How important is Twitter in your Personal Learning Network?



How important is Twitter in your Personal Learning Network?

Twitter and the Personal Learning Network (PLN). If you are a connected educator, chances are that you have often seen these two terms used together and, perhaps like me, you have wondered what’s the connection? This question formed the basis of my 2011 Masters thesis and while my research showed that you can have a […]

Development Could be a Click Away in the Arab World



Development Could be a Click Away in the Arab World

Junaid Kamal Ahmad, World Bank Director of Sustainable Development for the Middle East and North Africa, discusses the immense potential for high speed internet to be an engine of development in the region. This is the focus of the forthcoming report, “Broadband Networks in the Middle East and North Africa: Accelerating High-Speed Internet Access.” [youtube […]

Exploring South Africa’s Export Competitiveness



Exploring South Africa’s Export Competitiveness

South Africa has identified the export sector as an engine for higher, more inclusive and job intensive growth. However despite some successes, South Africa will need to greatly improve its export performance to meet these goals. The 5th edition of the South Africa Economic update explores export competitiveness using export data from 20,000 South African […]

Global Economy at Turning Point, Says World Bank



Growth outlook sensitive to US taper in 2014 WASHINGTON, January 14, 2014– The world economy is projected to strengthen this year, with growth picking up in developing countries and high-income economies appearing to be finally turning the corner five years after the global financial crisis, says the World Bank’s newly-released Global Economic Prospects (GEP) report. [youtube url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_DeCMIig_M” […]

Your chance, Mr Obama



Your chance, Mr Obama

The West can lead again if America recovers its self-confidence, argues John Micklethwait For most of the past decade the world has got used to the idea of influence moving slowly from America to China. The “Washington consensus” of democracy and free markets has given way to the Beijing consensus of authoritarian modernisation. America’s self-confidence […]

Ten Principles of Successful E-Learning



Ten Principles of Successful E-Learning

A Common Framework for E-learning Quality and Ten Pedagogic Principles of E-Learning, describing an approach to the development of effective e-learning programs. According to Professors Anderson and McCormick, the Ten Principles may help designers to construct pedagogically sound e-learning materials and related activities. The principles may also help teachers to choose resources; design teaching and […]

Public Debt, Emerging Market Slowdown Pose Risks for China’s Economy in 2014



Public Debt, Emerging Market Slowdown Pose Risks for China’s Economy in 2014

Brookings Fellow David Dollar says that China’s 2014 GDP target is “very achievable,” but risks at home and in the global economy could put the brakes on growth. By Christina Nelson In January, the International Monetary Fund projected that China’s GDP would grow 7.5 percent in 2014. But how China hits that target has important implications for […]

Doing Business 2014 Understanding Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises



Overview Doing Business 2014: Understanding Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises assesses regulations affecting domestic firms in 189 economies and ranks the economies in 10 areas of business regulation, such as starting a business, resolving insolvency and trading across borders. This year’s report data cover regulations measured from June 2012 through May 2013. The report is […]