Standford University has launched a project International Outreach Program (IOP) s changing the way universities think about distance learning. The University has launched the project, the Dunia Moja Project – “one world” in Swahili in collaboration with its three partners universities in Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa.
The mobile learning project enables scientists and students to access environmental-science course materials and interact with each other using high-tech mobile phones. Both Ericsson and Sony Ericsson are collaborated with Stanford to provide mobile smart phones equipped with video cameras, audio recorders, and Internet capability, as well as technical and other support for the pilot version of the course. Students at Makerere University, Mweka College of African Wildlife Management, University of the Western Cape, and Stanford University use the phones to access the course website, send text messages, and post media to mobile blogs.