Friday, December 18, 2015

Mobile Information Literacy - course material

As part of their Information Strategies for Societies in Transition project (sponsored by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Microsoft Partners in Learning, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Tableau Foundation), the University of Washington has developed teaching materials for Mobile Information Literacy. It was developed for use in Myanmar. There are 6 short modules: Introduction to Mobile Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs); A Mobile Lens on the Internet; Basic Web Searching via Mobile Devices; Working Online and Using Information via Mobile Devices; Putting It All Together; Project Presentations. The materials are offered with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license.
"... research shows that in Myanmar (and many other countries) more people use Facebook than the internet. Mobile-specific practices, such as zero-rating, mean people are coming online much more frequently through a handful of “walled garden” applications without an understanding of and similar access to the broader internet. Also, some mobile applications and websites don’t offer the full functionality of their PC counterparts. The curriculum aims to address these differences and empower mobile internet users to be equal participants in the online world."
More information, and downloads of the materials (slides, course book etc.) at
Photo by Sheila Webber: more Xmas decorations at Loch Fyne restaurant, December 2015

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