RSC Public Seminars 2012: Seeing the Person in the Problem: a practitioner perspective on justice th
RSC Public Seminar series of Hilary Term 2012. Podcast from the Refugee Studies Centre's Public Seminar Series on 'Critical Approaches to Environmental Displacement' convened by Dr Alexander Betts. This podcast was recorded on Wednesday 8 February 2012 at the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford. The seminar was delivered by Hannah Smith, Climate Outreach and Information Network.
Microsoft and Yahoo: Does It Make Sense (and Will It Work)?
On Friday, February 1, Microsoft announced it was making an unsolicited bid to acquire Yahoo for $44.6 billion in cash and stock, a 62% premium over Yahoo's stock price at the time. Yahoo is officially "evaluating" the offer and, according to reports, is talking to other companies as possible suitors. Meanwhile, Google seems determined to derail the deal, stating that it finds the proposed acquisition "troubling" and offering to help Yahoo come up with other options. Does the deal make sense, an
Providence Equity's Gaurav Sharma: 'Private Equity Is Now a More Mature Market'
In the world of private equity, Providence Equity Partners is a specialist. The firm, whose headquarters are in Providence, R.I., specializes in deals involving media, entertainment, information and communications companies. In 2007, Providence Equity opened its New Delhi office, headed by Biswajit (Bis) Subramanian, who had earlier been a managing director in the firm's London office. By mid 2008, Providence Equity had invested more than US$1 billion in Idea Cellular, which, according to media
21F.106 Chinese VI (Regular): Discovering Chinese Cultures and Societies (MIT)
This course is the continuation of 21F105. It is designed to further help students develop sophisticated conversational, reading and writing skills by combining traditional textbook material with their own explorations of Chinese speaking societies, using the human, literary, and electronic resources available at MIT and in the Boston area. Some special features of Chinese society, its culture, its customs and habits, its history, and the psychology of its people are introduced. The class consis
The Pursuit of Happyness Part 2 of 2 Part 2 of the amazing rags-to-riches story of the formerly homeless, now millionaire entrepreneur, Christopher Gardner, on which the movie 'The Pursuit of Happyness' is based.
Part 2 of the amazing rags-to-riches story of the formerly homeless, now millionaire entrepreneur, Christopher Gardner, on which the movie 'The Pursuit of Happyness' is based.
Classroom Applications of 21st Century Skills 21st century learning is providing curriculum and instruction designed to engage this generation of digital-native students. Learn how 21st century skills can be implemented into the classroom to add critical thinking, collaboration, and complex curriculum through an interdisciplinary, integrated, project-based approach. Beth Andrews, M.A., is the GATE Coordinator for the Irvine Unified School District and is the Orange County Educator Representative for California Association for th
21st century learning is providing curriculum and instruction designed to engage this generation of digital-native students. Learn how 21st century skills can be implemented into the classroom to add critical thinking, collaboration, and complex curriculum through an interdisciplinary, integrated, project-based approach.
Beth Andrews, M.A., is the GATE Coordinator for the Irvine Unified School District and is the Orange County Educator Representative for California Association for th
Montgomery Bus Boycott - Waiting for the World to Change.
This is a touching video on the hardships and cruelty the black people of the United States had to endure during the Civil Rights Movement. It features photos and historical facts from a variety of important events during the Civil Rights Movement, many of them stemming from the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This video is set to the song "Waiting on the World to Change", and is narrated through subtitles. It ends with a positive note showing how things have changed through a pho
Carbon Dioxide Uptake in Plants: A Computer-Aided Experimental System
This exercise introduces students to concepts of photosynthesis at the whole organism level and to computer utilization in biology. Changes in carbon dioxide concentration are measured in environmental chambers using gas analyzers connected to computers. Carbon dioxide changes are graphed in real time as the plants take up CO2. Over a short time, sunflower seedlings show dramatic changes in CO2 uptake when light intensity is altered or color filters are used. Comparison of the resulting graphs w
Grizzly Bears and Black Bears - Compare and Contrast
Explore the concept of compare and contrast with your second grade students. There are no moving images in this video; it just has narration. (01:57) Great for improving listening skills.
