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A Strategy Towards Cost-Effective Content Delivery in the Higher Learning Institutions of Tanzania: Mobile Learning

A Strategy Towards Cost-Effective Content Delivery in the Higher Learning Institutions of Tanzania: Mobile Learning
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Author(s): Michael Pendo John Mahenge (Centre for Information and Communication Technology, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania & School of Computer Science and Technology, Wuhan University of Technology, China) and Andrew Charles Msungu (Sokoine National Agricultural Library, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 17
Source title: Ubiquitous Technologies for Human Development and Knowledge Management
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Hakikur Rahman (Institute of Computer Management and Science, Bangladesh)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7844-5.ch013

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Abstract

The recent development of ubiquitous technologies such as mobile computing facilities in developing countries promises a cost-effective approach for learning in higher learning institutions (HLIs). For instance, in Tanzania, new technologies in HLIs are being blended through eLearning and m-learning. However, HLIs are facing challenges in the delivery of eLearning contents due to the distributed nature of learning environments, the advancement of a large amount of data, shortage in ICT resources, and bandwidth. This study presents the state-of-the-art challenges and opportunities on eLearning in Tanzania. The survey results show that above 75% of students own multiple mobile devices that can support access to M-learning. Then, a cost-effective strategy for content delivery supported by mobile edge computing and cloud computing is proposed. Moreover, it is recommended that HLIs in developing countries should enact ICT policy that integrates issues associated with how to effectively utilize the emerging ubiquitous technologies applicable in their learning environments.

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