Designing And Supporting Technology Assisted Inclusive Learning For Disaster Preparedness: A Case Study Of Bangladesh

Syed Ali Tarek, C Jones, J Enriquez-Gibson
2017 Zenodo  
This research aimed to explore the ways in which a technological artefact can assist in creating an inclusive learning environment to provide localised disaster preparedness training for predominantly technologically disadvantaged rural people of Bangladesh, one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. The research was complex and required a multidisciplinary approach. Content selection and interface design in the medium chosen for dissemination was a significant part of the research
more » ... rocess, as was conducting the field research to understand how the content could be disseminated among the participants in the chosen locations to improve their disaster awareness. 'Rapid ethnography' and 'Participatory action research' were the key research strategies that were used in the fieldwork and interview and observation methods were used to collect the data. A design log, a content specification and two sources of feedback from expert and general user evaluators were used to collect data for the development cycle of the content and the interface. The research findings established the local needs and they also demonstrated a set of ways in which localised content and a localised interface could be created; one that preserved local values and cultures and ensured that end users were not overly exposed to foreign content. Furthermore, they provided insights into how a meaningful 'disruptive learning' that reduced existing negativities that less literate people associate with learning could take place by removing physical and psycho-social barriers and facilitating user-friendly ways to engage with a (newer) technological artefact. The findings also assisted in determining how teaching functions interacted with both the technological artefact and technologically disadvantaged people within a social learning setting to deliver a training programme with minimal supervision. Finally, the findings provided insights into how faster and informed decision making could be achieved by improving knowledge of available resource [...]
doi:10.5281/zenodo.1162788 fatcat:lbipr4geafg3rhccu5xfh75bsq