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Technology to support education in the developing world

Fall 2006 the CSE 590F seminar will focus on topics relating to how technology can be used to support education in the developing world. A list of papers and topics will be available soon.

The seminar will meet on Wednesdays, 3:30-4:20 pm, in EEB 025. The first meeting will be Wednesday, September 27th.

The instructor will be Richard Anderson (Anderson@cs), with assistance of Tom Anderson (Tom@cs) and Beth Kolko (bkolko@u).

There is growing interest in applying information and computing technology to challenges faced in the developing world. Education at all levels is a key need. In this seminar, we will look at different applications of technology to problems associated with education. We are still developing a reading list, so the topics below are provisional.

  • Digital Study Hall Digital Study Hall is a project in India started by Randy Wang. The goal is to assist teachers in rural schools by using technology to faciliate the transfer of material and expertise between different institutions. There are interesting technology challenges, as well as social challenges in developing and deploying the system.
  • Tutored Video Instruction The TVI model is to use pre-recorded materials to support facilitator led instruction. Work on TVI was one of the sources of inspiration for Digital Study Hall and is one model for addressing educational needs where there is limited availability of trained teachers.
  • Computers in the classroom There are many projects in deploying computers in the classroom - some successful, and (maybe more) unsuccessful. We will survey some of these projects.
  • Addressing cost and infrastructrue issues A central theme in computing for the developing world is addressing the cost issues. We will read a number of papers that look at different approaches to reducing costs (such as promoting shared use), as well as papers that look at the cost of infrastructure, including power and connectivity.
  • One laptop per child (AKA $100 Laptop) This is a controversial one - but we will try to examine the project with at least a semi-open mind.


DateTopicDiscussion LeaderReferencesNotes
9/27/06IntroductionRichard Anderson None 
10/04/06Tutored Video InstructionNatalie LinnellGibbons, ScienceV. Razmov
10/11/06Digital Study HallKentaro ToyamaR. Wang, DSH Tech Report, slides (54M)V. Razmov
10/18/06Digital Study Hall DiscussionRichard AndersonDigital Networking Going PostalV. Razmov
10/25/06Incentives in EducationVicki AkenPapers from the Poverty Action Lab (See below)V. Razmov
11/1/06Multimouse for Distance EducationNeema MoravejiA Mouse on Every DeskV. Razmov
11/8/06$100 Laptop ProjectAndrew Whitaker and Mitchell SlepSelected Readings from InfoDev websiteV. Razmov
11/15/06$100 Laptop CritiqueBeth Kolko V. Razmov
11/22/06TVI/OLPC DiscussionRichard AndersonNoneV. Razmov
11/29/06Millennium Villages ProjectTBD Report by Robert KozmaV. Razmov
12/6/06Evaluation of Technology in Education ProjectsTBDinfoDev Handbook, Vadora Case StudyV. Razmov


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