Effects of an Online Self-Assessment Tool on Teachers’ Digital Competencies

12 January 2023

FBK-IRVAPP researchers Davide Azzolini and Enrico Rettore and coauthors present the results of MENTEP in a new FBK-IRVAPP Working Paper.

The paper evaluates the effects of an online self-assessment tool on teachers’ competencies and beliefs about ICT in education. The causal impact of the tool is evaluated through a randomized encouragement design, involving 7,391 lower secondary teachers across 11 European countries.

Short-run impact estimates show that the use of the tool led teachers to critically revise their technology-enhanced teaching competencies (-0.14 standard deviations) and their beliefs about ICT in education (-0.35 s.d.), while there is no impact on their probability of taking specific training.

The effects are concentrated among teachers in the top-end tail of the distribution of pre-treatment outcomes. The paper also provides suggestive evidence that the feedback score provided by the tool triggered such results by providing a negative information shock.