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Mobile Technology – A Game-Changer in Education for Emerging Markets

Mobile technology has created a platform for all to connect.

Infrastructure limitations in the education sector in emerging markets have been a challenge for many years. However, mobile technology has played a crucial role in overcoming this challenge by providing students with access to educational resources and opportunities they would not have had otherwise.

The widespread adoption of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, has created a platform for businesses and individuals to connect, communicate, and conduct transactions, as well as for students to access educational resources. In fact, in some emerging markets, mobile phone ownership has surpassed traditional computer ownership.

Mobile-based learning platforms.

One way in which educational access has been revolutionized by mobile devices in emerging markets is through mobile-based learning platforms. These platforms, such as MPrep in Kenya and mElimu in Tanzania, are used by students to access digital textbooks, video lessons, and interactive quizzes, all of which help to enhance their learning experience. Mobile-based learning platforms are particularly important in areas where access to education infrastructure is limited. They provide an opportunity for students to access education from anywhere, which is especially helpful in rural areas where there may be few or no schools.

Online Learning allows access to all.

Mobile devices have enabled the growth of online learning in emerging markets. Online courses and programs, such as those offered by edX and Coursera, can be accessed from anywhere using a mobile device. Online learning is particularly important for students who are unable to attend traditional schools or who need to supplement their education.

Distance learning programs have been made possible by mobile devices in emerging markets. These programs, which allow students to attend classes remotely, can be accessed using mobile devices. This is especially important for students who live in remote or underserved areas where access to traditional schools may be limited, as well as for students who are unable to attend school due to health or other issues.

Educational Apps

Moreover, mobile devices have enabled the growth of educational apps in emerging markets. Duolingo and Khan Academy are just two examples of educational apps that provide students with access to educational resources and tools they can use on the go. Language learning apps can help students to improve their English skills, which is important for accessing higher education and employment opportunities.

VTEST - Online English Assessment

Finally, online English assessments are now available for students in emerging markets, thanks to mobile devices. English proficiency is a critical skill for students seeking higher education and employment opportunities. Online English assessments, such as VTEST, can be taken using mobile devices, providing students with a convenient and accessible way to test their language skills. VTEST requires no plug-ins making it light on data and scalable for emerging markets. Online English assessments on mobile devices can also help to level the playing field for students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and may not have had access to high-quality language instruction.

Mobile technology allows emerging markets to leap infrastructure limitations

In conclusion, mobile devices have allowed emerging markets to leap infrastructure limitations in the education sector. Mobile-based learning platforms, online learning, distance learning, educational apps, and online English assessments are all examples of how mobile devices are being used to enhance education in these markets. As mobile device ownership continues to increase in emerging markets, we will likely see even more innovative solutions that leverage this technology to improve education outcomes and help students reach their full potential.