Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mendeley for researchers

I was first introduced to Mendeley by a colleague some 3-4 years ago.  Signed up for it, used it a little, and just remembered it again today when discussing with some students, who are in their final academic year, and about to embark on their capstone research project. 


If you're looking for a tool to help you "store" the articlesyou found or remember the links you found useful for your research, Mendeley should the tool to consider.  If you want to share the articles with another 1-2 individuals, Mendeley allows one private group to be created.  Of course, like every other online tool these days, if you want to be able to do more, just pay a monthly or yearly fee and you will be given options to do more.  It looks promising.  Try it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mobile learning at OUM

Mobile learning will soon lead to ubiquitous learning or u-learning.

However, while students can be said to be ready, not many educators or institutions are. As always, the doubt, the resistance, the confidence, the cost, the capability and most of all, if "nothing is broken, why fix it" syndrome. However, what if mobile learning will mean better learners or more engaged learning? What if mobile learning is what the Gen Y students on campus today like to have? They're so very connected with the mobile phones, yet mostly use it for social or personal reasons? Why not make it a tool for them to be connected with the learning content or learning process?

At the Open University Malaysia (OUM), I was asked to think about implementing mobile learning for our distance learners. A team of academics was formed, a readiness study was conducted and the pilot took off in January 2009. We've implemented m-learning for almost three years now. Of course, with the introduction of tablet devices such as the iPad in mid-2010, m-learning will only grow. The best is to have platforms or activities that will leverage on the features of these tablet devices....I believe, that within 5 years, these devices will significantly replace the notebooks we are using now.

Meanwhile, if you're keen on evaluation research or on how the mobile learning project at OUM started and is progressing, three of several articles are available here:

Also, a chapter written at the start of the project is available in a book published by IGI Global (see:

The cover of the book:

To cite the chapter (APA format):
Peng, C. L., Abas, Z. W., Goolamally, N. T., Yusoff, Y., & Singh, H. K. (2011). Implementation of Mobile Learning at the Open University Malaysia. In Ng, W. (Ed.), Mobile Technologies and Handheld Devices for Ubiquitous Learning: Research and Pedagogy. (pp. 170-186). doi:10.4018/978-1-61692-849-0.ch010

And, more recently published in early 2011 is a chapter after a few semesters of implementation (See:

The cover of the book:
To cite the chapter (APA format):
Abas, Z. W., Lim, T., & Ramli, R. (2011). Unleashing the Potential of Mobile Learning through SMS Text for Open and Distance Learners. In Kitchenham, A. (Ed.), Models for Interdisciplinary Mobile Learning: Delivering Information to Students. (pp. 154-174). doi:10.4018/978-1-60960-511-7.ch009

Monday, December 13, 2010

A tool to help you get your paper, thesis or dissertation in order

Imagine using a tool that will go through your paper, thesis or dissertation to check on: grammar check, plagiarism detection and writing suggestions? I would have loved to have such an editorial assistant years ago when I was a student. Today's students have it all and are fortunate *smile.* Go to
Its features include:
* Plagiarism Detection
* Auto Grader
* Spelling and Grammar Checker
* Style and Word Choice Analysis
* Readability Statistics
* Title Validation
* Vocabulary Builder tool

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Help with Citation

Not sure how to cite using the required APA, Turabian,AMA or MLA style? Use an automated tool to help you get the citation right:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Literature Review

Here's a helpful set of slides on what you should focus on when doing a review of literature. Remember to carefully select literature that are aligned with your focus of research and when doing the review, it pays to quickly focus on what's relevant for your review.

Research Methodology

A good and quick overview on the elements of research. View:

A brief research proposal

If you're thinking of carrying research on eLearning, here's a sample of a brief proposal that could help you get started:

And, if you need a quick overview, this may help:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Research on Learning based on the Community of Inquiry Framework

The COI (Community of Inquiry) framework is very popular amongst online educators. Primarily used to drive learning in discussion forums, the framework focuses on three elements: Teaching Presence, Cognitive Presence and Social Presence. More from the slides below as well as the web site: If you're keen to read an article on COI, you may access: