Networked Learning, a relational approach weak and strong ties.
In this paper, we explore the idea of weak ties in networked learning. We go back to the original conception of the strength of weak ties (Granovetter 1973) and relate this to a dialogic understanding of networked learning (Koschmann 1999, Dysthe 2002). These theoretical ideas are applied to the examination of two networked settings in which educational leaders exchange ideas and have the potential to create knowledge. We examine these networks from the point of view of the overall pattern of in
Semantic Learning Model and Extended Student model: towards an AHAM-based adaptive system
In adaptive hypermedia systems, we distinguish AHAM as the most popular reference model which is based on the Dexter model. Our work consists on building an adaptive system following this model. In this paper, we deal both with the domain and the user's model. On one hand, the domain model called Semantic Learning Model (SLM) is described taking into account the pedagogical structure resulting from our pedagogical segmentation process. On the other hand, our user's model called eXtended Student
Semantic Annotation for Learning Material
This paper aims at providing the specification for semantic annotation tools for e-learning. From the specific requirements of annotating learning material, we categorize and evaluate the existing annotation tools, mainly general purpose ones. We illustrate two research prototypes of annotation tools we developed, and evaluate to what extend the specific requirements of annotating learning material are reached by these research prototypes.
Volcanic Activity: The Formation of Surtsey
A short video that explains how a volcanic eruption created the Surtsey Islands.
Auburn vs. Clemson (1954)
"The triumph was another team victory for the Plainsmen as they chalked up their fourth win in a row. Hoppy Middleton, with three first half touchdowns, lead the Auburn Tigers to a smashing 27 to 6 decision over Clemson before a Homecoming crowd of 24,000. Although the game was marred by a constant flow of penalties, the Plainsmen left no doubt of their superiority in the minds of Coach Frank Howard's elevens. The Auburn forward wall deserved much credit for the decisiveness of the victory. They
Helping Students to Write With Clarity
Most of us can benefit from a second set of eyes reading something we write. At Penn, there’s a place to go to get constructive criticism for everything from a research paper written for a course to an article penned for a peer review journal. The Marks Family Writing Center, part of the Critical Writing Program in Penn’s Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, gives students the kind of individual attention and feedback needed to write with clarity. Established in 2009 through a g
Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
At this award-winning website, try out some engineering design challenges: the Slowly Moving Marble, Civil Engineering Camping, Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, and Door Alarm. Students can draw their designs on the site, submit them, and receive guidance from an engineer.
Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing is a new book series containing peer-reviewed collections of essays--all composed by teachers for students--with each volume freely available for download under a Creative Commons license. The Writing Spaces' mission is to build a library of quality open access texts for the writing classroom as an alternative to costly textbooks.
A National Study of Chronic Disease Prevalence and Access to Care in Uninsured U.S. Adults
Background: No recent national studies have assessed chronic illness prevalence or access to care among persons without insurance in the United States. Objective: To compare reports of chronic conditions and access to care among U.S. adults, by self-reported insurance status. Design: Population-based survey. Setting: National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (1999–2004). Participants: 12 486 patients age 18 to 64 years. Measurements: Estimates of national rates of cardiovascular d
Confronting Health Inequity: The Global Dimension
Since the days of Hippocrates, health inequities and the role of social and environmental factors in the determination of marked differences in health status have been well recognized. For some time now, the driving force behind public health has been understanding and intervening in the underlying causes of health inequity. The publication of the Black Report1 in the United Kingdom in 1980 brought a more focused approach to this discourse by identifying specific factors, such as social class, g
Ohio and Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor
is a travel itinerary of 50 houses, farms, churches, historic districts, and other sites. Learn about the first organized American settlement in the Northwest Territory (1772) and the history and impact of canals and railroads. Read essays on transportation, ethnicity, industry, and preservation.
New Venture Development and Industry Analysis Map (undergraduate level)
The objective of this course is to equip McGuire Entrepreneurship Program students with the conceptual and analytical tools necessary for developing a strong sustainable competitive advantage for your proposed new venture. The proposed business will not succeed without identification and understanding of the industry, the company's niche, its key competitors, likely customer relationships, supplier power, switching costs, the role of technological change and government regulation; the proposed b
Project in Global Entrepreneurial Management
Welcome to the new competitive landscape. The business world you enter upon completion of your MBA is not the one of your parents or grandparents. It is a world defined by a global entrepreneurial revolution. Today, the essence of competitive advantage does not lie in traditional areas such as low cost or high quality. Rather, competitive advantage is defined in terms of speed, innovativeness, adaptability, flexibility, and aggressiveness. In short, advantage comes from entrepreneurial managemen
Junior Farce in Holmes Hall chapel
Pomona College juniors of the class of 1905 perform a play on the stage of Holmes Hall chapel. From left to right: Frank Seaver, Albert Barrows, Ruth Richmond, Edith Kelso, Florence White, Essae Culver, Mary Smith, Wallace Robb, and Harry Willett.
Jigsawing with Nebraska Golden Sower Award Books
Students will learn about the Nebraska Golden Sower Award, read selected chapters from at least one of the nominated titles for the current year and communicate what they have learned by selecting activities which involve using handheld computers.
This variation on Bingo allows students to apply research skills and build knowledge of the interconnected issues underlying Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Using principles of peer education, students share their research with each other in a fun, interactive, and collaborative way.
"The Influence of Shaivism on Pala Buddhism"
Alexis G. J. S. Sanderson is an Indologist and fellow at All Souls College at the University of Oxford. His field is early medieval religion in India and Southeast Asia, focusing on the history of Saivism, its relations with the state, and its influence on Buddhism and Vaishnavism. In the last 26 years, Alexis Sanderson has published over 1,400 pages of articles covering Saiva, Vaishnava, and Buddhist Tantra in South and Southeast Asia.Author(s):
Samuel Farber: "Cuba 1959: Roads Chosen and Not Chosen" SAMUEL FARBER was born and raised in Cuba and received his Ph.D. in
Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1969. He has
written numerous books and articles on Cuba including Revolution and
Reaction in Cuba, 1933-1960, and most recently, The Origins of the
Cuban Revolution Reconsidered published by the University of North
Carolina Press in 2006. He is currently working on a book on Cuba since
the 1959 Revolution for Haymarket Press. He is a
SAMUEL FARBER was born and raised in Cuba and received his Ph.D. in
"The Flood Disaster in Pakistan: Socio-economic Consequences and Potential Geopolitical Ramification
Imtiaz Gul is the Executive Director of the Centre for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad. He is the author of three books on the ongoing security concerns in South Asia: The Unholy Nexus, The Al-Qaeda Connection, and The Most Dangerous Place. Gul addresses the longer term political and social consequences of the floods in Pakistan of July of this
Contracting and Signaling, Winter 2008
Course prepares you to advise clients or your own organization on the design of contracts and screening policies when one of the parties has an information advantage over the other. For example, students study the design of patent licenses (the licensor knows more about the market), the design of social systems to reduce spam (the spam sender knows more about the content before the recipient decides whether to read), and the design of performance contracts for professional services (e.g., consul