Project PI: Dr. Shaimaa Lazem
Project Team: Dr. Marwa Elteir
Research area: Computer science/ Education systems
Using ICT technologies such as computerized curricula and educational games is proved to be very effective in improving learning experience of children. However, the cost of delivering such technologies to all governmental schools may not be afforded by the government.
This project incorporates knowledge from distributed systems and human-computer interaction to reduce the digital gap between the children and adults who have access to ICT facilities and those who don’t due to their social, economic, or geographical reasons. Specifically, it aims to achieve the following goals:
- Create a prototype for a low-cost digital infrastructure that can be conveniently deployed in under-developed rural areas where IT services are either costly or not available.
- Reduce the cost of using ICT technologies in children’s education through adoption of this infrastructure by public schools.
Design educational applications to engage semiliterate adults in learning activities. The applications’ interfaces will be designed to have minimal learning cost so that adults focus on the educational content of the application. The applications will be deployed in public spaces to transform learning to a service that semiliterate adults can get anytime, anywhere at their convenience.