Call for an individual consultant to carry out the Research and Best Practice Analysis in “Digital inclusion and e-learning for the elderly” (Extended)

Terms of Reference

UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE) and Shanghai Open University (SOU) jointly implement the project “Promoting ICT Capacity Building and Open Education in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies”.  In particular, the Teacher Professional Development and Networking (TPDN) Unit shall contribute to Project activity: “Digital inclusion and e-learning for the elderly”.

The goal is to deepen research in community learning enabled by advanced digital technology, enhance teacher training to align with the latest developments in artificial intelligence, and develop digital literacy, application scenarios, and educational service guidelines for the elderly population.

To reach this goal UNESCO IITE is looking for an individual consultant, being able in close cooperation with UNESCO IITE and SOU teams, to carry out the Collection of advanced cases of digital inclusion and e-learning for the elderly (from at least 15 countries) and prepare Analytical report on digital education for the elderly, providing overview and comparison of the cases (minimum 30 pages) for further publication.

In particular, the Contractor shall carry out the following tasks:

  1. Select and gather background and contact information on participants of focus group discussions, interviews, and publications authors on the best experiences from the developed regions around the world and Shanghai (at least 15 different countries cases in number and covering Europe, America, Asia, and Australia) on digital education for the elderly. Prepare and submit the list of informants’ contacts, including positions, places of work and rationale for informant/participant selection, to UNESCO IITE by June 7, 2024. If make changes in the draft version based on the feedback provided by UNESCO IITE and SOU, submit the finalized list mentioned above to UNESCO IITE by June 11, 2024.
  2. Develop a timeframe and interview protocol or/and online questionnaire for the collection of best practice cases in AI and digital education for elderly, including the schedule for discussions in focus groups and interviews with various stakeholders, prepared on the basis of preliminary conversations with each of the informants. Submit the draft timeframe and interview protocol or/and online questionnaire to UNESCO IITE for approval by June 7, 2024. If make changes in the draft version based on the feedback provided by UNESCO IITE and SOU, submit the finalized timeframe and interview protocol or/and online questionnaire to UNESCO IITE by June 11, 2024.
  3. During the contract period, participate in the online working meetings with the UNESCO IITE – SOU project team and provide consultative support as written responses to their questions through the whole contract period.
  4. Carry out the Collection of advanced cases of digital inclusion and e-learning for the elderly upon the list, mentioned in Paragraph 1, Timeframe, and Interview Protocol or/and online questionnaire, mentioned in Paragraph 2, by August 19, 2024, and deliver them to UNESCO IITE. The List, Timeframe and Interview Protocol or/and Questionnaire should be used in the description paragraph of the Collection. The Advanced cases materials should be illustrated with photos/videos (all multimedia materials must be officially authorized for educational use by UNESCO IITE).
  5. Prepare a draft Analytical report on digital education for the elderly, providing overview and comparison of the cases (minimum 30 pages, font – Calibri; font size – 12; line space – 1.5) and deliver them to UNESCO IITE by September 6, 2024. The Analytical report should be based on the 10 the best of 15 collected descriptions of advanced digital education for elderly policies and practices, with concrete conclusions about the current situation, education units’ challenges and demands related to digital education for elderly, as well as recommendations for improvements in this field.
  6. Based on the feedback received from UNESCO IITE and SOU, make changes in the draft materials (if required) and submit the final materials: “Collection of advanced cases of digital inclusion and e-learning for the elderly” and “Analytical report on digital education for the elderly” to UNESCO IITE by September 20 , 2024. Both “Collection of advanced cases of digital inclusion and e-learning for the elderly” and “Analytical report on digital education for the elderly” must be prepared in full compliance with the UNESCO Style Manual for the presentation of English-language texts: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0014/001418/141812e.pdf, and in a tone that is reader-friendly for its intended audience, i.e. educators and policymakers. The format of images: JPEG, PNG, SVG. Image resolution should be not less than 4000×3000 pixels. The format of videos: MPEG-4/H.264. Video recording should be carried out with a maximum level of quality, in full HD 1080p (minimum) or UHD 4K (desired).
  7. Prepare a summary report on the work performed (1-3 pages, font – Calibri; font size – 12; line space – 1.5) and send it to UNESCO IITE by September  30, 2024.

Submission requirement for deliverables

The language of all deliverables is English.

Qualification requirements for the potential candidate 

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or higher degree) in educational technology, teacher education, social sciences, or related field;
  • Background in particular related to AI in pedagogical design, online shared  learning and the new ICT in education trends approaches;
  • Ability to communicate and work in English with strong management skills.

Submission of the application

Interested individuals are requested to submit their application in English to o.akimov@unesco.org no later than May 22, 2024. The application should contain:

  • Candidate’s latest Curriculum Vitae;
  • Narrative description of contemplated assignment-specific activities;
  • Proposed budget (in USD).

Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted.

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