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Global Symposium on ICT in Education

Measuring Impact: Monitoring and Evaluation of ICT in Education Initiatives

1. Introduction
The Global Symposium on ICT in Education, co-organized by the World Bank, the Korean Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (MEST) and Korea Education & Research Information Service (KERIS), will be held on November 9th – 11th to measure the impact and to evaluate the effectiveness of ICT use in education. This symposium will enhance close collaboration and efforts regarding measuring and evaluating the impact of ICT in education.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are widely believed to be important levers with the potential to introduce and sustain education reform efforts. ICT is also considered to be of vital importance in increasing the effectiveness of education. There has been much evidence that the use of ICT in education greatly improves student motivation, learning engagement, and higher order thinking skills. This fast-changing educational environment however, also contributes to increase the digital divide and impedes capacity building in the global community. Accordingly, encouraging reform initiatives are being made by several countries regarding ICT in education.

Despite evidence of increasingly widespread use of ICT in education initiatives around the world, there is little guidance available for policy makers specifically targeted at countries contemplating the use of ICT to help countries meet the education-related development goals. In this regard, there is a necessity of measuring the effectiveness of ICT in education implementation in developing countries at micro and macro levels. This symposium will serve as that knowledge sharing and networking opportunity to enrich the efforts of the institutions involved regarding the measuring and evaluation of the impact of ICT in education.

2. Objective
The main objective of this symposium is to provide policymakers and practitioners with a crash course on issues related to the monitoring and evaluation of ICT-related investments in the education sector. Analyzing the impact of ICT in education focusing on measuring and evaluating ICT in education initiatives will be the primary focus of the discussion. The main objectives of the course are to:

  • Analyze the effectiveness of global ICT in education policy and initiatives
  • Address complex issues of measuring impacts and evaluations related to ICT in education
    1. What is the impact on student achievement of ICT in education settings?
    2. How should this impact be measured, and what are the related issues?
    3. Are there other types of impact that can and should be measured?
  • Support evidence-based ICT in education policy for developing countries
  • Develop global cooperative networks to collaboratively share ideas, experience and best practices of ICT in education

3. Target Audience
The primary audience for the course is policymakers, high- and mid-level government officials of ministries of education as well as ministries of finance and planning and practitioners in developing countries currently implementing or planning large investments in ICT use in education. Participants may include researchers and practitioners, experts from international organizations and development agencies, NGOs, and private sectors, school leaders, and other relevant agencies. Shared information can be used as reference data to implement educational policy as well as knowledge-expanding initiatives.

4. Date & Venue

Date: November 9th (Monday) – 11th (Wednesday), 2009

Venue: COEX Intercontinental Hotel in Seoul, South Korea

Field Visit: Seoul Girls' Commercial High School, KERIS