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CSET Science Subtest I: Dynamic Processes of the Earth
The University of California, Irvine Extension, supported by generous grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The Boeing Company, is developing online courses to prepare science and mathematics teachers for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). This module is part of the preparation for CSET Science Subtest I. It covers:

  1. Tectonic Processes I: Continental Drift
  2. Tectonic Processes II: Seafloor Spreading and Plate Tectonics
  3. Tectoni
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How Predictable is the Climate System: Droughts, Floods, and Extreme Events

"How Predictable is the Climate System: Droughts, Floods, and Extreme Events"

A lecture delivered by UCI Professor Soroosh Sorooshian on February 20, 2008. Professor Sorooshian, Director of the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing at the University of California, Irvine is both Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Earth System Science. Among the world's top experts on drought, he has been advisor to the World Meteorolo
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Sustainability & Food Security
Bryan McDonald, PhD from CUSA and Planning Policy & Design, UC Irvine and Kelsey Meagher, the Sustainable Agrifood Systems (SAS) Fellow, UC Irvine present on "Sustainability and Food Security" on April 6, 2010. This talk provides an introduction to the major issues impacting global food security as well as linking food security to other pressing security challenges facing people and societies including sustainability and global environmental change. This talk will also discuss results from a rec
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Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Global Health Concerns and Issues

A Public Health Seminar delivered by Candace Chandra, Founder and President, Canary Strategies, LLC on Monday, May 10, 2010

Due to the severity, length, and frequency of conflict around the world, global health is increasingly involved in post-conflict reconstruction. Conflict is increasingly impacting not just the burden of disease and prevalence of serious injuries (including mental health), but also destroying health care systems and physical infrastructure - creating an emergency
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Asia's Rise and Global Governance

International Studies Public Forum (ISPF) presents:

“Asia's Rise and Global Governance”

with Miles Kahler, UC San Diego, recorded May 27, 2010

Miles Kahler is Rohr Professor of Pacific International Relations at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) and professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). From 2001 to 2005, Kahler served as interim director and founding director of the Ins
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Planning, Policy and Design 139: Water Resource Policy

Water is the economic, social, and physical lifeblood of humanity, providing the bases for agriculture, industry, transportation, energy production, and life itself. Despite its importance, alarming signs suggest that there are looming threats to this vital resource. The World Resources Institute contends that the world's thirst for water is likely to become one of the most pressing issues this century due to population growth, drought, and climate change. The World Bank reports that many dev
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Public Health - Environmental Cleanup Partnerships in Washington State

A Public Health Seminar delivered on Monday, October 4, 2010.

In the public imagination, the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. is an enclave of pristine environmental situations. This reputation has also attracted major environmental risks. The state of Washington hosts nearly 60 superfund priority sites under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. These sites include, for example, Hanford, a 586-square-mile site created in 1943 as part of
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Fluidics on a Compact Disc- A Two Day Short Course for Academia and Industry

The "Begin Course" button will download a PowerPoint file containing all of the slides for this course. After unzipping the file, you can use Microsoft Office or the open-source OpenOffice to view the presentation slides.

