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Evaluations in olpc what for what has been done what could be done

Evaluations in OLPCWhat for ? What has been done? Whatcouldbedone ?

Pierre Varly, Independent Consultant

October 22, 2010


Evaluations in olpc what for

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 projects outstide the olpc world

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 reported outcomes

1:1 reportedoutcomes

Bethel E.C. & al (2009)

Olpc deployment contexts it perspective

OLPC deploymentcontextsIT perspective

In the USA, the average access to home computer is 76% for 3-17 years old in 2003

Olpc deployment contexts educationnal perspective

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 reading problem in olpc deployment contexts

The readingproblem in OLPC deploymentcontexts

Adapted from Gove A. & Cvelich P. (2010), Early Reading: Igniting Education for All. RTI International

Olpc deployment actual evaluations

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 reported outcomes 7 countrie s

OLPC reportedoutcomes (7 countries)

7 countries, see (Varly 2010) for list of countries and data limitations

What is beeing evaluated

Whatisbeeingevaluated ?

« That’s the answer, but whatwas the question? »

What’sbeingevaluated ?

XO ?



Developing olpc evaluations tools

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

Case study of Nosy Komba : problems check list

Formative evaluation well underway

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 take it or leave it

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

Thanks for reading

Detailedpaper and references on a Blog on Education in the developing countries