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Capacity Building in a Changing ICT Environment 2017

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This publication "Capacity Building in a Changing ICT Environment" puts together scholarly articles with a focus on the human and institutional aspects of capacity building in the telecommunications/ICT sector. It covers a wide range of ICT topics that may affect people and their skills development. The first issue of this publication focuses on mobile technologies for skills development and lifelong learning. It features the work of an international team of experts, tackling the issues in an analytical, critical and conceptual fashion. The articles in this issue explore the increasing power of mobile devices in bringing the benefits of ICTs to more people worldwide. They are a contribution to the current discussions on the educational applications of mobile technologies and their potential to enhance and facilitate lifelong learning and skills development.

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Mobile learning is about people learning while being mobile. People are mobile not the devices they carry. While it is true that the devices are untethered, having no wires connecting them to networks, they still must rely on people to carry them. The technology behind mobile learning allows the learner better access to information, resources, and other people when and where he or she needs or desires it. Danaher defined a mobile learning community as “a group of people who are mobile for sustained periods of the year or their lives and who recognize in themselves and others a common experience of mobility and a shared commitment to learning for themselves and other group members”. This definition of a mobile learning community does not mention technology; the focus is on people that are mobile that have an interest in learning. The goal of life-long learning is to provide access to learning resources while being mobile—which can take on many forms.

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