In April 2015, we launched a 12-week blended learning pilot across five privately owned secondary schools in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and Rawalpindi district. The pilot was supported by Ilm Ideas, a Department for International Development (DFID) initiative in Pakistan. A total of 150 students, 12 teachers and four principals participated in the pilot.
Schools that participated included:
1) Sir Syed Public School, Rawalpindi – 35 Students
2) Al-Farabi School and College, Islamabad – 35 Students
3) Jinnah Muslim School and College, Islamabad – 20 Students
4) Shining Star Public School, Rawalpindi – 34 Students
5) Modern Language School and College, Islamabad – 26 Students
Schools were selected in order to properly test the solution across different variables such as:
• Fee structure
Prior to the pilot, we conducted a 3-day training for participating teachers and principals. We provided in-depth training on how to effectively use the Knowledge Platform learning system and what was required for successful implementation. Other topics included an overview of blended learning – a new concept for many – and insight into the benefits of using technology for education. Knowledge Platform staff provided in-class support in order to provide on-the-ground training for the duration of the pilot.
The system was deployed in class three times a week along with weekly assessments administered by the teachers. Teachers were able to collect learning data through clickers and learned how to analyze the data in order to effectively prepare for the next lesson.
The overall goal of the pilot was to validate the pertinence of the solution with Pakistan’s educational context, market realities and infrastructure. A 3rd party evaluation team was engaged at the beginning of the project to assess the solution across four main areas:
1.) Learning Outcomes
2.) Teaching Quality
3.) Student Engagement
4.) Solution Components
Evaluators visited each pilot school at the beginning, middle and end of the pilot to conduct interviews, surveys, and in-class observations. The evaluation team found the value of the ‘Solution’ to be “high in the Pakistani context. In classrooms with weak teaching and textbooks that invoke rote learning, the videos, games and assessments help improve conceptual learning of the child. The project has the possibility of functioning as an equalizer in the education field for low-income households who cannot access expensive schools or home tuition.” The full report can be accessed here.
Watch the video or read the press release for more information about the pilot.