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Workshop 2: iHub Nairobi - May 24, 2010

Participatory Design Workshop on Mobile Learning for Development



This workshop is designed for application developers, educators, social activists and researchers interested in the design and use of mobile activities to support learning in developing regions. The workshop has been designed for those at the beginner and intermediate levels working in a range of learning contexts.

The workshop will provide:

• An introduction to critical issues in mobile learning 
• Discussion of common problems participants believe the use of mobile devices will help address  
• Techniques for developing scenarios on the use of mobile devices for learning 
• Production a set of mobile resources, captured online for use by participants in their everyday practice 

The workshop will be facilitated by Niall Winters and Yishay Mor from the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London.

Date: May 24 2010, 10.00 - 17.00

Outline programme

10.00  Welcome and introductions 
10.30  Discussion of critical issues in mobile learning   
11.15  Coffee break
11.30  Design session 1: See and Share 

Participants will describe their learning context, working in small groups to identify key challenges. This will be followed by ʻhands-onʼ use of current mobile applications and a discussion of their potential to support student learning.  
13.00  Bring your own lunch 
14.00  Design session 2: Activity co-design 
Participants will be introduced to concept mapping and visual scenario techniques for activity design. Emphasis will be placed on the co-design of mobile learning activities specifically for the learners participants work with in their everyday practice. 
15.30  Break
15.45  Poster session 
Based the process of developing your design, each group will present a poster outlining the ways in which their solution addressed the challenges raised in the earlier sessions.  
16.30  Discussion on emerging themes 

17.00 END


Nairobi’s iHub is an innovation hub for the local technology community. It is an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers in the area. This space is a tech community facility with a focus on young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers and designers. It is part open community workspace (co-working), part vector for investors and VCs and part incubator.


The event is free, but places are limited. Please register at:

ML4D Nairobi Part01: Introduction

ML4D Nairobi Part02: Design Narratives