Regional: Learning from e-learning: Testing Intelligent Learning Systems in South Asian Countries

Sovereign Project | 45193-001 Status: Approved

Summary

The Small Scale Research and Development Technical Assistance (S-RDTA) evaluates pilot tests of well-established computer-aided intelligent learning (e-learning) systems that coach students in an individualized format. The ADB-funded project undertakes rigorous evaluations to assess the impact of the e-learning tools for mathematics competencies at the junior secondary level in selected schools in countries in South Asia (Sri Lanka, initially). The second phase extends the pilot to another country in South Asia (Bhutan) and produces a comparative evaluation. These evaluations provide insights on the efficacy of e-learning tools that focus on student-centered coaching and facilitating teachers to better identify learning gaps in improving learning outcomes in developing countries.

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Impact Evaluation Coordinator - BHUTAN 1 Jul 2016

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Project Name Learning from e-learning: Testing Intelligent Learning Systems in South Asian Countries
Project Number 45193-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7872-REG: Learning from e-Learning: Testing Intelligent Learning Systems in South Asian Countries
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
TA 7872-REG: Learning from e-learning: Testing Intelligent Learning Systems in South Asian Countries
e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Education - Secondary - Technical and vocational education and training

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The Small Scale Research and Development Technical Assistance (S-RDTA) evaluates pilot tests of well-established computer-aided intelligent learning (e-learning) systems that coach students in an individualized format. The ADB-funded project undertakes rigorous evaluations to assess the impact of the e-learning tools for mathematics competencies at the junior secondary level in selected schools in countries in South Asia (Sri Lanka, initially). The second phase extends the pilot to another country in South Asia (Bhutan) and produces a comparative evaluation. These evaluations provide insights on the efficacy of e-learning tools that focus on student-centered coaching and facilitating teachers to better identify learning gaps in improving learning outcomes in developing countries.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed S-RDTA evaluates pilot tests of well-established computer-aided intelligent learning (e-learning) systems that coach students in an individualized format. The ADB-funded evaluations assess the impact of the e-learning tools for mathematics competencies at the junior secondary level in selected schools in South Asian member countries (Sri Lanka, initially). The second phase extends the pilot to another country in South Asia (Bhutan) and produces a comparative evaluation. These evaluations provide insights on how to improve the quality of education with a focus on student-centered coaching and facilitating teachers to better identify learning gaps. The proposed S-RDTA is in line with strategies being adapted by developing member countries (DMCs) for strengthening the use of information communication technology (ICT) in education.
Impact New strategies introduce technological innovations that lead to improved learning outcomes in ADB DMCs

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Agreement of our education counterparts in DMCs on the results and recommendations of the impact evaluation of e-learning system
Progress Toward Outcome

In Sri Lanka, the project was implemented from 2011 through 2014. In 2014, MathCloud and Khan Academy e-learning systems were implemented in different treatment schools.

In Bangladesh, the Government and ADB agreed in 2013 for implementation and made preparations but decided in 2014 to cancel the project as the Ministry of Education in Bangladesh wanted to see that their own teachers develop the e-learning content by themselves in Bangla.

ADB extended the MathCloud e-learning project in Bhutan and was supported by the Bhutan Ministry of Education for implementation during the 2015 and 2016 academic years (February to December).

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Implementation of the pilot test

Analysis and preparation of impact evaluation report

Design of pilot

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The TA uses the MathCloud e-learning system (www.mathcloud.net) developed by My Personal Data Analysis Co., Ltd. (MPDA), a leading computer-based mathematics learning solution provider. In Bhutan, MathCloud was rolled out in four treatment schools in 2015 and eight treatment schools in 2016.
Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation

The S-RDTA is executed by ADB, in partnership with the Ministry of Education of the respective country and the My Personal Data Analysis (MPDA). The TA is implemented by a team of evaluation and mathematics consultants with recognized expertise in the area of e-learning, managed by SAHS. Recruitment of consultants is in accordance with ADB Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and Its Borrowers (2010, as amended from time to time). Disbursements under the TA are made in accordance with the ADB Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time). All procurement, if any, will be done in accordance with ADB Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time).

The Ministry of Education of the respective country is the main counterpart agency, and ensures the required hardware and resources are available, and provide support and monitoring from the regular ministry functioning throughout the duration of the project. This includes identification of appropriate schools from within which the sample schools will be selected; ensuring availability of the required hardware (computers, printers) in the selected schools, and maintenance of this hardware as needed; and overall monitoring.

MPDA, a partner institution of the Ministry of Education (MOE), works closely with the ADB and MOE teams at all stages of the pilot evaluation to ensure quality oversight and compliance with the testing of the e-learning system, and provide technical support contributing their own resources. This includes deployment of the software (adapted based on national curriculum); participation in training the consultants and field teams in the use of the software and guidance for monitoring of data entry by teachers; and contribution to adaption and development of tests to ensure alignment with the MPDA e-learning software. MPDA may also undertake its own analysis of the data, while ADB will be responsible for conducting its own independent evaluation.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The TA is implemented by a team of evaluation and mathematics consultants with recognized expertise in the area of e-learning, managed by SAHS. Recruitment of consultants is in accordance with ADB Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and Its Borrowers (2010, as amended from time to time). There are a total of 8 person months of international consultants, and 12 person months of national consultants who oversee all design and implementation aspects, including questionnaire development, training of teachers, managing the software implementation, and accurate data entry and analysis. Disbursements under the TA are made in accordance with the ADB Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time). All procurement, if any, will be done in accordance with ADB Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time).
Procurement There is no major procurement envisioned under the TA, and if any (such as tests) will be done in accordance with ADB Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Brian Chin
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines

Timetable

Concept Clearance 06 Sep 2011
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 06 Sep 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2016

TA 7872-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Sep 2011 - 06 Sep 2011 31 Dec 2012 31 Oct 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 725,000.00 06 Sep 2011 484,242.98

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