UNESCO will be participating in a global online debate about mobile learning on September 17

David Atchoarena, Director for the Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems, will be delivering a keynote presentation at the Education Fast Forward event.

He will cover the educational challenges we encounter today, the priority areas where mobile learning is making a difference, and the changing paradigm in education as well as the outstanding needs and questions.

Mobile Learning for the Masses? Realistic expectations and success criteria

Mobile learning has triggered again discussions about the unfulfilled potential of technology in education. With quite different meanings according to contexts, mobile learning has recently emerged as a major opportunity to transform education, bring more learning opportunities at home or even to reach populations considered to be marginalized, geographically or socially. In short, one would think that mobile learning is here to stay. However, there is a need to take stock of where we are, particularly drawing on impact evaluation studies and research, throwing light on how to generate realistic expectations and what could be the criteria for successful implementation of mobile learning initiatives. 

The keynote presentation will contribute to the global debate on mobile learning towards achieving the EFA goals. Experts from various countries will be joining the debate in the form of teleconference to discuss about the practical solutions and future directions of mobile learning.   

Background on Education Fast Forward

Education Fast Forward (EFF) brings together leading global experts and change agents from the world of education to debate the topics that matter most. The forum addresses the key challenges facing governments, educators and employers both now and in the future, and aims to find practical resolutions.