2023 Global Education Monitoring Report on Technology and Education Expert Consultation Convened by NORRAG
The 2023 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report will examine education challenges to which appropriate uses oftechnology can offer solutions while recognising that many ofthe solutions proposed may also be detrimental. The report will examine issues of access, equity and inclusion in education, looking at how technology can help reach disadvantaged learners and ensure that more knowledge reaches more learners in more engaging and cheaper formats. The GEM Report staff engages in a wide range of consultations to inform the development of their annual report.
This expert consultation on the 2023 GEM Report convened by NORRAG focused on the power and influence of technology corporations and philanthropists and the platforms and products they offer. The consultation also addressed potential implications for education governance and public education systems. These technology service providers, software developers, corporations and philanthropists are mainly non-state actors, linking the 2023 GEM Report on technology and education with the 2021/2 GEM Report on non-state actors and education.
On Thursday, 3 November 2022, a group comprising 39 participants from academia, development agencies, governments, implementing organisations, non-governmental organisations and the private sector, along with bilateral donors, participated in an online consultation convened by NORRAG. After opening remarks from Moira V. Faul, NORRAG Executive Director, and a presentation ofthe 2023 concept note by Manos Antoninis, Director ofthe GEM Report,the programme presented two panels: one focusing on governance and procurement and a second focusing on influence. Four panellists provided brief reflections to begin each panel. Following the panel introductions, all participants were invited to share their thoughts during a workshop. Experts attending the consultation were invited to add suggestions to a Padlet discussion board.
The consultation and present output report aim to contribute to the development of the 2023 GEM Report. The report summarises key contributions of panellists and participants during the consultation.