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Open House Speech Part One
Full version (part one of three) In October, 2010, President Durden '71 spoke with prospective students and their families about what distinguishes Dickinson College from other liberal-arts institutions: What Dickinsonians value, learn and do at Dickinson--and beyond. This is the first segment of the Open House speech. In it, Vice President for Enrollment & Communications and Dean of Admissions Stephanie Balmer speaks about Dickinson College's standing among other top liberal-arts institution
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The Use of Open Education Resources at the University of Malawi (UNIMA)
<p>Considering the challenge of providing quality, cost-effective learning resources, it made sense that UNIMA should experiment with using OER. Through grants from the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the International Association for Digital Publications and OER Africa, an initiative of the South African Institute for Distance Education, were able to facilitate these projects.</p> <ul> <li> <p>The fi
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<p>Considering the challenge of providing quality, cost-effective learning resources, it made sense that UNIMA should experiment with using OER. Through grants from the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the International Association for Digital Publications and OER Africa, an initiative of the South African Institute for Distance Education, were able to facilitate these projects.</p> <ul> <li> <p>The fi
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<p>Considering the challenge of providing quality, cost-effective learning resources, it made sense that UNIMA should experiment with using OER. Through grants from the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the International Association for Digital Publications and OER Africa, an initiative of the South African Institute for Distance Education, were able to facilitate these projects.</p> <ul> <li> <p>The fi
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Commonwealth of Learning Copyright Audit
To a significant extent, copyright law governs the production, dissemination and consumption of knowledge and culture. In an "information society" it is particularly important to ensure that the gates of learning are kept wide open. It is in this context that an examination of copyright law with respect to education becomes crucial. When performing an audit of copyright law, it is essential to keep in mind international treaty obligations: particularly, the Berne Convention, the Agreement on tra
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Universal Subtitles is a software project and online community that's building the world's simplest subtitling tool. Subtitles and captions are crucial for translation, accessibility and search. But until now, there's been no easy open resource for subtitling -- locking online video behind language barriers and obstacles for the hearing and vision impaired.Created by Miro and the Participatory Culture Foundation and supported by Mozilla Drumbeat, Universal Subtitles is a simple subtitling tool a
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Kim Polese, CEO of SpikeSource, describes her twenty years of experience in developing software in Silicon Valley including Java development with Sun Microsystems. She also discusses SpikeSource's relationship with the open source community.
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1.11 Facilities and the visitor experience

The quality of any visitor experience is dependent on a number of variables. These include signposting to the tourist attraction, car parking, catering, toilet facilities and overall interpretation.

The lack of adequate parking, especially on public holidays, was something of a problem in the past, there being no parking on the site itself. To overcome this problem, the National Trust leased part of a nearby hotel’s car park, but there were complaints that visitors to the waterfalls w
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1.10 Other considerations

While visitors to Aberdulais Falls seem genuinely to enjoy the experience, there is a possibility that only when they arrive at the site do they realise it is primarily an industrial site, with an attractive waterfall. There is no mention in the Aberdulais Falls title of it being an industrial site. Even the National Trust Handbook and website are a little ambiguous, using the phrase ‘Famous waterfalls and fascinating industrial site’ in its literature. Clearly not all visitors are m
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1.7 Evaluation

The preceding description of the history and development of this particular heritage site possibly gives the impression of some inevitability of development, and of a smooth, conflict-free transition from a derelict industrial site to a successful visitor attraction.

However, alternative approaches could have been undertaken. Some that strike me include the following:

  1. The site could have simply been surveyed, made safe and provided with one or tw
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1.6 Visitor numbers

The National Trust has actively sought to encourage visitors with a wide range of interests to the site, and to broaden the appeal of the site as much as possible:

  • displays include interpretation panels devoted to the geology, flora and fauna of the site

  • computer interactive displays have been used to expand the information base

  • guided tours are run, and information sheets and visitor packs have been produced


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1.4 The economics of maintaining a heritage site

The National Trust operates within a complex web of funding. This comes from annual membership fees and from visitor receipts at individual sites. Each National Trust property is responsible for raising the income necessary to fund its own conservation activities and further development (although a large minority of sites cannot cover their costs). Properties raise this income through visitors charges and from catering, shop sales, etc. Failure to raise sufficient income can lead to job losse
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1.3 Stages of development

As a result of the consultation and decision-making process, it was decided, as a primary objective, to undertake a systematic survey of the site in order to uncover and understand the industrial archaeology of Aberdulais Falls. This involved removing tons of rubbish, infill and vegetation, and examining in detail the archaeological remains discovered.

During this process, no evidence from the sixteenth-century copper smelting works was uncovered, and it is assumed that this lies beneat
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1.1 Background

Aberdulais Falls is under the control of the National Trust. It is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty that has attracted artists for centuries (Turner visited the ten-metre high waterfall in 1796). Aberdulais Falls also has a four-hundred-year history of industrial use, due to the opportunities it provides for water power. The industrial history of Aberdulais Falls goes back to 1584, when the availability of water power and fuel led to copper ore from Cornwall being smelted there. C
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9 Metre

As we have seen, scansion is the act of mapping out stress patterns in order to ascertain the metre (rhythm). In the accentual-syllabic system, the dominant tradition in English, both accents (stresses) and syllables are measured and counted. In accentual metre, the stresses are counted and the syllables can vary. In syllabic metre, the syllables are counted, while the stresses can vary.

Here is pentameter, the line of f
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