Wir können mit großem Stolz Margarete Grimus gratulieren, die in den letzen Jahren Tolles geleistet hat und die Bildung in Ghana im Rahmen ihrer Dissertation untersuchte. Sie schaffte dabei das Unmögliche möglich zu machen, in dem sie versuchte mobile Learning zu integrieren:
Die Motivation der Teilnehmenden machte Unannehmlichkeiten wie permanente Stromausfälle und schlecht gewartete und virenverseuchte Geräte mehr als wett.
Die TU Graz gratuliert und widmet ihrer Arbeit einen Beitrag auf der Homepage. Wir wünschen viel Vergnügen beim Nachlesen.
[Artikel “… digitale Bildung in Ghana”]
Our contribution to the book “Mobile Learning and STEM: Case Studies in Practice” titled “Mobile Learning and STEM – First Experiences in a Public Secondary High School in Ghana” got published.
The publication provides preliminary findings of an interdisciplinary project, where working in teacher-student teams was experienced as a solution to exploit the capacity of mobile devices for learning in combination with launching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) interventions in order to enrich activities in learning and teaching. In three workshops it was investigated how mobile devices can trigger creativity and initiate shifts in education-practice at a Secondary High School in Ghana. Teacher-student collaboration was identified as stimulation for content development and tackling cross-disciplinary learning activities.
[Draft version at ResearchGate]
Reference: Grimus, M., Ebner, M. (2016) Mobile Learning and STEM – First Experiences in a Senior High School in Ghana. In: Mobile Learning and STEM: Case Studies in Practice. Crompton, H, Traxler, J. (ed.) Routledge. pp. 1-16
Our publication about “Learning and Teaching with Mobile Devices: An Approach in Higher Secondary Education in Ghana” got published in the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning.
While many developing nations find Internet-based e-learning unsuitable for their needs mobile learning methods – specifically those involving the use of mobile-phones for both formal and informal learning – hold great promise for them (Grimus et al, 2013b). In this paper chances and challenges introduced by mobile devices to support improvement and transformation of education in a Senior High School in Ghana are examined. The field-study draws attention to the local situation, looking at infrastructure and teachers and students attitudes in using digital learning material. This paper presents results of a pilot project at a Senior High Technical School in Ghana, by addressing the issue how mobile devices can be integrated in learning and teaching. Based on our results we conclude that teachers and students hold great promise for using mobile devices for learning. Together they developed content based on the national curriculum, available for eReaders and mobile phones.
Reference: Grimus, M., Ebner, M. (2015) Learning and Teaching with Mobile Devices: An Approach in Higher Secondary Education in Ghana. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL), 7(2), 17-32. doi:10.4018/ijmbl.2015040102
[Link zum Artikel]
Ich darf heute, Mittwoch 19.03.2014, wieder herzlich zur Vorlesung “Gesellschaftliche Aspekte der Informationstechnologie” an der TU Graz einladen. Der dritte Termin 2014 besteht aus folgendenden Vorträgen:
- Margarete Grimus: “Mobile Learning: Bildungschancen für Sub Sahara Afrika, z.b. in Ghana“
- Hermann Maurer: “Bedroht und verdummt uns das Internet?“
Die Vorträge werden live ab 16.15 Uhr gestreamt (bitte einmalig registrieren) – [Link zum Streamingserver]
Weitere Vorträge/Abstracts findet man hier auf der Vorlesungshomepage.
Our publication about “LEARNING AND TEACHING WITH MOBILE DEVICES AN APPROACH IN SECONDARY EDUCATION IN GHANA” at this year International Conference on Mobile Learning is now online available.
While many developing nations find Internet-based e-learning unsuitable for their needs (lack of technology as well as of accessibility), mobile learning methods – specifically those involving the use of mobile-phones for both formal and informal learning – hold great promise for them (Grimus et al, 2013b). This article examines the chances and challenges of the use of mobile devices to support improvement and transformation of education in a Senior High School in Ghana. It draws attention to the local situation in a field-study looking at infrastructure, development of material and support. A model for teacher training was designed to facilitate teachers’ attitudes and abilities for implementation of mobile learning. The article figures out how mobile devices can be integrated in learning and teaching on the specific background of a school in Ghana. Based on our results we conclude that teachers and students want to use mobile devices in learning. Their perceptions are positive and they developed courses for specific subjects available for eReaders and mobile phones. The results and feedback from two workshops encourage us to propose this model as an example for integration of mobile devices for learning in other regions of Sub Sahara Africa.
Reference: Grimus, M.; Ebner, M. (2014) LEARNING AND TEACHING WITH MOBILE DEVICES – AN APPROACH IN SECONDARY EDUCATION IN GHANA. In: Proceedings of the 10th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MOBILE LEARNING 2014. IADIS, Inmaculada Arnedillo Sánchez and Pedro Isaías (Eds.), pp 66-74.
Our contribution to the mlearn 2012 conference in Helsinki, Finland is now online available. Margarete presented their her PhD-Work about the issue “mLearning in Sub Sahara Africa”.
Education has become one of the biggest public enterprises in Ghana, taking about 11 percent of the GDP, enrolling about a quarter of the population in schools and other educational services (EDU 2011). The need for content, the demands of young people, requesting material for self-conducted learning, the lack of teachers, the small proportion of trained teachers and the lack of equipment in schools in rural areas are a huge challenge. The advancement of technology and high mobile penetration rates in developing countries has broadened the horizon of education. One possibility to overcome the problems is the application of the concept of mobile learning (called m-Learning). At first, it is required to describe the current situation in Ghana; this includes the identification of stakeholders as well as corresponding and influencing factors, which have to be taken in consideration when planning a holistic m-Learning-model for Ghana. M-Learning implies inherently a chance in the didactical approach. In the next step, together with a group of teachers in Ghana, research will be done, aiming at the implementation of a sustainable m-Learning concept for secondary education. Integrating teachers in the first phase is a necessity, since it supports the development of a pedagogical concept, which is necessary for a change in pedagogical practice to integrate m-Learning in daily practice.
Reference: Grimus, M.; Ebner, M.; Holzinger, A. (2013) Mobile Learning as a chance to enhance education in developing countries – on the example of Ghana; mLearn 2012 Conference Proceedings; Specht, M., Sharples, M., Multisilta, J. (Ed.), Helsinki, Finland, p. 340-345, ISSN 1613-073, Volume 955, https://ceur-ws.org/Vol-955/