Smart Phones

Mobile Learning for HIV/AIDS Healthcare Worker Training in Resource-Limited Settings

Posted by MohiniBhavsar on Sep 16, 2010
Mobile Learning for HIV/AIDS Healthcare Worker Training in Resource-Limited Settings data sheet 2004 Views
Zolfo M. et al.
Publication Date: 
Sep 2010
Publication Type: 
Journal article

We present an innovative approach to healthcare worker (HCW) training using mobile phones as a personal learning environment. Twenty physicians used individual Smartphones (Nokia N95 and iPhone), each equipped with a portable solar charger. Doctors worked in urban and peri-urban HIV/AIDS clinics in Peru, where almost 70% of the nation's HIV patients in need are on treatment. A set of 3D learning scenarios simulating interactive clinical cases was developed and adapted to the Smartphones for a continuing medical education program lasting 3 months. A mobile educational platform supporting learning events tracked participant learning progress. A discussion forum accessible via mobile connected participants to a group of HIV specialists available for back-up of the medical information. Learning outcomes were verified through mobile quizzes using multiple choice questions at the end of each module.

In December 2009, a mid-term evaluation was conducted, targeting both technical feasibility and user satisfaction. It also highlighted user perception of the program and the technical challenges encountered using mobile devices for lifelong learning.

With a response rate of 90% (18/20 questionnaires returned), the overall satisfaction of using mobile tools was generally greater for the iPhone. Access to Skype and Facebook, screen/keyboard size, and image quality were cited as more troublesome for the Nokia N95 compared to the iPhone.

Training, supervision and clinical mentoring of health workers are the cornerstone of the scaling up process of HIV/AIDS care in resource-limited settings (RLSs). Educational modules on mobile phones can give flexibility to HCWs for accessing learning content anywhere. However lack of softwares interoperability and the high investment cost for the Smartphones' purchase could represent a limitation to the wide spread use of such kind mLearning programs in RLSs.

The Extraordinaries

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Aug 26, 2009
The Extraordinaries data sheet 1449 Views
Organization that developed the Tool: 
Main Contact: 
Ben Rigby
Problem or Need: 

Finding the time for volunteering can be difficult. Many volunteer organizations require training and lengthy time commitments; those who want to volunteer may not be able to dedicate the large chunks of time needed for traditional volunteer opportunities.

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Brief Description: 

The Extraordinaries delivers micro-volunteer opportunities to mobile phones and web browsers that can be done on-demand and on-the-spot. Available as an iPhone application, The Extraordinaries enables organizations to connect with their supporters through these micro-volunteer opportunities, strengthening relationships and leveraging crowds for varied work such as image tagging, translation and research.

Tool Category: 
Runs on a mobile phone
Runs on a server
Is a web-based application/web service
Key Features : 


  • iPhone application
  • Allows for crowdsourcing
  • Allows for non-profit integration 


Main Services: 
Stand-alone Application
Org Profile Screen
Tool Maturity: 
Currently deployed
Release Date: 
Current Version: 
Program/Code Language: 
Objective C/iPhone
Organizations Using the Tool: 

Many. See

Number of Current End Users: 
Number of current beneficiaries: 
Under 100
Handsets/devices supported: 
Application runs on iPhone only right now.
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Is an API available to interface with your tool?: 
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