In Asia, Distance Education (DE) is providing major solutions in the areas of education and training. DE methods that are standard in other parts of the world, however, have yet to demonstrate their full potential in Asia. Covering nine DE projects by 39 researchers from 13 countries, this book analyzes the DE scenario in Asia, the successes, the failures, and the reasons behind them.
This book is a unique collation of the results of studies of educational technologies across an extensive network of Asian countries. It also provides a useful snapshot of DE's development in Asia in the early years of the 21st century. The surveys reported cover different DE contexts, methodologies, and levels of generalisability, and add to the existing scholarship on the subject by providing previously unavailable, firm evidence about DE's prospects in Asia.
The contributors give important recommendations that can be translated into practical and political actions to help solve critical socio-economic problems of Asia as well as other parts of the world.
Chapter 10: Mobile Technology in Non-Formal Distance Education
Mobile Technology in Non-Formal Distance Education
Mobile technologies enable communication between individuals worldwide, and provide access to online information, activities such as taking photographs, video and listening music, and sharing of all these functions with friends and colleagues. Developments in cell-phone technology therefore have immense educational potential. The current report illustrates the development of cell phone-based materials for delivery of distance education (DE) courses in the Philippines and Mongolia.
Cell-phones are not just devices for new modes of communication interaction (Prensky, 2005); they are also computers that fit in the pocket, with processing power far greater than the 1990s' PCs. They are also ubiquitous, and nearly always switched on. Unlike other communication and computing ...