Learning experiences in the real world:exploring the potential of low-cost open source         platforms for mobile learni...
Research Area
Nepal
Computers are the     What we likebest medium forlearning and                       to believe?securing the futureof child...
• 86% - live in rural areas • 42% - below national poverty line • urban/rural differences in access to markets, services  ...
Public Schools
Private Schools
Reality Check                ekantipur.com
90     Mobile Penetration Increasing?                                                            World = 78.58%80     Yes ...
Internet Users (per 100 people)353025             World WLD               Nepal NPL201510         World = 30.48% 5       N...
Mobile Phones                    …pervasive use of cell                    phones in schools has                    affect...
Aim: “Investigate the potential of a low-cost open-source platform to provide onestop (offline) accessto learning material...
WikiReader:                 NanoNote:Offline Wikipedia in your pocket   Pocket Computer
Research Approach• Stage 1: Public, Private & OLPC Schools• Stage 2: Pilot Study D. Recommendations• Stage 3: Main Study  ...
Public/Private Schools                              Traditional               Lack of                               Teachi...
OLPC Schools• Study the experience in  using laptops• Highlight benefits and  challenges of ICT-integrated  classes• How d...
Main Study
Issues• No significant, visible impact yet!• Difficult to scale and sustain!• Achievement: due to the supporting infrastru...
Need to examine theprevalence of theseinequalities and theirrelationship                         Social DivideNeed the bes...
Outcome     • experience of using a       low-cost open-source       mobile platform in a real       world     • understan...
THANK YOU.TWITTER @SUNNYSUJANWWW.SUNNYSUJAN.CO.UK
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My research focuses on the use of open-source platforms for supporting education in the public schools of Nepal. I, therefore, focus on the fields of mobile HCI, ICT4D and mobile learning.
The focus of this research is on relatively cheaper and sustainable mobile technologies.
My research aims to make a contribution by highlighting the possible role of previously unexplored mobile open-source hardware/software platform as a potential tool to provide mobile learning that takes into account of the context.
This study will review considerable challenges faced by technologies challenges for mobile learning.



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Learning experiences in the real world: exploring the potential of low-cost open source platforms for mobile learning in Nepal

  1. 1. Learning experiences in the real world:exploring the potential of low-cost open source platforms for mobile learning in Nepal Sujan Shrestha University of West London
  2. 2. Research Area
  3. 3. Nepal
  4. 4. Computers are the What we likebest medium forlearning and to believe?securing the futureof children
  5. 5. • 86% - live in rural areas • 42% - below national poverty line • urban/rural differences in access to markets, services and information (Bennett, 2005) • 36 distinct ethnic, speak over 50 languages • diversity in tradition and their cultureICT 4 D: The road 2 development
  6. 6. Public Schools
  7. 7. Private Schools
  8. 8. Reality Check ekantipur.com
  9. 9. 90 Mobile Penetration Increasing? World = 78.58%80 Yes Yes.. But...70605040 Nepal = 30.69%302010 0 1960 1975 1987 2002 1963 1966 1969 1972 1978 1981 1984 1990 1993 1996 1999 2005 2008 2011
  10. 10. Internet Users (per 100 people)353025 World WLD Nepal NPL201510 World = 30.48% 5 Nepal = 6.78% 0 1960 1969 1975 1990 2005 2011 1963 1966 1972 1978 1981 1984 1987 1993 1996 1999 2002 2008 * Estimate. Source: ITU World Telecommunication /ICT Indicators database
  11. 11. Mobile Phones …pervasive use of cell phones in schools has affected students’ performance… “The DoE move to ban cell phone on school premises was necessary to maintain order, especially in the secondary and higher secondary levels” http://tinyurl.com/dy9zeaw (August, 2011)
  12. 12. Aim: “Investigate the potential of a low-cost open-source platform to provide onestop (offline) accessto learning materials at anytime anywhere andevaluate the perceived benefits of open-sourceplatforms to mobile learning.”
  13. 13. WikiReader: NanoNote:Offline Wikipedia in your pocket Pocket Computer
  14. 14. Research Approach• Stage 1: Public, Private & OLPC Schools• Stage 2: Pilot Study D. Recommendations• Stage 3: Main Study C. Activities & practices Qualitative study B. Device and Concept (2 and ½ Months) Evaluation A. Understanding the user, context and educational requirement
  15. 15. Public/Private Schools Traditional Lack of Teaching access to ICT Techniques Lack of English Poor LearningInfrastructure Environment The Challenges… The Political Lack of Instability Resources The Social Inequality
  16. 16. OLPC Schools• Study the experience in using laptops• Highlight benefits and challenges of ICT-integrated classes• How does it address quality and disparity in our social and education system and digital divide?
  17. 17. Main Study
  18. 18. Issues• No significant, visible impact yet!• Difficult to scale and sustain!• Achievement: due to the supporting infrastructure!• The affordability of computing remains a primary barrier.• schools lack: – access to technologies & required infrastructure – access to localised digital resources – schools lack local capacity, technical, logistical, financial capacities to use, scale and sustain TEL projects
  19. 19. Need to examine theprevalence of theseinequalities and theirrelationship Social DivideNeed the beststrategy forreducing thedisparities Schools Divide Digital Divide
  20. 20. Outcome • experience of using a low-cost open-source mobile platform in a real world • understanding which factors affect technology adoption • acknowledge & address distinctions of context • make mobile learning solutions relevant to the local needs
  21. 21. THANK YOU.TWITTER @SUNNYSUJANWWW.SUNNYSUJAN.CO.UK

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