15 May ANIE Participates in DFID meeting on Education Technology
Dr. Jackline Nyerere represented ANIE in this DFID meeting held at the British Council Nairobi offices on 28th March, 2017. The meeting brought together various stakeholders to debate on how to fill the evidence gap on Education Technology (EdTech). This is against a backdrop of robust evidence for technology in all sectors of economy but education technology, the realisation that a huge gap exists in evidence on ‘what works’ in edtech.
The forum acted as a mapping exercise of the current edtech landscape and the various edtech initiatives in a variety of contexts across the world. Citing a presentation by DFID, UK has been called on to establish a global research hub drawing on UK and international academic and technology expertise. As a result, DFID intends to invest £19.9 million over 8 years to form a global ‘what works’ evidence hub to catalyse innovation in the education sector. This will provide decision makers with evidence to harness the transformative potential of Education Technology so as to deliver better learning outcomes for all.
The resulting research will create a global multi-disciplinary research hub which brings together experts in technology, education, innovation and research. There were key presentations from: ‘Dr Benjamin Piper of RTI International on ‘Using ICT for National Scale Program Implementation’; Emma Davies of Human Development Innovation Fund on ‘Using the Principles for Digital Development as a framework to explore lessons learned’; and Nivi Sharma of BRCK education and eLimu on ‘Metis and Metrics: how deep local knowledge affects impact’
Some of the questions raised during presentations included:
- How does research, being a slow process, keep up with technology changes?
- What is hindering integration of technology in teaching and learning?
- How can teacher tech capacity gap be bridged to achieve maximum results?
The round table discussions covered three key themes:
How we can surface and share real time research and learning in a rapidly evolving digital world; the type of research needed to ensure effective take up of Ed Tech evidence, to inform international decision making; as well as how international governments; education and academic institutions; and private sector organizations are currently working together on Ed Tech and what further work is required between groups to establish more strategic working.
Participants underscored the importance of research and evidence, working together collaboratively and building communities of practice in education technology for bigger impact. Tony Reilly, the British Council country director closed the meeting noting that even though much effort seems to be concentrated on basic and especially primary education, there are a few initiatives integrating technology in higher education and the British council is involved in two such initiatives. ANIE could use its strength in research to participate in the expected projects.