Civil Court Action: Purchase of a Boat Scenario
The simulation concerns the alleged non-payment of the alleged agreed purchase price of a boat. It is an adversarial transaction where students act either as agents for a client raising the action or a client defending the action from the initial stage up to the Options Hearing stage of the procedure. The students acting for the pursuer are provided with a statement from their client and instructions from a supervisor asking them to raise the action in court. They are given deadlines to meet and
Author(s): Patricia McKellar,Karen Barton

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Civil Court Action – Purchase of a car guidance doc
The simulation concerns the alleged non-payment of the alleged agreed purchase price of a car and replicates an ordinary payment action in a Scottish civil court. It is an adversarial transaction where students act either as agents for a client raising the action or a client defending the action from the initial stage up to the Options Hearing stage of the procedure. The students acting for the pursuer are provided with a statement from their client and instructions from a supervisor asking th
Author(s): Karen Barton,Patricia McKellar

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Civil Court Action – Purchase of a boat guidance doc
The simulation concerns the alleged non-payment of the alleged agreed purchase price of a boat. It is an adversarial transaction where students act either as agents for a client raising the action or a client defending the action from the initial stage up to the Options Hearing stage of the procedure. The students acting for the pursuer are provided with a statement from their client and instructions from a supervisor asking them to raise the action in court. They are given deadlines to meet a
Author(s): Karen Barton,Patricia McKellar

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First Semester Retention: Love of Academics or Love of School?
Tom Kane, professor of psychology, presents research results regarding findings on retention of first year students. This presentation was part of the Academic Advisory Forum.
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Turtle's Navigation and Manipulation of Geometrical Figures Constructed by Variable Processes in a 3
Issues related to 3d turtle's navigation and geometrical figures' manipulation in the simulated 3d space of a newly developed computational environment, MaLT, are reported and discussed here. The joint use of meaningful formalism and the dynamic manipulation of graphically represented 3d figures seem to offer new resources and to pose new challenges as far as geometrical activities and construction of meanings are concerned, which are strongly related to the representational infrastructure of Ma
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The distributed developmental network - d2n: a social configuration to support design pattern genera
DiSessa et al. (2004) conducted a comparative study of how research teams design, develop and evaluate TEL software, in the context of component-based educational programming. They identified the issue of the social configuration of the production team as “a critical family of issues that are easily marginalized” (p.117). These social configurations are loosely equivalent to what Activity Theorists refer to as the rules and division of labour (Engeström, 1987) in the activity system of TEL pr
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A Bayesian Student Model without Hidden Nodes and Its Comparison with Item Response Theory
The Bayesian framework offers a number of techniques for inferring an individual's knowledge state from evidence of mastery of concepts or skills. A typical application where such a technique can be useful is Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT). A Bayesian modeling scheme, POKS, is proposed and compared to the traditional Item Response Theory (IRT), which has been the prevalent CAT approach for the last three decades. POKS is based on the theory of knowledge spaces and constructs item-to-item gra
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Dissertation Workshop
The workshop is intended for Doctoral students in the health and social sciences who are at the stage of developing a research proposal.
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Moursund Mathematics Lecture Series. Dr. Jacob Lurie, Lecture 2: “Ambidexterity”
In classical algebraic geometry, there is often a stark difference between the behavior offields of characteristic zero (such as the complex numbers) and fields of characteristic p (such as finite fields). For example, the equation x^p = 1 has p distinct solutions over the field of complex numbers, but only one solution over any field [...]
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Internationalizing the Curriculum: Champlain College and the Global Module Project
Champlain College, a leader in both online and international education, uses the Internet to create Global Modules that link the students and faculty at two or three international educational institutions for shared online readings, discussion and teamwork. Students at Champlain have used the Global Modules format to discuss women’s issues with students in the U.A.E., terrorism with Jordanian students, globalization with Indian students, the peace movement with Austrian students and the Lebanon
Author(s): Scudder Gary Evans Jr.,Vincent Jennifer A.

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Freshman Organic Chemistry
This is the first semester in a two-semester introductory course focused on current theories of structure and mechanism in organic chemistry, their historical development, and their basis in experimental observation. The course is open to freshmen with excellent preparation in chemistry and physics, and it aims to develop both taste for original science and intellectual skills necessary for creative research.
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Physics learning with a computer Algebra systems: Towards a learning environment that promotes enhan
To become proficient problem-solvers, physics students need to form a coherent and flexible understanding of problem situations they are confronted with. This is important both for solving problems and for interpreting solutions. Still, many students have only a limited representation of the problems they are working on. Therefore, we devised an instructional approach to promote students' understanding of these problems, and to support them in forming associations between problem features and so
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Stagecast Creator™ and Webct™: An integrated use of computer programming and a virtual learning en
This paper reports on an effort to use Stagecast Creator™ as a means for developing modelling skills among undergraduate students taking an introductory course in science that took place in a virtual learning environment (WebCT™). An inquiry-based curriculum was implemented, which guided students working in small groups to collect and study moon observations and construct a series of successive models of the moon phases using Stagecast Creator™. Students’ reflective journals and reports of s
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Functioning in the Wireless Classroom
Code It! fosters mathematics learning environments where pre-algebra students use handheld technologies to explore and learn about functions. The resources developed - server-based and handheld software and paper-based student and teacher texts - were packaged as a 20-session unit on code making and breaking and designed to boost students' understanding of functions and their facility with the multiple representations of tables, graphs and symbols. We field tested the wireless system with two te
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Conceptual Physics
This is a nonmathematical physics textbook, designed so that it can be used either for a semester-length course of the type popularized by Hewitt, or for a shorter course of 8 or 10 weeks. This book is essentially a rewritten version of Discover Physics. The rewrite is intended to do two things: (1) make the book less closely tied to a particular method of teaching, and (2) make it possible to use the book in shorter courses (such as Fullerton College's Physical Science 103A) with the omission o
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The Internetworked School: A Policy for the Future
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The Complexity of Distributed Collaborative Learning: Unit of Analysis
The problem area of this paper is manifested in the new conditions that characterise distributed collaborative learning. The core argument is that distributed collaborative learning implies an interconnected complexity that can only be properly understood by extending the unit of analysis from technology and pedagogy themselves to real-life social contexts in which networked computers are being used. Experiments and small-scale field trials are only steps towards a deeper understanding of how co
Author(s): Fjuk Annita,Ludvigsen Sten

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Determining the Sources of Delay in a Distributed Learning Environment
In the context of LeGE-WG we expect to see the Open Grid Services Architecture (OGSA) being used as a guiding framework for the future deployment of Distributed Learning Environment (DLEs). OGSA is totally service-oriented and it has been known for sometime that Quality of Service (QoS) is key to the success of DLEs. Delay in particular, as experienced by the end user, is one of the key QoS parameters for a DLE. This paper describes techniques for identifying sources of such delay, and a model f
Author(s): Ruddle Alan,Allison Collin,Lindsay Peter,McKechan

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Studying participation networks in collaboration using mixed methods
This paper describes the application of a mixed-evaluation method, published elsewhere, to three different learning scenarios. The method defines how to combine social network analysis with qualitative and quantitative analysis in order to study participatory aspects of learning in CSCL contexts. The three case studies include a course-long, blended learning experience evaluated as the course develops; a course-long, distance learning experience evaluated at the end of the course; and a synchron
Author(s): Martinez Alejandra,Dimitriadis Yannis,Gomez-Sanche

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