Online conference: Towards an effective and equitable digital education ecosystem


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1 : December 13, 2023
12:00 - 13:00
Launch of the Digital Education Outlook
This session will launch the Digital Education Outlook 2023 with a speech by OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann, a discussion with Estonian Minister of Education Kristina Kallas and a general discussion about possible visions for the digital transformation of the education sector, drawing on the ongoing trends in other sectors of society.
14:00 - 15:00
Algorithmic bias, equity and data protection
The emergence of AI in education raises new equity and data protection issues. This session will discuss the research about algorithmic bias and present the related chapter of the Digital Education Outlook 2023, and discuss how this relates with other imperatives such as privacy and data protection.
15:00 - 16:00
Teacher Digital Competencies
Teachers (and other educational staff) are crucial for any digital transformation to happen. They need to have the confidence and competence to use digital tools and resources as part of their teaching. This session will discuss what different countries do to incentivise and support teachers to acquire the pedagogical and digital competences to do so.
16:00 - 17:00
Collaborating with Edtech companies: the ways forward
The education technology (Edtech) industry is a key actor for the digital transformation. They have the competences to develop and market new digital tools. It is thus crucial for governments and public authorities to work with them to reach important goals such as interoperability between Edtech solutions or ensure the effectiveness of education tools and resources. The discussion will involve a variety actors representing or working with the Edtech industry.


2 : December 14, 2023
09:00 - 10:00
The Digital Transformation Collaborative: Mobilizing coordinated, cooperative partnerships to advance national visions for transformation in education
This session will explore the challenges and opportunities to advance digital transformation in education across the Digital Transformation Collaborative’s (DTC) 5 Cs framework: coordination, cost, connectivity, capacity, and content. Grounded in the example of Egypt, a country with a strong vision for leveraging digital technology to achieve their education sector goals, panelists will reflect on the importance of multistakeholder partnerships to realize scalable, sustainable plans for digital transformation in education. Galvanized during the Transforming Education Summit, the DTC's 30 partners — representing international organizations, technology providers, telecoms, NGOs, funds and foundations — have come together to collaboratively steer digital transformation in education towards equity, quality and sustainability. The DTC Secretariat sits within UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition. As the lead agency for SDG 4, UNESCO is responsible for ensuring that DTC actions drive human-centered digital transformation that supports states to deliver on every person’s right to education
10:00 - 11:00
Digital assessment
Most countries have now embarked on the digitalisation of some of their national and central assessments, in particular those that carry low stakes for individual students. However, only a few countries have harnessed the potential of digital affordances, including adaptive features, innovative methods for assessing broader ranges of subjects, automatic grading and transfer of grades to other system management tools. This session will explore where countries stand on the digitalisation of their assessment ecosystem, between digital transition and digital transformation.
11:00 - 12:00
Comprehensive digital ecosystem
Countries are at different stages of shaping their digital education ecosystem. This session will explore how different countries are trying to establish a "comprehensive" infrastructure and governance for their digital education, with different models of provision/procurement of digital tools and resources, of teacher professional development as well as different ways to achieve interoperability and to support the supply of quality digital tools and resources for their education systems. After a presentation of Hungary, the discussion will focus on the different aspects of a comprehensive ecosystem from the perspective of OECD and non-OECD countries.
12:00 - 13:00
The OECD PILA Project: A Discussion on Leveraging Technology to Improve Student Learning and Assessment
How can we use digital technologies to better support student learning of 21st century skills? The OECD’s Platform for Innovative Learning Assessments (PILA) is a new open-source platform that offers teachers and students engaging, interactive learning material with built-in assessment. This session, marking the launch of PILA, gathers experts in educational technology design, learning sciences, pedagogy, and digital education policy to discuss the opportunities and challenges of harnessing technology for evidence-based teaching and learning. PILA will be made freely available during the session and there will also be a live demonstration of the platform.
13:00 - 14:00
Generative AI in education
This session will bring together researchers and developers to discuss different possibles uses of generative AI in education, from the use in the classroom by teachers through to the integration in other AI tools in education that support learners, teachers and administrators.
14:00 - 15:00
Support Organisations
Most countries have developed a digital strategy, a key step towards a digital transformation. As a way to implement these strategies, countries have often established different models of "support organisations" bringing together a variety of competences that are not commonly available within ministries of education. The session will discuss these different models with a presentation of some case studies and a discussion with a few support organisations.
15:00 - 16:00
Discussion on global North-South collaboration on digital education
This session will bring together leaders from different international organisations (OECD, UNESCO, World Bank) to discuss how the digital transformation can play out at the global scale and how countries in the global North and South can work together to make it happen. This will also include a discussion of what short term actions international organisations and fora such as the G20 could undertake together. The session will start with an example from Gujarat (India), showing that digitalisation can help transform education in a variety of contexts.
16:00 - 17:00
Co-Creation with multiple stakeholders for better and more responsible digital resources
This session will discuss new models of "innovation labs" that can help develop more responsible and useful AI tools for education. Many attempt to bring together different stakeholders, including educators, and to build a common language. This could allow creating digital tools that are really useful for educators and also for educators to better understand what AI in education entails. After a presentation of the corresponding chapter of the Digital Education Outlook 2023, several labs will discuss their model and their advantages and disadvantages.