A Virtual Environment for Distance Education and Training
The world-wide networks and the information superhighways allowing rapid transmission of digital multimedia information to any user in any time, offer a ground for a new educational reform that would prepare the citizens to live in the Information Society. This reform would break the monopoly of the print and paper based educational system and would rely on learning environments incorporating asynchronous space and time, interactivity, and virtual reconstruction (McClintock, 1992). The most impo
Fish Bank is a computer-based game designed to teach college students about the problems of over-fishing. The web page has both Windows and Macintosh versions available for download as well as instructional materials to support teaching with the game.
ANUpoll on population - launch at Parliament House, 26 October 2010
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Chubb launches the seventh ANUpoll at Parliament House on 26 October 2010. He is joined at the launch by ANUpoll researchers Professor Ian McAllister, Dr Juliet Pietsch and Aaron Martin. The poll -- Public opinion towards population growth in Australia -- took a wide-ranging snapshot of Australian attitudes towards population policy, environment and infrastructure, immigration and fertility and the ageing population. The results show diverse attitudes towards p
Piaget & Childhood Crime
For this assignment, students are asked to write an essay in which they present an argument about whether or not children should be tried as adults based upon Piaget's stages of cognitive development.
Essential Science: Earth and Space Science
The Essential Science for Teachers courses are designed to help k - 6 teachers gain an understanding of some of the bedrock science concepts they need to teach standards-based curricula. Earth and Space Science consists of eight one-hour video programs accompanied by print and Web materials that provide in-class activities and homework explorations. Real-world examples, demonstrations, animations, still graphics, and interviews with scientists compose content segments that are intertwined with i
Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History
This site includes a collection of nine historical mysteries which draw students into Canadian history, critical thinking and archival research through the enticement of solving historical cold crimes. Each of the mystery archives includes an average of 100,000 words in English (and in French), as well as up to several hundred images plus maps. Some of the mystery websites also include 3-D recreations, videos and oral history interviews. Site users can look at the collections of archival materia
22.616 Plasma Transport Theory (MIT)
This course describes the processes by which mass, momentum, and energy are transported in plasmas, with special reference to magnetic confinement fusion applications. The Fokker-Planck collision operator and its limiting forms, as well as collisional relaxation and equilibrium, are considered in detail. Special applications include a Lorentz gas, Brownian motion, alpha particles, and runaway electrons. The Braginskii formulation of classical collisional transport in general geometry based on th
Design of an eLearning System for Accreditation of
This paper deals with issues related to the non-formal learning in vocational education, and the role of ICT for providing appropriate accreditation model in such education. The presented conclusions are based on the Leonardo da Vinci project LeoSPAN. The paper emphasises on the development of a model and a prototype of an adaptive eLearning system that ensures the pre-defined learner outcomes. One of the advantages of the eLearning system is the flexibility for people who upgrade and improve th
Richard Dawkins at the Edinburgh Book Festival 2009
Richard Dawkins talks about his latest book "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence For Evolution" at the Edinburgh Book Festival 2009. Filmed by Mirage TV
'There is grandeur in this view of life' by Richard Dawkins, AAI 2009
Richard Dawkins' talk at the 2009 Atheist Alliance International Conference in Burbank, California. He expands the last paragraph of Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" as a framework for the talk. This is also the framework for the last chapter of Dawkins' new book "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution". See more about "The Greatest Show on Earth" at: http://richarddawkins.net/thegreatestshowonearth Download Quicktime Web: http://c0116791.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/
The Atanasoff-Berry Computer In Operation
[Recorded: 1999] The Atanasoff-Berry Computer (ABC) occupies a special place in the history of computing in part for its technical accomplishments but also for being at the center of a landmark legal case. It was built by Iowa physics professor John Vincent Atanasoff and graduate student Clifford Berry. Technically, the ABC was an electronic equation solver. It could find solutions to systems of simultaneous linear equations with up to 29 unknowns, a type of problem encountered in Atansasoff'
How Indian MIT and IIT Graduates Have Shaped Computer History
[Recorded July 15, 2010] In the last fifteen years the very names Bangalore and Silicon Valley have become evocative of the important connections between India and the United States in the global IT industry. Historian Ross Bassett argues that the linkages between the two countries are far older and deeper than is widely known. In the course of his research, he found that Indian graduates of MIT significantly influenced the creation of modern technological India. In the colonial period, a small
The 54th BFI London Film Festival Vodcast Day 1
The 54th BFI London Film Festival In Partnership with American Express began with the European gala premiere screening of Never Let Me Go. Based on the much beloved novel by Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day) and directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo), the film features some of the UK's brightest young talent in the form of Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield. This first of the festival's daily vodcasts features all the film's key talent and creative team as they arrive a
The 54th BFI London Film Festival Vodcast Day 6
On Day 6 of the 54th BFI London Film Festival Vodcast, director Julian Schnabel spoke to us about his film Miral, a story of one woman's experience of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Based on a true story by journalist Rula Jebreal, the Film On The Square Gala was attended by both Jebreal and lead actor Freida Pinto. Directors Stevan Riley (Fire In Babylon) and Ferzan Ozpetek (Loose Cannons) were also on hand to introduce their work. Finally, the UK premiere of Another Year acted as the Mayor'
Animation of a GIANT impact
This animation, from NASA/JPL-Caltech, depicts an object the size of the Moon impacting a planet the size of Mercury. This is based on observations of the Spitzer Space Telescope. Original: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/spitzer/multimedia/spitzer-20090810.html
Michele Norris: 2010 National Book Festival
Journalist Michele Norris speaks at the 2010 National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: Michele Norris is an award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience. In 2002 she began hosting NPR's newsmagazine "All Things Considered," public radio's longest-running national program, with Robert Siegel and Melissa Block. Before coming to NPR, Norris was a correspondent for ABC News. She reported extensively on education, inner city issues, the nation's drug problem and poverty. She ha
Learning Interdisciplinarity: A Course Portfolio
Linkon's research focused on evaluating the effectiveness of her incremental learning assignments in an interdisciplinary course. She gathered a variety of kinds of evidence of students' learning, ranging from surveys and interviews to students' projects and her own reflections. The three-assignment incremental learning sequence worked well for most students. Linkon's analysis of their work showed a clear development of analytical complexity in their writing over the course of the term. Students
8.7 The festival of Durga Puja in Calcutta Although Hindus are not required to attend temples on set days in the week, the Hindu year is punctuated by days dictated by the lunar calendar during which puj
Although Hindus are not required to attend temples on set days in the week, the Hindu year is punctuated by days dictated by the lunar calendar during which puj
7.3 ‘Insiders’ and ‘outsiders’ The claim that it is possible to study religion adequately from a disinterested position has been hotly debated. Can the understanding of the observer achieve the same level of insight and authority as the participant in a religion? No serious student of religion can avoid confronting this question. The ‘outsider’ cannot escape depending to an extent upon insights from ‘insiders’ when studying a particular religion. An ‘outsider’ who has never been through a p
The claim that it is possible to study religion adequately from a disinterested position has been hotly debated. Can the understanding of the observer achieve the same level of insight and authority as the participant in a religion? No serious student of religion can avoid confronting this question.
The ‘outsider’ cannot escape depending to an extent upon insights from ‘insiders’ when studying a particular religion. An ‘outsider’ who has never been through a p
Evidence: philosophy of science meets medicine
Editor's note: Unfortunately the last few minutes of the lecture are missing from the podcast. Medics now insist that treatment decisions should be evidence based. Generally this must be right. But evidence based medicine has sometimes got the details wrong: philosophers of science can help. John Worrall is professor of philosophy of science at LSE's Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at LSE.