MBA University Goes Mobile

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Arab Open University of Bahrain has included Learning Mobile Author development toolkits in classrooms and research departments to pioneer the creation of an open source mobile content library.

Hot Lava Software, the leading mobile content provider is extending the power of mobile content creation to thousands of students through a partnership with Global Distance Learning, Nashville, TN and Arab Open University of Bahrain,

Using Hot Lava Software’s mobile content creation toolkit, Learning Mobile Author, will allow Arab Open University to create a mobile learning library for students and the professors. This partnership and deployment of the mobile authoring environment, positions Arab Open University as the leading provider of mobile learning in the Middle East. The new offering will include mobile study aides and job aides providing students with a unique package of value-added services to further enhance their studies at Arab Open University. Prof. Samir Qasim Fakhro, Director of Arab Open University – Bahrain Campus said, “We are indeed pleased and honored to initiate a strategic cooperation with Hot Lava Software, Inc, a leading mobile content provider in USA, along with our e-learning associate AlNadeem Information Technology to allow both our AOU Bahrain campus instructors and students to develop e-contents (using Hot Lava Software installed on PDA’s ) for our MBA program and English language Center students and publish results on our official learning management system: Arab Campus. We truly hope that our current prototype project at Bahrain Campus shall lead to fruitful and pioneering results in the effective and efficient use of Mobile learning in Arab region for both postgraduate education and skill-based continuing education.”

About Hot Lava Software

Hot Lava Software, provides mobile content solutions and a mobile content authoring toolkit, Learning Mobile Author to Corporations and Universities around the World. This toolkit allows rapid creation and deployment of mobile content to multiple devices such as Palm, Pocket PC, Blackberry and the desktop. Visit Hot Lava Software at

About Global Distance Learning

Global Distance Learning is a leader in using telecommunications and technology to bring education from top US providers to students in the Middle East, Near East and Gulf Region. By coupling the best content from the leading US Universities with the latest technologies for delivering that content, GDLC is providing students with the best on-line education available today. Visit GDLC at

About Arab Open University

It is highly important to recognize that the open learning platform proposed at the AOU is in part a form of distance education with added enhancements for quality education. But it is much more than that. And unlike education by correspondence, whose main drawback is the lack of lectures and faculty-student interaction, the AOU open learning platform relies heavily on the tutoring process that aims, in turn, at promoting a proactive environment of learning. In addition, course lectures are laid out in a programmed and progressive mode via well-prepared textbooks and supporting notes, besides other supporting forms of delivery media based on audio and video cassettes, CD-ROMs and on-line websites (Internet-based). Intertwined together, these various components aim to offer an environment of supported open learning. Library and computer-based resources are also deployed throughout AOU's various regional branches that are augmented by a number of Learning Centers (LCs) in the subscribing countries.


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