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A MobiMOOC hello (home)
General information on the course
Earn Badges and a 500$ Award
List of all the recorded webinars can be viewed here
A list of all the 18 mLearning projects that were build during MobiMOOC can be found here
Week 1: 8 - 14 September 2012
Introduction to mLearning
fac: Inge de Waard
Planning a project
mLearning - basic concepts
Week 2: 15 - 22 September
Collaborative look at mLearning tools
(fac: all of us participants together)
Global issues on mLearning
(fac: John Traxler)
Mobile Learning Curriculum Framework
(fac: Adele Botha)
mLearning tools for classrooms
(fac: peer group, so all of us)
Week 3: 23 - 29 September
Mobile activism & education
(fac. Sean Abajian)
Mobiles for development (m4d/ICT4D)
(fac: Michael Sean Gallagher)
(fac. David Parsons)
Mobile health (mHealth)
(fac. Malcolm Lewis)
From pedagogical theory to mLearning practice
Train the trainer
(fac. Jacqueline Batchelor)
List of profiles of facilitators and speakers can be found here
General MOOC information
Coping with MOOC abundance
History of MOOC: the pioneers
MobiMOOC spaces on the web
Learning actions: plan your learning speed
Why use different online spaces?
Mobiles and Development
Mobiles for Development by Michael Sean Gallagher
General highlights (provided on demand of participants):
The list of all the
recorded MobiMOOC webinars
can be found here
Presentation on Mobiles for Development (M4D)
by Limbanazo Kapindula was given on
Wednesday 26 September 2012.
Limbanazo Kapindula from Malawi will describe his work on a few mhealth projects designed to improve access to family planning and children health services. Limbanazo will discuss his use of particular tools in these projects, including FrontlineSMS. The goal of this webinar is to introduce a practical application of M4D towards development needs.
The YouTube video can be viewed here:
For those on mobile
Information on this topic:
Group on mobiles for development (m4d) Michael Sean Gallagher and Limbanazo Kapindula:
I am Michael Gallagher, this week's facilitator (my short bio is at the bottom of this page), and we will be collaborating on Mobiles for Development (M4D) this week. Often mobiles for development (M4D) is seen as a subset of ICT4D, which is technically true but limiting in how we view the potential of mobile technology in developing nations. Mobile technology is quite likely the most ubiquitous form of information technology on the planet (depending on how you define information technology) and it is this ubiquitousness that gives its such transformative power. If everyone or nearly everyone has the technology, it would be foolish to ignore it.
Over the last decade, we have seen countless occasions of self-organizing, self-sustaining communities of interest spring up via mobile devices throughout the developing world and we have seen applications spring up to support this activity. While these are certainly exciting developments (and they are most certainly exciting), there is still a long ways to go to in terms of development.
So during this week, our goals are to introduce you to some background on M4D, work together on developing an idea of what a good M4D project looks like through some case study analysis, and even hear some presentations and ask some questions to some individuals who have effectively use tools like Frontline SMS to leverage mobile technology in their own projects. Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to interact, collaborate, and network with your fellow participants. As a MobiMOOC alumni, I can honestly say I was truly impressed by the level of engagement that existed with this community well after the course officially ended. See your fellow participants as part of a larger professional and learning community and work together as early and often as possible. If you have a chance to go off and work on your own M4D projects together, that would be the ultimate indication of success for this week. So collaborate early and often.
To get started, take a look at this short video I put together as an introduction to Mobiles for Development (M4D). Once you worked through the presentation, go ahead and complete Activity #1 as listed below. That should be enough to get us started. I have provided the presentation below as both a
(without audio) and a
video (with audio) and as a
Mobiles for Development (M4D): An Introduction for MobiMOOC 2012
Below you will find the goals, the questions, and the activities for the week. To make it easy on everyone to get started, go ahead and complete Activity #1 on the discussion board and we can start the discussion from there.
To introduce current trends in M4D and stimulate discussion
To present resource listing of successful and ‘failed’ M4D projects
To provide ‘hands-on’ demonstration of M4D tool (Frontline SMS)
To provide opportunities for collaboration (in other mobile projects)
Why bother with M4D in developing nations? Isn't traditional ICT or even a non-technological solution better?
How sustainable are these initiatives?
How could strategies from M4D efforts assist underserved/underresourced/underprivileged communities in your region?
How do you measure success in these projects?
Watch the video or presentation
. Disagree with the assumptions made there? Please say so on the
Introduce yourself on the discussion board, let us know why you are interested in ICT4D or M4D, and are you interested in collaboration post-course? Also, let us know what areas you would like to work in or are interested in geographically. Remember, there are pockets in developed nations that can be served by these projects, so the geography could just be your hometown.
