OECD publishes its Digital Education Outlook 2021
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a global report on digital education, available for download from this link
The report sets out to explore pertinent and occasionally uncomfortable areas with the potential to both transform but also disrupt education ecosystems. At its core is an investigation of the state of readiness of smart technologies based on artificial intelligence (AI), learning analytics, robotics, and others for deployment within the classroom, lecture hall and – by necessity – blended learning. It delves into beneficial uses of smart technologies such as learning personalisation, supporting students with special learning needs, and blockchain diploma credentialing. It also considers challenges and areas for further research. The findings offer pathways for teachers, policy makers, and educational institutions to digitalise education while optimising equity and inclusivity.
Of particular interest to the 3CL is a chapter authored by Dr Natalie Smolenski from Hyland Credentials. Dr Smolenski was the Hyland project manager for the Malta Blockcerts project, a nation-state first for issuing academic credentials to a blockchain. More on the affordances of the blockchain to self-sovereign identity and credentials on this link.