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Digitalisation is transforming education, as is the case in other sectors of society. Data are increasingly used to manage education systems and institutions, to better target policy interventions and drive innovation. Technological devices and solutions powered by artificial intelligence (AI) are increasingly used to assist teachers in the classroom or learners in their studies at home. A host of new solutions are being developed by education technology companies. Education could quickly become different in how it is delivered and experienced. This raises new opportunities and challenges as education policymakers and stakeholders have to harness technology to improve and perhaps transform education.

This OECD Digital Education Outlook 2021 explores the question of how might digital technology and notably smart technologies based on AI, learning analytics, robotics, and others transform education. It focuses on how smart technologies currently change education in the classroom and the management of educational organisations and systems. The publication delves into beneficial uses of smart technologies such as learning personalisation, supporting students with special learning needs, and blockchain diploma credentialing. It also considers challenges and areas for further research.

Overall, the book aims to be a reference for education policymakers and researchers interested in the latest trends and policies internationally related to the increased used of digital technology and data in education. The findings offer pathways for teachers, policymakers, and educational institutions to digitalise education while optimising equity and inclusivity. 

Skills intelligence publication details

Target audience
Digital skills in education.
Digital skill level
Basic
Intermediate
Advanced
Digital Expert
Geographic scope - Country
Austria
Belgium
Czech republic
Denmark
Estonia
Industry - field of education and training
Education not further defined
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) not further defined
Type of initiative
International initiative
Publication type
Report