Mobile Commerce

Mobile commerce, also known as “m-commerce”, is browsing, buying and/or selling of goods and services online using your mobile phones or tablets. It’s a complete shopping or trading experience in themobile-commerce convenience of your mobile devices.

There are plenty of mobile commerce transactions nowadays that allow us to accomplish daily tasks and errands, making each of our days very efficient. There’s online banking, bills payment, delivery and tracking information, shopping, selling and so on.

History of Mobile Commerce

Mobile commerce was first introduced in 1997 with the use of SMS and WAP-based payments as an alternative to cash or card transactions. It has then evolved to the new technologies that we now have. The following infographic will give you a quick tour on the mobile commerce evolution over the years. mpayments

Top Mobile Commerce Sites in new Zealand

TradeMe is thetrademe top commerce site for both laptop/desktop and mobile commerce in New Zealand as of 2014, according to Nielsen. 56 percent of the population goes online to with 1.9 million unique visitors on a monthly basis. This mobile commerce site allows users to browse, buy, sell and even look for jobs!

Spark NZ is a lsparknzeading telecom provider in New Zealand. That makes the Spark NZ mobile app also a leader in mobile commerce in the country. The mobile app allow users to monitor their text usage, call minutes and data usage. Spark NZ app users are also able to top-up their credits and get mobile extras, such as extra minutes for calls, extra text messages, extra data or even bundles of 2 or more of these extras.

Impact of Mobile Commerce

Mobile commerce is expected to grow even more. Smartphones and tablets are anticipated to take up a big role in shopping. Loyalty and rewards are already getting into mobile commerce, where consumers will no longer need to carry around physical membership cards in their wallets. Tracking and redeeming membership rewards can easily be done on smartphone apps like Collect. Online ordering is another mobile commerce service that is being adapted nowadays, where consumers no longer need to get in long queues at the store. Orders are placed on mobile apps and customers simply drive by to collect their orders. Mobile payment solutions are also paving ways in the mobile commerce industry. We’ll be seeing less of card and cash transactions and more phone-scanning features with solutions offered by Google (Google Wallet) and Apple (Apple Pay). Mobile-e-commerceAs new mobile technologies arrive, both the consumers and the businesses conform to the changes. The business models evolve and the consumer demands increase.

Global Use of Mobile Commerce

Research done in early 2014 by Goldman Sachs shows that mobile commerce growth will increase exponentially within the next few years. It is projected that the global mobile sales in 2018 will be at $626 billion, cutting it very close to the global eCommerce sales in 2013 at $638 billion).

Use of Mobile Commerce in New Zealand

New Zealand also has a very promising mobile commerce future, according to a report from Frost & Sullivan in late 2014. Kiwi’s have increased the use of mobile devices to purchase various types of goods, content and services worth $3.9 billion. Majority of consumer ages between 15 and 65 have made mobile purchases of movie tickets, travel, music, news, even insurance and other physical products in the past year.   education and internet concept - students looking at their phones and tablet pc at school

Comparison of Mobile Commerce – Globally & in New Zealand

While growth in the mobile commerce industry in both globally and locally in New Zealand is imminent, there are different focus areas that can be identified. The rest of the world shows that apparel and accessories were by far the most purchased products online via mobile. 39% of smartphone users and 54% of tablet users in the U.S. and Europe fit this profile. But in New Zealand, the highest growth segments in mobile commerce are paid music, TV shows, movies, games, eBooks, online news and magazines with $3.9 billion in sales coming from 83% of mobile devices users aged 15 years and above.


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“The Project” (Digital Learning Technologies)

We have been waiting for this – Assessment 2, “The Project”. Everyone knew that we would design a learning module towards the end of the project. Here we are, looking at all the details and requirements – the proposal, preliminary plans, implementation and reflection reports.

It was a bit overwhelming when we got to see the amount of work that we will need to put in, all the tasks that need to be completed. But despite that, the brainstorming part was also fun. My group-mate and I were even excited about two of the topics that we initially hand in mind – badminton or cooking.

Unfortunately, the next time we had another discussion about the topics, we were no longer that interested with either of those two topics. After a while, we have come up with an idea that would truly be beneficial to our fellow students.

Thinking2At this time, we are looking at raising awareness on the use of Office 365 and its applications. Not all students are aware of this tool and how it could help them with their daily tasks, projects and assignments. It will also be the aim of this project to encourage collaboration and teamwork, especially with the group projects.

The next discussions will be to determine the next steps of the project. We need to make sure that it is relevant and interesting, interactive and engaging.

