Rocking the Boat
The concepts of stability and equilibrium are introduced while students learn how these ideas are related to the concept of center of mass. They gain further understanding when they see, first-hand, how equilibrium is closely related to an object's center of mass. In an associated literacy activity, students learn about motion capture technology, the importance of center of gravity in animation and how use the concept of center of gravity in writing an action scene.
NLP-based scripting for CALL activities
This article focuses on the development of Natural Language Processing (NLP) tools for Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). After identifying the inherent limitations of NLP-free tools, we describe the general framework of Mirto, an NLP-based authoring platform under construction in our laboratory, and organized into four distinct layers: functions, scripts, activities and scenarios. Through several examples, we explain how Mirto's architecture allows to implement state-of-the-art NLP fun
Programming as mathematical narrative
This paper describes a narrative-oriented approach to the design and analysis of a computational system and a set of activities for mathematical learning. Our central contention is that programming can offer a key to resolving the tension between the different representational structures of narrative and mathematical formalism. In the course of describing our approach, we make a distinction between the epistemic-cognitive elements of narrative and the social, cultural and affective elements. We
E-learning for enhancing management skills
The paper discusses design and development issues of an online program for enhancing management skills of Early Years Childcare practitioners. The program is developed in the frames of the EEEYMS* project by partners from UK, Bulgaria, Finland, and the Netherlands. The purpose is to design an ICT-based flexible learning solution for problem-based learning. The content is organized in nine modules. The learning materials are available online, through the Learnwise Learning Management System, and
9.916 The Neural Basis of Visual Object Recognition in Monkeys and Humans (MIT)
Understanding the brain's remarkable ability for visual object recognition is one of the greatest challenges of brain research. The goal of this course is to provide an overview of key issues of object representation and to survey data from primate physiology and human fMRI that bear on those issues. Topics include the computational problems of object representation, the nature of object representations in the brain, the tolerance and selectivity of those representations, and the effects of atte
Futurelab - Teachers Learning with Digital Technologies: A review of research and projects
If we are interested in changing education, we need more than ever to be interested in teacher education, teacher knowledge and teacher learning. If we want to encourage different approaches to teaching and learning, and new relationships between pupils and teachers, we need to understand the ways in which teachers come to learn, adapt and make such new approaches a reality. This review aims to provide an overview of the research on teacher education, and a roadmap for how this might best be sup
Baghera Assessment Project, designing an
hybrid and emergent educational society
The Baghera Assessment Project (BAP) has the objective to ex plore a new avenue for the design of e-Learning environments. The key features of BAP's approach are: (i) the concept of emergence in multi-agents systems as modelling framework, (ii) the shaping of a new theoretic al framework for modelling student knowledge, namely the cK¢ model. This new model has been constructed, based on the current research in cognitive science and education, to bridge research on education and research on the
17.188J Labor and Politics (MIT)
This graduate research and reading seminar examines an array of issues facing labor in today's global world. The premise of this course is that recent developments (e.g., globalization, liberalization, privatization, etc.) have created a mix of opportunities and risks for labor in most developing countries.
Role of Assistance in Computer-mediated Communication in Higher Education
This paper reports preliminary findings of a small scale study that address the role of assistance in computer-mediated communication (CMC) in Higher Education. In particular, this study investigates whether the type of assistance in such environments is affected by the type of task used to initiate the CMC, and to see whether the instructors and students offer more or less assistance according to task type. We examine courses which use CMC in the adjunct mode i.e. students used CMC as an option
Go with the Flow
Students gain an understanding of the difference between electrical conductors and insulators, and experience recognizing a conductor by its material properties. In a hands-on activity, students build a conductivity tester to determine whether different objects are conductors or insulators. In another activity, students use their understanding of electrical properties to choose appropriate materials to design and build their own basic circuit switch.
7.391 Concept-Centered Teaching (MIT)
Do you like teaching, but find yourself frustrated by how little students seem to learn? Would you like to try teaching, but are nervous about whether you will be any good at it? Are you interested in new research on science education? Research in science education shows that the greatest obstacle to student learning is the failure to identify and confront the misconceptions with which the students enter the class or those that they acquire during their studies. This weekly seminar course focuse
Will It Fly?
In this lesson, students will learn about kites and gliders and how these models can help in understanding the concept of flight. Students will design and build their own balsa wood models and experiment with different control surfaces. The goal of this lesson is for students to apply their existing knowledge about the four forces affecting flight and apply engineering design to develop a sound glider. They will also communicate the reasoning and results of any design modifications made.
Let’s Heat Things Up!
Students observe demonstrations, and build and evaluate simple models to understand the greenhouse effect, the role of increased greenhouse gas concentration in global warming, and the implications of global warming theory for engineers, themselves and the Earth. In an associated literacy activity, students learn how a bill becomes law and research global warming legislation.
11.370 Brownfields Policy and Practice (MIT)
There are several hundred thousand Brownfield sites across the country. The large number of sites, combined with how a majority of these properties are located in urban and historically underserved communities, dictate that redevelopment of these sites stands to be a common theme in urban planning for the foreseeable future. Students form a grounded understanding of the Brownfield lifecycle: how and why they were created, their potential role in community revitalization, and the general processe
You’ve Got to See It to Believe It!
Students develop an understanding of visible air pollutants with an incomplete combustion demonstration, a “smog in a jar” demonstration, building simple particulate matter collectors, and exploration of engineering roles related to air pollution. In an associated literacy activity, students learn basic marketing concepts and techniques, and the principles of comparative analysis, while creating an advertisement for a hybrid vehicle. Note: You may want to set up the activities for Air Pollut
For a renewed academy industry research partnership
The joint venture between the academic research on learning technology and industry along the past decade shares similarity with the gold rush: great effort for a too small outcome. From all the energy spent, “acadustry” has emerged; a chimerical community of practice, merging academic and industry objectives and traditions. The relevance and fruitfulness of this new community is questionable. This presentation will suggest revisiting the orientation of the eLearning research policy, taking
Techniques for Studying Materials: Atomic Force Microscopy
This set of animations provides understanding of what Atomic Force Microscopy is and how it is used. From TLP: Atomic Force Microscopy
Mechanical Behaviour of Materials: Mechanics of Fibre-Reinforced Composites
This set of animations provides understanding of the principles of fibre-reinforced composites. From TLP: Mechanics of Fibre-Reinforced Composites
Techniques for Studying Materials: Transmission Electron Microscopy
This set of animations assists in the understanding of the principles of TEM. From TLP: Transmission Electron Microscopy
Functional Behaviour of Materials: Ferroelectric Materials
This set of animations provides understanding of the principles and applications of ferroelectric materials. From TLP: Ferroelectric Materials