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Flexible Learning in the Dominican Republic: A Case Study of the Development of Personalized Learning Environments Through the Use of Low Cost Smartphones, a LMS, and Telecenters
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, University of Minnesota, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in New Orleans, LA, USA ISBN 978-1-939797-12-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Low-cost smartphones were distributed to a group of telecenter administrators in the Dominican Republic. Participants were asked to learn about a subject of their interest and develop a Personalized Learning Environment (PLE). These mobile devices included over 12 GB of learning materials, 2042 eBooks, 384 videos, and 74 Android applications, most of them Open Educational Resources (OER). Participants took part in a 16-week online course which helped familiarize them with the educational capabilities of the devices. Participants were given a low-cost GSM unlocked smartphone, a 16GB memory card, headphones, and a charger. The project cost under $80 per participant. This project studied the educational potential of smartphones. Participants appreciated the breath of resources within the memory card, their quantity and educational quality. Lacking frequent access to the Internet, participants had limitations when developing their PLEs, exploring, and incorporating Web 2.0 technologies.

Citation

Sintjago, A. (2014). Flexible Learning in the Dominican Republic: A Case Study of the Development of Personalized Learning Environments Through the Use of Low Cost Smartphones, a LMS, and Telecenters. In T. Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning (pp. 1833-1842). New Orleans, LA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 15, 2020 from .

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