Digital learning solutions: Learning Passport
Towards the integration of technology in education in the region
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Why are digital learning solutions important?
The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting school closures, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, caused a prolonged disruption of learning for children and adolescents and revealed the challenges countries face in ensuring remote education.
While this situation led to a profound learning crisis, it also showed us the importance of technology in education. In the post-pandemic context, children and adolescents not only need to return to in-person classes; they also need education to respond to the impacts of this crisis on their learning and development processes.
In the post-pandemic context, children and adolescents not only need to return to in-person classes; they also need education to respond to the impacts of this crisis on their learning and development processes.
What do we do?
Digital learning refers to learning facilitated by technology and gives students some control over time, place, path and pace.
Expanding digital learning requires advancing instructional content for teachers, teaching-learning interactions, assessment systems, education platforms, online courses, adaptive software, technologies that enable individual learning, and education management systems.1
Digital learning solutions are effective in improving learning achievement. In addition, they are opening new opportunities to solve traditional teaching problems, such as students with different learning levels sharing a classroom, limited teacher-student interaction time, and large groups.
When digital learning solutions are designed to complement rather than replace teaching, when they seek to improve instruction and are combined with in-person education, they can:
- improve the quality and time of teacher-student interactions
- help assess whether students understand the material being taught
- motivate learning by promoting students' enjoyment, interests and emotional attachment
- personalize instruction and instructional materials
- focus teaching on problem-solving, and
- adapt teaching to students’ individual progress and learning pace.
Besides helping students acquire the digital skills they need for an increasingly technology-dependent world of work, digital learning solutions also enable:
- using technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to personalize learning
- leveraging the benefits of digital learning platforms
- gaining access to information on the teaching-learning process
- expanding the availability of educational content and materials
- incorporating skills accreditation so that students have evidence of their learning achievements; and
- improving opportunities for the educational inclusion of vulnerable students.
What is the Learning Passport?
The Learning Passport is one of our flagship initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was developed in partnership with Microsoft to provide children and adolescents with continuous online or offline access to quality education from a computer or cell phone.
It works as a highly flexible and adaptable virtual education platform that countries can easily and quickly adopt as their national learning management system or complement existing digital learning platforms.
The Learning Passport initiative allows us to advance children’s right to education by reaching places with intermittent or no Internet connectivity and communities where students lack access to quality digital educational materials.
This platform also offers locally contextualized educational content and complementary resources from other countries that help improve learning outcomes. In addition, we are currently expanding the library with open educational resources (OER) and content donated by private companies to offer a wider variety of complementary materials.
So far, in Latin America and the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico have launched platforms based on the Learning Passport. Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are currently doing preparatory work on this initiative and plan to launch it in 2022.
Platform: Mexico Learning Passport
Objective: Mitigating pandemic learning loss.
As of October 2021, it offers 12 active courses to more than 65,000 active students and 3,672 teachers.
The objective is to offer online education courses to 14,000 enrolled students.
During school closures, the library allowed approximately 90,000 students to access age-appropriate digital learning content.
The objective of Aprendo Pura Vida is to support the learning loss mitigation processes. It has reached 1,356,333 students and teachers enrolled in the platform.
The objective of Orienta2 is to promote skills development among approximately 800,000 students receiving vocational training and job opportunities.
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1 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.