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Living with uncertainty
The authorities in the US and Europe have the right policies in place to tackle the financial crisis, but it will take time to restore confidence in the markets, according to speakers at the World Knowledge Forum. James Wolfensohn, who had led the World Bank during the Asian financial crisis in the late 90s, told the forum’s ‘Live on Wall Street’ session that the markets have ‘yet to be convinced of the utility of these interventions.'
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‘Narrow’ self-interest, rather than role as a global player, drives China’s foreign policy
Even as China is poised to overtake Japan as the world’s second-largest economy, its foreign policy is driven less by its sense of its role as a key global player than by a set of ‘narrowly defined’ national interests, says Professor Kenneth Lieberthal, Director of the John L. Thornton China Centre and senior fellow in Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development at The Brookings Institution.


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A new world order: the rise of China and the decline of the West
While many are already talking about the notion of a shift in power from West to East, a thought-provoking book by author Martin Jacques called ‘When China rules the world’ takes this even further by proclaiming that China will not only thrive in the 21st century, but will do so at the expense of the United States.


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What’s next after Copenhagen?
Was there too much riding on the United Nations Climate Change Conference which concluded in Copenhagen at the weekend?
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Communicating your way to the top
Good communication skills outrank other core business competencies as the number one skill for corporate recruiters looking to hire MBA graduates. That rather surprising conclusion comes not from communications specialists, but from an organisation that has all the relevant data at its fingertips, The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), which runs GMAT testing for MBA applicants.
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2007 COSAL: Prose Reading: Salma (audio)

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"Crime and Responsibility: War, Indiscriminate Bombing, and Mass Killing"
tanaka book coverA talk by Yuki Tanaka, Professor at the Hiroshima Peace Institute. Dr. Tanaka examines the question of the criminality of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the responsibility of American political and military leaders who were closely involved in the decision-making and execution of the order to drop the bombs. Criminality is examined in ac
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2007 COSAL: Prose Reading: Salma (video)

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"Crime and Responsibility: War, Indiscriminate Bombing, and Mass Killing" (video)
tanaka book coverA talk by Yuki Tanaka, Professor at the Hiroshima Peace Institute. Dr. Tanaka examines the question of the criminality of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the responsibility of American political and military leaders who were closely involved in the decision-making and execution of the order to drop the bombs. Criminality is examined in ac
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Transferring Kaleidoscope members' activities research into economic outcomes
The importance of research undertaken within academic and research organisations is widely recognized by governments, industries and diverse stakeholders. Indeed, the contribution of higher education in the generation of new ideas and knowledge, and as an economic driver, has probably never been as important. Nevertheless, universities face a rapidly changing environment shaped by pressure on funding, an emphasis on quality assurance and the increasing impact of globalisation, marketisation and
Author(s): Scodigor Eugène,Balacheff Nicolas,Boulé Jean-Mar

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Analysis of a selection of interactive learning environments for mathematics
1) Analysis of the ILEs developed by TELMA teams: Aplusix, AriLab2, and e-Slate. 2) Critical analysis of the grid yielding a refined methodological tool for ILEs analysis. 3) Study of T-algebra, an additional ILE for the learning of elementary algebra; 4) Comparison of 10 ILEs based on the exploitation of the analysis grids.,deliverable D20.5.2 from ERT Telma of NoE Kaleidoscope
Author(s): Trgalova Jana,Bouhineau Denis,Nicaud Jean-Françoi

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Supplementing Textbooks with Computer-Based Resources in the Primary EFL-Classroom
Compute-assisted language learning (CALL) should take place whenever it can support work which otherwise could have not been carried out as effectively. Teachers should choose computer-assisted activities which reflect and promote pupils’ existing abilities rather than neglect or marginalize them. The suggested activity here is the production of talking books – audio-visual multimedia slideshows. It requires pupils to use the listening and speaking skills of a storyteller rather than the readi
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Case Study on social software in distributed working environments
This document outlines four different case studies on the use of Social Software in distributed working environments. While two case studies focus on the corporate world, two other case studies look at the use of Social Software in academic workplaces. The concluding remarks identify some common benefits as well as issues with the use of Social Software and to derive some further research challenges from the different cases. The findings for future research need to be directed towards strategies
Author(s): Kieslinger Barbara,Hofer Margit,Cao Yiwei,Ehms Kar

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Motor-Manipulatory Behaviours and Learning: an Observational Study
In this paper we investigated the role of motor-manipulatory behaviour in the learning modalities of thirty-five primary school children interacting with a Lego MindStorms kit. In particular, by means of an observational taxonomy of children’s behaviour, we analysed the video records of two observational sessions regarding the learning activities during the building of a small robot. Our results demonstrated that motormanipulatory behaviours are strictly linked to cognitive processes, and that
Author(s): Bilotta Eleonora,Gabriele Lorella,Servidio Rocco,T

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Patterns Instruction in Software Engineering
The paper deals with a training system with a client-server architecture created for students who are learning to design and implement object-oriented software systems with reusable components, and also targeting those users who wish become accustomed with (or improve their skills related to) software design. The paper briefly presents the design patterns which are to be found in the software library, as well as the manner of applying them. The user of such a system has five types of patterns at
Author(s): Novac-Ududec Cornelia,Stefanescu Diana

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Towards a multidimensional model for learning objects and learners
This paper presents a multi-dimensional learning style model and a system specification to automatically generate adaptive courses using the aspect oriented technique.
Author(s): Elferchichi Anis,Ben Alaya Noura,Ben Ahmed Mohamed

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Collaborative Writing in a Computer-integrated Classroom for Early Learning
This paper describes a collaborative experiment with a special software application supporting the acquisition of initial reading and writing skills embedded in a computer-integrated environment for young children. The NIMIS project has set up three Computer-integrated Classrooms across Europe with appropriate "roomware" environments, i.e. furniture, hardware and software to support early learning. Here, we present a collaborative writing task facilitated by a shared workspace system, that has b
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Towards a Pattern Language for Intelligent Teaching and Training Systems
Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs) are usually based on similar fundamental structures. In contrast to this, software engineering techniques are seldomly used for realizing ITSs. In the last years, some approaches tried to change this: pattern mining took place; methods covering the specifics of ITS project development have been deployed. These approaches usually focus on a specific system type or on a certain application domain. What is missing is a combination of all the different approaches
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The Remote Control Approach - How to Apply Scaffolds to Existing Collaborative Learning Environments
In this paper we present an architecture for the integration of tutoring and process scaffolds into existing collaborative applications. The architecture allows to combine existing research results concerning collaborative processes and their formalization, and existing and tested collaborative learning environments. The architecture allows to control the learning environments either by a human or a pedagogic agent. Both types of tutors are using the same set of primitives - either via an intuit
Author(s): Harrer Andreas,Malzahn Nils,Roth Benedikt

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Intelligent CALL: The magnitude of the task
The quality of most CALL programs is not well balanced with respect to the use of computer technology and of language content and processing. This imbalance can be explained by a number of constraints pulling CALL developers in diverging directions. For commercial CALLware the poor learner fit and lack of feedback is a serious impediment. So far ICALL approaches trying to overcome this have not been of a sufficiently high quality due to the vast distance between most learner language and the tex
Author(s): Tschichold Cornelia

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