Steve Vosloo of the Shuttleworth Foundation in South Africa has worked on a series of stories for teens to read to improve literacy.
Mid-Sweden University has produced a series of videos viewable on phones that promote informal learning groups
In Kenya and South Africa phones are used to deliver on-going medical education for practioners.
"They often travel many kilometres by bus or walking to take this exam. Some students do not have enough money to take the bus home, and sleep on the campus until they get their results." "It will become important for African lifelong learners/graduates to have access to courses or programs that draw on the research and expertise being developed in the research universities."
"Incidentally mobile learning always features at eLearning Africa (just think of it as "Online Educa ported to Africa") .... interesting to hear the mobile learning projects and stories but worrying to watch the Africa keen to 'catch up' with Western European desktop e- learning when (rumour has it) there are more mobiles in Rwanda than light bulbs (or PCs presumably)."
Traxler, J. (2010, May 25). M-Learning Research: A Brief Hello. [Electronic mailing list message].
Consortium of 50 academic partners in 27 countries across sub-Sahara Africa
Focus on Open and Distance e-Learning (ODeL) with the goal of developing capacity to offer more distance learning opportunities
Often distance courses are print based or provided on a CD or DVD. Students attend a rural learning centre for a few days, return home with study materials and return to the learning centre to write exams.
As part of the capacity development and sustainability component of a recent AVU project with Canadian partners, each of the 10 institutions that participated were asked to develop a project that would combine the skills of instructional designers, media specialists and ICT professionals.
Most of the projects involved teacher education or the development of a specific course that is difficult for students to get on-campus.
The University of Zambia, for example, has produced modules for a fast-track teacher education program for the Ministry of Education.
Printing Press at Kiruyu Learning Center, University of Nairobi