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.


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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Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know — But Doesn’t by Stephen Prothero

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 29, 2010

The United States is one of the most religious places on earth, but it is also a nation of shocking religious illiteracy. We have a major civics education problem today, says religion scholar Stephen Prothero. His book, Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know – But Doesn’t, reveals what every American needs to know in order to confront the domestic and foreign challenges facing this country today.

Backed by the new findings in the Pew Forum survey, in his acclaimed book Prothero argues it is time to teach religion in American public schools. “Our national ignorance is staggering,” claims Prothero.

Consider this:

    Most Americans cannot name the first book of the Bible
    A mere 10 percent of American teenagers can name all five major world religions
    Fifteen percent of American teenagers cannot name any of the major world religions
    Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the Bible holds the answers to all or most of life’s basic questions, but only half of American adults can name even one of the four gospels
Unlike many who want to bring religion back into the public schools, Prothero has no theological, religious, or moral agenda. He argues on secular grounds that “Americans are not equipped for citizenship (or, for that matter, cocktail party conversation) without a basic understanding of Christianity and the world’s major religions.”

Complete with a dictionary of key beliefs, characters, and stories about Christianity, Islam, Judaism and the other major world religions, Religious Literacy is a provocative book that is generating an important national discussion.

Stephen Prothero is the author of the New York Times bestselling Religious Literacy and God Is Not One, and a professor of religion at Boston University. His work has been featured on the cover of Time magazine, Oprah, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, National Public Radio, and other top national media outlets. He writes and reviews for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Boston Globe, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Salon, and other publications. He holds degrees in American Religion from Harvard and Yale and lives on Cape Cod. For more information, please visit http://www.stephenprothero.com.


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A Study of Pantheism in World Religions

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A Study of Pantheism in World Religions

By: Grayson Graham

Pantheism is a religion that is followed by people who consider Nature to be divine and derive a lot of spiritual satisfaction communing with the Universe. The word Pantheism is in fact derived from two Greek words, “Pan” meaning “everything” and “Theos” meaning “God”. So, according to Pantheists everything is God and God is in everything.  Pantheism has existed in some form or the other right from the early Greek times. However, it did not have any name until the 17th century. Today, a lot of people are showing interest towards Pantheism owing to the explosion of the internet which provides a platform for people interested in Pantheistic thoughts to get together on the internet and exchange ideas and views.  
Pantheists derive a lot of peace and spiritual satisfaction from Nature. They respect the Universe and find their spiritual inspiration from there. They believe that the universe and nature are to be revered and that one should treat nature with utmost respect. Since the basic tenement of Pantheism is based on the spiritual aspects of nature, it is not surprising to find a lot of pantheists associating themselves with environmental and ecological movements around the world. 
Unlike other monotheistic religions like Judaism, Islam and Christianity, Pantheism does not believe that there is a personal God. Pantheists do not believe that God judges each and every human being and rewards or punishes them according to their actions. According to them God is part of everything available in nature and since human beings are a part of that nature they are also considered to be divine.
Unlike in other religions, the concept of hell or heaven does not exist in Pantheism. They do not believe that human soul lives beyond death. According to Pantheism, physical death is simply the culmination of the life cycle, putting an end to the conscious and a return to the lap of nature. Even when it comes to prayer, there is no traditional way of praying which we witness in other religions like Islam, Christianity or Hinduism. This is because there is no personal God in Pantheism and since human beings are in constant communion with nature there is no need for a formal way of worship or prayer. For a pantheist, prayer or worship could mean a long walk alone on the beach. 
Pantheism is more of a philosophy than an organized religion. In fact, they reject the concept of organized religion. According to pantheists, the lack of any formal creed along with ministers and priests actually liberates the religion from the need of an intermediary between the communion of God and Man. Since there is a direct contact established between man and God, anybody can practice Pantheism, unlike other religions where communion with God is through different intermediaries.
Finally, Pantheism appeals to a lot of people because of its benign nature. All that Pantheism requires of you is respect for nature and all living beings in this Universe. You do not have to follow a specific doctrine or attend special ceremonies in order to become a Pantheist. The beauty of Pantheism is that there is a lot of scope for individual beliefs and thoughts to flourish without any fear.



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