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Evaluations in olpc



This presentations by Pierre Varly proposes a quick overview of various OLPC evaluations and points a few direction on how to make them more useful for deployments.

This presentations by Pierre Varly proposes a quick overview of various OLPC evaluations and points a few direction on how to make them more useful for deployments.



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Evaluations in olpc Evaluations in olpc Presentation Transcript

  • Evaluations in OLPCWhat for ? What has been done? Whatcouldbedone ?
    Pierre Varly, Independent Consultant
    October 22, 2010
  • Evaluations in OLPCWhat for ?
    “An assessment for learning and not an assessment of learning”
    Evaluation inputs : What works ? What’s don’t ?Why ?
    Knowledge sharing in successful XO implementations
    Capacity building of OLPC volunteers on education measurement and education intervention design
    Better advocacy for OLPC based on common scientific standards measurement
  • Evaluations of 1:1 projectsoutstide the OLPC world
    Only 22 researches produce estimates of ICT effects on pupils tests score
    Little information is given on the pedagogical supports embedded on the computers
    Evaluations mainly in US and Canada
     Science or educationalbelief ??
  • 1:1 reportedoutcomes
    Bethel E.C. & al (2009)
  • OLPC deploymentcontextsIT perspective
    In the USA, the average access to home computer is 76% for 3-17 years old in 2003
  • OLPC deploymentcontextseducationnal perspective
    • High repetition and drop-out rates
    • Poor literacy environment
    • Inefficient teaching methods
    • Bad classrooms equipment
    • Very little effective learning time
    • Low social demand from parents
    • Language of instruction not spoken home
    • Very low learning outcomes
    • High gender, rural/urban and ethnic disparities
  • The readingproblem in OLPC deploymentcontexts
    Adapted from Gove A. & Cvelich P. (2010), Early Reading: Igniting Education for All. RTI International
  • OLPC deploymentactualevaluations
    Only one paper published in a scientific review dealing with an OLPC deployment (Hourcade 2009)
    As bad or as good as others 1:1 evaluationsmethods
     No measurement of effects size
    Little information is given on tests used to measure learning outcomes (except for Sri Lanka, Haiti)
    Too much emphasis on the attitudes and motivations of pupils in the reporting
    Impact evaluation reports expected 2010/2011
  • OLPC reportedoutcomes (7 countries)
    7 countries, see (Varly 2010) for list of countries and data limitations
  • Whatisbeeingevaluated ?
    « That’s the answer, but whatwas the question? »
    What’sbeingevaluated ?
    • XO ?
    • SUGAR .
  • Developing OLPC evaluationstools
    Adapted to OLPC deployments‘context
    Followingscientific standards
    Manageable by OLPC volunteers
    • Shareexperiences in the deployment and problems/solutions in integrating XO in the school and social environment
    • See (Varly 2010) for a proposal of tools
  • Case study of Nosy Komba : problems check list
  • Formative evaluationwellunderway
    Solomon Island framework and others
    OLPC France blog
    OLPC blogs and wiki reportingproblems and solutions with regards to implementation and not just IT issues
    • Couldbe more systematic
    • Couldbe more standardised to browse info easily
    • Shouldbe more centered on specific OLPC problems
  • Impact evaluation : takeit or leaveit ?
    Impact evaluationso far initiated by international agencies and developementbanks
    Long time for reporting but…
    Good accessible methodology documentation
     OLPC communityshould catch thesepowerfulltoolsfurther
  • Thanks for reading
    Detailedpaper and references on a Blog on Education in the developing countries