Exploring the Potential of Mobile Learning for Farmers in Remote Regions – Dr Julia Bello-Bravo, Purdue University
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This SciPod is a summary of the paper ‘An 89% solution adoption rate at a two-year follow up: evaluating the effectiveness of an animated agricultural video approach’ from Information Technology for Development. doi.org/10.1080/02681102.2019.1697632
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Despite advances in agricultural science, communicating best practices to farmers in remote areas remains difficult. Although mobile learning tools, such as animated videos, have the potential to effectively present new information to diverse, isolated audiences, their long-term efficacy is poorly understood. A team of researchers from the Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique, Michigan State University and Iowa State University followed up with farmers in Mozambique two years after receiving video-based, mobile instruction. Their findings suggest these methods are just as successful as in-person teaching styles in improving farmers’ ability to retain and use new information.
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