US uses mobile learning in fight against human traffickers

US USES MOBILE LEARNING IN FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKERS

 

eXact learning solutions, formerly Giunti Labs, are providing mobile learning materials for US Department of Defense (DoD) personnel after President Obama's call for a National Slavery and Human Trafficking Month.

Mobile learning materials are underpinning a new campaign by the US Government to tackle human trafficking. Several companies have combined their expertise and products to provide the materials to US Department of Defense officials to help them in a campaign, which was personally launched by President Barack Obama.

In a proclamation at the end of December last year, the President named January 2011 as 'National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month' and  said: "Our Nation was founded on the enduring principles of equality and freedom for all. As Americans, it is our solemn responsibility to honor and uphold this legacy."

"Yet, around the world and even within the United States, victims of modern slavery are deprived of the most basic right of freedom. During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we rededicate ourselves to preventing and ending human trafficking, and we recognize all who continue to fight this serious human rights violation."

The President continued: "We cannot strengthen global efforts to end modern slavery without first accepting the responsibility to prevent, identify, and aggressively combat this crime at home... This month, I urge all Americans to educate themselves about all forms of modern slavery and the signs and consequences of human trafficking."

To help in the campaign against 'trafficking in persons' (TIP), ADL, the Advanced Distributed Learning initiative, organised a pilot learning programme - known as the 'Mobile TIP course' - delivered via mobile devices to showcase the efficiency of mobile learning in targeting just in time and on the field training needs for DoD staff always on the move and around the world. Among the companies contributing to this pilot was eXact learning solutions, which specialises in developing mobile learning solutions and content.

The TIP is a general awareness course mandated by DoD Instruction 2200.01 "Combating Trafficking in Persons. Trafficking a crime under Federal Law, and the DoD is committed to curtailing the demand for victims of human trafficking. In Oct 2005, recognizing it as a contributing factor to sex trafficking, patronizing prostitution was made a specific, chargeable offense for service members under Article 134 of the US military's statutory criminal law, the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Consequently, since 2005, America's military personnel have had access to e-learning materials on TIP but only some 60% of these people have completed the course. The online course uses HTML, Flash and video; it contains an introduction and six modules; a pre-test and post-test; it has a glossary and resource links.

eXact learning solutions produced two versions of the mobile content, using its new eXact Mobile 2.0 platform to produce, store and distribute learning packages conforming to SCORM 1.2 'lite sequencing', with GEO location capability and a built-in interface to third party LMSs.
As part of the on-going Mobile TIP pilot project, Judy and Jason Haag at ADL are seeing evidence that:

  • Progressive enhancement is a good approach that focuses on low end mobile devices first
  • Each device and browser-specific interface presents challenges for providing a consistent experience
  • Device and browser detection is sometimes necessary in order to address device specific interface features, video delivery, and browser-specific  functionality (for example Add to Home Screen on iPhone)
  • Full screen mode (hide address bar) is consistently supported on most devices
  • Some device and browser default settings must be configured
  • .png may be the preferred format instead of .gif
  • Flash animations are not supported, so alternative slideshows may have to be created using static images
  • The optimal length of a mobile course should be much shorter than computer or web-based courses






 

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