Thursday, 30 July 2009

Mobile learning for adult learners

Imagine being able to listen or view course lectures where you are on your mobile device. You could turn your unproductive or waiting time into time during which you can learn and advance in your studies. A major book publisher has gone into provision of mobile learning for adult college learners. View this interesting video:

And, if you'd like a quick overview an introduction to mobile learning, here's a great set of slides:

Saturday, 25 July 2009

100 Best OERs

OERs or Open Education Resources are a boon to the lifelong learner. Imagine being able to listen or watch lectures from the top and renowned universities. Download, carry them with you and you have a classroom in your pocket or car or any other place you're at. Someone actually compiled 100 of these. Check it out at:

Malaysia revises target for broadband plan

It's about time.

When MIMOS first offered its Jaring services for connection to the Internet in the early 90s, it was limited to academicians in higher educational institutions. I was one of the fortunate few who grabbed the opportunity then.

Today, although I live in the Klang Valley and work in an institution that enables me to connect to the Internet anywhere in the University. Yet, I am still hungry for more.

Hence imagine my delight when, a few minutes ago, I stumbled upon the report saying that the nation will aim to provide broadband connection to at least 26 million mobile phone users.

As head of the mobile learning team at the University, we had first offered 1-minute podcasts of course content. Although learners had mobile phones with wireless capabilities, we discovered that even if they were able to connect ubiquitously, they were hesitant about paying extra for the cost to download.

We next focused on providing SMS messages to engage learners in the learning process. This met with greater approval as long as it was free or if the cost was minimal.

In any case, when renowned universities such as Harvard, Stanford and Berkeley have made available their lectures online (see Academic Earth)in the form of podcasts, Malaysian universities are unlikely able to do the same until the broadband connections are widely available as well as affordable, especially for the education community.

It's about time that broadband services become common place, are as inexpensive as water and electricity (although some of us will refute the latter)and as I once remembered of an earlier idea (first heard more than a decade ago), we should have web tone available through all our mobile devices. After all, for what a restaurant will charge for a family of four, one can purchase an MP4 player.

If Malaysia is serious about making the country an educational hub with institutions providing or "producing" learning, broadband services must be available nationwide to benefit every citizen in the country, among which are the 26 million (and growing) mobile phone users.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Ten ways universities share information using social media

More and more educators in higher education institutions are using social media to support learning and teaching. Jane Hart highlighted in one of her recent twitter posts, how universities are using social media to share information. Read this at:

Sunday, 19 July 2009

The Interactive Web

I must thank Mimma Sayuti, a PhD student and educator for this..."Harnessing the Interactive Web." One of the best presentations I've seen on the topic. If you're new, it may be overwhelming. It's a topic educators should at least be familiar with now and actually be able to use some of the tools to make education meaningful and relevant for the GenY learners who are now on campus and will be for the next ten years or so.

New media and distance learning

A good but quick overview identifying the use of new media in delivering distance learning. One of the slides indicates the six generations in the history of distance learning.


Open Educational Resources (OERs) have been promoted by educationists who believe in sharing resources for the benefit of learners and instructors across the world. To gain an understanding of what OERs are all about, there are a few slide presentations that are worth viewing. I believe you will also gain an insight on how to proceed to create OERs.

View more presentations from gsiemens.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

A blast from the past

There was a time when I was writing up to three columns a week for our national newspapers, educating the public about the Internet, how interesting it is, how we could benefit from it and so on. I remember writing these with a passion. Unfortunately some of these articles, especially the soft copies, have gone missing from my collection due to corrupted disks, failure to make more than 1 copy and so on.

Imagine my delight when I found these:

I can't even begin to think how to thank Hamdan Noor who had somehow got my articles on to part of his web site. But, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am indebted to his gesture and for helping me re-visit the past.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning

What are emerging technologies? Well, most will definitely include Web 2.0 tools that are increasingly becoming more user-friendly and support open learning and use of open resources. Perhaps, a quick overview will help you understand the concept. Please view:

Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction

If you're an instructional technologist or into instructional design, applying Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction when planning, designing or developing your instruction is key to good instruction. Not many realise that it's similar to developing a lesson plan before carrying out the actual teaching.

There's a good video from YouTube on this. If you'd like a review of Gagne's Nine Events or simply want to refresh your knowledge, view it at

Learning 2.0

I can't believe it's been almost a month since the last entry. I've been promoting Twitter and now started experimenting with Ning. Twitter is getting known in Malaysia, although Facebook seems to be the more popular of the two, still. In any case, both can be used to support learning.

As part of a mobile learning initiative at the Open University Malaysia, we used twitter to archive all the SMSes sent out. The purpose is to enable those who were late in subscribing to the service a chance to view the SMSes they missed. To view, visit

It's also possible, that in the future, we will use Twitter in place of SMSes so that we're more cost effective but only after everyone understands how Twitter works and functions.

Learning 2.0 is still somewhat new among Malaysian educators. Nevertheless, there is a lot of interest whenever I share what I know about it and the possibilities in creating more excitement in learning. Related to this, I'd like to urge you to view the following set of slides created in 2006 but still very much relevant and useful today. Enjoy!