Best practices in mobile learning

The Education 2030 Framework for Action highlights the importance of leveraging ICT for learning and education and makes specific mention of ICT, stating: “ICT must be harnessed to strengthen education systems, disseminate knowledge, provide access to information, promote quality and effective learning and deliver services more efficiently.” Mobile learning, as a branch of ICT education, involves the use of mobile technology, either alone or in combination with other information and communication technology, to enable learning anytime and anywhere.

In line with Education 2030, Sustainable Development Goal 4 and the 2017 Qingdao Statement, Best practices in Mobile Learning is a 5-year project launched in 2016 with the support of the Fazheng Group. The ultimate goal of this project is to guide the school-wide planning and use of mobile learning to create inclusive and equitable learning environments in order to ensure the quality, effectiveness and the relevance of education for a digital world. It seeks to do so by sharing examples of successful school-wide mobile learning models or practices, presenting lessons learned, and developing a guiding framework that aims to promote future e-school models towards SDG4.

Evidence shows that schools and education systems are rarely ready to leverage the potential of technology. As a result mobile learning, despite its potential, is kept peripheral to teaching and learning in classrooms. To succeed, mobile learning initiatives must be purposeful and adequately planned as part of school-wide, holistic approaches.

To fill this gap UNESCO would like to:

  • identify, analyze and assess holistic best practices in mobile learning at the school level
  • inform policy makers and practitioners about lessons learned in other schools and countries and conduct consultations on promoting school-wide mobile learning models
  • develop a framework in line with SDG4 that aims to guide the school-wide planning and the use of mobile learning

Information gathered by UNESCO in cooperation with the Fazheng Group will inform and facilitate the creation of a publication and an online database to help guide schools attempting to use mobile technology for learning.

The project also seeks to convene governmental representatives, education specialists, mobile learning experts, project managers, researchers, teachers, school leaders, and industry partners at international and regional conferences to share mobile learning innovations and strategies to use mobile technology to accelerate learning and foster the formulation of a framework to guide the future planning and establishment of e-schools.