Personal Learning Networks – How do you learn things?

Each person has his or her own learning style – very much the same as everyone has their own learning networks. Learning is not just in school or academic matters. It’s also about how you learn things that add up to know knowledge, experience and everything that you do in life.

It is very interesting to know the different learning networks that we have around us. Here are some good examples:

Social Media Platforms used in learning networks:

Understanding MOOC

MOOCMassive Online Open Course – a virtual discussion group that encourages learning, participation, feedback and collaboration. A big platform that provide students with reading resources, peer assessments and take part with recommended activities, such as online discussions, micro-blogging and presentations.

A massive open online course (MOOC) is a model for delivering learning content online to any person who wants to take a course, with no limit on attendance. This updated ELI 7 Things You Should Know About MOOCs II (June 2013) provides additional key facts about MOOCs.

Here’s a short video about MOOCs and the connected age.

MOOC Providers

The organizer of a particular MOOC needs to be very organized, as he would need to make sure the following aspects are well coordinated:

  • introduction of objectives and subjects of the MOOC
  • discussion channels
  • activity information (live sessions, webinars)
  • archives of media resources
  • speaker and coordinator references (blog sites, social media)
  • platform accessibility

Sample MOOC:



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A Century of ANZAC Day

Anzac-poppyApril 25, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign. Every year, the lives of the fallen New Zealand soldiers, together with returned servicemen and women are commemorated with ceremonies throughout the country.

ANZAC Day is more commonly used for this occasion. ANZAC is the acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The word Anzac is part of the culture of New Zealanders and Australians. People talk about the ‘spirit of Anzac’; there are Anzac biscuits, and rugby or rugby league teams from the two countries play an Anzac Day test. The word conjures up a shared heritage of two nations, but it also has a specific meaning.

Other than the history of the Gallipoli landing, I was personally curious about the poppy flower that has also been a very known image for ANZAC Day. The red poppy has become a symbol of war remembrance the world over. People in many countries wear the poppy to remember those who died in war or who still serve. 



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The library I know has changed

Digital-library1It is already the digital age and libraries don’t seem to have the same impression on me as it was during my secondary and university years. I could remember dreading every time I had to go there and do some research or have  a study group. It has always been that boring place I never wanted to be in.

Looking at libraries and the services they offer nowadays surely interest me more. Especially with my situation, where I only have access to a virtual library because we don’t a physical library on campus. It sounds a bit complicated. But for internet savvy people, this may just work to your advantage.

Here are some of the services that our off-campus library (a.k.a virtual library) has to offer:

  • eBooks and audiobooks – So hooked up with technology and can’t let go of your mobile devices? You can put them to good use. The library offers a wide collection of eBooks and audiobooks that can be readily accessible to your devices. Various reference materials are also available in PDF format which makes being a bookworm a lot hassle free.
  • Hardbound textbooks on demand – Electronic format of the books you need aren’t available? No worries. If the physical textbook is available, you can reserve it and the library can arrange to send the book to you (your campus) overnight. There is also a courier bag service to send the books back to the library once your done.
  • The library doesn’t have the book that I need – The library will find alternative references for the same collection or even do an interloan with another library. This service may take up to a week or so, but you can be assured that they will do their best to help you with your studies.

Of course, the virtual library also has access to several resources and database of multimedia, ebooks, audiobooks, journals, thesis at your disposal.



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Adapting to digital learning technologies.

digital_learning_newWe are at a time where a lot of new companies are being established and the primary workforce are potentially the younger generations. One thing that is very common among the younger generations are their familiarity with technology. There is no better time to adapt to digital learning technologies but now.

One compelling example is Saint Paul High School in Saint Paul, Arkansas (in the United States). This community school had the basic technology they needed to take advantage of digital learning, but they had reservations and were concerned that they did not have the hands on training to be able to transfer the knowledge to their students.

Just like most schools, students are not allowed to bring their mobile phones and devices in class. They’d normally get a suspension or reprimand if they did so.

The challenges with the teachers’ proficiency in using technology were addressed and the students’ eagerness with technology were put to good use. The following video will give you more details on what took place in Saint Paul High School.

With digital learning, teaching and studying has been transformed to better and more efficient ways. Not only are we nurturing new minds on how to use technology, but we are letting them learn good practices and finding bigger opportunities in technology.



Alliance for Excellent Education (13 March 2015).  Digital Learning Day 2015 – Saint Paul, Arkansas [Format description]. Retrieved from