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.



The global mobile learning story so far

Mobile learning can now be used to take learning to individuals and communities, who for reasons of geography, finance, culture, disability, or infrastructure, were previously unable to access conventional educational opportunities. From its conception, mobile learning has changed the learning landscape over a relatively short period of time. To gain an understanding of those changes, this article provides impressions of mobile learning across the globe since about 2002. This review of recent history presents examples of the achievements and the challenges during those years. It also includes the work of global agencies, such as UNESCO, USAID, and the World Bank and their role in articulating, reviewing, and promoting mobile learning. With stories of success, there are also often many challenges and hurdles to overcome which is illustrated through examples. The article concludes with recommendations.


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