The Daktari: An interactive, multi-media tool for knowledge transfer among poor livestock keepers in Kenya

Louise Nielsen, Claire Heffernan*, Yibo Lin, Jun Yu

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This article describes the findings from the assessment of a touch-screen, multi-media learning program on livestock health and production: The Daktari. The program was tested on a sample of 62 livestock keepers in the Nairobi slums of Kariobangi and Kibera. The study examined prior knowledge regarding three livestock diseases (liver fluke, mastitis and mange) and compared this to newly acquired knowledge after exposure to the software. The results demonstrated a significant difference between pre- and post-knowledge assessments confirming that use of the program led to learning. Learning occurred among a variety of demographic/social groups (i.e. age, gender and education) with a range of abilities. Indeed, by utilising an audio-visual interface developed with relevant content for the population in question, it was found that the program could support and enhance participant understanding of livestock disease causation, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1241-1247
Number of pages7
JournalComputers and Education
Volume54
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2010

Keywords

  • Human-computer interaction
  • Interactive learning environments
  • Multimedia/hypermedia systems
  • Teaching/learning strategies

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