UNICON Study: Mobile Learning Offers Growing Opportunities for Executive Education Programs Around the Globe


Minneapolis, Minnesota (PRWEB) January 12, 2012

New research from UNICON (International University Consortium for Executive Education) reveals that many business schools across the globe have untapped opportunities to provide innovative executive education learning programs facilitated by mobile technology. The UNICON report, ?Going mobile in executive education,? is based on research conducted by UNICON member Ashridge Business School in the United Kingdom. It analyzes the potential impact of mobile technologies on the executive education learning landscape around the world. The report looks at mobile learning, and how portable technologies — smartphones , PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants), handheld computers and personal media players — can support and extend the reach of teaching and learning.

The report finds that some learning providers are embracing mobile learning and developing new approaches to learning. Included in the report are detailed case studies of: Abilene Christian University (USA), The Open University (UK), Ashridge Business School (UK), Harvard Business School (USA), Seton Hill University (USA), IMD (Switzerland), EPIC, (UK), and Skill Pill, University of Cape Town (South Africa).

While the research highlights examples of innovative applications of mobile learning in business schools, universities and the private sector around the globe, it concludes that many more executive education providers today could be maximizing the vast potential of mobile devices for learning.

?The future of executive education is about choice and personalisation. Our survey makes clear that providers should not wait for the industry to settle,? said UNICON Chairman Bill Shedden, who also serves as Director of the Centre for Customised Executive Education at the Cranfield School of Management in Bedford, England. ?Our recent State of the Industry survey also found that while many executive education providers are moving cautiously, they have begun experimenting with technology and ? in many cases ? are taking more technology initiative than clients expect or demand. In other words, executive education clients look to university-based providers to help them understand what new technology is important.

?The global nature of businesses and the growing capabilities of powerful mobile devices mean that adopting new technologies in learning is essential to continuing to attract clients in the competitive executive education market,? Shedden continued. ?UNICON is dedicated to helping its members learn more about how to effectively adopt new technologies and to remain industry leaders in university-based executive education programs around the globe.?

Mobile technology can help provide executives with pre- and post-course support, and the latest mobile learning applications can extend their access to a multimedia-rich education. It also provides a means for participants to stay connected with one another as professional resources after a program ends. Other benefits of mobile learning identified by the report include:

?????Just enough? learning ? highly applied, easily digestible learning for busy executives.
?????Just-in-time? learning ? convenient, flexible and relevant learning at the exact moment learning is required.
?????Just-for-me? learning ? learning can be accessed via mobile devices in many different ways, which means that there are opportunities for it to appeal to many different learning styles.
????Mobile devices can facilitate collaboration. SMS texting reminders, knowledge sharing forums and ?ask a question? forums enable and enhance interaction between participants and instructors.

Research Fellow at Ashridge Business School and UNICON report co-author Dr Carina Paine Schofield noted, ?Advances in mobile technologies and high levels of mobile phone penetration are changing the way that learning is being adopted and used in educational contexts, and it has evolved into more than e-learning with a phone. Mobile learning offers easier access to learning materials so students can be more productive with their time. It empowers executive education providers to serve up learning in multiple formats ? audio, visual or text ? to suit individual learning styles.?

Ashridge Business School was one of the first executive education providers to establish an online learning resource. Its online learning platform, Virtual Ashridge, lets students home in on certain interests and choose a style of learning that fits their personality without information overload: some may want to listen to an audio file or read text, while others may want to take part in an online discussion.

Director of Learning Services at Ashridge Business School Tony Sheehan said: ?Mobile learning offers a powerful opportunity to introduce learning on demand. It allows individuals to connect to executive education at a time that suits them and in a way that can support current business challenges. Learners are no longer dependent on the classroom, as mobile devices allow learners to connect in times of reflection ? a long train journey, a daily commute ? where the mind is alert and open to new insights.

?During these times of austerity, mobile and e-learning tutorials also provide a cost- and time-efficient way of educating staff that avoids the travel and accommodation costs of off-site courses,? Sheehan added.

About UNICON

Founded in 1972 as an association of executive education program directors, UNICON has evolved from an informal common-interest group into an incorporated non-profit consortium committed to advancing the field of university- and business school-sponsored executive education. Membership is composed of nearly 100 educational institutions from the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.

UNICON is committed to the principle that academically based executive education provides a combination of thought-leadership at the highest levels of rigor, masterful learning environments and practical application that cannot be replicated by non-academic providers.

The organization sponsors and conducts research studies that bring to the forefront this unique value of business-school-based executive education. It also provides industry/operational knowledge and networking opportunities for members through conferences, workshops, research, benchmarking, website, newsletters, job postings, discussion boards and forums and other activities.

The UNICON report, Going mobile in executive education: how mobile technologies are changing the executive learning landscape, was written by Dr. Carina Paine Schofield, Trudi West and Emily Taylor of Ashridge Business School.

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Persecution Blog Calls Attention to Plight of Persecuted Christians Around the World

(PRWEB) July 11, 2005

Christian non-profit ministry Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), in partnership with marketing agency Web Direct Advertising, has started a blog focused on the plight of Christians across the globe who are being persecuted for their faith.

Called the Persecution Blog (http://www.persecutionblog.com), the web log provides daily updated news and information about persecuted Christians in countries such as Egypt, Pakistan, and China. It also attempts to focus the attention of Christians in the US and abroad on the peril fellow believers face daily in many third-world countries.

