Monitoring the digital education area

In the framework of education monitoring, the work programme of collaboration in education 2017–2020 (BIZ) aims to facilitate the systematic acquisition of useful information concerning the steering of the area of information and communication technologies (ICT) in education.


A variety of reports and surveys on the integration of ICT into education provide an international, national, regional and cantonal inventory of existing measures, trends, issues and perspectives. Whatever their scale, these surveys – ADELE, JAMES, MIKE, ICILS or EU-KIDS Online – provide information which is not otherwise available and help to focus on the needs of the education system.

Further studies

Digital Transformation 2017

Mandated by the Federal Commission for Child and Youth Affairs, Dr. Sarah Genner from Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), section media psychology, researched the influence of digitization on children and young poeple in Switzerland. The report is concerned with the impact of digital transformation on young Swiss people with focus on education, training, work and leasure time. According to Genner, one of the impacts of digital transformation is stress through social acceleration due to new media and its way of answering sms. Another point is concerned with digital and transversal competences (soft skills) in education, which are becoming increasingly important for «21st century skills».

Genner, S. (2017): Digitale Transformation: Auswirkungen auf Kinder und Jugendliche in der Schweiz – Ausbildung, Bildung, Arbeit, Freizeit

CILS 2013 (International Computer Information and Literacy Study)

The ICILS research project is an international comparative study in which more than 20 countries participate, including Switzerland. It uses computer-based tests to evaluate pupils’ ability at the end of compulsory education to live in the information society by analyzing their capacity to use new media in and out of school. The national survey covered 3'325 pupils, 910 teachers and 144 school principals and persons responsible for ICT. The survey put Swiss pupils in 9th place among their international peers, a middle-ranking result. The frequency of ICT use and standard of ICT infrastructure in schools were classified as below average.


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