ITEM Working Group Aims

  • To promote effective and efficient use of Information and Communication Technologies within the management of educational institutions,
  • To promote the use of ICT to support school improvement and accountability;
  • To promote the use and advancement of decision support systems within educational management, including those from operations research, decision science, expert systems, human-computer interaction and others;
  • To follow-up technological developments (hardware, software, communication systems) and their interoperability, their possible impact on ITEM application and to recommend and forecast the development of ITEM systems;
  • To investigate the potentials of mobile technologies to support managerial and administrative work in educational institutions;
  • To investigate human, social, ethical, aspects of ITEM systems and to provide recommendations for their adequate integration in educational settings;
  • To develop and improve qualitative and quantitative empirical methods to understand the role of ICT in educational organizations;
  • To investigate aspects of security and privacy of ITEM systems and to provide recommendations for their adequate integration in educational settings;
  • To care for international exchanges of information on the state of the art of research, development and implementation of ITEM systems;
  • To promote international cooperation among ITEM research teams;
  • To propose themes for international, collaborative research and development in ITEM and to seek funding for such research and development from national and international bodies;
  • To provide advice and support to countries/educational systems in the developmental stage of their ITEM systems. 

ITEM Scope of Work

The whole range of educational institutions from kindergarten to primary and secondary education, to universities, adult education and in-service training. Local education  authorities/school districts and educational policies

  • local, regional, national, international. Research and development institutions
  • academic, non-profit organizations, government, commercial. 

(ITEM Working Group Aims and Scope revised at 2008 Working Conference)