Mobile Learning and Policies: Key Issues to Consider
Today there are over 5.9 billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide, and for every one person who accesses the internet from a computer, two do so from a mobile device. Sound educational policies can help ensure these omnipresent technologies improve and facilitate learning, particularly in communities where educational opportunities are scarce.
A recent paper published by UNESCO entitled “Mobile Learning and Policies: Key Issues to Consider” seeks to help education leaders shape policy environments that are conducive to mobile learning. It examines strategies that can provide learners with cost-effective access to mobile technology as well as ways to ensure that this technology is used productively both inside and outside the classroom. Dedicated chapters illustrate how policy decisions can foster the development of mobile content that is relevant to local populations, facilitate the growth of mobile infrastructures, and ensure that new technology investments complement existing educational investments. The paper openly addresses the challenges specific to mobile learning and provides straightforward advice on how to navigate issues related to safety, cost and the sustainability of programmes.
The newly published paper is an important contribution to the larger UNESCO Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning, which seek to ensure that mobile technologies are put to good use for making learning more accessible, equitable and flexible for students everywhere.