Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
What is Swedish Edtest?
Swedish Edtest is a test bed where educators and EdTech companies meet to easily and systematically test digital teaching materials and learning resources. The tests take place during educators’ usual teaching practice and are grounded in a method developed together with Anna Åkerfeldt, who holds a PhD in Didactics.
What is the goal of Swedish Edtest?
Swedish Edtest aims to increase the digital competencies of educators by supporting them through a qualitative testing process. Furthermore, we work to strengthen the needs-based development of digital learning resources and to build a strong, sustainable and scientifically robust digital education sector.
How many tests have been performed?
Since its launch in 2020, 50 EdTech companies have tested with more than 200 educators.
How does a test work?
A test begins with educators and institution owners identifying their and their students’ needs. Interested companies register their interest. Companies and educators are matched and a test environment is created. Those who participate in the test themselves decide how long the test period will be and how many users will participate. The test bed’s common, science-based, test method is used during the tests. After a test, an evaluation takes place and relevant data from the test is saved in the test bed. The company receives a test report to use as part of further product development. A company’s product can be tested simultaneously by several principals at different times. Swedish Edtest provides a support service throughout the whole process.
Who can join?
To join a test you need to be a member of either Ifous or Swedish Edtech Industry. Testing companies can be startups as well as established companies, but the products being tested must be newly developed or newly launched and testable. Educators who register must have the agreement of their institution’s owner.
How do the tests provide results?
The digital learning resources are assessed by the testing educators with the help of a series of didactic and pedagogical-focused questions. The testing companies receive a test report to use in the subsequent product innovation and needs-based development of their services. This process supports the constant improvement of the learning resources and of customers’ digital competence. By using the test method and associated questions, the testing educators’ ability to choose and evaluate digital learning resources is increased.
What academic collaborations do Swedish Edtest have?
Swedish Edtest collaborates with Linnaeus University, Stockholm University, Halmstad University, the Stockholm School of Economics and University College London (UCL).