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Cellphone Serves As Learning Platform for the Developing World

In the Media

An article in the Communications of the ACM describes work by HCII PhD student Anuj Kumar and others, which they presented in a CHI 2010 paper, “An Exploratory Study of Unsupervised Mobile Learning in Rural India”.

“At CHI 2010 … a team led by Anuj Kumar … presented … initial findings on tests conducted in the summer of 2008 and 2009, teaching students English as a Second Language in rural villages in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. While the team took care to point out obvious limitations stemming from factors such as rural power quality in developing nations, and male-female inequities among children in South Asia, the team remains upbeat about the possibilities of learning over mobile phone networks.”