In this activity, students explore Daisyworld, a model of a self-regulating system incorporating positive and negative feedbacks. The model explores the effect of a steadily increasing solar luminosity on daisy populations and the resulting planetary temperature. The activity was developed to introduce upper level undergraduate students to the concepts of dynamical systems modeling. The exercise guides students through some of the mathematics behind the modeling. Learning goals, context for use,
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Write 2 Teach in 3 Days
This is a wiki version of an e-book to be released by the Asian Society for Open and Distance Education. This can be used to develop self-learning materials for use in distance education. Authored by Dr. Sanjaya Mishra of Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, this open source material is made available through WikiEducator as a professional development resource for promoting quality in distance education.
IDAHoBiT 2014 at UCL (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia)
For International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia 2014 on 17 May, we asked UCL students and staff: What does freedom of expression mean to you? http://dayagainsthomophobia.org Further info: For staff - http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/equalities/lgbt/lgbt_group.php For students - http://uclu.org/lgbt-students-at-uclu http://www.ucl.ac.uk/support-pages/lgb
Module 3: Commercial Risk
This resource on international finance is focused on the global business professional who is a generalist who may be involved in the sale of goods and/or services internationally. A global business professional needs to be able to research and analyze the credit history and payment capacity of potential buyers/partners in order to assess the commercial risks of buyers and maintain credit management and control procedures and documentation. MSU Global has teamed with experts in the international
Designing for flexible learning practice
Flexible Learning is a type of curriculum design applied in formal education and training so as to offer people more choice, personalization and control of their learning to suit particular needs. This course has been developed by staff in the Educational Development Centre of Otago Polytechnic and is designed to help both formal and informal learners access and interpret models, research and professional dialogue in flexible learning.
USGS Educational Videos and Animations
This database contains a collection of USGS videos and animations. Although by no means exhaustive, the list provides a broad representation of USGS research available through visual media. The USGS, as a U.S. Federal government agency, cannot copyright its products. With one exception, all the products in this database are considered public domain and may be viewed or reproduced free of charge.
Tsunamis and Earthquakes
This site uses animation and virtual reality to show how tsunamis are generated by earthquakes. Learn about tsunami research and mitigation efforts -- how sediments are transported by a tsunami, how researchers decipher the geologic record of prehistoric tsunamis, and the seismograph network of the west coast tsunami warning system.
Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
The Toxic Substances Hydrology Program of the USGS performs research to improve characterization and management of contaminated sites,to protect human and environmental health, and to reduce potential future contamination problems. This site features fact sheets, reports, publications, and highlights of research findings and investigations. Topics include soil and groundwater remediation, agricultural chemicals, and hard rock mining wastes.
Optical Quantum Control
Explore an active area of research in optical physics: producing designer pulse shapes to achieve specific purposes, such as breaking apart a molecule. Carefully create the perfect shaped pulse to break apart a molecule by individually manipulating the colors of light that make up a pulse.
Electronic Statistics Textbook
This Electronic Statistics Textbook offers training in the understanding and application of statistics. The material was developed at the StatSoft R&D department based on many years of teaching undergraduate and graduate statistics courses and covers a wide variety of applications, including laboratory research (biomedical, agricultural, etc.), business statistics and forecasting, social science statistics and survey research, data mining, engineering and quality control applications, and many o
The Global Volcanism Program (GVP)
This site presents documentation of the eruptions of all volcanoes during the past 10,000 years. Visitors can review volcanic activity reports, view geographic and geologic information for all Holocene volcanoes (those with known activity during the last 10,000 years), and order research and publications by Smithsonian volcanologists and their colleagues.
This site helps students answer questions about dinosaurs: What makes a dinosaur a dinosaur? Where did they live? What caused their mass extinction? Students can participate in a virtual dinosaur discovery, follow milestones in dinosaur evolution, and see behind-the-scenes slide-shows of the lab environment where vertebrate specimens are prepared for exhibits and research.
ARC Guide for Educators and Students
This is a searchable database of the cornerstone documents of our government. It has more than 100,000 digitized copies of the National Archives most popular and significant manuscripts, photographs, maps, drawings and other documents. The guide introduces educators and students to the National Archives' ARC. Searching in ARC to learn more about National Archives' historical documents could enrich a classroom activity, a homework assignment, or a research project.
RMIT Gallery: Sound Bites City
This inaugural exhibition of RMIT University’s new Sound Art Collection features the Torus, a circular structure inviting visitors to stroll through a 16 channel speaker system, finishing on a raised mini landscape offering the best aural vantage point to hear 19 new and significant works by leading Australian and international sound artists. For more information, visit http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=hvwhknvs6tyt
Sleeping Beauty: Awakening the American Dream
Americans today may be perplexed and confused about the way America is perceived in the world. They may feel like Josef K in Kafka's 'The Trial': "Someone must have laid false accusations against Josef K because one morning he was arrested without having done anything wrong." Accusations against America have spread into a global phenomenon, crossing boarders, classes, religions, and generations. A Pew Trust research poll in 2005 concluded that anti-Americanism is deeper and broader than at any t
Conservation and biodiversity
Dr. Richard Field research interests lie in conservation, biodiversity and the forces that structure ecological communities. In this podcast, Dr Field from the School of Geography compares and contrasts his experiences as a researcher in national parks in Honduras and Indonesia, and the different types of ecological communities he has studied, and goes on to introduce the emerging field of conservation bio-geography.
The Plundered Planet.
There is a battle for the future of our planet between profiteers who threaten to destroy natural resources for gain and backward-looking environmental romantics who thwart constructive development. Paul Collier uses his ground-breaking research to offer realistic and sustainable solutions that reconcile the immediate needs of the world's growing population without despoiling the planet for future generations.
Employment, labour markets, and development
Launch Lecture of the UNCTAD Trade and Development Report 2010. As nations struggle with what they fear will be a "jobless recovery" from the global recession, the report studies how employment can be raised in developing countries and how the participation of the majority of the population in economic growth can be warranted. The report recommends a fundamental change in the assignment of economic policies to allow for growth, inclusion, high employment and monetary stability at the same time.