July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Computers in Education
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the modality of education has been forced to experience a transformation and remote learning, leveraging modern-day digital technologies, has been the de facto alternative. Though enforced by situation, this has accelerated digital delivery of education into a mainstream practice. Along with numerous benefits, digital learning also poses some challenges, such as inequity in access to education resources. Digital learning is still out of reach for large populations of many developing regions either due to lack of infrastructure or because it is not affordable. In this work, we investigate the impact of a solar powered education system that is designed to mitigate the digital divide in education. The engineered system is composed of a solar panel, battery, a pico-projector, and digital content stored in the projector. The system unlocks the opportunity to deliver education at remote locations where internet and electricity are not commonplace. In this study, we attempted to learn the in-operation aspects of the system and identify the improvement areas from the use case perspective. We look to learn the barriers of digital delivery of education for the end-users, the problems associated with operational knowledge specific to the system and how the users can be served with generalized contents by decoupling the system hardware from the channeling of the soft contents. User feedback from systems deployed in Africa and Asia are analyzed to assess how the system delivers education to connectivity and resource limited people. Alongside its technical aspects, this work proposes business and operational framework necessary for effective distribution of such solutions across the world.
Arefeen, S., & Dallas, T., & Greenhalgh-Spencer, H. (2021, July), Solar-powered, Digital Classroom-in-Box: A Digital System to Mitigate the Digital Divide of Post-pandemic Education Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://strategy.asee.org/37723
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