As an open and distance learning university,
OUM has been developing the e-learning
platform and e-learning materials since it
was officially launched in 2001.
Over the past decade, as part of its e-learning
initiative, OUM has successfully developed
the myVLE platform and produced such varied
materials as eModules, HTML interactive media,
iLecture, iRadio Learning Segments, and MP3
The exciting news is that all these materials will
be collated and soon be made available to learners,
potential learners and the teaching staff through
an "app" that connects to the forthcoming OUM
Virtual Store. OUM expects its Virtual Store to be
soft-launched in December 2012.
OUM's Virtual Store app will be made available
first on Apple's App Store, which is built on the
iOS platform. It will subsequently appear on the
Android platform in the Google Play Store.
What is an App?
Many of us who have been using tablet PCs like
the iPad and smartphones like the iPhone will
be familiar with the term "app", which is an
abbreviation of "application". An app is a piece of
software that can be downloaded and run on tablet
computers and smartphones.
OUM's Virtual Store app will enable anyone to
browse through the University's extensive catalogue
of learning materials, selections of which can be
downloaded for free by registered OUM learners.
The general public can also, for a fee, download the
materials they want for their own use.
The OUM Virtual Store will streamline
the University's distribution of learning
materials to its learners.
In the initial round of offering, the Virtual Store
will offer materials in a variety of formats: PDF,
HTML, audio files, and video files, including the
forthcoming iTutorials, which are live recordings
of actual face-to-face tutorials.
The Advantages of OUM Virtual Store
The OUM Virtual Store will streamline the
University's distribution of learning materials to its
learners. Registered learners need only download
the materials for the courses they register every
semester, literally without having to leave home, as
they once had to, in order to collect them at their
respective learning centres.
Leveraging on the app technology, OUM's
Virtual Store also offers such rich features as push
notification, instant updates, and social networking.
As well, it will provide useful general information
about the University such as maps and contact
information of its main campus and learning
centres throughout the country, faculty programme
offerings, and so on.
OUM's Virtual Store app will enable
anyone to browse through the
University's extensive catalogue of
learning materials, selections of which
can be downloaded for free by registered
The Future is App
When launched, the OUM Virtual Store will be the
first of its kind in the world of higher education. The
initiative is certainly in line with the University's
mission to widen access to quality education
and provide lifelong learning opportunities by
leveraging on technology.
Rest assured, we will be featuring more on the
OUM Virtual Store in the near future. We hope you
are as excited about its forthcoming debut as we are
in developing it!