Wiki resource of M4D efforts (optional). Add mobile applications or services that you have heard of or are interested in. Post them to the discussion board and I will add your choices to the
Case study discussion: see below
Watch the introductory
(see below) and respond to the prompts on the
: Using m-Health to Improve Access to Family Planning and Child Health Services in Malawi, an experience from 3 projects. Wednesday, September 26, 12:00 PM (Brussels/Malawi time. Check
here to find YOUR corresponding timezones
). To join the presentation, click
, Cambodia, Institut Pasteur du Cambodge: Epidemiologica Surveillance of Human and Animal Diseases
What are we discussing this week?
This week will focus specifically on mobile learning (and mobile applications in general) in developing regions, more commonly referred to as M4D. Mobile technology represents the technology of greatest penetration in the developing world and therefore offers an opportunity for development, an opportunity that many developing nations have been quick to seize. We have seen great ingenuity in mlearning projects in developing regions and these range across the disciplinary spectrum. Since we have but one week to discuss these, the mlearning projects we will highlight this week will be those that generally are responses to developmental needs, namely
However, we are starting to see the genesis of mlearning activity in other areas as well, including higher education and business. Further to this activity is the development of mobile applications and products often designed (or co-designed) in developing nations specifically for the needs of developing nations, a very encouraging trend. Some examples of these include
(not specifically a M4D tool, but more of an application platform with some educational benefit)
mobile money for the “unbanked”
A presentation will be given later in the week on how to use one of these tools, namely Frontline SMS, for your own mlearning needs. In short, this week will cover the following:
M4D projects: successes and failures
M4D resources, applications, and tools
M4D calls for collaboration: network early and often
At the end of this week, hopefully you will be able to
understand the current state of M4D in developing regions
understand the general facets of a successful M4D project
use or understand how Frontline SMS could be used for your own mLearning project
Facilitating Participation and Collaboration
In order to involve as many participants as possible, you will find that most of the activities for the week are organized asynchronously, which means that you will be able to adjust your participation according to your schedule. In keeping with the spirit of an open course on mlearning, you will find that all the materials and discussions for the week can be accessed via a mobile device.There will be one synchronous presentation offered for the week, a demonstration on how to use Frontline SMS for your mlearning projects. However, this presentation will also be recorded and made available through the MobiMOOC course site.
As for collaboration, I strongly encourage you to collaborate as often as possible, identify kindred spirits working or interested in related fields, and post calls for collaboration to the discussion board, Twitter, or your blog. You would be surprised how many research projects I have conducted with people I have never physically met. A willingness to collaborate is in the spirit of a MOOC and it is my experience (in the past MobiMOOC and in other online or mobile learning courses) that these collaborations are some of the most fruitful you will ever experience. So, put yourself out there to collaborate. If you have a project in mind and need help, post it to the discussion board or ask for volunteers. You would be surprised how generous your fellow participants can be with their time, enthusiasm, and expertise. I strongly encourage you to follow some relevant threads to learn more about developments in ICT4D and M4D. Adding these Twitter searches to your twitter client should be enough to get started:
Each of these case studies are taken from the excellent service
and each represent a different facet of mobile use for development purposes. Please take a moment to choose one or more and read the supporting documentation and respond on the Google Group discussion board. Feel free to use these questions to get you started and create your own and share your experiences!
Who is this project serving? How were they not being served by non-mobile projects or services?
Is this approach sustainable?
Can this project scale?
What are the limitations of this approach?
What could you apply from this project to projects you are working on or projects in your own country?
M-Health: A Case Study of M-Health for Maternal Health in Bangladesh:
MLearning: Mobile based Secondary School teacher training in Bangladesh:
M-Governance and M-Media (Mobile Polling and Kenyan Government):
Do M4D projects scale? The problems of persistent.
My name is Michael Sean Gallagher and I will be facilitating this week’s session on mobile for development (M4D), often considered a subset of the larger ICT4D field. I am currently a doctoral student at the Institute of Education, University of London working on research around developing academic collaborative networks in developing regions based primarily in mobile environments. My doctoral supervisor is Dr. Niall Winters, who conducted this week of activities for the original MobiMOOC in 2011. My research will specifically focus on mobile academic communities of practice in the universities of Zanzibar and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. I am currently based in London, but have worked in the academic and development field in the USA, Africa, Asia, and now the UK for several non-profit organizations. I was a teacher for many years.
More importantly to this MobiMOOC, I was a student/participant on the first MobiMOOC (2011) and so I feel as though I understand some of the potential for this format for mlearning, as well as some of the difficulties that participants face in such a limitless environment. If you feel overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to say so in the forums or directly to me. Remember, your fellow students are the key to success in open learning. Rely on and help them early and often. I can be contacted (and I encourage you to do so) in whatever social network suits your preference:
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