Thursday, June 16, 2016

Bridging the motivation challenge to take Massive Open and Online Courses (MOOCs)

Technological advancements have had an influence on every aspect of life today and Education has not been left out.  E-learning and/or Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) is the trending word promoted mostly by edx, coursera and Udacity. These programs have been conceived to eradicate the challenges posed by traditional educational system and no one can deny the impact it has created on students worldwide and Sub Saharan African Learners in particular.
Taking a MOOC course is cost effective. At first, your parent needed to be among the privileged for you to have the opportunity to take courses from renowned institutions with renowned professors overseas. Today, these same courses are brought to your doorsteps for nothing. All you need is internet connection to get set. Isn’t it awesome?
Moreover, MOOC courses encourage Flexibility in Education. Dead and gone are those days when education used to be tyrannical where you had to rush into classrooms for lectures or ‘stand up to welcome the teacher’. With MOOC courses, you just stop being a student to become a learner. You only attend lectures when you can and creating time for your assignments is up to you. The most interesting part of it is that, you chose the new skills you want to acquire depending on your personal needs (no prerequisites needed) and you work at your pace to achieve set goals.
Furthermore, MOOC courses are organized to match the needs of our era. Here we are at a period when students and professionals are in constant search for learning opportunities to gain new skills so as to remain competitive in the job market. A problem well tackled by these Massive Open Online Courses.

However, it is worth noting that the increase in these opportunities has also led to several uncertainties in the educational field.  Effective evaluation methods have not yet been found and the ability to keep learners engaged still remains a challenge. In sub Saharan Africa, unstable energy supply and poor internet connection is an added challenge to taking online courses: Notwithstanding, some have successfully done so, some are still planning to do so and others have not yet benefitted enough from this opportunity because they started an online course but didn’t complete it. attributes all of these to a loss or lack of motivation which arose at a particular level. For us, gaining enough motivation to start and complete a course is one of the greatest challenges faced when taking Massive Open Online Courses.

Solving the motivational problem is therefore a big challenge which if tackled adequately will be beneficial to more than a handful. For Learners based in Cameroon or around, has attempted a solution. We have created a platform for discussion where prospective e-learning students or those already involved, can exchange experiences, share questions, discuss productively so as to encourage each other to start or complete courses online. Learn more on this at 

Sunday, June 12, 2016




        Smile every time your heart is broken and you feel as to cry
-          Shut up when you have much to say
-          Say its ok, when everything is going wrong
-          Always say yes, whenever saying ‘NO’ is on your mind
-          Tell the world you’re happy even though you’re invaded by sadness
-          Reach out to others whenever  you too need help the most
-          Take on you all the burden and never complain
-          Never ask questions
-          Never go for anything you believe in

Be the robot, be his TV, and please hand him the remote control

-          Sourit, à chaque fois que tu es blesse et a envie de pleurer
-          Tais-toi, à chaque fois que tu as à dire
-          Indique que tout va bien quand tout va mal
-          Toujours dire « oui » à chaque fois que l’on brûle d’envie de dire « non »
-          Parais au monde comme une femme heureuse même si tu es triste au fond
-          Sois présente pour l’autre surtout quand tu as toi-même besoin d’aide
-          Prend tout sur toi sans jamais te plaindre
-          Ne jamais poser de questions
-          Ne jamais suivre ses rêves
-          Sois le robot, sois son téléviseur, de grâce, remet lui la télécommande

Monday, May 2, 2016

12 Golden rules to consider when writing a CV/Resume

Building a great cv is the first step to get that great internship or job which will change your life. Today’s job market is excessively competitive and you must stand out from the crowd with your cv and/or personal statement. Are you tired of having your cv end in the dustbin? Are you tired to wait that phone call or email desperately to no avail? Do you need real techniques that will get your cv retain the attention of the Human Resource Manager? Here are 12 golden rules to consider while building a cv
1- Your cv should be two pages, maximum two and a half and never more than that. Why write more than two pages when your employer is only interested about relevant work experience? You could think filing a five page cv will mean you have broad experience and skills. NO! It simply shows your employer your inability to summarise.

2- Present your CV in a clear and logical manner, using short sentences, bullet points, a single typeface, and remarkable headings

3- Your Personal statement should not be more than 3 lines. State your relevant past experience and where you’re heading to and most especially how relevant it is to the job you are applying for. You could consider updating the information herein anytime you are applying for a new opportunity

4- For each of your jobs, include the company name and address, your job title and dates of employment. Start with the most recent job first. And always ask yourself how relevant it is to your employer

5- Save the cv as your name- You could use your first name. For example, If your names are Angele MESSA, you could save your cv as MESSA’s cv

6- Use professional email addresses which bear your name. You sound more serious that way. Email addresses with your star name is better to use while exchanging with friends.

7- You must not include your Date of birth, stating your age is enough.

8- Don’t add your Nationality except if you are applying for an International Opportunity

9- Include a Picture in your cv only if necessary for the job you are applying for. You could also include a photo if requested by the employer.

10- Hobbies and interests should be related to the job you are applying for. Don’t include this if irrelevant.

11- Produce an error-free cv. Read over and over again. You could even get someone else to check spellings, typos and grammatical mistakes.

12- Last and not the least, always be honest, accurate and able to defend any information on your CV during an interview. Being unable to defend your cv will ruin your reputation before your employer and reduce your chances of getting that opportunity.
 NB: Don't forget to update your CV frequently. You could make it a habit to add relevant information every time you're applying for a new opportunity. This would enable you to consider the employer's needs.

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