Towards an organisational model of interface
university structure as a means of serving Lifelong
The paper conceptualises on the experiences of the Centre of Information Society Technologies (CIST), Sofia University, Bulgaria, in serving the learning and training needs of non-university audiences who fall in situations that can be described as lifelong learning-determined. In developing this conceptualisation we use the research findings and policy agendas in two distinct areas Lifelong Learning, and Higher Education Systems. More specifically we explore the organisational and management
EDUCATION IN INFORMATICS AT SOFIA UNIVERSITY
- CURRENT STATUS AND FUTURE PLANS
The paper presents some real experiences, emerging models and lessons learnt based on the case of Sofia University - Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (FMI), and its partners. Sofia University has always played a very important role for the development of the country. The university experiences a lot of challenges related to the overall transformation of the economic and social system in the country, the changing models of education, the new role of the universities in the knowledge-based s
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
Extended architecture of knowledge management system with Web 2.0 technologies
Knowledge management systems (KMS) become increasingly important in periods of crises and economic slowdown, as many organizations are forced to lay off people, to reduce research and ICT budgets, to restructure departments and to optimize their costs. Subsequently, organizational knowledge assets, and mainly the existing tacit knowledge are threatened. This raises the importance of technologies that could assist organizational efforts to capture the existing knowledge and to mobilize it in orde
Learning aware environment: a Laboratorium of epidemiological studies
One challenge of the Laboratorium is to have the capacity to recognize and capture relevant events from observing the human activity, the ability to understand the learning needs and then to provide the adequate feedback in whatever form. Another challenge is the mapping of inaccessible phenomena into the sensible and temporal space of the classroom. Our design combines gaming situations and ambient technologies in the context of learning bio-statistics. This paper presents a method and a formal
A framework for processsolution analysis in collaborative learning environments
One of the most challenging aspects of computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) research is automation of collaboration and interaction analysis in order to understand and improve the learning processes. It is particularly necessary to look in more depth at the joint analysis of the collaborative process and its resulting product. In this article, we present a framework for comprehensive analysis in CSCL synchronous environments supporting a problem-solving approach to learning. This fra
An Experience Applying Reinforcement Learning in a Web-Based Adaptive and Intelligent Educational Sy
The definition of effective pedagogical strategies for coaching and tutoring students according to their needs is one of the most important issues in Adaptive and Intelligent Educational Systems (AIES). The use of a Reinforcement Learning (RL) model allows the system to learn automatically how to teach to each student individually, only based on the acquired experience with other learners with similar characteristics, like a human tutor does. The application of this artificial intelligence techn
Pre-Service Teacher Training in Mathematics Using Tablet PC Technology
This study focuses on the use of innovative Tablet PC technology in learning and teaching mathematics. Specifically the effects of incorporating Tablet PC technology in pre-service teachers' mathematics education were analyzed. The significant impact of technology use in mathematics education was assessed by evaluating and comparing students' final project and course grades. Grade performance of two groups of students was compared. One group was the treatment group where students extensively use
Investigation of Q-Learning in the Context of a Virtual Learning Environment
We investigate the possibility to apply a known machine learning algorithm of Q-learning in the domain of a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is important in this problem domain to have algorithms that learn their optimal values in a rather short time expressed in terms of the iteration number. The problem domain is a VLE in which an agent plays a role of the teacher. With time it moves to different states and makes decisions which regarding action to choose for moving from current state to
The First Decade of Informatics in Dutch High Schools
Informatics is currently being taught in high schools all over the world. In the Netherlands, where all students are expected to become computer literate in the lower grades of high school (Hulsen et al., 2005), it has been decided not to consider computer literacy as being part of Informatics. What, then, should be the content of the Informatics curriculum taught in the higher grades? What should be taught, how and to whom? How should students' achievements be assessed? The answers to these que
Une approche pro-pédagogique du diagnostic cognitif dans les STI: conception, formalisation, et imp
In an Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS), issues related to the design and the implementation of the cognitive diagnosis (DC) of learner's behavior is addressed intuitively according to the specific goals of this STI. From a purely operational viewpoint, this approach is not really bad since the STIs arising from it, "work". However, when it comes to give to DC a pedagogical dimension in the human tutors, a look into perspective on more fundamental considerations promotes reflection in this direc