One key feature of the framework is its horizontal approach where stakeholders take a team-based approach to completing the required tasks for mainstreaming OER. This, in turn, increases ownership of the mainstreaming process leading to higher success rates and sustainability. Secondly, the mainstreaming checklist breaks down each process into several achievable tasks and assigns them to the relevant team. Thirdly, the framework supports continuous quality improvement (CQI) which encourages institutions to periodically revisit the processes to make necessary course corrections and enhancements.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are fast becoming a major part of the Education landscape especially with the new thrust towards “open”. Conceptually, OER are a sensible and cost-effective way of incorporating quality material, including multimedia, into a particular teaching and learning scenario. Realistically however, this is easier said than done. To be able to … Continue reading OER – From Practice to Culture
Originally Published on October 5, 2015 on LinkedIn. Well this is embarrassing... Why? I'm writing this post on my 4 year old iPad2 with a cracked screen due to abuse by my now five year old daughter. And why is it embarrassing? Well for one, I have three other computers at home which gave up on me … Continue reading Putting Your Social Networks to Work: How to Increase Your Chances in the Current Job Market
Originally Published on September 27, 2015 on LinkedIn. Just the other day, I was invited to deliver a guest lecture to a bunch of enthusiastic young academics on new approaches to delivering lectures in a face-to-face classroom. This was at a briefing session in preparation for their new semester. During my initial conversation with the organizers, I … Continue reading Flipping the Classroom: A Practical Approach
Originally Published on August 1, 2015 on LinkedIn. In a previous post (My Shameless but Ethical Tactics for Quickly Rising to the Top), I mentioned that you should “Tell the boss what he/she wants to hear in 30 seconds or less. You can tell him what you really want to say later…”. Elaborating further, I explained that … Continue reading Speaking in Sound Bites: Always tell them what they want to hear
Originally Published on May 15, 2015 on LinkedIn. In the past couple of months I have noticed a lot of posts on LinkedIn urging the community not to use LinkedIn for the same purposes as facebook. Initially, I took no note of it. However, eventually, it started to sound a bit judgmental and patronizing to me. I … Continue reading LinkedIn or Facebook: Where Do We Draw the Line?
Originally Published on April 24, 2015 on LinkedIn. The Android operating system is currently dominating the smart phone and tablet market. The Free and Open Source (FOSS) frameworks and ease of use has made Android the most sought after OS for use by manufacturers such as Samsung. With thousands of apps available through the Google Play store, … Continue reading Empowering Masses to Brew their Own Flavor of DIY Mobile Applications
Originally Published on April 2, 2015 on LinkedIn. Winning isn’t everything… we were taught in school during our childhood. So, some of us have gotten used to the idea of not giving it 100% because when we lose we can always use the excuse I had fun doing it!. When considering the modern professional setting, winning is absolutely everything. … Continue reading Losing Like a Winner!
Originally Published on February 18, 2015 on LinkedIn. If you have ever asked for quotations for a new website or a website revamp project, you would know that each web design company has its own way of providing you with a proposal. If the website company you have approached is very well established and reputed, it … Continue reading DIY Your Business Website
Originally Published on February 16, 2015 on LinkedIn. I was first introduced to throwaway technology by Dr. Ali Mousavi of Brunel University, UK (2007) who came into class and made a joke about how his father thinks that the 1980ies Mercedes Benz he owns is the the best car in the world. Although funny, this joke … Continue reading The Future of Technology is Throwaway Technology