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Measuring Edtech Impact and the Need for Industry Certification in Ghana.

The rapid digitization of education has given rise to a booming edtech industry in Ghana and across Africa. With more students relying on online learning platforms, educational apps, and digital resources, it’s crucial to assess the impact and efficacy of these technologies. However, the lack of standardized measurement frameworks and certification processes poses significant challenges in ensuring quality and accountability within the industry.

Assessing the Impact of Edtech Solutions

Measuring the impact of edtech solutions is a multifaceted task that requires a comprehensive approach. Factors such as student engagement, academic performance, accessibility, and cost-effectiveness must be evaluated. Traditional assessment methods, such as standardized tests and surveys, may not capture the full range of impacts, particularly those related to digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

To address this challenge, a holistic framework that incorporates both quantitative and qualitative measures is necessary. This framework should encompass:

  1. Learning outcomes: Assessments that measure subject-specific knowledge, as well as transferable skills like digital literacy and problem-solving.
  2. User experience: Surveys and focus groups that gauge student and teacher satisfaction, engagement, and perceived ease of use.
  3. Cost-benefit analysis: Evaluations that weigh the financial investment against measurable outcomes, such as improved test scores or reduced dropout rates.
  4. Longitudinal studies: Long-term tracking of student progress and career trajectories to assess the lasting impact of edtech interventions.

Implementing such a framework requires collaboration between educational institutions, technology providers, and independent research organizations. By pooling resources and expertise, stakeholders can develop robust methodologies and establish benchmarks for evaluating edtech solutions.

The Need for Industry Certification

As the edtech industry in Ghana continues to grow, the absence of a standardized certification process poses significant risks. Without a reliable means of verifying the quality and effectiveness of edtech products and services, educators and parents may unwittingly invest in subpar or ineffective solutions.

Establishing an industry certification program would provide several benefits:

  1. Quality assurance: Certified edtech solutions would undergo rigorous testing and evaluation, ensuring they meet minimum standards for pedagogy, usability, and efficacy.
  2. Consumer confidence: Parents and educators could make informed decisions when selecting edtech products, confident in their proven impact and adherence to best practices.
  3. Industry accountability: Certification would incentivize edtech companies to continually improve their offerings and adhere to ethical standards, promoting healthy competition and innovation.
  4. Professional development: A certification program could include training and professional development opportunities for educators, equipping them with the skills necessary to effectively integrate and leverage edtech tools.

The implementation of an industry certification program would require collaboration between government agencies, educational institutions, and industry stakeholders. A multi-stakeholder approach would ensure the certification criteria are comprehensive, transparent, and aligned with national educational goals and priorities.


As Ghana’s edtech industry continues to expand, measuring the impact of these technologies and establishing industry certification standards are crucial steps toward ensuring quality, accountability, and effective integration into the educational system. By adopting a holistic measurement framework and implementing a rigorous certification process, Ghana can position itself as a leader in leveraging technology to enhance learning outcomes and prepare students for the digital age.

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3 thoughts on “Measuring Edtech Impact and the Need for Industry Certification in Ghana.”

  1. Emmanuel Duncan

    Standardizing EdTech solutions in Ghana is crucial to ensure consistency, quality, and interoperability across educational institutions, fostering equitable access to technology-enhanced learning. This approach also facilitates the integration of innovative teaching methods, ultimately improving educational outcomes nationwide. So this article is timely in this age of Edtech explosion.

  2. Eric Balangtaa

    The parameters for Online Learning Assessment focusing on “User experience”should should be expanded to include analysing relevant data related to content relevance, appropriateness and quality standards. Other important issues related to user experience may also include accessibility and user friendliness of LMS/Platforms, cultural sensitivity, Learner interest, attention span among online learners and other considerations which may differ from assessing the traditional learning environment.

  3. Charles Yaw Aheto-Tsegah

    Miracle, that a good start. I expected to see more on processes leading to how to define and conduct certification. The paper, in my view, created a chance for you to bring in the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). While NQF is a good start to addressing the certification challenge, an opportunity to deconstruct its dimensions would have opened up discussions and drawn us close to a near perfect NQF system.

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