Project Overview

SMS2Learn is a mobile application that enables studying via short messages on cell phones.


The Ghanaian Department of Health makes enormous efforts to attain the Millennium Development Goals. In this respect, the training of medical staff is of pivotal importance. As a consequence, the department has annually increased the number of medical trainees by as much as 1000 persons. The results are bigger class sizes, leading to excessive demands of the teaching staff and the disadvantages of students. It becomes difficult for teachers to address learning lags and allow for individual learning paces. Thereby individual supervision is considerably decreased.
SMS2Learn does not replace learning in the classroom, but successfully addresses these deficits.

SMS2Learn at a Glance

• Learning that is independent of time and place
• Regular contact between teachers and students
• Automatic score analyses and reminders account for continuous support of the student and enable teachers to give individual feedback via SMS even in big classes
• Learning units can be reused as often as needed

HITA's contribution

• Software provision
• System integration and server connection. Adaption of software to cell phones.
• Selection and Adaption of learning contents. Support of local partners in the conversion of contents into text-based learning units
• Conception and realisation of workshops about the use of related software on different cell phones
• Implementation of a train-the-trainer approach. Instruction of multipliers so as to reach a sustainable continuation of the project
• Continuous support of the project through monitoring, evaluation and consulting

Learning via SMS

Learning contents along with related practice questions are sent to clients through a server. Depending on the reply, the questions are either sent again or the student proceeds to the next learning unit.

Individualised education & continuous feeback

SMS2Learn enables teaching staff to monitor the process of learning via SMS. By this means teachers are enabled to survey the academic levels of students and effectively address learning deficits individually.