Our “Research-into-Action” projects focus on ensuring better educational opportunities for all by expanding High Touch High Tech (HTHT) education’s reach in Korea, Asia, and globally.
Initially launched by the Education Commission, the HTHT Vietnam project, is now being implemented jointly with Education Commission Asia. Placing a high priority on human resource development, the Vietnamese government requested a pilot HTHT project focused on STEM education. The project was financially supported by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and executed in collaboration with the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training. Technical support was provided by the Adaptive Learning team of Arizona State University in the US, as well as McGraw-Hill’s ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces; a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system) team, which undertook training for local teachers and consulting on HTHT learning. For this project, four junior high schools—two schools each in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City—were selected, and HTHT education was adopted in seventh grade mathematics following a training program for teachers. The impact evaluation, led by Professor Booyuel Kim and the research team of the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, examined the effect of HTHT education provided during the 2019 fall semester. The evaluation report has been submitted to the Vietnamese government for their review.
Having successfully executed the HTHT prototype project with participation by the four Vietnamese schools, Education Commission Asia—together with the Education Commission—is now pushing forwards a feasibility study in preparation for a scale-up to 40 schools. For the financing of the project, consultations are currently ongoing with the Asian Development Bank (ADB). One option is to utilize the Korea Trust Fund established at the ADB by Korea’s Ministry of Economy and Finance, in which case, Korean edtech companies are expected to actively participate in the project.