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UNESCO Policy Guidelines for Mobile Learning


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Presented at eLearning Africa, Windhoek, Namibia, May 2013

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UNESCO Policy Guidelines for Mobile Learning

  1. 1. Steve Vosloo Senior Project Officer: Mobile Learning Presented at eLearning Africa Windhoek, Namibia, May 2013 UNESCO Policy Guidelines for Mobile Learning
  2. 2. The mobile revolution
  3. 3. UNESCO is committed to understanding their potential to expand educational opportunities and sharing this information with others.
  4. 4. Our Guiding Question: How can countries best leverage mobile technologies to support the Education for All goals and enrich learning?
  5. 5. UNESCO’s work in mobile learning Approach: • Conducting research and disseminating knowledge • Providing guidance to member states • Action projects for pilot testing and capacity building • Convening community Main focus areas/activities: • Policy for mobile learning • Teacher development and mobile technologies • Literacy for women and girls through mobiles • Mobiles for reading • Crowdsourcing for Education for All • Mobile Learning Week
  6. 6. Turning on Mobile Learning in… • Africa and the Middle East • Asia • Europe • Latin America • North America • Global Themes
  7. 7. Mobile Learning for Teachers in… • Africa and the Middle East • Asia • Europe • Latin America • North America • Global Themes
  8. 8. Mobile Technologies for Teacher Development Nigeria: Support the pedagogical practice and content knowledge of English language teachers Senegal: Improve the teaching of science and math in primary schools Mexico: Enhance the teaching practice of Spanish language teachers working with students who speak indigenous languages Pakistan: Develop the professional practice of early childhood care and education instructors working in rural areas
  9. 9. UNESCO’s work in mobile learning Online Complementary Resources Policy Guidelines for Mobile Learning Working Papers Series on Mobile Learning Teacher Development: Four Country Projects Mobiles for Literacy Development of Women and Girls Project Mobiles for reading
  10. 10. Why guidelines? • Mobile learning is not being fully leveraged to support education • Pockets of excellence/potential • But very few countries have a coherent plan/national policy, supported by leadership • Very little integration with existing ICT4E policies, which were written in “pre-mobile” era
  11. 11. Continuum of response to mobile learning No response Ignore/watch/ban Engage
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. Collaboratively produced • Established an expert advisory team with wide geographic distribution • Consultative workshop (2-3 July) • Public input (Aug.-Sep.): responses from individuals in over twenty countries • Meetings with over 15 UNESCO delegations and numerous government representatives
  14. 14. Collaboratively produced • South Korea • India • Thailand • Turkey • South Africa • Nigeria • Mexico • Uruguay • Senegal • United States • Russia • Pakistan • Columbia • China
  15. 15. What is mobile learning? Unique benefits of mobile learning Policy guidelines Complementary resources
  16. 16. Key areas covered BENEFITS Expanding reach Assessment Types of learning Communities Formal/informal PCPD Disabilities System strengthening GUIDELINES Policies Teacher training Content Gender and equal access for all Connectivity Safety System strengthening Leadership
  17. 17. UNESCO Policy Guidelines for Mobile Learning Unique Benefits of Mobile Technologies for Learning Policy Recommendations
  18. 18. 1) Expand the reach and equity of education 2) Facilitate personalized learning 3) Provide immediate feedback and assessment 4) Enable anytime, anywhere learning 5) Ensure the productive use of time spent in classrooms 6) Build new communities of students 7) Support situated learning 8) Enhance seamless learning 9) Bridge formal and informal learning 10) Minimize educational disruption in conflict and disaster areas 11) Assist learners with disabilities 12) Improve communication and administration 13) Maximize cost efficiency
  19. 19. UNESCO Guidelines on Mobile Learning Unique Benefits of Mobile Technologies for Learning Policy Recommendations
  20. 20. 1) Create or update policies related to mobile learning 2) Train teachers to advance learning through mobile technologies 3) Provide support and training to teachers through mobile technologies 4) Create and optimize educational content for use on mobile devices 5) Ensure gender equality for mobile students 6) Expand and improve connectivity options while ensuring equity 7) Develop strategies to equal access for all 8) Promote the safe, responsible, and healthy use of mobile technologies 9) Use mobile technology to improve communication and education management 10) Raise awareness of mobile learning through advocacy, leadership and dialogue
  21. 21. The mobile landscape is uneven
  22. 22. Next steps 1. resources/ 2. Localise to your context, revisit ICT4E policies 3. Provide feedback
  23. 23. Thank you