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Plant Sciences, eLearning, and African development (via JSTOR Plant Science )

A colleague of mine, Rahim Rajan, captured this conference attendee from Botswana at the eLearning Africa 2010 Conference in Lusaka, Zambia. He is just so passionate about the transformative powers of eLearning for developing nations. It becomes infectious. He speaks for about 12 minutes, but I have started breaking it down into 1-2 minute clips for the average attention span (ie, mine).This is another one of him talking about culture as being a divine gift, one that we have squandered and so we must preserve it. Impassioned stuff from an e-Learning type.

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If you want to see more of these videos, check out http://vimeo.com/jstorplants. On a side note, I have fallen in love with Vimeo. I will always love YouTube for nights searching with my wife from old commercials, music videos, and general nonsense from our youth, but Vimeo has such a clean design. Very intuitive. Great statistics. I can track how many people have embedded these videos and how often those embedded videos have been played.

It is often hard to imagine the plant sciences as being beacons of culture, as instruments of development, but in the developing world they remain vehicles for preserving the local past and shaping the national future. Plant sciences play a large role in the developing world in preserving the biodiversity of the region as well as the indigenous knowledge associated with that biodiversity. This indigenous (traditional) knowledge is an expression o … Read More

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My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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