Technology-Mediated Learning (TML): Researching the Potential and Challenges of Using Mobile Devices to Support Learning and Health in Ghana

ID: 31905 Type: Full Paper
  1. Kinful Aryee and Ron Hansen, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Friday, March 11 2:00-2:30 PM

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Abstract: The mobile phone usage among youth and adults is increasing in Ghana. There is a need to find how those devices could be applied in education and how access to information might increase literacy levels and reduce high risks in health sectors among adults. This study adopts the concept of Self-directed learning as a framework. Mobile technologies have brought handheld devices that are easily accessible for less developed areas where there is limited access to health information and formal education institutions. Using mixed methods the study proposes to gather survey and interview information from selected youth and adults. The paper reports on the research design and preliminary organizational, structural, and pedagogical framework. The research design informs how cell phone usage is defined and measured. It also informs policy makers in both education and health sectors, curricula developers, and other stakeholders on various forms of TML learning.

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