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 8-year initiative beginning in June 2019, with core funding of over £20m GBP. 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.
TVET Research in Sub-Saharan Africa
The German Office for International Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training (GOVET) is the national German vocational education and training cooperation partner for international collaboration. This project assessed the state of research regarding TVET (technical and vocational education and training) in sub-Saharan Africa and identified key research, researchers and research organisations. We undertook a content analysis of over 300 relevant publications, which are supplemented by interviews, a “structured community review” (SCR) and focus groups. The project resulted in recommendations for German bilateral cooperation in the area of TVET research. GOVET is part of the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung, Germany) situated within the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Germany), which will allocate funding based on the recommendations of this report.
A list of completed programmes is available here.