PCF5:Livelihoods - Learning Development Design Workshop

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Title of session

Learning Development Design Workshop

Session details

  • Date: 14 July 2008
  • Time: 14:00
  • Room: 731

Session papers

The VeSeL project was introduced by Dan Orwa and Souleymane Camara. No other paper presentations; since this was a workshop, the group worked in 3 smaller groups and each small group discussed a livelihoods and technology support case study (which was identified impromptu by the group. The following format was provided by Mr Underwood to each group for recording their discussions:

Small group session report:

Main aims:

  • What the group does not know about the community (from where the example is being discussed) and the context they live in.
  • How can the group find out about this/
  • How could the community participate in designing their own learning and technology to support the learning?

Key Issues that arose in the session

  • Understanding community culture and context is critical for designing learning for them
  • Research (socio-technical) is very critical to designing a community-based learning development programme
  • Data analysis is important to arrive at an effective technology support strategy to a community empowerment programme
  • Livelihoods programmes require a holistic approach and involvement of the larger community
  • Predictions on how ‘technology-based educational/empowerment tools’ will be used by communities, many a time, are very different from the real ones
  • Local communities are very creative, innovative and adventurous in the way that a technology device is used by them, as against originally conceived by the programme/learning material designer

Points for future action (Policy, recommendations, commitments etc.)