data and reports, in particular providing input to research methodology and complex statistical analysis plans. Before joining Connected Nation, Elizabeth worked for the Office of Medical Education for the University of Louisville. In this role, she was primarily responsible for coordinating the course evaluation process, including survey administration and design and qualitative and quantitative analysis of survey data. She also provided assistance with curriculum evaluation activities (statistical data analysis and research design consultation). Prior to that position, Elizabeth worked as a neighborhood planner in Columbus, Ohio, where she produced neighborhood planning documents, performed economic and demographic research, and provided spatial analyses of planning areas. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a Masters of city and regional planning from The Ohio State University.