Update on development of a decision-making tool kit to select cost-effective digital educational technologies

28 August 2023

Digital educational technologies (DET) have become an important part of modern TVET and Energy Programs. There are many examples of successful use of DET, great expectations, but also concerns. For project teams it is challenging to decide, if DET can be used cost-effectively to achieve their goals in their specific context – and if yes, which technology suits best their purposes. Hundreds of platforms, tools, apps and devices are offered on the market.

There are many websites offering a comprehensive insight into selection criteria of hundreds of DET However, they usually only offer generic criteria and processes, which do not focus particularly TVET needs and on the integration of DET in specific contexts. This guide supports the selection of DET by focusing on requirements and evaluation criteria that apply to different types of DET often used to support TVET and Energy Programs, and that address the context of TVET in disadvantaged areas. We hope that this will help projects in a targeted and comprehensive selection process.

To illustrate the steps in the guide, the case of the decision-making process of a TVET or Energy Program project in Vietnam is described. It has a lot of characteristics of many (not all) TVET and Energy Programs-projects all over the world and may serve as an example how the steps in the guide can be implemented. The GIZ e- Guide and Toolkit aim to help project teams identify and select digital educational technologies (DET) that support TVET an Energy Programs in their context in a cost-effective way. It consists of two parts:

1) e- Guide 

The e- Guide describes the key steps that help identify and select cost-effective DET.
It intends to help project teams tackle the challenge of DET selection.
The guide is illustrated with a case of training of wind energy service technicians in Vietnam.

2) e- Toolkit 

The e-Toolkit provides useful tools to help project teams carry out the steps in the guide.

  1. The e-outline template helps document all the steps described in the e-TVET Guide.
  2. The e-decision matrix guides the context analysis.
  3. The e-landscape supports the discussions in your team on how DET can be focused on reaching learning goals and supporting learning/teaching activities.
  4. A costing framework covers cost drivers and supports systematic costing.
  5. The DET-List gives an overview of quality criteria that help evaluate different types of DET and select a cost-effective solution.


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Henri Wasnick

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