Kentucky Pioneer (1941)
This film follows pioneer families along wilderness roads to Kentucky. Shows their schools, recreation and everyday tasks, such as weaving, soap-making, cooking, carpentry and candle-making. (11min)
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6.079 Introduction to Convex Optimization (MIT)
This course aims to give students the tools and training to recognize convex optimization problems that arise in scientific and engineering applications, presenting the basic theory, and concentrating on modeling aspects and results that are useful in applications. Topics include convex sets, convex functions, optimization problems, least-squares, linear and quadratic programs, semidefinite programming, optimality conditions, and duality theory. Applications to signal processing, control, machin
1.040 Project Management (MIT)
As technological integration and construction complexity increase, so does construction lead times. To stay competitive companies have sought to shorten the construction times of new infrastructure by managing construction development efforts effectively by using different project management tools. In this course, three important aspects of construction project management are taught: (1) the theory, methods and quantitative tools used to effectively plan, organize, and control construction proje
Change Your Mind: Memory and Disease
How do we distinguish our friends from foes? How does dementia destroy memory? And how can past experience invade the present with destructive force? Scientists are closing in on the biochemical roots of these neurological puzzles.
Thomas Insel describes the profound impact of a small group of neuropeptides on
Looking Ahead to 2020
Real-world practitioners of systems engineering/engineering systems describe how the young discipline has shaped their very large enterprises.
For the past 10 years, David Lehman has been incorporating key systems engineering ideas within MITRE Corporation. Successes include getting project leaders to think
Neural Basis of Drug Addiction
How does someone move from recreational drug use to addiction? Barry Everitt’s group at the University of Cambridge has been trying to break down the stages and neural circuitry of addiction with great precision.
Everitt’s research attempts to operationalize a progression in animals from the voluntary taking o
Chantal Akerman: Moving through Time and Space
This exploration/homage arrives in the form of a lecture/conversation, breaking some conventions, not unlike the object/subject of the event, Chantal Akerman, filmmaker and video artist. Two Akerman experts discuss her work in the kick-off event to an exhibition at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center.
Blended Learning Revisited
Even when children are high achievers and facile with new technology, many seem gradually to lose their sense of wonder and curiosity, notes John Seely Brown. Traditional educational methods may be smothering their innate drive to explore the world. Brown and like-minded colleagues are developing the underpinnings for a new 21st
Technologies and Emerging Democracies: Building a Better Gatekeeper
Don’t forsake The New York Times for online media, instructs Ethan Zuckerman, because newspapers provide opportunities for learning about the world largely unavailable in the digital kingdom. Zuckerman points in particular to the “serendipity box” -- that intensely local or exotic piece that often grabs attention
China Gateway is a collection of annotated gateways of relevance to undergraduate students and their teachers. Although primarily meant as a study aid for the students of Boston College, China Gateway aims to offer a concise introduction to the manner in which developments in the digital world have aided the study of Chinese culture and society. From the Culture and History section of the main page, users will find links to gateways (themed in sections), covering: geography and maps; language an
China and Europe, 1500 - 2000 and beyond
In this online teaching and learning resource from Columbia University's Asia For Educators series, professors Bin Wong and Ken Pomeranz debate the comparative development of China and Europe in the five hundred years from 1500. In a series of sections, each with an accompanying video (played through RealPlayer), topics are explored chronologically, charting the relative development of the two regions. Issues explored include the growth in population of the two regions, industrial progress, and
5 Additional learning resources
Looking at the theme of surveillance as a multifaceted everyday practice, this unit will show you the value of using audio visual material in your learning. It will show you how to develop the skills you need to make the most of learning from DVDs.
TRREE Training and Resources for Research Ethics Evaluation for Africa
TRREE-for Africa is "a web-based training and capacity building initiative on the ethics of research involving humans conducted in Africa countries". It is a collaborative project between European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDTCP), Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS), Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). The site contains information on the pr
UK Space Agency
The UK Space Agency was launched in March 2010 as a replacement for the British National Space Centre with the aim of bringing UK civil space activity together within one organisation. the Agency's website describes its activities, provides a learning zone and provides full text publications including the UK Civil Space strategy, annual reports, a magazine and leaflets. News, an events listing and press releases are also available.
e-Learning Framework The framework is organised around three main categories: user agents, learning domain services, and common services, aiming at building a common approach to Servic
This website has information for developers on the e-Learning Framework (ELF) and related technical development projects. Information available includes reference models, and components' scope and definition. Links are provided to software development projects, related initiatives, and reports. News and events are posted regularly.
The framework is organised around three main categories: user agents, learning domain services, and common services, aiming at building a common approach to Servic
NGfL Cymru GCaD
NGfL Cymru GCaD is a teaching and learning resource for GCSE students in Wales but the site is also suitable for A-level students. Teaching resources can be browsed by selecting a Key Stage (age range) and then a subject. The site provides a comprehensive guide for students to relevant web resources, including computer skills and best practice for online research. Useful software and other freely available teaching resources are also listed.
Twitter 101 for Business
Twitter 101 is a special guide for businesses on Twitter, the free micro-blogging service. It explains how businesses can use Twitter to stay connected with their customers and market themselves, for example sharing information about the business, building relationships or gathering real-time market intelligence. Various examples are given of how businesses are using it. Sections cover getting started, learning the lingo, best practices and case studies. This could be useful for students and r
Assessment in Higher Education
Organised by Cumbria Study of Higher Education Network (C-SHEN) and Northumbria University Centre for Excellence in 'Assessment for Learning', to be held at Learning Gateway Carlisle United Kingdom from 2009-07-08 to 2009-07-08
Creation of an All Party Group on Scientific Research in Learning and Education
As a result of the Lord's debate ealier this year (2006) on the impact of scientific research on learning and education, an All Party Group of MPs and peers is to be created concerning the application of science and technology in learning.