Title: Modelling mobile learning policy in computing education for developing countries in Africa: a backward mapping approach

Authors: Ebenezer Anohah; Jarkko Suhonen

Addresses: School of Computing, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland ' School of Computing, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland

Abstract: The fast penetration of mobile technologies around the world has engaged stakeholders in education as to how to mainstream mobile learning into the teaching pedagogy to support ubiquitous learning. However, many countries are yet to develop mobile learning educational policy to guide the use of mobile technologies in teaching and learning. The main aim of this paper is to provide empirical evidence for modelling mobile learning policy in computing education for pre-tertiary schools in developing countries of Africa. This paper adopts both systematic reviews of scientific journals and backwards mapping in appropriating the model for the mobile learning educational policy. The study reveals that government, ministry of education, school administration, teacher education, teachers, parents, students, infrastructure, e-learning centre, telecommunication providers and other non-governmental organisations are main actors in mobile learning policy. Relatedly, there are 51 attributes and 16 interactions to ensure smooth implementation of mobile learning educational policy for developing countries.

Keywords: mobile learning; m-learning policy; modelling; backwards mapping; developing countries; Africa; computing education; pre-tertiary schools; education policy; educational technology; technology enhanced learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2015.074203

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2015 Vol.9 No.3, pp.201 - 217

Received: 07 Apr 2015
Accepted: 22 Jul 2015

Published online: 18 Jan 2016 *

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