New OECD report „Shaping Digital Education Enabling Factors for Quality, Equity and Efficiency“

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Main Text (max 2500 characters) Digital technologies have significantly reshaped our lives in recent decades. Digital technologies have increasingly become integral in higher education institutions. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the digital transformation in education, leading to an unprecedented surge in the use of digital education technologies, now essential for OECD education and training systems. When used effectively, these technologies hold the potential to revolutionize teaching and learning methods, empower educators to deliver high-quality instruction, address learning inequalities through more personalized approaches, and establish more inclusive and efficient education systems.

In higher education, many anticipate that digital tools are here to stay, and their role in teaching and learning will continue expanding. However, there is a widespread agreement that the use of digital education technologies should not be an end in itself; instead, it should align with the broader goals of education systems. This report, therefore, concentrates on policies that can facilitate the contribution of digital education technologies to three commonly shared objectives in OECD education systems: quality, equity, and efficiency. With the right conditions in place to support their effective use, digital education technologies have the potential to amplify the impact of teaching and learning in several dimensions: 1) by elevating the quality of teaching and students’ learning experiences; 2) by fostering equity, access, and inclusion through personalized learning tools and assistive technologies; and 3) by reducing costs and enhancing the efficiency of educators’ work.