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Presented at the mEducation Alliance Symposium 2012, Washington DC, 6 September 2012

Presented at the mEducation Alliance Symposium 2012, Washington DC, 6 September 2012

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  • And now with those benefits in mind…UNESCO has proposed a set of 10 policy guidelines to help perhaps maximize the traction and impact of those benefits. As before, these recommendations are by no means comprehensive and there is also a bit of blurring between them. That said, they articulate how you and your colleagues might like to approach mobile learning and relevant ICT in education policy. Let me briefly provide some explanation for each of the 10 recommendations. Please keep in mind that the actual document is available to you, so no need to scribble notes.

UNESCO Policy Guidelines for Mobile Learning: Inviting input into draft v2.1 UNESCO Policy Guidelines for Mobile Learning: Inviting input into draft v2.1 Presentation Transcript

  • UNESCO Policy Guidelines forMobile LearningInviting input into draft v2.1Steve VoslooUNESCO Programme Specialist: Mobile LearningPresented at the mEducation Alliance Symposium 2012Washington DC, 6 September 2012
  • UNESCO’s work in mobile learning Teacher Gender andDevelopment: Working MobileFour Country Papers Series: Learning Projects Global Project Reviews Issues Paper Issue Paper on on Mobile the Future of Learning Mobile Policy Guidelines Learning for Mobile Learning Policy Online Support Resources
  • Turning on Mobile Learning in …• Africa and the Middle East• Asia• Europe• Latin America• North America• Global Themes
  • Mobile Learning for Teachers in…• Africa and the Middle East• Asia• Europe• Latin America• North America• Global Themes
  • “This series of papers is highly recommendedreading, given its geographic diversity and thebreadth (if not depth) of initiatives it considers.”
  • Aims of the Guidelines:• Raise awareness and put mobile learning onto the ICT in Education agenda.• Promote value and practicability of mobile learning.• Make high-level recommendations for creating policies that enable mobile learning.Primary Audience:• Policy makers
  • Policy GuidelinesConsultative Workshop,UNESCO, 2-3 July 2012
  • UNESCO Policy Guidelines on Mobile Learning (v2.1) Two main sections Unique Benefits of Mobile Policy Technologies for Recommendations Learning
  • 1) Expand the reach and equity of education2) Facilitate personalized learning3) Power anytime, anywhere learning4) Provide immediate feedback and assessment5) Ensure the productive use of time spent inclassrooms6) Build new communities of students7) Support situated learning8) Enhance seamless learning9) Bridge formal and informal learning10) Improve communication and administration11) Maximize cost efficiency
  • Expand the reach and equity of education• Increased access to mobile technologies• Extending educational opportunities, e.g. BridgeIT/Text2Teach, BBC Janala• New pathways for learning• Mobile learning replaces complements existing education investments and approaches in ways that best utilize the attributes of mobile devices
  • Facilitate personalized learning• Mobile devices are generally owned by their users, highly customizable, and carried throughout the day  personalisation• Individualise learning based on different learning styles
  • Power anytime, anywhere learning• Long or quick learning experiences• UNECSCO Mobile Literacy Project
  • Provide immediate feedback and assessment• Immediate indicators of success• Potential for highly targeted content• Make teachers more efficient by automating the distribution, collection, evaluation, and documentation of assessments
  • Ensure the productive use of time spent inclassrooms• Mobiles can be used to access informational content outside of schools• Use time in class to discuss ideas, share alternate interpretations, work collaboratively, and participate in laboratory activities
  • Build new communities of students• Yoza Cellphone Stories• Pink Phone project in Cambodia• MOOCs• Peer-to-peer learning
  • Support situated learning• EcoMOBILE environmental field trips• Augmented reality
  • Enhance seamless learning• Enabled by cloud computing
  • Bridge formal and informal learning• Example: language learning apps• Hear, “speak”, flag for later review, access supplementary materials
  • Improve communication and administration• Messages sent by mobile devices are generally faster, more reliable, more efficient, and less expensive than alternative channels of communication• Disseminate and elicit information• Support peer-to-peer learning amongst teachers, e.g. Teaching Biology Project• EMIS
  • Maximize cost efficiency• Mobile learning initiatives can be cost- effective• Can leverage the technology people already own
  • 1) Create or update policies related to mobile learning2) Train teachers to advance learning through mobiletechnologies3) Provide support and training to teachers through mobiletechnologies4) Optimize educational content for use on mobile devices5) Ensure gender equality for mobile students6) Expand and improve connectivity options while ensuringequity7) Develop strategies to provide devices for students whocannot afford them8) Use mobile technology to improve communication andeducation management9) Promote the safe, responsible, and healthy use of mobiletechnologies10) Raise awareness of mobile learning through advocacy,leadership, and dialogue
