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A mobile e-learning environment for developing countries: The Bangladesh Virtual Interactive Classroom
Örebro University, Swedish Business School at Örebro University. (Informatik)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3713-346X
Daffodil Int Univ, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
2010 (English)In: Information Technology for Development, ISSN 0268-1102, E-ISSN 1554-0170, Vol. 16, no 4, p. 244-259Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper reports a project working to improve distance education in Bangladesh by means of a low-cost, large-scale interactive learning environment using video, mobile phones, SMS-based tools administered in a Learning Management System, and innovative pedagogy based on the student-centred learning model. The paper addresses the question of, how to use existing mobile telephony technical infrastructure to create interactive learning environments which can reach the majority of the population, be able to include many thousand students, and be sustainable from a resource perspective including the operational model of institutions providing education. This question includes challenges relating to pedagogy and teaching methods, technical tools for learning and communication, and institutional arrangements. The paper addresses these challenges by the illustrative case of the Bangladesh Virtual Interactive Classroom testing the tools and ideas in course at Bangladesh Open University (BOU). We find that our tools are feasible and usable but also that sustainability requires meeting organizational and social challenges. This research contributes by providing the first LMS that can be fully used from standard mobile phones and by showing how to arrange low-cost distance tuition with only minimal ICT infrastructure, an example transferable to other developing countries.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Routledge, 2010. Vol. 16, no 4, p. 244-259
Keywords [en]
E-learning, m-learning, SMS, mobile phones, pedagogy, student-centred learning, LMS, learning management system
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Computer and Information Sciences
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Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-12259DOI: 10.1080/02681101003746490ISI: 000208174000002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-78650379380OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-12259DiVA, id: diva2:357770
Available from: 2010-10-19 Created: 2010-10-19 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved

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