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Critical Issues and Grand Challenges
These panelists use the lens of systems engineering to focus sharply on some signature global challenges in finance, healthcare, energy and IT.

The system failure that undid the small but influential financial services industry was a few decades in the making, says John Reed. In the ‘80s, a sea change swept ov

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The new discipline of astrobiology – that is, the science of searching for extraterrestrial life – is not only rapdly growing, but has also captured the public imagination. This unit examines the emergence of icy satellites of distant planets as potential sites of extraterrestrial life. Focussing on the case study of Jupiter's moon Europa, the unit looks at the potential for life there, and speculates on the ethics of searching for life elsewhere in the solar system.
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Grand Challenges and Engineering Systems: Inspiring and Educating the Next Generation
It’s a good thing for a world increasingly beset by mammoth challenges that universities are responding with new engineering systems programs. These initiatives, as Daniel Roos attests, are swiftly proliferating in the U.S. and abroad to equip students to address such complex issues as health care, sustainable energy,
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Cowie, F. and Bradney, A. (2000), English Legal System in Context, London, Butterworths, pp. 88–90.
‘Extending and developing your thinking skills’, Open University Student Toolkit 9.
Slapper, G. (2000) ‘Castles built on law’, New Law Journal, 23 June.
Slapper, G. and Kelly, D. (2003) The
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After completing this unit you will have a basic understanding of:

  • how the legal system in the UK works;

  • how laws are made in the UK;

  • some of the key players in UK law enforcement;

  • different ways of taking notes.

Introduction

In this unit you will have the opportunity to look at some of the constituent parts of the legal system in the UK. You will also consider how laws are made and who is responsible for enforcing them. Finally, you will have an opportunity to experiment with different ways of taking notes.

This unit is from our archive and is an adapted extract from the Open University course Starting with Law (Y166), which is no longer in presentation. If you wish to study formally with The Open Un
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Carbon and Energy Efficient Supply Chains
Consumers will soon be able to quantify the carbon footprint of products they consume, and that could begin to change consumer behavior. The common banana you buy, say organic or not, is probably labeled by the country or origin. Increasingly, you might see a second sticker adorning your beloved yellow fruit – it will be a
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Health Care Reform in the U.S.: What Will it Look Like and What Does it Mean?
Years of extreme partisanship and lobbying have left Americans cynical and bewildered about health care reform, but, say these panelists, the urgency of achieving some measure of change is not diminished, both for American families and the nation as a whole. The sad truth is that the problem may have become too complex and pr
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Make your own Classroom Screensavers in minutes

You might have weekly spelling words, daily items to remember, times tables charts or a picture of the solar system or something relevant to what you are st
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Education for All

 Steve Sinnot

Steve Sinnot, General Secretary of the UK's biggest teachers' union, the NUT, gives the 2007 Hugh Gaitskell Memorial Lecture entitled “Education, Social Justice and Educational Opportunities – reflections on the role of teachers and their organisations”

Mr Sinnot describes the impact of those who are hopeful supporters and activists for justice, human rights and equality. He gives examples of the improve
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Addressing the Challenges of Inquiry-Based Learning Through Technology and Curriculum Design
Inquiry experiences can provide valuable opportunities for students to improve their understanding of both science content and scientific practices. However, the implementation of inquiry learning in classrooms presents a number of significant challenges. We have been exploring these challenges through a program of research on the use of scientific visualization technologies to support inquiry-based learning in the geosciences. In this article, we describe 5 significant challenges to implementin
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Authenticity in learning game: how it is designed and perceived
A key concern in game-based learning is the level of authenticity games require in order to match what learners can expect in the real world, what keeps them engaged in the game, and what they need to learn. We examined authenticity or credibility in a game from the learner’s perspective. There are very few studies on this aspect. We propose that authenticity is the result of a compromise between external authenticity (perceived likeness with real life reference), internal authenticity (perceiv
Author(s): Gonçalves Celso,Croset Marie-Caroline,Ney Muriel,

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South African Child Gauge 2009/2010
The South African Child Gauge is produced annually by the Children Institute University of Cape Town to monitor government and civil society progress towards realising the rights of children This issue focuses on child health. The South African Child Gauge is divided into three parts: PART ONE Children and law reform. Part one discusses recent legislative developments affecting child health In this issue there is commentary on the Children's Act the Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abus
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Cold War: Star Wars - part 4/5
1980 - 1988 Reagan boosts U.S. defense spending and proposes the Strategic Defense Initiative, an anti-missile system in space. New premier Gorbachev knows the Soviets can't match the U.S., and wants to liberalize and reconstruct the economy. After summits in Geneva, Reykjavik and Washington, the leaders agree to drastic arms cuts.
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No more roads less travelled?
Get to know mechanical engineering student Gavin Kenneally and his concept for a revolutionary lateral active suspension system for vehicles. With the guidance from Concordia's HYbrid CONtrol Systems (HYCONS) laboratory Director Luis Rodrigues, this idea may well transform the way we travel on varied and unpredictable terrain.
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Software didattico e difficoltà in matematica
Considerazioni sull'uso di software didattico come ausilio per osservare e comprendere le difficoltà di apprendimento nell'area logico-matematica
Author(s): Dettori Giuliana,Ott Michela,Tavella Mauro

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Nerve Racking
This lesson describes the function and components of the human nervous system. It helps students understand the purpose of our brain, spinal cord, nerves and the five senses. How the nervous system is affected during spaceflight is also discussed in this lesson.
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Професионалното е-обучение – технологични стандарти,
Основната цел на тази статия е да представи най-новите тенденции и най-добри световни практики при прилагането на съвременни компютърни и образователни технологии в професионалното обучение. В първата част се прави кратък преглед на разработваните напоследък технологич
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User Interfaces for a Virtual Learning Environment: Two Study Cases
A recent powerful idea in the design of Web-based learning environments is the usage of virtual places. The employment of interface metaphors is one of the approaches enabling inexperienced users to feel comfortable in such virtual environments. We have designed a Virtual Environment for Distance Education and Training (VEDET), which provides basic virtual spaces, resources, and services. In this paper we discuss the user interface of two Web-based distance learning courses Business on the Inter
Author(s): Stefanov Krassen,Dicheva Darina,Nikolov Roumen,Dja

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A Layered Framework for Evaluating Online Collaborative Learning Interactions
Evaluating on-line collaborative learning interactions is a complex task due to the variety of elements and factors that take place and intervene in the way a group of students comes together to collaborate in order to achieve a learning goal. The aim of this paper is to provide a better understanding of group interaction and determine how to best support the collaborative learning process. To that end, we propose a principled framework for the study and analysis of group interaction and group s
Author(s): Daradoumis Thanasis,Martinez Alejandra,Xhafa Fatos

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