UNESCO leads discussion on mobile learning at WSIS Forum
“Cellphones, tablets, digital textbooks, and what else?” was the subject of a UNESCO-led session on mobile learning at the World Summit Information Society Forum 2012, 14-18 May 2012, Geneva.
The session focused on the opportunities and challenges that mobile and e-learning have brought to the conventional education system and the learners of different generations. Presentations covered mobile learning policy research by UNESCO, digital textbook strategies in South Korea, surveys of 1:1 netbook implementations in Europe, and the role of the private sector in scaling up mobile learning initiatives.
“Access to Information and Knowledge: Innovative Use of ICTs for Accessible Education” and “The relationship between Local Content, Internet development and Access Prices” were also among the sessions led by UNESCO.
UNESCO co-organized the event with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It provided structured opportunities to network, learn and participate in multi-stakeholder discussions and consultations on WSIS implementation. The WSIS aims at building an inclusive Information Society and at addressing the issues raised by information and communication technologies (ICTs). The cluster of WSIS-related events is known as WSIS Forum.