Some interesting questions from the past week. Deciphering the questions is one thing which one has to bear in mind as learners are not using their mother tongue. One has to often make assumptions as to what they are actually asking.
The second problem is that of responding in time. Many learners are very frustrated that their questions are not being answered
Questions responded to:-
- WHAT ARE MAIN IMPOTANCE OF PERIODIC TABLE N Y WE USE IT
Iwnt to be scient nw idnt know wt to do woul u plz help me
Name e type of chemical reaction that explain y antacids bring relief 4rm indigestion
Wht is chemical engineer
I woud like to share this story relating to Ask Prof ROn on MXit. When I received the question (5-5-12) I could not ignore it as it was eating at me. Under normal circumstances I would have ignored it but I felt I had to respond. This lead to the second question yesterday which I answered two days later.
The following are some of the unedited responses from the learners using the MXit Portal of the My YESA Passport. The questions and responses are captured in a queue and each day as many as possible are responded to. The selection is largely random where some preference is given to those that are more current. At the moment 2 out of every 3 are responded to where the current figure stands at 1564 with an average of over 10 per day. At least 1 in 4 are deleted for various reasons.
Ask Prof Ron has now passed the 2000 questions at an average of over 12 per day since October 2011. Currently users are viewing an average of over 14 pages per user on the portal with over 500 000 pages served up for the month of April.
The following is a summary of the responses that have been catalogued so far. It makes for interesting reading regarding the type of services that are being offered in terms of meeting the needs of the users.
The top 4 show an interesting trend.
Ask Prof Ron 30-03-12 (1300 questions answered at an average of over 9.0 questions per day). Approximately 60% the data is being analysed and so far the trends are as follows.
Career guidance is a growing concern as the demand for information is increasing.
The following is an interesting exchange that has taken place regarding elephants - Do they conceive or do they lay eggs?