1869: A report on schools in North Carolina
In this lesson, students use a guided reading to look at a report on the status of education in North Carolina in 1869, and discuss the reasons given then for why the Governor and Legislature should support educating North Carolina's children. They are provided an opportunity to compare and contrast the 1869 document against their own ideas about the civic duty to attend school through age sixteen, and its relative value to the state and the country.
Is there a way to e-Bologna? Cross-National
Collaborative Activities in University Courses
This article describes a study of distance collaborative activities that have been conducted in a cross-national setting between a Greek and a German university. We discuss issues related to organization, technology, and curricula considerations. In addition, we analyze the modes of cooperation that have been chosen in the students' work on creative problem solving tasks and conclude that for complex learning scenarios succesful collaboration and peer tutoring in advanced learning support enviro
A Craft Unionist Rewrites the Ten Commandments
The moral code of craft unionism was part of a larger system of late nineteenth-century working-class values that went well beyond behavior on the job. Moreover, those values drew upon other deeply held moral beliefs, particularly those growing out of religion. In "Labor's Decalogue," G. Edmonston, the first president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, offered a new twist on the biblical Ten Commandments. Edmonston's novel set of "rules" for workers found its way into a variety
Towards a narrative-oriented framework for designing mathematical learning
This paper proposes a narrative-oriented approach to the design of educational activities, as well as a CSCL system to support them, in the context of learning mathematics. Both Mathematics and interface design seem unrelated to narrative. Mathematical language, as we know it, is devoid of time and person. Computer interfaces are static and non-linear. Yet, as Bruner (1986; 1990) and others show, narrative is a powerful cognitive and epistemological tool. The questions we wish to explore are –
Learning Design Engines as Remote Control to Learning Support Environments.
Context: Chapter 5 of the Learning Design book describes the operational model of a learning design engine based on the concept of finite automata with output alphabet. We rely on this event concept to include pre-existing learning tools in flexibe and rich learning designs. Contribution: We sketch an approach for the integration of complex learning environments in learning designs. Interactive learning support environments, such as argumentation or modelling tools are pre-existent and have a hi
From ER to VR: Analysing interaction in a Collaborative Virtual Environment
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Adapting to When Students Game an Intelligent Tutoring System
It has been found in recent years that many students who use intelligent tutoring systems game the system, attempting to succeed in the educational environment by exploiting properties of the system rather than by learning the material and trying to use that knowledge to answer correctly. In this paper, we introduce a system which gives a gaming student supplementary exercises focused on exactly the material the student bypassed by gaming, and which also expresses negative emotion to gaming stud
Approaches to Studying and Perceptions of University Teaching-Learning Environments: Concepts, Measu
This paper introduces work on a major ongoing research project being carried out collaboratively between Edinburgh, Durham and Coventry Universities in Britain. The main concepts and conceptual frameworks being used in the project are introduced, along with a brief summary of a literature review used to define the most salient aspects of teachinglearning environments in higher education. The remainder of the paper describes the development and initial analyses of two questionnaires completed by
PMD FdEng SD 08/09
PROGRAMME MONITORING REPORT University Host School: School of Engineering College/Partner Organisation: Bromley College of F&HE Programme Title and Code: FdEng Software Development Mode(s) Of Attendance: F/T Academic Session: 2008/09 Programme Leader: Clive Gould Route Leaders (if any): N/A,FdEng SD Annual Programme Monitoring Document 2007/2008 - Published in October 2009
Environmental History Timeline
Students develop critical thinking skills by interviewing a person who has perspective on environmental history. Students explore the concept of a timeline, including historical milestones, and develop a sense of the context of events.
Examining a Potential Paper Topic
This writing exercise, designed by the department of English at Northern Illinois University, provides students with the opportunity to think through paper topics before actually writing essays. The activity it allows two classmates to respond to the topic and ask questions regarding the topic. Then the original student is asked to respond to her/his classmates questions and concerns. Students also develop computer skills such as word processing. This exercise is part of a greater NIU writing mo
European Starlings and Woodpeckers
In this Starting Point investigative case, students will explore niche competition and population ecology by developing plans for species density studies. They will also develop a plan to re-establish a species (the woodpecker) in an area where there are almost none left. Users can access information regarding learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment hints, references and topics covered.
Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence Workbook
This online workbook was developed for use as a companion to the Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence. It provides recommendations for selecting, evaluating, and producing quality environmental education lesson plans, curricula, and other instructional materials. Key characteristics of the workbook are fairness and accuracy, depth, emphasis on skills, action orientation, instructional soundness, and usability. The workbook is organized in modules so the user can choose to
Earth Science Education Activities: Prof. Larry Braile
This collection of activities and lesson plans covers grade levels 7-12, with notes on how some of the plans might be adapted for other age groups. Topics fall mainly within tectonics, with some structural geology and planetary science projects. The PDF files include activities, hand outs, maps, and even directions for building a simple seismometer and seismograph. Also included are suggestions for incorporating specific media, such as video, into the classroom, and an essay on the state of K-12
Developing Analytical and Communication Skills in a Mock-Trial Course Based on the Famous Woburn, Ma
This Journal of Geoscience Education article discusses a mock trial in which undergraduates serve as expert witnesses and law students serve as their attorneys. The article identifies the trial as an effective vehicle for developing quantitative skills and enhancing written and oral communication skills. The course discussed is unabashedly about applying scientific principles to solve real-world problems. The entire course revolves around the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of scienti
Crossroads in Mathematics: Standards for introductory college mathematics before calculus.
Crossroads in Mathematics: Standards for Introductory College Mathematics Before Calculus has two major goals: to improve mathematics education at two-year colleges and at the lower division of four-year colleges and universities and to encourage more students to study mathematics. The document presents standards that are intended to revitalize the mathematics curriculum preceding calculus and to stimulate changes in instructional methods so that students will be engaged as active learners in wo
Creating Topic-Specific Maps for Geoscience Classes
This site from SERC's Starting Point describes how to develop site-specific maps that relate to lecture, discussion, lab, or exercise topics. The creation of site-specific maps can help students better understand spatial relationships. This page also provides links to a variety of GIS and map resources.
Coral Bleaching: Making Our Oceans Whiter
The Coral Bleaching: Making our Oceans Whiter lesson was developed by National Geographic. This lesson plan deals with coral reefs and the recent increase in coral bleaching. The students will be learning about the ecology of reefs, the habitats they create, the algal symbiosis that ends with bleaching, and the role of human impact. The plan also outlines a role-playing debate for the students, and an in-character written assignment to come up with a compromise to protect the reefs and the econo
This site from SERC's Starting Point features cooperative learning, a method that incorporates interdependence, interaction, individual accountability, interpersonal skills, and group processing. Information and links on reasons this is an efficient teaching method, how to include it in the classroom, related resources, and examples are also included.
Climate Monitoring and Diagnostic Laboratory: Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Monitoring and Diagnostic Laboratory Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases group makes ongoing discrete measurements from land and sea surface sites and aircraft, and continuous measurements from baseline observatories and tall towers. These measurements document the spatial and temporal distributions of carbon-cycle gases and provide essential constraints to our understanding of the global carbon cycle. This website is an interactive atmospher