Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, October 18, 2010

1920’s– “ONLINE EDUCATION THE OLD FASHIONED WAY”

CAN’T GET TO ONE OF MY BOOK EVENTS? YOU CAN SEE PART OF ONE HERE courtesy of Mr. Patrick Balester. http://bit.ly/a5wNIn
AND I’M NOW ON FACEBOOK. Come to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Suzanne-Arruda-Mystery-Writer/165784103431688?ref=ts and look around. Hope you “like me”

In today’s modern world, we frequently see and read advertisements for on on-line education. With computers and internet, it’s possible to get degrees from many universities no matter how busy you are or how far removed from the school you are. And universities, often strapped for cash, have discovered that educating people at a distance can be profitable.
This is not a modern concept. Oxford University in England made the pitch back in the 1920’s and one couldn’t get much farther removed from the university than the Kenya colonist. The difference, materials had to go by mail ship to Mombasa and up the rail to Nairobi or one of the other towns. Any work or questions that the student had would have to return in the same manner, making a course a lengthy venture, not to mention a degree. (In other words, "online" back then meant that your course material was on a steamship line or the rail lines.)

But Oxford promised a personal tutor to take a “personal interest in your progress.”

The course list was extensive from Oxford Culture, Modern Business and Finance, Economics, to the Language arts, Literature, History, Political Science, and the hard sciences: Physics and Biology. This was a handy opportunity for a settler busy proving up a farm and there’s nothing like doing one’s homework after a hard day of chasing a leopard from your livestock.

Quotes and images taken from The East African Standard, April 10, 1920

By the way, The Crocodile’s Last Embrace just received a starred review by Publishers’ Weekly who called it “rip-roaring.” Romantic Times gave it 4 Stars and called it “Enormously fun” and Library Journal’s starred review stated “Do not miss this one.”

MORE MYSTERY TOPICS:

1) Does mystery have to equal murder? I weigh in with the Suspense Sirens on their blog posting at : http://bit.ly/cpprpx

2) Interested in some insight into what makes me and Jade tick? Go to SCENE OF THE CRIME http://bit.ly/ao2gjg for an interesting interview at a great website by author J. Sydney Jones.

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. THE CROCODILE’S LAST EMBRACE will be released Sept. 7, 2010. An excerpt and information on ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda

This blog made the short list for Best Author's Blog as awarded by www.completelynovel.com Thank you everyone who voted for me.

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