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Title: Using mobile phones to improve educational outcomes : an analysis of evidence from Asia
Authors: Valk, John-Harmen
Rashid, Ahmed T.
Elder, Laurent
Keywords: MOBILE PHONES
MOBILE LEARNING
DISTANCE LEARNING
EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES (ICTS)
NEW LEARNING
Date: Mar-2010
Publisher: International review of research in open and distance learning (IRRODL), Athabasca University, Edomonton, AB, CA
Abstract: Despite improvements in educational indicators, such as enrolment, significant challenges remain with regard to the delivery of quality education in developing countries, particularly in rural and remote regions. In the attempt to find viable solutions to these challenges, much hope has been placed in new information and communication technologies (ICTs), mobile phones being one example. This article reviews the evidence of the role of mobile phone-facilitated mLearning in contributing to improved educational outcomes in the developing countries of Asia by exploring the results of six mLearning pilot projects that took place in the Philippines, Mongolia, Thailand, India, and Bangladesh. In particular, this article examines the extent to which the use of mobile phones helped to improve educational outcomes in two specific ways: 1) in improving access to education, and 2) in promoting new learning. Analysis of the projects indicates that while there is important evidence of mobile phones facilitating increased access, much less evidence exists as to how mobiles promote new learning.
ISSN: 1492-3831
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10625/42082
Access: Open Access
License: Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
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