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Prof. John Traxler: Potential of Learning with Mobiles in Africa | WISE – World Innovation Summit for Education

Using mobile devices to deliver learning in Africa is obvious and ought to be successful. The reasons are easy to identify and include near-universal ownership and access to simple mobile phones, and comprehensive, energetic and competitive mobile networks. Furthermore, other technology options that might deliver learning are practically non-existent owing to poor infrastructure including unstable mains electricity and poor broadband connectivity, lack of suitable clean secure buildings, lack of technical capacity, lack of software licenses and lack of human capacity. There is an awareness amongst mobile network operators (MNOs) that Africa could host their next billion subscribers, that these subscribers might represent a market for educational content and connectivity and that the availability of higher specification technology, in the form of both handsets and network capacity, continues to increase. The networks also provide an attractive environment for a wealth of lively value-added services.

via Prof. John Traxler: Potential of Learning with Mobiles in Africa | WISE – World Innovation Summit for Education.


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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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