Updated on September 11, 2020


Created on October 8, 2018

Ustad Mobile

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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

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Product Description

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

Manufacturing/Building Method


Intellectural Property Type

Open Source

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.

Design Specifications

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. This app is made on top of Kotlin and the desktop version is made with javascript using the angular framework. Developers can clone or contribute to the project following the steps on their GitHub repo.

Technical Support

Provided by the designers.

Replacement Components




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.



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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 Applications128(17).

Compliance with regulations

Users must check the license file before using the open-source code of this app.

Other Information

News article on the implementation of this technology in Afghanistan by  Mike Dawson and Benita Rowe.

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