Open-source platform: exploring the opportunities for offline mobile learning.
ABSTRACT The mobile technology field is rapidly expanding and the focus on how it can be incorporated to support learning is also growing. However, the barriers to inclusion of information communication technologies in the public schools of Nepal are still significant and the widespread access to digital content remains a key obstacle. Nepal has a poor communication infrastructure and where available, telecommunication and electricity are poorly maintained or too costly to use. The aim of this exploratory research study is to highlight how an offline mobile learning solution may address some of the technical challenges to support one of the current and most urgent requirements to provide an access to digital content. It will investigate the deployment of previously unexplored low-spec sub US $100 open-source mobile devices to facilitate English language learning and address the knowledge requirements of teachers in government funded public schools of Nepal.
- Communications of the ACM 11/2000; 43(11):23-27. DOI:10.1145/353360.353374 · 2.86 Impact Factor
Conference Paper: An evaluation of the use of ICT within primary education in Malawi[Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The paper demonstrates how appropriate technology, when combined with quality curriculum-based content, has the potential to have a positive impact on primary education within developing countries. It documents an evaluation of portable learning technology from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Malawi, providing theoretical background and educational context before detailing the methodology and findings of the study. Significant impacts from the introduction of the program were increased school attendance, reduced dropout rates and improved student and teacher enthusiasm. Alongside this, the audio and video material and interactive learning techniques offered potential pedagogical benefits in combining learner-centered and outcome-based activities with continuous assessment, helping children to retain information more effectively and record higher test scores. Major challenges were also identified regarding implementation and sustainability. These centered around the need for rigorous teacher training, classroom integration, appropriate deployment, maintenance, sustained impact and overall cost-effectiveness. In closing, the paper emphasizes the need for such programs to be driven by educational concerns and recognizes the similar challenges faced in many related initiatives.Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD), 2009 International Conference on; 05/2009
Conference Paper: Mobile HCI and technical ICTD: a methodological perspective.[Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Technical Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD) research lacks appropriate research methods along the entire development lifecycle spanning design, development, deployment, evaluation and monitoring. Mobile HCI has a great set of research methods that have proven their suitability in mobile research. However, applying Mobile HCI research methods unchanged in technical ICTD will fail due to the specific cultural, infrastructural and governmental context of developing countries. In this workshop we want to bring together people who are active in Mobile HCI and ICTD research to elaborate on Mobile HCI methods and discuss their application for technical ICTD.Proceedings of the 12th Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, Mobile HCI 2010, Lisbon, Portugal, September 7-10, 2010; 01/2010