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Reversing the flow from the developing to the developed world: mobile learning lessons

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in ICT4D, Mobile Learning | 0 comments

Posting this here, but it originally appeared on the Panoply Digital website. The ICT4D field is proving mature enough in some instances to reverse the flow of informal technology transfer from developed to developing, so much so that it is forcing, at least in my mind, a reconsideration of the term developed and developing. The suggestion that any nation, at any point, has completed a process of development is absurd and antithetical to how Panoply Digital operates. We all have something to learn from everyone else and, more specifically, projects and technologies advanced in one region can benefit those elsewhere. So rather than use this post as a sounding...

e-amble: playlists for post-learning from elernenmuzik

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in eLearnings, Higher Education, Mobile Learning | 0 comments

Along with perennial colleagues and friends from the University of Edinburgh James Lamb and Jeremy Knox, I collaborate on a project exploring the role of music in elearning: Elektronisches Lernen Muzik. This project is how I always envisioned informal academic research projects unfolding: common interests amongst colleagues, intersections between the academic and the informal, music, playlists, liner notes. Maybe not the last few, but music certainly plays a critical part in my learning process. Although nominally a Repeat One kind of person (and I am not alone), I have select playlists for particular practices: Walking, Reading, Writing, Thinking, Subway, Bus, etc. And multiple variations within those activities as well. My general...

Artfully converting open space to learning space: Seoul literature through mlearning

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I just recently published the following article and wanted to share/shamelessly self-promote as it gets closer to articulating the potential of mobile learning for re-examining seminal literature or urban history through the lens of urban space than I ever have. I am finding that the random experimentation with mobile technology and whimsical exploration I do of urban space is starting to coalesce into something meaningful, or at least pedagogically appropriate. Here is the citation along with the abstract. Unfortunately the journal site itself is down, but I am linking here to the article itself. Gallagher, M. (2015). Artfully Converting Open (Urban) Space to Learning Space: Mobile Learning and Korean...

UReport and Building Citizen Engagement through Texting

Posted by on Oct 17, 2015 in ICT4D, Mobile Learning, Technology | 0 comments

Posting this here, but it appeared originally on my organizations’s site here. It is more development related, but I see great potential in these seemingly simplistic, readily accessible projects built from simple SMS to be highly relevant to mobile learning anywhere, another example of how the developed can learn from the developing world. A good user experience is critical, for sure, but think about networks like reddit and the onslaught of texting-based social media emerging throughout the world: Telegram (which I am using and like), KakaoTalk in Korea (where I am based), and others. Texting isn’t going anywhere; it remains a viable, immediate, and trusted channel for communication. It has its...

Mobile learning for Syrian refugees: marshaling resources and resilience

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in ICT4D, Mobile Learning | 0 comments

I am reposting this here as it originally appeared on the Panoply Digital website. Daily reports of refugees huddled on boats, perilously clamoring to something approaching safety. Some not getting there. Many trapped at borders, at checkpoints, in makeshift camps, behind fences. Approximately 3 million Syrians are now refugees out of a population of around 18 million as of 2014. While the human scale of this tragedy is beyond the scope of my imagination, I can focus on aspects where I might be able to add some value and I again I turn to education. It is one small part of a massive, complex issue, but it is a...

Open research, scholarship and learning resources

Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in eLearnings, Higher Education, ICT4D, Mobile Learning, Teaching | 0 comments

I had written about the availability of academic research and data for developing nations in my former guise as an information professional years ago; after revisiting that post, I thought it might be worthwhile to update that information here to demonstrate that while much of this research is still behind paywalls, much exists out there that many don’t know about. The way I see it from my limited perspective is that the challenges facing developing nations in regards to scholarship are as follows. Nothing particularly original here on my part, but I include some resources here that might be worthwhile: Access to scholarly materials-knowing what is available, what has been...

ICT4D as revenue generator: complications in serving the underserved

Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Reading through Alex Deng’s recent article “To Really Help the Global Poor, Create Technology They’ll Pay For”, I was conflicted. While I support many of the basic assumptions of the article, that for many ICT4D projects to scale beyond a pilot, there needs to be some sustainability plan on how those projects will become self-sufficient in the long-term. For many projects, revenue generation will remain an elusive if not impossible goal precisely because they address needs that exist in the spaces between business opportunity. Many will always rely on funding from outside sources, from charitable donations, from volunteer labor of some sort. Yet, Deng has a point; if not...

Academic and Applied Identities: Exclusion and Overlap

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Higher Education, PhD, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Academic vs. Applied: The Twain Met I recently (as in about 7 months ago) started a small consulting organization with like-minded colleagues focusing on mobile and ICT for development (#M4D & #ICT4D), course design, women empowerment and employability issues, developing nations issues, monitoring & evaluation (M&E) and the like. The name of the organization is Panoply Digital, I now link to it from my homepage, and we even sent out a newsletter. We are incorporated in London, have an address and business cards, and a growing list of clients. I also maintain/grow my academic identity in mobile learning, digital education, open learning, and so forth. I near completion of the...