This a 2-day short course on Fluidics on a Compact disc for medical diagnostics. The course is intended for scientists and engineers in academia, government institutes and industry. Some background in physics, micro-fluidics and point of care (POC) diagn
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Workshop White Paper - Technology-enhanced learning in the context of technological, societal and cu
This paper reports on the aims, processes and outcomes of a workshop organised by Norbert Pachler (London Mobile Learning Group; www.londonmobilelearning.net) on technology-enhanced learning in the context of transformation as part of the STELLAR Alpine Rendez-Vous in 2009. The aim of workshop was to augment the work of the LMLG around its socio-cultural ecology, and to extend the interdisciplinary nature of its work through exposure to perspectives advanced by (TEL) researchers in cognate field
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What Does the Drooping Book Business Need? How About a Jolt of Espresso?
What if you could print a perfect-bound volume for as little time as it takes to brew a cup of coffee? That is the premise behind the Espresso book machine, which turns digital PDF files into paperbacks in minutes. Jason Epstein and Dane Neller, chairman and CEO respectively of On Demand Books in New York, the company behind the Espresso book machine, believe their technology has the potential to transform book publishing. Epstein, who was editorial director of Random House for 40 years, recentl
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Goal Configurations and Processing Strategies as Moderators Between Instructional Design and Cogniti
In this article, we propose some augmentations of cognitive load theory (CLT) inspired by evidence from hypertext-based instruction. In particular, we focus on the role of goal configurations and processing strategies as moderators between instructional design and cognitive load. First, we describe pivotal assumptions of CLT and conceptual shortcomings related to these assumptions. Second, we review evidence from our own hypertext-based research that gives reasons for integrating configurations
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Anchored Interactive Learning Environments
Advances in computer technology and multi-media systems have led to widespread interest in computer-based instruction and learning environments. The use of video, animation, graphics, and simulation allow the presentation of material in realistic contexts, thus addressing the problems of inert knowledge while promoting constructive and generative learning. But the true potential and benefits of these systems are yet to be realized. Cognitive studies on learning and transfer suggest that concepts
Author(s): Crews Thaddeus R.,Biswas Gautam,Goldman Susan,Bran

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The role of guidance in computer-based problem solving for the development of concepts of logic
The effect of two instructional variables, manipulation of objects and guidance, in learning to use the logical connective, conditional, was investigated. Instructions for 72 first- and second year social science students were varied in the computer-based learning environment Tarski's World, designed for teaching first-order logic (Barwise &Etchemendy, 1992). Guidance, which was operationalised by giving the learners problems that guided them to all different types of basic problem situations th
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Internet Scout Project
This Topic in Depth discusses the variety of instruments used to collect climate and weather data. The first two websites provide simple introductions to the many weather instruments. Bethune Academy's Weather Center (1) discusses the functions of psychrometers, anemometers, weather balloons, thermometers, and barometers. The Illinois State Water Survey (2) furnishes many images of various instruments that collect data daily for legal issues, farmers, educators, students, and researchers. The th
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Shared conceptualisations in weblogs
In this paper we investigate how conceptualisations can be identified in weblogs using language technology (automated text analysis). We focus on getting a handle on both the concepts bloggers use and the way they think these concepts are related. The analysis of these conceptualisations can then be applied to a single weblog, resulting in a visualisation of potential conceptualisations the blogger wants to share with the outside world. Another type of analysis is to determine the overlap, or sh
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Internet Scout Project
"Grid.org is a single destination site for large-scale research projects powered by the United Devices Global MetaProcessor." It harnesses the combined computing power of thousands of computers around the world to process large amounts of data that would otherwise be impossible or very costly to analyze. The Grid.org Web site is an excellent place to start if you want to participate in a distributed computing project, or if you are just interested in learning the basics of the technology. Curren
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Australian Travel Adventure
Students will learn information about each of Australia's states and territories by researching information from Internet sites. They will then take what they have learned and decorate the outline of a car with symbols and pictures that represent information gained from their research.
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A'Planting We Will Go
This lesson is based on the book, "The Tiny Seed", by Eric Carle. This story will be used to introduce the children to the concept that seeds change and grow into plants when conditions in the environment including temperature, light, water and soil are appropriate. Children will learn that plants produce seeds that can become new plants. Through extended activities, the children will experience first-hand the germination of seeds. They will become familiar with the parts of a plant and learn ho
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Buoyancy Brainteasers: Boat-in-Pool Puzzler
This interactive brainteaser from the NOVA Web site challenges you to figure out what happens to the water level when a rock is resting in a boat and when it is submerged in water.
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Buoyancy Basics
This illustrated demonstration from the NOVA Web site explains the concepts of buoyancy and density by showing what happens when different kinds of wood blocks are dropped in water.
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