at hand

The phrase “at hand” has been used in the English language since at least the 14th century. It is used to describe something that is near or readily available.


  1. I always keep a pen at hand in case I need to take notes.
  2. The solution to our problem is at hand; we just need to work together to implement it.
  3. With the deadline approaching, the project is almost finished and completion is at hand.
  4. The tools you need for the job are at hand, so let’s get started.
  5. She had a feeling of unease, as if danger were at hand, but she couldn’t quite put her finger on it.
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Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at Camford Publishing
Founder of On the Horizon (camford publishing)and The Technology Source, and professor of education at North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Dr. Morrison is author and co-author of over 200 publications focusing on educational planning and using information technology tools.Dr. Morrison has delivered numerous conference presentations and workshops for associations such as EDUCAUSE, AAHE, the College Board and others.He has served as a planning consultant to a number of colleges, universities, university systems, community colleges, educational agencies and public agencies such as the U.S. Department of Labor, and Department of the Army.His consulting activities focus on assisting organizations to integrate information technology tools in teaching and management.

The title of his Speech is “The Future of Distance Learning.” Professor Morrison will describe the driving forces that will affect education and distance learning in this decade and will focus on the implications of these forces for education and distance learning
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