I came across a very interesting video today. Sir James Daniel discusses the effectiveness of LIVES (Learning through Interactive Voice Educational System) a project of “The Commonwealth of Learning and the University of British Columbia.”
The project demonstrated the remarkable impact of mobile technology on the developing world. 6000 women in India who rear goats were provided with cell phones. Each day they would receive 4-6 audio messages giving advice on how to better feed and take care of the goats. Most these women were not literate and the message was sent in their own language and dialect. To assess the effectiveness of learning for development, the goats were assessed by veterinarians and the results showed they were bigger, healthier and had more kids.
This shows technology has far reaching effects on learning. I also found it interesting that assessment was not conducted on the knowledge the women had gained (although they did have the opportunity to participate in quizzes) but rather on the practical results of this learning.
The full video is featured below