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Mobile Learning for Human Rights in Kenya: The Haki Zangu Case For Non-Formal Learning
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2013 (English)In: ICT for Anti-Corruption, Democracy And Education In East Africa / [ed] Katja Sarajeva, Kista: SPIDER , 2013, 67-82 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
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This project, entitled “Mobile Online Learning for Human Rights”, was conducted in cooperation with the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) in their Spider project “Reforms through citizen participation and government accountability”. The primary goal was to create a platform to spread information about human rights to any Kenyan for free in order to increase knowledge and engagement. The research goals of this project were to explore the viability of using a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with incentives to reach, engage, and educate Kenyans. Therefore, a non-formal MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) about human rights using any Internet connected device was designed and created. The course was free and open to anyone in Kenya and offered both a digital badge and certificate from Stockholm University in Sweden upon completion. The course was called Haki Zangu (Kiswahili for “My Rights”), and explored how using incentives such as digital badges and certificates of completion affected learning outcomes and ubiquitous access based on principles of responsive web design and using audio recordings of the entire course content. The course is still ongoing, but after six months there were 160 participants who had enrolled, and ten participants had completed the course and received certificates and digital badges. The participants showed extensive enthusiasm and engagement for human rights issues and expressed desires to learn more and further spread knowledge about human rights. The current findings indicate that the availability of digital badges and certificates increased interest for participation and positively affected learning outcomes. Furthermore, the platform proved adequate for disseminating education in a developing country, and allowed for unencumbered, ubiquitous access regardless of device. Additionally, pedagogically the participants found ethical dilemmas and forum discussions regarding various Human Rights issues most rewarding. Lastly, key challenges for future MOOC efforts in developing countries are Internet access and its costs.

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Kista: SPIDER , 2013. 67-82 p.
, Spider ICT4D Series, 6
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Information Systems
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Computer and Systems Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97738ISBN: 978-91-637-4603-1OAI: diva2:679968
Available from: 2013-12-17 Created: 2013-12-17 Last updated: 2014-11-03Bibliographically approved

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