Ustad Mobile is an open-source mobile learning app that enables students to experience interactive video-based simulations that work on smartphones and feature phones. The app content is focused on the personal soft skills and contains four pre-employability modules (CV writing, cover letter writing, job search skills, and job interview skills) and five post-employability modules (communication skills, workplace values, and ethics, time management, report writing, and entrepreneurship). This product is made by UstadMobile Inc.
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Ministry of Education in Afghanistan
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
The mobile app is freely available for download from the Google Play Store.
Distributions to Date Status
USTAD Mobile has earned 60,000 USD from contracts with NGOs since February 2014 and has about 1,000 learners using various different versions of the software.
Provided by the designers.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
This product aims to improve the quality of digital education and make it accessible to 59% who don't have internet access.
Vetted Performance Status
The pilot evaluation made in collaboration with The University Support and Workforce Development Program found that student outcomes increased from an average of 32/100 prior to using the app to 71/100 after using the app.
Complementary Technical Systems
Academic Research and References
Ahmed, R. U., Mahmudul, A. S. M., Sultana, M. A., Iqbal, M. I., & Johora, U. F. T., 2015. “Jonaki-an mlearning tool to reduce illiteracy in Bangladesh”. International Journal of Computer Applications, 128(17).
Compliance with regulations
Users must check the license file before using the open-source code of this app.
News article on the implementation of this technology in Afghanistan by Mike Dawson and Benita Rowe.