Recent Blogs

1st Minclusion Conference

on Jun 12, 2017

The Minclusion conference 12 June was a very rewarding event with over 60 participants! We invited a mix of researchers, developers and enthusiasts within the areas of mobile learning and migration. In the morning, the Minclusion team made a presentation of the work we have done so far. We have for example been engaging in a number of networking activities. Our research of investigating the mobile learning area and mapping the existing language and intercultural communication apps has been fruitful.

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Hack for Inclusion

on Apr 8, 2017

In the beginning of April, we organised a hackathon on the theme of mobile innovation for inclusion of newly arrived. Participants, with backgrounds in programming, interaction design, language technology and communication, gathered together in our premises at the Department of Applied IT and worked hard from Saturday to Sunday. The idea behind the hackathon was to find new ideas and innovative technical solutions that can support language learning and inclusion in the society for newly arrived Arabic speaking people in Sweden.

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Presenting at Mobile Learning Week in Paris

on Mar 23, 2017

Four persons from our team attended Mobile Learning Week, organized by UNESCO and UNHCR in Paris 20-24 March. The theme of the conference was “Education in emergencies and crises”. The week began with a two-day symposium, when Linda and Khaled presented our project and preliminary results from our first usability study. For many refugees the smartphone is a lifeline and the conference discussed how mobile technologies can enable continued training. An example of a practical initiative is the competition EDUAPP4SYRIA, launched by the Norwegian government.

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Meeting people in field studies

on Feb 22, 2017

This week we’ve had two interesting meetings. We went to Restad Gård where we met Inaam and Alaa who are voluntary workers in a self-organising group with and for newly arrived migrants in Sweden. They informed us about their work at this large refugee camp currently hosting 1250 asylum seekers. The group is engaging in all sorts of daily activities for the inhabitants there, from sports to language courses. We met up in their computer room to make a usability study with a little group of 14 Arabic speaking persons.

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