Open-source platform: exploring the opportunities for offline mobile learning.
DOI: 10.1145/2037373.2037476 Conference: Proceedings of the 13th Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, Mobile HCI 2011, Stockholm, Sweden, August 30 - September 2, 2011
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.
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