Participants at a workshop during UNESCO Mobile Learning Week (Mar 2018) and the San Francisco Hackathon (Oct 2019).
The process of curriculum alignment is the organization of a diverse set of learning resources to fit the structure and learning objectives of the local curriculum standards in a given country. Without curriculum alignment, educators find it difficult to navigate, discover, and use learning resources. Facilitating alignment to curriculum is an essential prerequisite for making globally-produced educational resources usable and relevant for local contexts, but the lack of time, personnel, and tools dedicated to this process is a limitation. In response, Google.org, Learning Equality, Vodafone Foundation, UNHCR, and UNESCO have been leading a multi-stakeholder collaboration to create a set of tools that can automate the mapping of digital learning resources to national curriculum standards in an effective and efficient manner.
This process continues to be informed through consultations with domain experts, with engagement with individuals of various backgrounds: curriculum designers to machine learning experts to curricular bodies. Through a series of convenings and related reports, these efforts continue to push this initiative forward in developing this set of semi-automated alignment tools. This includes: