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M-learning: A powerful tool for addressing MDGs

Posted: 04 May 2012 04:37 AM PDT

Photo: Gabrielle Gauthey
On the first day of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Summit, held in Cape Town, South Africa, on 3 May, Alcatel-Lucent Executive Vice-President, Gabrielle Gauthey, delivered a keynote address on the enabling effects of broadband and mobile technology on the MDGs - and then proceeded to address the audience in the afternoon on the importance of the nascent and exciting possibilities behind m-learning.

A Powerful tool for addressing MDGs (PDF)

"We now have 6.6 billion mobile connections serving a population of seven billion persons, with a penetration rate of 80% in developing countries. Although these mobile connections already represent a significant opportunity, their evolution to mobile broadband connections will enable even richer content and services delivery on devices. The reduction in prices of smartphones and tablets, and the advent of the latest mobile technology (4G), are central to the proliferation of mobile broadband.

"Mobile broadband will revolutionise the lives of everyone, everywhere, bringing even more innovation in areas such as m-health, m-banking, m-education and m-government, which in turn will get us closer to achieving MDGs," said Gauthey.

Source: ITWeb

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How to Communicate with Your Online Professor

Posted: 04 May 2012 02:52 AM PDT

Photo: Laura Backes
Today I have Laura Backes as guest blogger. Please be sure to check out her unique guest post. Guest posts are always welcome, please contact me.

Anytime you are in school and taking courses it is very important that you build a relationship with your professor. With that said it can be difficult to build that relationship with your professor because of the communication barrier.  Building a relationship with your online professor can really benefit your learning experience in the long run.
The hurdle that online students face is the lack of physical presence of the professor. On campus students are able to visit with the professor before, after and during the class when they need help or to address their issues. Just because you are online doesn't mean you can't build that needed relationship. You just need to learn a few tricks and really try hard.

First thing first is to review the different communication ways you are provided with by the course, online learning program and your professor. Some options include: video chat, email, forums, chat rooms, messenger and phone calls. What you need to do is to speak with the professor on their communication method of choice. Use that form of communication and stick with it.

Once you find out which form is best for them, open the line of communication. Contact your professor and introduce yourself as you would in person. Tell them who you are and that you are looking forward to their class. Once they respond, choose to follow up with you intentions of building a relationship with them by telling them your goals for the class and if they could help you throughout. Professors want students who want to excel and learn from their class, they should be more than willing to work with you throughout the semester.

Always keep your communication with the professor short and simple. The professor most likely is emailing many other students as well. Another tip is to always save your communication with the professor, in case you need it further down the road in your course. It is very important you are aware of your online communication tone. Using all caps, exclamation marks when not necessary can come off as rude or bossy; definitely not something you want to do to your professor. Watch your grammar and mistakes.

Online courses do not have to be difficult; it is what you make it. Choose to communicate with your professor in the beginning of the course and be thorough with your communication. You will be happy at the end of the semester that you did when you see your letter grade.
Good luck and happy studying!

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This is a guest post from Laura Backes, she enjoys writing about all kinds of subjects and also topics related to internet service providers in my area. 
You can reach Laura at her email.

Many thanks to Laura.
Enjoy your reading!

32 Pinteresting Ideas to Organize Your Home Office

Posted: 04 May 2012 12:57 AM PDT

Larry Dignan has been in touch to remind us about this article below.

Photo: Online College Courses

Pinterest is an amazing resource for finding great home ideas, organization, craft projects, and other smart ways to improve your lifestyle. Improving your home office is no exception, and we've found that the site has a wealth of incredibly creative ideas for whipping your work space into shape. Read on, and you'll find more than 30 interesting ways to make your home office more organized, attractive, and fun to work in.

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How to Ensure Civility in the Online Classroom by Dr. Bruce Johnson
Take a closer look at Online Courses blog

Thanks to Larry.
Enjoy your reading!

Source: Online College Courses

Mobile Learning: Why your phone is the new classroom

Posted: 04 May 2012 12:38 AM PDT

Mobile phones and tablets have permanently changed how we ask questions, find help and consume information. And with personal devices now increasingly common at work, trainers must do what they can to keep pace.

Learning on the Move (PDF)

"Employee expectations about how information and learning are delivered can change as fast as the marketplace."

This Aberdeen Group white paper draws on data from best-in-class companies to explore how you can unleash learners with mobile learning.

Read the white paper to learn:

  • Why the demand for mobile learning is doubling
  • How mobile learning enables organisational agility
  • The most requested learning content on mobile devices
  • And more

  • Source: Citrix Online