Innovative Mobile Solutions and Apps for Education Management Information Systems
According to UNESCO, 61 million primary school-age children were not enrolled in school in 2010. There are 31 million girls of primary school age not in school. Seventeen million of these girls will probably never attend school in their lifetimes.
Do you want to help us develop, implement and do research on Education Management Information Systems to monitor pupil and teacher attendance and facilitate better utilization of scarce education resources in low income countries?
HISP (Health Information Systems Programme) is a global south-south-north collaborative network aiming to improve health care in developing countries through research on and implementation of better Health Information Systems. Coordinated by the Information systems Research Group at Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo, a core activitiy of the programme is the development of the open source DHIS2 (district health information software). DHIS2 is used in more than 80 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the South Pacific. HISP now also supports ministries of education by strengthening Education management information systems (EMIS) to provide quality data and facilitate better education system planning and policy dialogue.
The master students will be involved in an actual implementation of DHIS2 for EMIS. The project will involve prototyping where we will test new ideas and get feedback from the users in the pilot districts and schools. The necessary hardware to use the new EMIS technology for data collection and analysis will be configured and provided to district officials and Schools. For piloting and testing mobile features the project will buy Android smart phones or tablets.
The project will distill learning and software requirements to be Included in the global DHIS 2 releases. Master students can take an active role in the development of features and apps to support the EMIS requirements or they can focus on aspects of user involvement in design, training or overall documentation and reflections on the implementation and use of DHIS2 for EMIS. The particular focus of the master thesis will be determined in dialogue with the implementation countries to ensure practical relevance.
The project can support up to four master students. The students will be expected to stay at least one month abroad (e.g. in the Gambia or Uganda) as part of their fieldwork.