Integrating conceptions of learning for advancing educational practices
Introduction: I have argued elsewhere (Desforges, 2000b) that the core function of educational research is to make a contribution to the educational enterprise. Education is society's commitment to enhancing the human condition through capitalising on human potential for learning. There are many factors involved in such a mission. Better education entails better resourcing, creativity, will, energy and resourcefulness. Researchers must make their contribution by adding to the base of knowledge a
How do we overcome the methodological schism (or can there be a 'compleat' researcher)?
This paper considers a variety of approaches to combining research findings drawn from what are traditionally deemed 'quantitative' and 'qualitative' methods. These include models for Bayesian syntheses, new political arithmetic, complex interventions, and design experiments, as well as the more usual literature review and 'new' realism. I argue here that none of these approaches pose insurmountable epistemological or technical problems. Rather, opposition to the use of such models stems from wa
JISC Information Environment Portal Activity. Supporting the Needs of e-Research: brief survey of po
This is a brief survey of portals in the UK from the final report of the JISC Information Environment Portal Activity: supporting the needs of e-Research. The aims and objectives of this study were: To scope the requirements of e-Research within the area of resource discovery with reference to...
ASSIST project: processing humanities documents with text mining tools
This was a presentation given as part of the text mining workshop as part of the 4th International Conference on e-Social Science, held in Manchester between 18th and 20th July 2008....
This website developed by Preetha Ram at Emory is intended to provide web-based support for a problem-based learning exercise focused on forensics. Students work in teams to solve a crime using data from a variety of sources (victim\'s journal, incident reports, coroner\'s reports). The materials are decidedly unique and the approach is likely to be of interest to a large number of faculty and students because of current popular interest in forensics. It should be noted that there are several b
Using PBL in Teaching Analytical Chemistry (The China Papers)
This paper from July 2003 taken from the China Papers documents the plans that one analytical chemistry professor from Hunan University has for implementing a problem-based learning approach in his undergraduate analytical chemistry course. The paper also provides a unique window into the perspectives of a Chinese educator and his perspectives on the challenges to adoption of PBL. As such the paper should be of great interest to analytical chemistry faculty particularly those interested in ado
About Teaching - But I Teach a Large Class
This webpage authored by a Biology Professor from the University of Delaware in 1996 addresses the question of how one might adapt the problem-based learning approach for use in a large classroom setting. The page contains no links. The information is not dated and will be useful to all teaching faculty concerned with this question.
You can watch simulations of atoms and molecules colliding with a metallic matrix. See crystal structures disrupted and atoms sputtered.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
This website serves as a primer for understanding the fundamentals of NMR spectroscopy. Plenty of useful figures and animations that enhance the understanding of nuclear spin, shielding, and how these phenomena serve as the basis for NMR.
Approaches to Cell Biology Teaching: Learning Content in Context - Problem-Based Learning
Excellent article on problem-based learning that will be an invaluable resource to any interested instructor. The authors review the literature on problem-based learning, provide examples of the use of PBL in the biology classroom. The article includes a discussion of strategies for application of PBL in large enrollment courses, summarizes assessment data, and provides an invaluable bibliography, many of which are web-based resources.
Cyclic Voltammetry Simulator
This simulator allows the modeling of responses from experiments in cyclic voltammetry, and is applicable to a wide variety of parameters. Excellent instructional aids in text form include description of electrochemical reversibility, diffusion, instrumentation and interpretation of cyclic voltammograms, with real-time demonstration of parameter changes.
Acid-Base Titration: Analysis of Phosphoric Acid Anodizing Solutions. A Problem-Based Learning Appro
In this paper, the authors have information about a real world situation that can be used as a context to situate the lab and this is the main contribution of the paper. Their collaboration with Delta is an excellent example of using local industry to authenticate the problem. While there are not too many details about the way problem based learning is implemented, educators looking for a PBL scenario for acid base titrations and atomic absorption will find this a useful paper.
This site contains materials from a lecture course in Biophysics, covering activity, free energy, equilibrium constants, and effect of pH on redox potentials, potentiometry, and reaction rates. The redox-specific content is based on interesting biological reactions not often found in chemistry texts.
Linking the Lab Experience with Everyday Life: An Analytical Chemistry Experiment for Agronomy Stude
Modifying the analytical chemistry curriculum to increase student interest in agronomy. Samples of soils and plants prepared by students were introduced. The response of plants to different soil treatments increased student interest in chemical analyses. Evaluation of chemical and physicochemical parameters demonstrated the application of concepts of chemistry in analysis.
An Introduction to Surface Chemistry
Theoretical and descriptive material for an introductory surface science course. Topics covered include structure of surfaces and detailed information on a variety of surface analytical techniques, essentially an online text.
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Compendium of web resources for faculty interested in incorporating problem-based learning and case studies in their courses. Case teaching notes, problem based learning. Article designed for faculty interested in incorportating case discussion in introductory and more advanced courses.
SFX à l'Université de Montréal
Communication faisant état de l'implantation de SFX à l'Université de Montréal, présentée dans le cadre de l'activité de formation « OpenURL : pourquoi et comment ? » du programme de formation continue de la Corporation des bibliothécaires professionnels du Québec, le 4 février 2005.
« How to Teach Evidence-Based Clinical Practice 2002 » : Rapport de la semaine de formation
Rapport de la semaine de formation "How to teach Evidence-Based Clinical Practice 2002" tenue à McMaster University du 9 au 14 juin 2002. Le rapport présente le déroulement de la semaine, les apprentissages et les applications au travail.
Worker Delegates from Soviet Russia Mass Meeting announcement
Recognition of the Soviet Union;Adam Chada; Chalemere McCarty; Cyril Phillip; T.E. Furman; P.O. Shallert; Worker Delegates;Announcement of a meeting featuring a delegation of U.S. workers who spent a month in Russia.