Thursday, October 22
10:30 AM-11:00 AM
Lehua III

Bridging the learning gap in Kenya with mobile learning: Challenges and future strategies

Full Paper ID: 46289
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    William Jobe
    University West

Abstract: 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 an Android smartphone and free Internet for one year. This project used log data, workshops and interviews to track the users’ progress. During the course of the study a 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.

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