Radio-assisted instruction

Definition

Includes both radio broadcast education and interactive radio instruction. Radio broadcast education entails an audio lecture or lesson, with printed material for learners to follow the lecture. Any teacher, not necessarily qualified in the subject matter, can use the radio programme as a main instructional source. Broadcast programmes follow the traditional model of education and can cover every subject in many different languages, depending on the target audience. Interactive radio instruction (IRI) turns a typically one-way technology into a tool for active learning inside and outside the classroom. It requires that learners react to questions and exercises through verbal responses to radio programme contributors, group work, and physical and intellectual activities while the programme is on air. For both teacher and learner, the lesson becomes an immediate hands-on practical guide.

Data source

Statistical unit of the Ministry of Education or, alternatively, national statistical office.

Source definition

Adapted from Revisions and Additions to the Core List of ICT Indicators – Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development.