Educational Courses by Cellphone
by Steven R. Van Hook, PhD
are more than 6-billion mobile phones globally
5-billion in developing countries short on
bandwidth, being used in agriculture, health,
financial services, government involvement,
entrepreneurship, employment (per the
Bank), and of course,
Cellphones are becoming cheaper;
network bandwidth is doubling every 18 months
and expanding into rural areas.
Internet-enabled tablets are the fastest-ramping
device around the world, and solar-powered
tablets are especially promising in areas where
electricity is iffy. In South Africa, there are
more cellphones than flush toilets.
Mobile phones have proven to be a key entry
point for Internet adoption. The World Bank
concludes that networking and incubation is
essential to ensure the potential of this
technology is tapped.
In Africa and the Middle East, Orange Telecom
waives data fees for 70-million cellphone users
to access Wikipedia.
Audio streaming is especially suited for cellphone
delivery of educational clips, only using a fraction of the bandwidth
of video (video takes 10 to 20 times the
bandwidth of audio).
Here’s a free course in Customer Service
that works specially formatted for cellphones,
including text, read-along audio, video,
Educare Radio also streams educational
audio. Please contact us to stream your own
suitable materials on our radio station.