Mobile Learning Readiness to Promote World Heritage Site Literacy: Case of Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

This presentation aims to increase our understanding of mobile learning readiness in an effort to ensure sustainable use among the target users. In 2008, UNESCO called for promoting local community awareness to achieve preservation of Luang Prabang World Heritage Site, along with its development. With over 65% mobile subscribers, mobile phone is identified as an ideal option to increase literacy of World Heritage Site preservation awareness in the local community. Based on quantitative and qualitative data collected from the local site, the following questions are explored:

  1. What is the state of current mobile phone ownership profile and mobile phone use behavior among the young adults?
  2. How does local community’s perception influence the initiative of introducing mobile learning?
  3. What are the possible factors learnt for the requirements of sustainable mobile learning implementation in a least developed country?

The experience learnt from the field data could suggest insight on mobile learning development in informal learning context. Practitioners would find this presentation useful as a preparation for mobile application development. Also, policy makers are expected to obtain vital knowledge to promote mobile learning in countries with similar context.

Shinobu Yamaguchi and Yew Siang Poong

Shinobu Yume Yamaguchi
Shinobu Yume Yamaguchi is a Professor at Global Scientific Information and Computing Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology.  Having served as Advisor to President/Vice President for International Affairs, she participates in formulation and implementation of international research collaboration in ICT in Education and Culture with various specific case studies. Before taking up her appointment at Tokyo Institute of Technology, she worked for UNESCO as Programme Expert.  She was mainly involved in educational development projects in China, Mongolia, Thailand and Pakistan, with particular interest in distance education to promote human resources development.

Her current research in Lao PDR aims to utilize mobile learning as a tool to raise awareness of local community to communicate the importance of heritage preservation. For introducing sustainable use of mobile learning, extensive study is being conducted in the field to analyse technology usage behaviour as well as users’ perception towards mobile devises.

Yew Siang Poong
Yew Siang Poong is a graduate student in the International Development Engineering department of Tokyo Institute of Technology. His main research interest is technology diffusion. Currently, he is working closely with Professor Yamaguchi and the local authorities in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR to develop mobile learning application to promote heritage site preservation awareness.

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