As the world grappled with the reality of the pandemic, most of the academic activities across the world moved to online platforms. Educational institutions utilized technological tools to provide classes and even hold exams. And with that, the concept of distance learning resurged in the limelight. Many renowned universities offered distance learning even before the pandemic. With time, it is becoming a popular and convenient way of attaining a higher degree. This article looks at some of the best international universities providing distance learning opportunities. What is Distance Learning? The concept of distance learning is nothing new. The earliest example of distance learning dates back to the 1840s. Back then, Sir Issac Pitman taught shorthand to his students via postal mail. However, today’s concept of distance learning largely differs from that of the 1800s. Distance learning today essentially mimics an actual classroom with teachers and students. Universities across the globe partner with platforms like Coursera, and edX to provide certification courses to aspiring students. Some universities offer these courses on their own platform. Recently, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are also made available through distance learning opportunities. Read more: Best Countries for Bachelor's Degree in 2023 8 Best Universities in the World with Distance Learning Opportunities This list includes universities offering certificate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. It's important to note that distance learning bachelor’s programs are less common than master’s or certificate courses. University College London University College London or UCL was founded in 1826. It was established after the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. In addition to their London campus, the university has campuses in Qatar and Australia. UCL has 11 academic wings ranging from arts and humanities to medical sciences. It ranks 12th in US News’ list of Best Global Universities. The university offers 403 undergraduate degrees. Additionally, it offers 621 master’s degrees, and 271 online courses/degrees. The online courses are a mix of certificate as well as postgraduate degrees in all of their available academic wings. Read more: Cheapest countries for Bangladeshi students for higher studies
The internet has transformed the ways of sharing information and knowledge in the digital age. Among the many platforms to share ideas and expertise, YouTube stands out as a platform with vast potential for creators and viewers. YouTube offers content creators the opportunity to make money through its Partner Program, where they can earn revenue from their videos based on views and engagement. One popular format for content creation on YouTube is the explainer video, which allows creators to share knowledge and monetize their content. In this article, we will delve into the world of YouTube explainer videos, the skills necessary to create them, and the earning potential for content creators. What is an Explainer Video? An explainer video is a short, engaging, and informative piece of content that aims to explain a specific topic or concept to the audience in a clear and concise manner. These videos can cover a wide range of subjects, from educational tutorials and product demonstrations to explanations of complex ideas and processes. The primary goal of an explainer video is to simplify complicated information and present it in a way that is easy for viewers to comprehend and retain. Explainer videos often utilize a combination of visuals, animations, voiceover narration, and sometimes background music to convey the message effectively. The visuals help to reinforce the content, making it visually appealing and engaging. By breaking down complex ideas into bite-sized pieces, explainer videos have become a popular tool for teaching, marketing, and communication across various industries. Read more: How to Protect Your YouTube Channel from Getting Hacked What Skills are Necessary to Make an Explainer Video? Creating an effective explainer video requires a combination of technical expertise, creativity, and communication skills. Let's take a closer look at the essential skills necessary to produce compelling explainer videos: Scriptwriting A well-crafted script forms the foundation of any explainer video. The script should be concise, engaging, and tailored to the target audience. It should communicate the key points clearly and effectively while maintaining a consistent tone throughout the video. Storyboarding Before jumping into animation or recording, it's crucial to create a storyboard that outlines the visual elements of the video. A storyboard serves as a roadmap, guiding the creator through each scene and ensuring a smooth flow of information. Video Editing Proficiency in video editing software is essential for assembling the visual and audio components of the explainer video. Editors can enhance the video's quality, add animations, incorporate graphics, and synchronize the narration to create a polished final product. Readmore: Top 10 Free Video Editing Apps for iOS, Android Animation and Design Depending on the style of the explainer video, animation skills might be necessary. Animators can bring static elements to life, making the content more engaging and captivating. Design skills also come into play when creating visually appealing graphics and illustrations. Voiceover Narration A clear and pleasant voiceover is essential to convey the message effectively. Content creators can either narrate the video themselves or hire a professional voice actor with suitable vocal qualities for the target audience. Knowledge of Target Audience Understanding the target audience is crucial for tailoring the content to their needs and preferences. A successful explainer video must resonate with the intended viewers, addressing their pain points and providing valuable insights. SEO and YouTube Algorithm To maximize reach and potential earnings, creators should be familiar with search engine optimization (SEO) techniques. Optimizing video titles, descriptions, tags, and thumbnails can significantly impact discoverability on YouTube's platform. Read more: Why is Local SEO Important for Small Businesses in Bangladesh? Engagement and Call-to-Action Encouraging audience engagement through likes, comments, and shares is vital for YouTube's algorithm. Additionally, including a compelling call-to-action (CTA) can prompt viewers to subscribe, follow, or visit external websites.
