Impact of Tech-based Teaching on Learning in India: Towards UN SDG4

India Research Engagement Fund

Dan Wagner

School Affiliation: Graduate School of Education
Secondary Investigator: Betty Chandy
Country or Region Engaged: Senegal, India
Fund: India Research Engagement Fund, Holman Africa Research and Engagement Fund
Year Awarded: 2023-24
Expertise: Education, Technology

The “Impact of Tech-based Teaching on Learning in India: Towards UN SDG4” (or ITTLI) project addresses a critical aspect of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that is, improving education especially in the world’s poorest communities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Bank estimates the cumulative loss in Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN) learning will cost the world more than $1 trillion over the coming decade. In India, and in other low-income countries, improving FLN has become an essential component of educational investments while trying to accelerate student learning through an expanded use of remote (digital) teacher professional development. In partnership with India-based partner, Language and Learning Foundation, ITTLI will research 3 questions: how teacher training impacted student learning during the pandemic; ways in which improving teachers’ classroom practices can increase student achievement; and how to identify factors in “marginalized” populations (e.g., by mother-tongue) that are obstacles for children’s learning.