Overview: The EdTech Academy will support the sharing of good practices, lessons learned, and practical case study examples for EdTech project funding, design, research and evaluation, deployment, and replication, principally for developing country contexts via asynchronous and synchronous courses that will be delivered through a variety of media channels and diverse formats to allow for maximum access and impact.
Target audiences: Policymakers, education administrators, donors, practitioners, researchers, university communities, and other beneficiaries.
Content: The content for physical and virtual course delivery will be initially sourced from and/or co-developed among Alliance Members and other subject matter and strategic content partners.
Formats: Initial EdTech Academy training modules will be designed for generally orientation to a topic (e.g., 2 hours of instructional materials) through a combination of overview videos and on/offline module access.
Topics: Topic selection will be informed by existing content availability, particularly of current and future collaborating content partners, and adaptability, resources, and feedback loops with target beneficiaries. Please see illustrative topic offerings below.
Illustrative course offerings will include:
Digital Literacy 101 (see series description below)
Technology and Ed subject matters (e.g., math, literacy)
Ed Tech and Cross-Sectoral Linkages (e.g., health, agriculture)
Public/Private Sector financing landscape for promising EdTech
Universal Design for Learning and Technology
Gender and technology
Technology in Crisis and Conflict settings
Open Innovation Competitions
Play and Technology for Lifelong Learning
Digital Literacy 101 – 10 training modules (currently under development)
These materials will provide an overview and guidance to policymakers and practitioners about what is understood by the term “digital literacy,” its relevance for international development, key questions to ask about implementing/integrating digital literacy initiatives across sectors, and possible partners and directions for digital literacy interventions which can be evaluated, replicated and/or scaled.
In its initial EdTech Academy offering, Digital Literacy 101 modules will cover the following topics:
Module 1: What is Digital Literacy (e.g., Digital Competencies & Skills)
Module 2: Pre-Computational Skills: How do you teach digital literacy without access to computers?
Module 3: Coding Skills
Module 4: Misinformation/Disinformation
Module 5: Safety/Security
Module 6: Web Literacy
Module 7: Mobile Literacy
Module 8: Digital Literacy, Equity & Inclusion
Module 9: Digital Literacy for Youth, Entrepreneurship & Employment
Module 10: Digital Literacy for Community Development
Want to partner with us on the EdTech Academy?
Do you have training materials and content regarding any of the EdTech Academy subjects identified above? Would you like to support the EdTech Academy financially or technically? If so, we’d be delighted to hear from you! Please contact us mEducation Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and please reference “EdTech Academy” in your subject heading.
About the mEducation Alliance
The mEducation Alliance is a non-governmental organization focused on the evidence-driven and sustainable role of technology in education to advance quality educational outcomes. Initially formed in 2010, the mEducation Alliance is a unique, multi-stakeholder convening platform for government and donor policymakers, other investors, researchers, and practitioners to work together, particularly in lower-resource, developing country contexts.