Mobile technology to impact learning

Innovations of mobile technology can impact informal and formal learning. My research interest is mobile learning (m-learning) to create opportunities for learning and knowledge production via smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices. Primarily the research setting is in Kenya, which is to be consider as a “mobile rich” country and technology integrated in the society (i.e. m-pesa). Kenya and Kenyan runners were participants in my dissertation where I investigated their use of smartphones in training, learning and to improve their daily lives. 

At the moment research focus is on women’s access to menstruation hygiene in developing countries. The project is called “combating menstrual poverty” and is a collaboration with Borås Högskola. The goal is to provide women with sustainable sanitary pads but also empower and educate poor women. Thus, cost-free m-learning programme about reproductive health. That can for example be to create a MOOC (Massive Online Ongoing Course).

In collaboration with UN-Habitat in Nairobi is the goal to create m-learning courses in entrepreneurship, urban agriculture etc.

I work together with the LiU-initiative ”Smart Savannah” to protect the black rhino from poaching. In this project it is possible to educate the park rangers in their smartphones. In addition, I participate in the project “Shrinking municipalities” in collaboration with CKS.

Teaching

I teach pedagogical content knowledge of Social Science at Teacher Education Programme. The courses are about curriculum and syllabi for primary and secondary school, teaching methods, assessment, globalization etc. I am responsible for field studies in Ethiopia and Kenya. I am supervisor and responsible for teaching placement. Thus, create opportunities for students to do teaching practice in Kenya, Ethiopia, India, Brazil or Japan. Global exposure is important even when you work in the Swedish context.

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Positions

  • Responsible of Social Science at Teacher Education Programme
  • Project coordinator of International profile at Teacher Education Programme
  • Responsible for international field trips in Social Science
  • Responsible for teaching placement in Social Science
  • ICT-ambassador
  • Coordinator of Linnaeus – Palme with University of Nairobi and Addis Ababa University

Collaboration

  • DISA (Pedagogical content knowledge of Social Science)

Research projects

  • Collaboration with UN-Habitat in Nairobi of m-learning projects
  • Smart Savannah at LiU
  • “Combat menstrual poverty” project in collaboration with Borås Högskola
  • Shrinking municipalities in collaboration with CKS
  • Overuse injury prevention and anti-doping promotion for Kenyan elite runners. 

Teaching

  • Teaching at Teacher Education Programme, Social Science. Course in Social Science (course 1-4), field studies, supervisor, teaching placement and summer course in Kenya.

Academical merits

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), 2015, Educational research: Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Education for Primary and Secondary school, Social Science with International profile, 1994

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