Design history and oral history: objects and subjects
In the opening of what has become the key text for anyone embarking on the study and practice of oral history, the social historian Paul Thompson states: ‘ All history depends ultimately upon its social purpose ’. Is there a social purpose to studying the history of design, and if so, what is it? The discipline studies objects and practices and their modes of production and consumption in order to understand the society in which they functioned. Such studies are seen to provide access to so
Digital Government II: Information Technology and Democratic Administration, Winter 2007
This seven-week course is the second in a two-part sequence exploring contemporary practices, challenges, and opportunities at the intersection of information technology and democratic governance. This second half of the course takes on emerging directions in democratic administration – and the shifting role of information technologies in supporting, transforming, and understanding these. The course locates recent and emerging digital or e-government initiatives in historical, institutional, a
Cartography and Visualization
This course is organized around seven projects and a capstone assignment. Each project includes readings, quizzes, and discussions about concepts and tools in cartography and visualization. Throughout the course, students complete “mile marker” assignments that are designed to help them progress toward the capstone assignment. Through the course projects, students confront realistic problem scenarios that incorporate such skills and concepts as creating symbolization schemes, coordinate syst
How the baby boomers took their children's future
During a visit to the university to present a lecture, David Willetts MP, Shadow Minister for Universities and Skills, spoke to Peter Dunn about his new book "The Pinch: How the baby boomers took their children's future - and why they should give it back" which looks at intergenerational relations in Britain and argues that the baby boomer generation born between 1945 and 1965 have thrived at the expense of their children.
Problem Solving with GIS
The lessons in Geography 483 cover vector and raster analysis, attribute and spatial queries, joins and links, buffers, address geocoding, cartographic design, thematic mapping, surface interpolation, and much more. We give the people who feel they have the experience and skills covered in Geography 483 the option of testing out of the course by completing the final exam. This site outlines the requirements of that final exam. People who successfully complete the final exam (with a score of 70%
Individualized Reading Instruction in the Elementary Grades, Winter 2008
Explores techniques for assessment of reading and writing skills and for development of individualized instruction in classroom settings; develops strategies for meeting the needs of individual students through the evaluation, utilization, and adaptation of commercial reading materials and through the formation of principles and techniques for producing effective teacher-prepared materials.
Exploring Creativity: Japanese students from Jikei Com colleges spend a day at Otis College
On October 8 Otis hosted 180 Japanese multimedia students from Jikei COM colleges in Japan, who learned about the American approach to creativity and problem solving. Workshops focused on: connections between brain function and creativity through drawing; expressing emotion through body movement; brainstorming and developing great ideas with ease; and making a habit of creativity. http://www.jikei.asia/com/en/support/center.html
Management of Libraries and Information Services, Winter 2009
Information practice demands knowledge of all aspects of management and service delivery. This course introduces selected theories, principles and techniques of contemporary management science, and organizational behavior and their application to libraries and information services. Students develop skills in planning, organizing, personnel management, financial management, leading, marketing, stakeholder management, and coordinating functions in libraries and information services. Students also
Effect of transverse load on fiber bragg grating measurements (The)
The field of communications has been revolutionized by the advent of optical fiber. Optical fiber now connects most of the world carrying a vast amount of information through a very limited physical medium. To the materials engineer, optical fiber technology has stimulated interest in a new type of micro-sensor application, where the size, weight, and the ability to integrate the sensor into a material structure play a major role. Areas of interest currently include materials characterization, c
Geologic time: Eons, eras, and epochs
Not a geology major or mathematician? No worries! This publication contains resources designed to do three things. The first is to complement teacher content knowledge and its relationship to the nature of geologic science. Geology is not a laboratory-based science lending itself to traditional notions of controlled experiments; rather it is a historical science requiring different methods. Second, we supply teachers with hands-on/minds-on lessons to develop student understanding, and third, we
This is a free site for you to help adults learn English and improve basic reading, writing, speaking and life skills.
Railways - 25K OS map symbols
Symbols for railways on Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale (Explorer) maps with photos of examples
Internet Scout Project
Eric Weisstein, the Technical Internet Encyclopedia Developer at the technical software company Wolfram Research, Inc., authors the World of Scientific Biography site. This section of the larger World of Science site is continually growing and includes over 1000 biographical entries of notable scientists throughout history. Visitors can search by keyword or browse by branch of science, gender/minority status, historical period, nationality, prize winners, and alphabetical index. And for those wh
Images from the History of Medicine
This is a collection of nearly 60,000 images that illustrate the social and historical aspects of medicine. The collection includes portraits, pictures of institutions, caricatures, genre scenes, and graphic art in various media.
Internet Scout Project
Developed by online museum educators, Pieces of Science is described as "an online gallery of sixteen educational resources related to a collection of historical science objects." The sixteen subjects are organized by grade level and include such topics as lighting rods, Apollo 8, a lunar module, Priestleyï¿½s physics project, and penicillin. Each page contains a variety of resources, but the lighting rod page, for example, explains the history of how Benjamin Franklin used lighting rods to s
Women in World History
Women in World History is an online curriculum resource center designed to help high school and college world history teachers and students find and analyze online primary sources on women in world history. Materials encourage teachers to integrate recent scholarship and give students a more sophisticated framework for understanding global women’s history. Women in World History reflects three approaches central to current scholarship in world history and the history of women: an emphasis on
Discovery without Objectives
This lecture was given by Assoc. Prof. Ken Stanley, University of Central Florida, when he visited RMIT University's School of Computer Science and IT in August 2012. The talk was sponsored by NICTA, ACM and RMIT University. In this talk, titled 'Discovery without Objectives', Ken Stanley offers an alternative approach to innovation, creativity, and discovery, by contemplating the counterintuitive idea that setting an objective can often limit or even block its own achievement. Recent experimen