SOCIAL AND TECHNICAL DATA HELP US
UNDERSTAND AND IMPROVE THE HELLO HUBS.
"Research will focus on digital literacy, literacy
progression, and integrated curricular learning."
Project Hello World is partnering with SOLE Central at Newcastle University, United Kingdom, to continue to enhance its monitoring and evaluation methodology.
SOLE Central is the leading global hub for research and practice into self-organised learning environments (SOLEs) and will work with Hello World to structure more effective data practices to better understand the full taxonomy of learning at the Hello Hubs.
The research will particularly focus on digital literacy, literacy progression, and integrated curricular learning. These focus areas highlight reading comprehension, fluency, and decoding while incorporating them into multi-subject activities in numeracy, the sciences, and the arts.
Hello World utilises a tracking system and methodology to gather and analyse social and technical data to help the organisation understand and improve Hello Hubs to further advance users’ learning, as well as to integrate digital literacy in school curricula and learning. Hello World deploys two types of data collection:
- Summative Data to regularly capture Hello Hub usage data. This data allows to analyse how users of diverse backgrounds and from different communities are utilising Hello Hubs. Hello World also utilises digital literacy testing to track users’ learning progression
- Formative Data to capture literacy testing to help inform programmatic and individual education interventions. Hello World also employs surveys that appear when users log on and off the system to track users’ characteristics and satisfaction with the system. Lastly, Hello World works with local partners to ensure that Hello Hubs are integrated into classroom learning in
WHO USES THE HUBS?
Overall, women and girls represented 29% of all visits to the Hub. The percentage of women and children is highest among teachers and school children where they comprise 45% of the total. Men and boys represent the largest proportion of community children and adults, making up 77% of the population in these groups. Our ongoing goal is to encourage more community women and girls to find their place at the Hubs.
Of the 5,443 visits in our sample (Hello Hub in Suleja, Nigeria), community children (i.e. children not enrolled in school) constituted the largest group representing 48% of the total. Children enrolled in school and adults followed at 27% and 23% respectively. Teachers accounted for only 2% of total users, but seemed to be instrumental in getting school children to attend, as school children and teachers were observed attending at the same times.
WHEN ARE THE HUBS BEING USED?
Based on survey data collected during 150 days over the course of 52 weeks (June 2014 - June 2015), we estimate the Hub has received 26,700 visits.
We found that the average daily visits to the Hub range from 30 to 129 per day, with periods of lowest attendance coinciding with school holidays. Children enrolled in a traditional school accompanied by teachers account for 25 visits on an average weekday.
WHAT IS THE MOTIVATION TO USE THE HUBS?
There are so many factors that go into why the communities we choose so desperately need access to tools like these. One of the biggest however—especially in communities like Kidubuli—is the fact that even when schools are present, they are all too often few and far between. For many children, they have to walk miles and miles each way to get there. This is not only detrimental to their minds, it is also difficult on their bodies that have little precious energy because of their lack of food and water resources. The Hubs help by being set up centrally to the communities most in need, so that walk times are cut down significantly, making it easier to access and less likely that students and other communities will stray away from their
WHAT SKILLS DO THE HUB USERS AQUIRE?
WHAT ARE COMMUNITY MEMBERS SAYING ABOUT THE HUBS?
"We need knowledge to improve our standard of living. Knowledge will help fight poverty in Africa.”
"I can use the Hubs to change my life. It will make a big difference in my work but even in how I life my social life."
"The Hub has been an eye opener to the world of technology that has helped me to understand, learn and connect with the rest of the world."
"The Hello Hub has shaped my hopes for the future."
“Education is very important because it opens the minds of the people. The knowledge that children will get from the Hello Hub will help them to build their future.”
"I'm going to use the Hello Hub to bring my music to the next level. I want to record,
edit and share it."