Ustad Mobile is an open-source mobile learning app that supports almost any device: smartphones, $30+ candybar phones, tablets, and PCs, to create interactive learning content that works both online and offline with quizzes, text, images, audio, and video.
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.
Ministry of Education in Afghanistan
Open-source technology, the application can be accessed without cost.
Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
Schools and community
The mobile app is freely available for download from the Google Play Store.
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.
Specify how the application serves the improvement of access to education (education equipment, educational behavior change, human resource management, decision support, data collection & analytics, electronic education records, education provider, stock management, special education surveillance and reporting)
Operating System required and Software version (Android, IOS, Windows, or other [specify])
Support according to the literacy level required from the user. If no, the user is intended to be literate
Usage rate for the app/voice-SMS service – Rates of user vs downloads
Is the product/service able to receive and send back information to the user?
Connectivity requirement for the product/service to work. Some apps/services can work offline (Y/N [specify], Other [specify])
Device features required for the product/service to work. (bluethooth, Wifi, camera, IVR, GPS, Accelerometers/Motion sensors, ,biometric identifiers, SIM, Memory card (e.g microSD), other [specify])
Device(s) type required for the product/service to work. (Smartphone ,feature phone, tablet, other [specify])
Mobile data coverage required for the product/service to work (2G, 3G, 4G, LTE, Other [specify])
Connectivity requirement for the product/service to work (Mobile Internet, SMS, voice)
Ustad Mobile is an open-source app that creates and delivers interactive learning content with quizzes, text, images, audio, and video. The platform uses standard EPUB files or TinCan exports and uses fingerprint or voice authentication to verify the student attendance to the courses. The app is supported by Android devices or desktops running Windows and Linux.
The product distributes interactive learning content offline between devices with peer-to-peer sharing. Usage time, learner progress, and digitized paper records are logged offline and uploaded to a cloud server when a connection is available.
Provided by the designers.
This product aims to improve the quality of digital education and make it accessible to 59% who don’t have internet access.
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.
No third-party organizations, only testing performed by the designer.
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).
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.
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