[publication] M-Learning in Sub Saharan Africa Context- What is it about

Our publication at this year ED-Media Conference in Victoria, Canada about “M-Learning in Sub Saharan Africa Context – What is it about” is now online available.
Abstract:

Mobile devices are changing the social, educational and economic situation especially in developing countries. Based on recent scientific publications, conference reports and educational blogs meaningful trends and critical challenges with reference to Sub Saharan Africa are explored in this meta-study. Since mobile phones are increasingly affordable and accessible this has become one of the most important topics concerning future education in Sub Saharan Africa. They are seen as key technology for bringing educational opportunities to even the most marginalized populations. The development of and the needs for education in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) differs arbitrarily from other parts of the world. M-learning is one of the most emerging fields. This publication articulates and summarizes the wider issues raised by using mobile phones to deliver and enhance learning for dispersed population in Africa, Finally the key issues for further developments are pointed out to address the future needs for educational strategies.

M-Learning in Sub Saharan Africa Context- What is it about by Martin

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Reference: Grimus, M. & Ebner, M. (2013). M-Learning in Sub Saharan Africa Context- What is it about. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2013 (pp. 2028-2033). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

[publication] Mobile Learning as a chance to enhance education in developing countries – on the example of Ghana

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”.
Abstract:

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.

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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/

[journal] Special Issue on “Young Academics in E-Learning Research”

The association of “New Media in Education Austria” organized recently a special track on the topic “Young Academics in E-Learning Research“. Now you will find all contributions in a Special Issue of the “International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning” (iJET). Enjoy the great work of our academic youth and their ideas on Technology Enhanced Learning.

The special track “Young Academics in E-Learning Research”, shortly YAER2012, took place within the “International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning” (ICL 2012) in Villach, Austria. The conference slot aims to invite young researchers in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) to present their thesis or ongoing work. We asked for contributions, which address the interdisciplinary research field. YAER 2012 provided an excellent space for discussions in order to improve learning and teaching of tomorrow. Education without technology seems to be nearly impossible and this issue helps to increase the impact of technology for learning.

Special Issue: Young Academics in E-Learning Research

[CfP] Young Academics E-Learning Research (YAER12)

FNM-Austria likes to assist young researchers to present the community their studies, works, implementations and engage them to contribute at the International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (2012).
Therefore a Call for Papers called “Young Acedemics E-Learning Research” is announced and the deadline to sumbit an extended abstract is 23th April 2012:

Call for Papers: ICL 2012 Special Track YAER12

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[iPhone App] SciFinder wird “App der Woche”

Wir freuen uns über eine kleine Auszeichnung unsere Bemühungen im Forschungsgebiet “Research 2.0“. Die von Alexander im Rahmen seiner Masterarbeit entwickelte App – SciFinder – erhielt von der Redaktion telefon.de, den “App der Woche” Award.
Stolz sind wir vorallem, dass auch Apps die nicht dem Spielegenre oder ähnlichem zugehörig sind, gewählt werden. Wie immer freuen wir uns auf Rückmeldung 🙂 für die nächste Version.

Vortrag “RT @twitter ist die Uni auf Facebook? #DigitalUniversity #l3t”

Im Rahmen des E-Learning Tag 2010 an der Universität Innsbruck bin ich gebeten worden rund um unsere Erfahrungen und Untersuchungen zum Thema Digital Natives an Universitäten zu berichten. Ich habe den provokativen Titel “RT @twitter ist die Uni auf Facebook? #DigitalUniversity #l3t” gewählt und der Abstract meines Vortrages lautet:

Die Digital Natives, die Netgeneration, die Generation @ oder wie man sie auch immer bezeichnen möchte stehen am Übertritt zur Hochschule. Oder ist dies nur ein Mythos einer von technologischen Neuerungen geprägten Zeit? Dieser Vortrag beleuchtet das Thema einer möglicherweise völlig digitalisierten Jugend anhand von Daten, die auf Umfragen aus den letzten drei Jahren basieren. Aufgrund dieser Befragungen an der Technischen Universität Graz kann ein Bild der heute Erstemstrigen gezeichnet werden, welches sowohl infrastrukturelle, organisatorische als auch didaktische Entscheidungen beeinflusst.

Freu mich auf spannenede Diskussion am 22. Juni in Innsbruck.