  • Create or update policies related to mobilelearning• Most policies are “pre-mobile”• Need to review existing ICT in education policies• Examine the unique educational potentials and challenges offered by mobile technology and, when appropriate, incorporate these into broader ICT in education policies• Avoid blanket prohibitions of particular devices• Provide guidance on how new investments in technology can work in conjunction with existing educational investments and initiatives
  • Train teachers to advance learning throughmobile technologies• Prioritise the professional development of teachers• Encourage teacher training institutes to incorporate mobile learning into their programs and curriculum• Provide opportunities for teachers to share strategies for effectively integrating technology in schools with similar needs and student populations
  • Provide support and training to teachersthrough mobile technologies• Ensure that, where possible, curriculum, educational resources, and lesson plans are available to teachers via mobile devices• Support projects that explore the practicability of providing professional development via mobile technology
  • Optimize educational content for use on mobiledevices• Ensure that, where possible, content, including online repositories of educational resources, is as widely accessible as possible from mobile devices• OER: Support the open licensing of mobile content to ensure its widest possible use and adaptation• Encourage the development of platforms or software that allow classroom teachers to create or tailor mobile content• Promote the creation of local educational content in local languages for mobile access• Advocate for standards that make mobile hardware, software, and content accessible to diverse student populations, including students with disabilities
  • Ensure gender equality for mobile students• Ameliorate existing gender gaps by encouraging women and girls to use mobile phones for learning. Specifically, government officials should identify obstacles preventing women and girls from using mobile devices and propose solutions to overcome these obstacles• Promote mobile technology as a tool that creates educational opportunities for women and girls as well as men and boys• Identify culturally relevant and acceptable ways of normalizing mobile phone ownership for women and girls• Be responsive to the particular needs of all people – women and men, girls and boys
  • Expand and improve connectivity options whileensuring equity• Support the provision of robust and affordable mobile networks within and across communities, especially in educational institutions such as schools, universities, and libraries• Consider providing full or partial subsidies for access to mobile data and broadband services (“m-rate”)
  • Develop strategies to provide devices forstudents who cannot afford them• 3 common approaches 1) governments or other institutions provide devices directly; 2) BYOD; or 3) governments and institutions share provisioning responsibilities with students• Ensure equal access for all students and teachers to mobile technology and participation in mobile learning• When possible, allow students to “own” their mobile devices• Encourage government departments and educational institutions to negotiate with vendors and leverage the purchasing power of large numbers of students
  • Use mobile technology to improvecommunication and education management• Promote the “system strengthening” uses of mobile technologies• Encourage schools and individual educators to communicate with students and parents via mobile devices• Extend the reach and effectiveness of EMIS by integrating support for mobile access/technologies
  • Promote the safe, responsible, and healthy useof mobile technologies• Promote responsible use of mobile devices by teaching digital citizenship• When possible, adopt RUPs instead of AUPs• When practical and within reason, take obvious steps to safeguard online behaviour by blocking access to inappropriate material and communication• Articulate strategies to balance online interaction with offline interaction (to avoid too much “screen time”)• Stay abreast of research surrounding potential health risks associated with mobile technology
  • Raise awareness of mobile learning throughadvocacy, leadership, and dialogue• Negative social attitudes  major barrier• Highlight and model how mobile technology can improve teaching, learning, and administration• Share research findings and evaluations of mobile learning programs• Encourage dialogue among key stakeholders – including principals, teachers, learners, parents and community-based organisations – about mobile learning• Provide a coherent vision of how technology, including mobile technologies, will further learning goals
  • Seeking Your Feedback and Input on v2.1.Draft Guidelines:www.tinyurl.com/unescopolicyguidelinesPlease send ideas and suggestions before 15September 2012 to Steven Vosloo:se.vosloo@unesco.org
  • UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2013UNESCO Headquarters Paris, France 18-22 February 2013www.tinyurl.com/mlw2013