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- ItemOpen AccessDo Tablets and Aptus Contribute to Improved Learning Outcome? Results from an Applied Research Project in Swat Region, Pakistan(2016-04) Balaji, Venkataraman; Cheng, RickyThis is a report of findings from the Project for Innovative Delivery of Education Using Mobile Technology, Pakistan. It contains an analysis of results of activities under collaborative project of the Commonwealth of Learning and the Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) department of Qatar Foundation. It was prepared under the supervision of Professor Mohamed Ally, senior research advisor, and Mr. Raffat Khaqan, consultant on this project. // Widespread use of affordable mobile technology is an important development in the present times. Leaders of all nations are committed to achieving “inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”, which is Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this regard with the increasing use and accessibility of mobile technology, trials were carried out in using mobile learning to increase access to education in Swat, Pakistan. The project was implemented during January to March 2016 in Allama Iqbal Public School and College Kanju Swat, Pakistan. Grades 8, 9, and 10 were involved in this project. The mobile learning project involved the use of mobile technology to deliver learning materials to students to provide flexibility of access of electronic learning materials. The Aptus system is portable and was designed to allow children to connect to digital learning platforms and access course materials without the need for grid electricity or internet access. This ideal situation was found in an area like Swat where there is limited or no access to the internet and unreliable supply of electricity. Moreover, the costs of the Aptus system and the tablet computers are reasonable which makes it a good choice for large scale implementations.
- ItemOpen AccessField Trials of Aptus Prototype: An overview of results from 15 countries(2014-07)Aptus is a server with its own WiFi router. It can be deployed in areas with no access to grid electricity or data connectivity, and the users (with Tablets, smart phones or Laptops) can access several thousand Open Educational Resources of repute and quality- such as videos from Khan Academy, Wikipedia for Schools, Simple English Wikipedia) and Moodle 2.7 or Drupal 7 (a content management system). Aptus prototype was launched in Sep 2013. During the 7th Pan Commonwealth Forum (PCF) at Abuja, Nigerai (Dec 2013), a series of demonstrations were conducted with Aptus. In one, a market place event, about 120 individuals attended a demo and gave written expressions of interest in testing the prototype in their respective sites and locations. Aptus was also demonstrated in the UNESCO Mobile Learning week (Paris, Feb 2014) and drew a significant audience.