EdTech evidence from Covid-19 response

To better understand the use of EdTech interventions as part of the Covid-19 response, in late 2020, EdTech Hub commissioned ten small-scale research studies in five low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This research, conducted in Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Pakistan, and Sierra Leone throughout 2021, included studies examining the use of three main types of devices: radio, television, and mobiles / smartphones. Education interventions were delivered via a range of different tech-based approaches, including:

  • Interactive voice response (IVR) audio lessons
  • Audio-visual lessons (e.g., YouTube)
  • Text messages / social media / digital applications (e.g., Zoom, WhatsApp)
  • Digital platforms for online learning
  • Data systems development

This paper presents a summary and review of these studies to explore EdTech use in low-resource contexts during the Covid-19 pandemic and considers implications of its use in these contexts going forward.

Resource Info

Resource Type

White Paper


Published by

EdTech Hub

Authored by

Suaan Nicolai, Kate Jefferies, Ashley Stepanek Lockhart


Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Distance Education
Research and Evidence

Geographic Focus

Sierra Leone