June 2007

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Colombo University starts m-Learning

Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel has partnered with the University of Colombo to introduce an innovative concept, 'm-Learning', in the university.

The University of Colombo will design and compile the curriculum. Initially the course offered through “m-Learning” will be the “Executive Diploma in Marketing” (EDM). This programme is currently offered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies of the University of Colombo, and will be a stepping stone for students with only AL qualifications, providing them with an entry point to move further into pursuing the Post Graduate Diploma in Management and thereafter the Masters in Business Studies (MBS). The Executive Diploma in Marketing (EDM) will provide students with an intermediate level of knowledge to be applied in the marketing field.

MTC-Vodafone e-learning center leads the way to higher education in Bahrain

e-Learning is set to change the face of higher education in the Kingdom of Bahrain as a result of the recent opening of the MTC-Vodafone e-Learning Centre.

The centre, which is Bahrain's first higher education e-Learning facility, has enabled the University of Bahrain to become a vehicle for e-Teaching and e-Learning. The centre focuses on promoting the adoption of wireless technology to support teaching and learning programmes across eight university departments. It can be accessed by 8000 students, and both staff and students are benefiting with 145 teaching modules already tailored for delivery on the university's e-Network. The centre has a broader remit to cascade and share the knowledge and expertise acquired through the e-Learning and e-Teaching with other academic institutes and professionals throughout Bahrain.

UNESCO-SALIS e-Learning portal on information literacy

The Society for the Advancement of Library and Information Science (SALIS), India, in collaboration with UNESCO, has just launched a six-month project entitled Interactive e-Learning Portal on Information Literacy Competency Development Skills for South Asia.

The e-Learning portal will cover a number of self-learning modules, like Information Literacy Models and Standards, Information Communication Technology (ICT), etc. The portal will be developed using Moodle Open Source software. On completion of the project, the information professionals, educators and other persons may participate in the ensuing online course to enhance information literacy skills based on a set of interactive activities.

ICT access for the visually impaired in Bhutan

The teachers from the National Institute for Disabled (NID), Khaling and Drukgyel Higher Secondary schools are on training with Media LT, an NGO to spearhead the development of ICT for the visually impaired in Bhutan. The NID Khaling will function as the national centre for ICT particularly focusing on the need of the visually impaired. The NID Khaling, will open few more centre and provide assistance in ICT to all visually impaired people in the country on use and application of computers. The centre will also function as resource centre. The training is one of activities within the comprehensive package of creating a computer centre for the visually impaired at NID in Khaling. This training will enhance visually impaired people to improve their quality of work through Internet access.

ictQatar luanches e-Learning portal

ictQATAR and the Institute of Administrative Development (IAD) have launched an e-Learning portal, a new online educational tool for the country.

Now university students and employees in Qatar will have free access to a wide range of professional courses through new online educational tool. The government has developed the portal in collaboration with the Institute of Administration Development (IAD). The portal will provide users access to 4,000 free courses covering business and professional development, IT and computer software programmes.

Blogs replace blackboards as Singapore schools go high-tech

Blogs are replacing blackboards as Singapore moves high-technology into its classrooms as teaching tools.

Under the FutureSchools@Singapore programme, blogs, video-conferencing, tablet PCs, podcasts, 3-D software and interactive whiteboards will be available for learning. Five schools in the city state have been selected to pioneer the use of innovative teaching methods that harness info-communication technologies (ICT). Tech-savvy Singapore, one of Asia's most wired nations, aims to set up 15 such schools at primary and secondary levels by 2015.

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