“We hope the Persecution Blog will become the central online point for the expression of ideas about the persecuted church,? said Todd Nettleton, Director of News Services for Voice of the Martyrs. He added, ?As so many are thinking, writing, reading and learning about the persecuted church, we believe the natural outflow will be to pray more often and more fervently, and to seek ways of blessing our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.”

Regarding the use of web log technology to help communicate Voice of the Martyr?s message, Web Direct CEO Steve Cleary said, “As an owner of a marketing firm, I understand the need to always be on the cutting edge of technology maximizing its potential for the dissemination of the client’s message. Blogging is quickly becoming one of the most cost effective ways of doing this.”

Web Direct contracted business blog consulting firm Radiant Marketing Group (http://www.radiantmarketinggroup.com) to design and build the blog, oversee blog marketing efforts and provide training to the blogger. The firm chose as its blogger for the project Stacy Harp, a committed Christian and veteran blogger with deep roots in the Christian blogging community.

Information is updated on the blog several times each day. Though still in its early stages, the site is becoming a popular clearinghouse of information on the persecuted church. To date there is nothing else like it on the Internet.

Voice of the Martyrs (http://www.persecution.com) is a non-profit, interdenominational organization with a vision for aiding Christians around the world who are being persecuted for their faith in Christ, fulfilling the Great Commission, and educating the world about the ongoing persecution of Christians.

VOM is headquartered in Bartlesville, Oklahoma with thirty affiliated international offices.

Web Direct Advertising (http://www.webdirectadvertising.com) facilitates revenue on the Internet via direct response marketing. The company specializes in creating custom tailored campaigns to meet and exceed individual client goals and needs.

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Walk It, and Talk It, when You’re Walking Around in Christian Shoes

There’s Christian jewelry, and Christian books, and Christian accessories. There are even Christian movies! But Christian shoes? Every pair of shoes a Christian walks in is a pair of Christian shoes, because they’re carrying inside them a blessing from God. But if you want to carry that blessing outside as well as inside, consider investing in your own pair of Christian sneakers!

What’s the difference between Christian shoes and the ones you’d pick up at your local Payless? If you’ve been inside a shoe store recently you’ve seen the art that’s jazzing up ordinary tennies made by big name designers like Airwalk. “Love, Peace and Understanding” is proudly airbrushed on their latest designs, and they’re making a huge splash on the market with fashion conscious individuals who want their feet to make a statement!  I love my “Savior…The Many Names of Jesus…,” shoes.

There isn’t a one of us who doesn’t know the children’s Sunday School song “Sermon in Shoes.” If it wasn’t part of your education, check it out! The resounding theme of the song, “Do you know, oh Christian, you’re a sermon in shoes” can sound a little scary until you figure out what they’re talking about. When you walk out into the community you’re representing not only yourself but Christ and everything he stands for too. Being a Christian means doing a lot more than reading the Bible and praying. It’s up to you to go out there and spread the good news!

It’s a lot of fun to tell others about everything Christ has done for us, but if you suffer from a case of stage fright that leaves you tongue tied when the time comes to spread the good news (and even if you don’t!) you can let your feet do the talking with a pair of genuine, certified Christian shoes. These trendy designs don’t just look hip with your favorite jeans and Christian tee-shirts. They’re proudly emblazoned with the words of Christ himself, carrying the good news with them every time they hit the streets!

Psalms 23:4: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Philippians 4:13: “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

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Q&A: Why can’t the people around the world unite all Religion as one but keep their sovereign Gods?

Question by John: Why can’t the people around the world unite all Religion as one but keep their sovereign Gods?
All religion around the world is a one world religion, and all the gods around the wold talk to their people in each nation, all different gods talk about one thing is life, survive and thrive this is mankind’s religion is to survive why can’t we unite religion? they may have similarity beliefs, people bought religion as to feel safe to understand in their heart about their history and future. Why can we Unite religion?

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Answer by gutbucket
Simply because all gods are jealous of all other gods.

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True 2 Ourselves – Connecting Christians Around the World

Loneliness is painful. You can be lonely in a room full of people. But why and how does this occur? Haven’t we all had our moments when we are in a crowd and we find ourselves drawn in, sort of introspecting? This is because company is about commonality and not merely people. What are our common goals, common aims? When we network, instinctively we look for people of our type. You are a Christian. You have your beliefs. At the base of your psyche is your upbringing. You have been brought up with a set of values. The Christian specific set of values. You have your morals and scruples. You want to be true to yourself. It’s only natural, therefore, that when you network you will bond with others from the Christian Community because of the commonality that exists. So, you wish to bond with other Christians in Christian forums. How do you go about it?

Christian Dating Sites For single adults come with the easiest options. All over the world there are Christian dating sites which help people ward off loneliness and if fortunate find a life companion from a Christian Community site. Your faith will grow; you will be that much closer to spiritual enlightenment. If you are computer savvy you could surf on the internet and do chatting online with people with whom you could share your own thoughts. You will truly enjoy life by interacting with other members of the Christian Community.

One of the important Christian Forums is the social networking website. Every mid-sized city is generally covered by these websites. It would be easy to network through these social websites for furthering relationships and generally increasing your zone of contacts. These contacts could be spiritual, social or for business. Whatever the platform you will be more comfortable in the midst of people you understand and trust. You will quickly realize that with minimum effort but with total sincerity your zone will expand exponentially. This is truly the Christian way of achieving universal brotherhood.

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