In recent years, Olympiad competitions are becoming increasingly popular in Bangladesh to promote education and encourage students to explore their interests in various subjects. These competitions not only allow students to showcase their knowledge and skills but also help foster a spirit of healthy competition and encourage academic excellence. Let’s explore some of the most popular Olympiad competitions in Bangladesh and how they are helping to shape the future of education in the country. What is an Olympiad? The term "Olympiad" typically refers to an international competition or contest in a particular academic or intellectual field. These competitions often bring together high-performing students from around the world to showcase their skills and knowledge in subjects like mathematics, science, and language arts. Olympiads can be organized by governments, universities, or other educational institutions, and may include multiple rounds of competition, written exams, and other evaluation methods. Winning an Olympiad is often seen as an achievement and can open up opportunities for further education or career advancement. In Bangladesh, various Olympiads are held each year, covering topics such as mathematics, science, biology, information technology, etc. Read More: Initiating students to the ‘Smart Bangladesh’ vision: Nat’l STEAM Olympiad to start on March 15 8 Popular Olympiads in Bangladesh Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad The Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad Committee (BdMOC) was established in April 2001, and it organizes annual countrywide mathematics festivals that run for several months. The festivals are open to students in schools and colleges up to class XII and usually occur between December and February. BdMOC has worked tirelessly with Prothom Alo newspaper and Dutch Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) to achieve its primary goal, which is to send a team to the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) with a gold medal. Bangladeshi students have been participating in the IMO since 2005. This year's mathematical Olympiad will be held through a combination of offline and online events, and registration is mandatory, even for students who have participated in previous years. Registration is online, and details can be found at the official website of BdMOC. The first round is a selection Olympiad, which will be conducted online. Students who pass this round will be selected for the regional Olympiad which will be held offline in 30 different venues. Winners of the regional Olympiads will be invited to attend the National Olympiad. Several initiatives have been taken to improve the quality of the academic team, logistics, and infrastructure to achieve this goal. Registration is free and open to all students. Read More: Chess Olympiad: Bangladesh beat stronger Czech Republic in 3rd round Bangladesh Physics Olympiad The Bangladesh Physics Olympiad (BDPHO) is a prestigious annual competition that aims to identify and nurture talented students with a passion for physics. The competition is organized by the Bangladesh Physics Olympiad Committee, which was established in 2011. The committee comprises a group of physics enthusiasts, educators, and experts who aim to promote physics education in Bangladesh and prepare students for international physics competitions.
Bangladesh and Botswana have agreed to identify potential areas of cooperation in agriculture, livestock and fisheries and exchange technical knowledge and expertise in the agriculture sector. Both sides agreed to continue discussions in agriculture and fisheries at the government, farmers and expert levels. Bangladesh's State Minister Md Shahriar Alam, who is on a two-day official bilateral visit to Botswana, met with Botswana's Minister of Agriculture Fidelis M Malao in Gaborone Friday (February 10, 2023). Shahriar was accompanied by the Bangladesh High Commissioner in Pretoria, foreign ministry officials and embassy officials. Read More: US sees huge potential to grow its relations with Bangladesh: Counselor Chollet The Botswana delegation was represented by high officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, including representatives of the fisheries and aquaculture sector. Fidelis said Botswana is connected to many countries of the region by land routes. The Botswana government is putting special focus on developing the country's fisheries and aquaculture sectors, he added. Shahriar said his visit to Botswana marked the first foreign ministry delegation visit to Botswana and expressed satisfaction over the conclusion of the visa waiver agreement for holders of diplomatic and official passports and memorandum of understanding (MoU) on bilateral political consultations between the countries. Read More: Business Eswatini for signing MoU with FBCCI He briefed the Botswana side about Bangladesh's achievements in the agriculture sector during the last decade, including the production of food staples, vegetables, fisheries, poultry and livestock, despite having a comparatively low amount of land. He called on the Botswana side for considering providing contract farming opportunities to Bangladeshi entrepreneurs in the unused agricultural land. Bangladesh already initiated contract farming in other countries in Africa on a low scale, Shahriar added. "Cooperation may be forged among B2B and B2G levels on contract farming."
With a view of promoting a knowledge-based society, the Bangladesh Knowledge Forum (BKF), a platform for experts, policymakers, and other practitioners in related fields, was recently launched at a virtual ceremony on January 3, 2022.BKF, a knowledge collaboration platform, will support the promotion and expansion of knowledge and knowledge-driven inputs, tools, and mechanisms for the overall economic and social development of the country through public and private engagements, said a press release.Speaking at the launching ceremony, Dr Parvez Imdad, a former civil servant and economic analyst, explained BKF's objectives that aim at contributing to results-oriented institutional outputs and overall efficiency for accelerating progress and prosperity of the country. Read: Doleshwar Hanafia Jame Mosque now wins Abdul Latif Al Fozan Award “It is heartening to see that Bangladesh at a policy-level has strategized knowledge economy and knowledge society. We believe that there is a need for an advocacy group that complements the public strategy, especially at a time when the LDC graduation is being achieved,” he added.The first executive committee of the Bangladesh Knowledge Forum includes President Dr Mohammed Parvez Imdad, Senior Vice-President Niaz Rahim, Vice-Presidents Ali Ashfaq and Advocate Seema Chowdhury, Secretary General Dr Shamsad Mortuza, Treasurer Quazi Md Mahmud Faisal, Executive Directors Advocate Soliman Hossain; Economist Md Golam Mortaza and Engineer Md Saidur Rahman, Joint Secretary-General Rezvi Newaz, and Executive Member Nawshiba Arnob.The EC members unanimously approved the draft constitution of the BKF and expressed their commitment to the creation of a knowledge-based society.