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Bridging the learning gap in Kenya with mobile learning: Challenges and future strategies
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2378-5432
2015 (English)In: Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2015 / [ed] curtis Ho & Grace Lin, University of Hawaii, USA, Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2015, 1319-1325 p.Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The overarching aim of this research was to study how mobile technology can catalyze informal learning and bridge the gap between informal and non-formal learning. In this study 30 Kenyan elite runners were equipped with a simple Android smartphone and free Internet for one year. The original research project focused on studying how a smartphone in the hands of impoverished Kenyans could assist and enhance informal learning. This project used log data, workshops and interviews to track the users’ progress. During the course of the study a huge desire for more formalized learning developed. Thus, a non-formal course on Human Rights was developed and made available for all Kenyans via any Internet connected device. In this way the intersection of these two projects provided an opportunity to satiate interests gained from unguided informal learning with structured non-formal learning. Key findings were that the smartphone empowered marginalized groups, augmented informal learning opportunities, and provided a means to bridge informal and non-formal learning to deliver educational opportunities to any device in the form of a non-formal MOOC. This research made a significant impact in the participants’ lives and the most common statement from the interviews was the statement “it helps us a lot”.

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Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2015. 1319-1325 p.
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Mobile learning, Kenya, e-learning
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Information Systems Information Systems, Social aspects
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-8640ISBN: 978-1-939797-20-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-8640DiVA: diva2:869013
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Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2015
Available from: 2015-11-12 Created: 2015-11-12 Last updated: 2015-11-17Bibliographically approved

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