This webinar is hosted in English
This is my presentation at IATEFL BRIGHTON 2011
IATEFL Brighton: Monday 18th April 2011
LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES SIG DAY
Details are available here: http://www.ltsig.org.uk/
For more information about IATEFL Brighton 2011 here: http://www.iatefl.org/brighton-2011/45th-annual-conference-and-exhibition-2011.
India today faces an uphill task to extend the benefits of education to its rural population. The challenge is to reach those who are otherwise unreached and to provide them with quality education. Mobile based education (m-education or m-learning) shows the potential to take the benefits of quality education to the millions of the underprivileged section in India.
Access to mobile technology is growing at an exponential rate and today’s rural youths are using this when their institutions, homes don’t have any access to computer and internet. However, access to mobile within classroom, and in some cases with the institution is strictly forbidden.
Even then there has been a lot of demand for m-learning services and applications. Some of the leading mobile service providers are offering a number of such solutions starting from conversational English lessons to discipline specific content to cater to this demand. This presentation will offer an overview of the existing m-learning solutions, and their affordances in TESOL.
It will also report a 16 hours study that I conducted to gain a foundational understanding of the feasibility of m-learning in the everyday lives of rural youths. Results from this study show the feasibility of m- learning particularly in rural, out of the institution settings in the underdeveloped areas, increased level of motivation, and a reasonable level of academic engagement. Based on the overview and the present study I will discuss what I see as the future directions for more accessible and interactive m-learning in Indian context.
MA TESOL& ICT