Mobile learning tool launched for poor, rural users

Mobile learning platform to deliver revision materials to connected devices.

McGraw-Hill Cos. and Wipro Ltd.’s Wipro Technologies are working together to develop a new mobile learning platform, attempting to tap potentially massive opportunities in emerging markets by creating an educational tool accessible to poor, rural users.

The product, dubbed “mConnect”, will be introduced in India by offering preparation material for university entrance exams. The programs will be available via cell phone, laptop and other mobile devices. According to McGraw-Hill, India has more than 700 million cell phones, with 100 million used by youth in rural areas.

New-York based McGraw-Hill, a financial-information provider and education company, and Wipro, a Bangalore-based information-technology company, plan to extend the program later to other countries in Asia and Africa.

The two companies already partner on another education technology platform, Connect. That product offers web-based learning to more than 1.2 million college students and professors across the U.S., with online texts, interactive quizzes and supplemental study materials.

Source – total telecom