The EdTech Hub
Open Development & Education is a core-consortium member of the EdTech Hub, https://edtechhub.org.
With core funding of £20m from DFID and support from the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the EdTech Hub aims to increase the use of evidence to inform decision-making related to the most appropriate and effective uses of technology to improve learning. The programme utilises cutting-edge research methods and innovation approaches; its goal is the generation of rigorous research evidence on technology for education, focussing on the most marginalised populations. It is initially planned as an eight-year initiative beginning in June 2019, with core funding of over £20m. The EdTech Hub is made up of a consortium of several partners (including Open Development and Education, Jigsaw, Brink, the University of Cambridge, the Overseas Development Institute and Results for Development, AfriLabs, Brac and eLearing Africa). OpenDevEd played a central role in the bidding process. He is one of the directors, representing Open Development & Education within the consortium. For further details, see https://edtechhub.org.
Open Development & Education is supporting Activating EdTech in Jordan, together with the Queen Rania Foundation.
Activating EdTech is a project within the DFID-funded EDRIL work stream at QRF, consisting of a programme of “objective-focussed work-based professional development” to support the Ministry of Education in developing (and implementing) an appropriate EdTech policy for Jordan (“minimum-viable policy”, MVP) together with a policy implementation process. The participants in the programme are high-level ministry staff; it utilises adaptive management with regular periods of intensive co-working (“sprints”).
Additionally, as a member of the QRF Technical Advisory Committee, we support the Queen Rania Foundation with regard to education programming and educational technology.
Academic recovery in the caribbean
Open Development & Education is working with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States to develop an academic recovery programme for students in OECS Member States affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Working with staff from the OECS’s Education Development Management Unit, Open Development & Education is designing and piloting an academic recovery programme focused on developing students’ core competencies (literacy, numeracy, and life skills) at primary level. The programme will be piloted in Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and will target the most vulnerable children in the education systems. Collaboration with and involvement of ministries of education, as well as other key education stakeholders, is central to developing a locally-sensitive response to the effects of COVID-19 in the Caribbean which complements existing academic recovery and support programmes in the region, such as the Early Learners Programme.
technology-enabled Teacher learning circles
Save the Children Norway (Redd Barna) have contracted Open Development & Education to produce an evidence-based guide on technology-enabled teacher learning circles/peer-to-peer networks in humanitarian situations. The guide aims to build an understanding of the evidence base behind technology-enabled teacher learning circles/peer-to-peer networks, and to identify both effective practices and barriers to implementation. Developed iteratively with the input of practitioners and teachers to form a solid pedagogical foundation, the guide will be used by Save the Children programme teams and facilitators supporting ministries of education, teacher training institutions, and Education Cluster working groups.
A list of completed programmes is available here.
For an overview of OER4Schools, see here.