What we do?

MobilED initiative is designing learning environments that are meaningfully enhanced with mobile technologies and services.

We design scenarios and guidelines of how mobile technologies could be used for teaching, learning and empowerment of students within and outside the school context.

We design concepts, prototypes and platforms that will facilitate and support the scenarios and guidelines developed.

We test, evaluate and disseminate the scenarios, guidelines, concepts, prototypes and platforms in real contexts with real people.


In pedagogy we are focusing on:

  • Student and group-centred learning
  • Project-based learning
  • Problem solving
  • Inquiry learning


In technology we are looking for:

  • Mobile devices: GSM phones, multimedia/smart phones, Internet tablets
  • Wireless networks: GSM, 3G, WLAN
  • Voice, speech and language technologies: speech interfaces, audio information systems etc.
  • Social software: Mediawiki, blogs, Knowledge Building tools.
  • Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopaedia.


We are aiming to design and develop two products that are freely available for anyone to take in use. The expected outputs are:

  1. MobilED KIT – a box with mobile tools, software and a guidebook that one can take in use in a classroom or youth club to carry out collaborative mobile learning projects.
  2. MobilED SERVER – a technology platform that makes it possible to take most out of the MobilED KIT. Governments, organizations or operators willing to support use of mobile phones in collaborative learning projects may install the technology platform.


The current principle partners of the MobilED initiative are Meraka Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa and Media Lab of the University of Art and Design Helsinki (UIAH), Finland.

The network of Associated Partners and Advisers includes Centre for Research on Networked Learning and Knowledge Building, University of Helsinki (FI); Tshwane University of Technology (SA); University of Pretoria (SA); Escola do Futuro Universidade de São Paulo (BR); WikiMedia Foundation, (US) Center for Knowledge Societies (IN) and Nokia.

The initiative is funded by the Principle Partners, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa and Embassy of Finland in Pretoria. The initiative is sponsored by Nokia.

We are open for new partnerships. If you are interested in to join us, send email to: teemu.leinonen@uiah.fi

Project Team

Teemu Leinonen - Media Lab UIAH, FI
Hans Põldoja - Media Lab UIAH, FI
Tarmo Toikkanen - Media Lab UIAH, FI
Jukka Purma - Media Lab UIAH, FI

Merryl Ford - Meraka CSIR, SA
Madelein van den Berg - Meraka CSIR, SA
Francois Aucamp - Meraka CSIR, SA
Victor Zimu - Meraka CSIR, SA

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