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WHAT IS KOKOA STANDARD

About the method  The reviewers  Reviewing criteria  Outcomes & benefits 
About the certificate  Review process  Neutrality, integrity & fairness of review process

 

In a dream world all learning solutions would represent high pedagogical quality and immediately prove their effectiveness in learning. But, as the market is overflowing with products of varying educational quality, independent quality verifications are essential.

Kokoa Education Standard is a detailed EdTech quality verification based on Finnish pedagogical knowledge and engaging learning model.
The evaluation measures the solution’s educational quality and finds out how effectively it supports learning.

 

EdTech industry stakeholders around the world trust Kokoa to ensure solutions are independently certified with a high-level quality standard.

Reviewing method

Kokoa Evaluation Method is an academically sound approach for evaluating a product’s pedagogical design from the view point of educational psychology. The evaluation framework is built upon engaging learning model. The method is used to define product’s learning goals, pedagogical approach and learning engagement factors. By using the Kokoa developed evaluation tool and trained Kokoa evaluators, we are able to ensure that the scientifically proven method is always followed in every aspect of the reviewing process.

The method is developed by Kokoa in collaboration with Lauri Hietajärvi and Erika Maksniemi, educational researchers from ELE Finland. The researchers have produced a white paper article that describes the theoretical background of the evaluation method and examines the key components in the
design of good educational solutions. Hietajärvi and Maksniemi both work at the University of Helsinki in the Department of Education.

 

White paper article

Professional reviewers

By using the Kokoa developed evaluation tool, we are able to ensure that the scientifically proven method is always followed in every aspect of the reviewing process. The review is conducted by two evaluators, and validated by a third specialist at Kokoa.

All of our evaluators are screened Finnish pedagogists, specialised in the areas/subject in which they review. These professionals are highly qualified, hold master's degrees in education and are trained to use the Kokoa Education Standard analysis method and tools.

 

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Reviewing criteria

The Kokoa Education Standard Evaluation consists of pedagogical and learning engagement parts. The evaluation criteria is based on educational psychology and an engaging learning model. Different national curriculums, the 21st century skill definitions and the Finnish understanding of efficient learning have influenced the development of the evaluation framework strongly. 
 

Learning goals

First the evaluation defines the product's learning goals and maps them against several national curriculums and Kokoa's own syllabus of transversal competencies, which is a list of skills that are globally recognised as the most wanted abilities to be learned. Skill definitions in the Kokoa syllabus are based on the Finnish curriculum and various determinations of 21st century skills. The validator compares the product to these skills, aiming to determine what different abilities can be taught and supported using the product. 

 

Pedagogical approach

The pedagogical approach analysis defines how the product supports the learning of different skills. We have built our framework across four conceptually separated but empirically intertwined pairs of concepts that are organized as each other's counterparts on a spectrum. The end of the spectrum that is emphasized is determined by the learning goals. Learning goals are the glue that combines the means to an end. 

 

The components we use to examine the pedagogical practices are organized as concept pairs, such as: 1) individual vs. collaborative, referring to whether the pedagogy is directed towards individual or collaborative learning; 2) active vs. passive, referring to the requirements regarding the learners' participation in the process; 3) rehearse vs. construct, referring to whether the learning activities are designed to drill and rehearse certain skills or information bits or to build new knowledge networks; and 4) linear vs. non-linear, referring to the organisation of the learning process, that is, whether it is expected to develop gradually on a fixed learning curve or more dynamically, across various possible curves.

 

The evaluator answers statements about the product, first describing the current state of the product and then analyzing what would be the optimal approach. A concluding is then formed on the Kokoa Evaluation Tool. 

Learning engagement

The learning engagement analysis evaluates what are the factors that make the product fun and interesting for the learners. It takes a look at the interactions and motivational mechanics, defines the main hooks on the product and determines where there would be chances for improvement. The learning engagement analysis also evaluates the visual qualities of the product, the suitability to target group and general usability. These are all looked at with the pedagogical goals in mind. The analysis is made by an evaluator specialized in evaluating game and user experience.

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Outcomes and benefits of the review

The outcome of the evaluation is a comprehensive evaluation report. It explains what the products teaches, how it teaches and what its strengths and weaknesses are. The pedagogical quality is described through a pedagogical performance score.

Our conclusions offer an overall view of the product's pedagogical structure, pinpointing the strengths and development areas. To support product development, we will provide concrete feature suggestions about how to improve the product to have even more impact on learning. The report also includes a Kokoa Education Standard statement and a final score. Clients can use the information for marketing and communicating to educators and learners about how to best benefit from using the product.

The products that meet the certification criteria are granted the Kokoa Standard certificate and are listed in Kokoa Catalogue.

 

 

  • Defining what and how the product teaches
  • Analysis of features that engage the learners
  • Pointing out the strengths and development areas

 

 

Get confirmation
Get valuable feedback and validation of the educational and pedagogical quality of your product.

Support for development
Our analysis point out the product's strengths and development areas from the pedagogical perspective.

Enhanced credibility
Stand out in the EdTech market as a pedagogically validated professional solution.

 

Gain visibility and reach
Certified, high-quality educational products will be promoted on the Kokoa.io Catalogue where teachers and parents can easily find them.

 

The Finnish touch
The criteria of analysis is based on the same learner perception as the Finnish national curriculum and various determinations of 21st century skills.
 

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The certificate

All reviewed products have a chance to get awarded with the Kokoa Standard certificate, which makes them stand out in the EdTech market as a pedagogically validated professional solution. The certificate grants a place in the Kokoa Catalogue, which holds up-to-date information about the products and a comprehensive justification of the certificate.

The certificate comes with a PR package, including digital badges and PR/blog release to be shared with the press, in a company blog and your social media channels.

Applying for a certification review is open for any suitable product. Only the products with proven high educational quality are granted the Kokoa Standard certificate.

The certificate will be issued for products that achieve an evaluation score of 80/100 or above.

 

 

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Apply for a review

Evaluations are suitable for a wide range of educational solutions. Please contact us and we will conduct a pre-evaluation to make sure we are able to review your product.
 

Tell us about your product!

Tell us about your product by filling the contact form. We'll conduct a free pre-evaluation to make sure we can provide a beneficial evaluation service for your specific product or service.

We contact You

A suitable Kokoa Evaluator will be assigned to your evaluation process and will contact you to inform about the schedule and the process of evaluation.

Order confirmation and Payment

The evaluation process will be carried out after ordering and payment of the evaluation service. Payment options are credit cards or traditional invoicing.

Product evaluation

A systematic evaluation is carried out by two evaluators. The evaluation is carried out in two phases to determine the learning goals and pedagogical approach.

Report and certification

A thorough report of the evaluation outcomes will be delivered to you. Our conclusions offer an overall view on the product's pedagogical structure. Didn't get certified? Don't worry. We'll pinpoint the development areas and help you enhance your product to meet the criteria.

 

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Neutrality, integrity and fairness of the review process

In keeping our mission of improving education through educational quality verification services, we take the integrity of our brand and the trust from our customers very seriously. We provide independent and unbiased evaluations that are always done in a manner that provides concrete and fair results.

 

All products are evaluated with the same quality standards that we have carefully developed, and we do not allow external influences to affect the results of our work. We use up-to-date curriculums to stay on the top of the modern education.

 

We value transparency and we are always open to discussion about the results and our process.

 

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