MOOCs now also thinking credits!

In one of my previous post, I talked about Coursera platform and the effects it might have on the upcoming education scene worldwide. So far, the free online courses offered by the world class universities (including Harvard and Stanford) through platforms like Coursera did not include credits at completion of a course.

According to this recent article, some universities are also thinking considering offering an introductory course for credit. The idea is to get students interested in the course so that they might want to sign up for a full-time program after completion and pay tuition for a degree program. These universities include Arizona State and University of Cincinnati.

Previous program called MOOC (massively open online course) managed to attract thousands of students (per course.) The new credit program will be called MOOC2 Degree.

 

Bollywood Goes App!

Indian celebrity Madhuri Dixit tweeted to her fans about her new iphone App. The app is
available at Apple’s iTunes store now.Currently, a quick google search about Indian Celebrity apps does not show many results which could mean she is one of the first Indian celebrities to have an official app designed for connecting with her fans. The actress who has been active on Twitter for two years now, tweeted that the Android version will be out soon too. Continue reading

Higher education for free?

Have you heard of the Coursera/Udacity and related online courses which are offered by the world class universites of the world for free? Have you signed up for a course yet?I was curious enough to register for programming course and I was pleasantly surprised. Free education is not always associated automatically with quality. I was curious enough to sign up for a programming course. Continue reading

Update on Domestic Violence Bill 2009

As Pakistan is moving towards being an economically sound country, the situation for the 52 percent of the country’s population which compromises of women is not catching up with the speed. One of the recent improvement efforts is the introduction of Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill 2009, the first legislative step of its kind in the history of the country, which covers effective legal measures, civil remedies and compensatory provisions for the aggrieved persons. Continue reading

Will domestic violence legislation protect Pakistani women?

Seventeen-year-old Mafia’s brother brutally chopped off her head, ears and nose in the name of ‘honour.’ According to the local newspaper, Mafia had allegedly eloped with the man she loved. The family hunted the couple down and brought them back.  It was decided that the two would be married off but in the meantime her brother indulged in the cold-blooded act. Continue reading

ICTs and the case of young Pakistani women

A close friend, 19 year old Nazira, wore her best dress one evening. She came to show me her outfit before she went out to see someone ‘special’. Three hours later, she returned devastated; she could hardly speak. She wore a ‘burqa’ on top of what was left of her dress. Her rosy cheeks looked pale and eyes were sore. She was gang raped by the person she went to see and his friends. A male member from her family had seen her in that condition. Continue reading

Women stemming the tide of intolerance

In Pakistan, 2011 started with a shock. On the 4th of January Punjab Governor Salman Taseer was killed. Shot at close range by his own guard. It shook every intellectual who had a keen interest in the proceedings of the socio-political landscape of Pakistan and it was a particular blow to the relatively liberal mindset of the country. Taseer was allegedly killed due to his opposition of the country’s blasphemy laws and his visit to Pakistan’s first women convict to be given a death sentence. Continue reading

Pakistan’s Seeping Culture of Intolerance

Today Pakistan has buried another leader. Yet another extra-judiciary killing of a political leader has taken place. This time, the target was the Governer of Punjab Salman Taseer. The news came as a shock that the governor was shot by his own security guard when he was on a visit Islamabad. The guard shot from a close range and surrendered himself after the carnage. The incident is thought to plunge the country in a deeper political crisis as the coalition government becomes weaker. A member of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, the governor was allegedly shot due to his views on the country’s controversial blasphemy laws. Continue reading

Of Visions and Actions:PulseWire community

While going through a session of recapitulation this week, evaluating my accomplishments, failures and learnings, I wondered where my journey to think ‘beyond me’ started. My personal vision coincides with my work; design innovative and ground-breaking solutions for the uplift of under-privileged women living in destitute, suffering, poverty, dependence, solitude or shame. Most of these women are main providers or nurturers who get up very early in the morning to pluck cotton from the cotton fields or harvest crops but despite being the vital and basic building block which is pivotal of patriarchal society, they do not get half of the dignity and respect they deserve. Continue reading