This presentation will outline a conceptual environment for theorising learning with mobiles in the global South. The conceptual environment of such theorising must comprise a critical appraisal of
- the theorising around mobile learning in the global North, (Ally, 2009; Herrington et al 2009; Pachler et al, 2010; Sharples et al, 2009; Traxler 2009; Vavoula et al, 2009)
- the theorising of development studies, (Manzo 1991; Pieterse, 2010; Robeyns, 2005)
- the growth of the ICTD and m4d research communities (Gomez et al, 2012; Toyama & Dias 2008; Chepken et al 2012; Donner 2010) alongside
- a changing policy and commercial environment, reflected in the activities, for example, of USAID (http://www.meducationalliance.org/), UNESCO (http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/themes/icts/m4ed/ ) and GSMA (http://www.gsma.com/mobilefordevelopment/), and
- the complex and fluid relations between language, literacy and mobile technology in the global South.(Traxler & Vosloo 2014; Traxler 2013)
Since the start of the century, in the developed countries of the global North, learning with mobiles, both as research and as deployment, has grown out of earlier forms of institutional e-learning. It has comparable theoretical discourses to other parts and sometimes earlier parts of e-learning. On the other hand, in the developing countries of the global South, the challenges of fixed infrastructure and environment, the near universality of mobile hardware, software and network technologies and the rhetoric of the global knowledge economy have diverted, distracted, slowed or impoverished the development of comparable but appropriate theoretical discourses.
The presentation attempts to achieve a more robust and abstract understanding of how to use for mobiles for learning in the global.
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