This week at World Bank EduTech
week of June 7, 2021
Our World Bank EdTech team has been talking a lot about learning, specifically the what, how, why, and by whom of different topics that could support work done by the World Bank. In this weekly recap, we share some of the questions that we are asking ourselves and others about learning.
Digital Foundations (Access to Learning Resources):
- Devices in Education: how to determine the right device for education (PCs, laptops, tablets,), how many devices do we need to buy, what are the key dimensions to consider for procurement, and how much does it cost (whole cost, not just acquisition) among other issues.
- Digital Educational Content: why digital content is important, what digital content exists how can we access them, can Open Educational Resources (OER) be a solution, and how can we develop our own digital learning content.
Managing Learning (Be Data Driven):
- Learning Management Systems (LMS): what exactly is a LMS, why should we care about LMS, what is the best LMS we should buy/use, and can the LMS be used on site (in classrooms, “teacher led”) or only for remote learning.
- EMIS 2.0: Learning And Accountability System Architecture (LASA): how can EMIS2.0 support ministries, what does traditional EMIS (EMIS 1.0) provide, what is EMIS 2.0 Learning and Accountability System Architecture, and in which countries the concepts of EMIS 2.0 have already been shared.
Applications (& Assessment)
- Digital Assessment: why digital assessment, why digital formative assessment, how can we use technology to assess learning in-person or remotely during COVID, and what are examples of using technology to support formative and summative assessment.
- Literacy Apps: why literacy applications are relevant, how might they be a solution, where is the market headed, what are the key enabling factors, and where to start.
- Teacher Skills for Remote Learning: what digital skills do teachers need to participate in remote learning, how can we use technology to support teachers, and what experiences can be considered to train teachers so that they can use technology effectively.
- Tutoring & Remedial Learning: how can we use technology to support teaching remotely, what are the technologies available and how are they used, how can technology be used to help students ‘catch up’ if they are behind, and how can we use AI to support tutoring / remedial learning.
New Podcast Episode!
Mitigating Learning Losses and Accelerating Learning through Adaptive Learning: lessons from Ecuador and the Dominican Republic
At the beginning of 2021, the World Bank EdTech Team identified as one of the main topics of interest for Ministries of Education worldwide the need to mitigate learning losses caused by the ongoing pandemic and the use of technology as a pathway to accelerate learning. One technology that has been a focus for these remedial actions is Adaptive Learning, also called Personalized Adaptive Learning (PAL). Today’s episode focuses on adaptive learning and its application in countries such as Dominican Republic and Ecuador. World Bank Research Analyst Maria Barron speaks with World Bank Senior Education Specialist Cristobal Cobo about the promise of adaptive learning, World Bank Senior Economist Diego Angel-Urdinola about lessons in adaptive learning from Ecuador, World Bank Economist Juan Baron about lessons in adaptive learning from the Dominican Republic. Listen to the episode on Apple and Spotify.
Related blog posts:
“Digital education for a strong recovery: A forward look” (June 8 -10)
This global and forward-looking event includeD two sessions, co-hosted by the World Bank.
- Perspectives from the European Union, OECD, UNESCO, and the World Bank: This session contains a dialogue between high representatives of the OECD, UNESCO, World Bank, and European Union about the future of learning and the importance of digitalisation. Jaime Saavedra, Global Director, Education joined this panel.
- COVID-19: lessons for digital education: This session brought together interesting lessons from the pandemic related to technology, including the use of many low-tech solutions. Moderated by Cristóbal Cobo.
Education 4.0: 700+ optimistic EdTech teams for MENA
The World Bank, led by EdTech fellow Mariam Nusrat, organized the Education 4.0 summit to deep dive into the MENA education technology and innovation ecosystem to assess the critical transformations needed for education in the region. Robert Hawkins presented the World Bank Edtech Strategy Paper (available in English, French, Arabic, Spanish). 700+ participants embarked on a number of discussions to support MENA education through various technology-led and enabled solutions. For more on EdTech innovations in MENA, see this great research note.
Transforming how teachers use technology
A new blog written by Tracy Wilichowski and Cristobal Cobo, explores key ideas and tools that policy makers could consider when supporting the effective adoption of technology among teachers. Read the full blog post here.