This morning I woke up wondering: why build FrontlineSMS:Learn? What are the challenges to which this software might be a solution? I have a few thoughts, but I would love to get answers from everyone else involved in the community. Here are my initial ideas...
- Student engagement: Can integrating the use of mobile phones & SMS into the learning process - in the classroom, dormitory, on the bus, at home - lead to higher levels of engagement?
- Knowledge retention & behavior change: Can simple, targeted assessment, repeated at regular intervals (see http://spaceded.com) lead to improved knowledge retention and long-term changes in behavior?
- Appropriate instruction: Can real-time and more regular assessment lead to improvements in the appropriateness of the level of instruction, allowing teachers to focus on particularly difficult topics where students need more support?
- Behavior modeling & attitude development: Can creating a social learning environment (i.e. a mobile community of learning) - where facilitators and participants share information and experiences, provide guidance and mentoring, and learn from each other - lead to the development of a culture of learning and improved educational outcomes?
These are just of a few of the things that came immediately to mind. But I'm sure you all can come up with plenty of your own challenges and barriers to which a tool like FrontlineSMS:Learn might potentially be a solution. And it would be great if you could share them here!