Do partners care about their mutual location? Spatial awareness in virtual environments
This paper reports on four experimental studies concerning regard to how people use space so as to solve problems collaboratively in virtual environments. Prior to presenting the results, it summarizes the wide range of literature concerning social uses of spatiality in human interactions. The experiments we conducted revealed that virtual space modifies and improves collaborative processes such as division of labor, grounding, communication, coordination, as well as the performance to the task.
An Integrated Approach for Analysing and Assessing the Performance of Virtual Learning Groups
Collaborative distance learning involves a variety of elements and factors that have to be considered and measured in order to analyse and assess group and individual performance more effectively and objectively. This paper presents an approach that integrates qualitative, social network analysis (SNA) and quantitative techniques for evaluating online collaborative learning interactions. Integration of various different data sources, tools and techniques provides a more complete and robust frame
How To Use GRID Technology for Building Next Generation Learning Environments
Grid technologies promise to improve the way we think about e-learning allow-ing wide-scale learning resources sharing in heterogeneous and geographi-cally distributed environments consenting, in this way, the implementation of distributed learning spaces where different organizations and individuals are able to cooperate in pursuing similar and complementary learning and training objectives. But is the e-learning ready for this evolution? In this paper we try, starting from an existing e-learni
Using Ontological Engineering to Overcome Common AI-ED Problems
This paper discusses long-term prospects of AI-ED research with the aim of giving a clear view of what we need for further promotion of the research from both the AI and ED points of view. An analysis of the current status of AI-ED research is done in the light of intelligence, conceptualization, standardization and theory-awareness. Following this, an ontology-based architecture with appropriate ontologies is proposed. Ontological engineering of IS/ID is next discussed followed by a road map to
Segregated Schooling in Alabama
This scrapbook documents conditions in Birmingham's segregated schools in 1963, as well as white resistance to integration.
Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
The popular Learning Adventures series at DiscoverySchool.com (last mentioned in the March 8, 2002 NSDL Physical Science Report) has a feature on the International Space Station. Its assembly is one of the most ambitious engineering projects ever, and this site explains a few of the details of the multi-year process. In the Mission Basics section, there are specific facts, discussions about various aspects of the station, and virtual tours of some of the stations modules. Astronaut profiles and
CHEM 121 - Quantitative Analysis
Lecture notes, presentations (HTML and PDF), sample exams and their solutions for an introductory quantitative analysis and an instrumental analysis course.
The Nation's Report Card
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as "the Nation's Report Card," is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Since 1969, assessments have been conducted periodically in reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and the arts. The site's resources include access to data, state profiles, special studies, and publications.
Create Your Own Time Capsule
Create Your Own Time Capsule is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. Here, they build a time capsule to help future generations understand how they lived. The activity begins with a brief explanation of artifacts and time capsules. Students are then given step-by-step directions for how to select significant items and build a time capsule to store them. As an example, two kids and the time capsules they built are shown.
Going, Going, Gone?
This fun Web site is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. Here, they take a look at why so many species are disappearing from our planet.
This fun Web site is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. Here, they learn about paleontology with a hands-on activity. The activity opens with an explanation covering how fossilized bones are usually very delicate and buried deeply in rock fossils. Students are then given step-by-step directions for working with a friend to create two make-believe dig sites by burying bones in plaster of Paris. The activity ends with three discussion questio
WAPI radio towers
Radio WAPI. Caption: "WAPI towers. ." Story: "WAPI, owned by API and operated by the Extension Service, formally opened on the night of February 26, 1926, with great fanfare. Music by studio orchestra and speeches by Governor Brandon and API President Dowell.",JPEG image from black-and-white photograph.
W.A. Young at microphone for radio station WAPI
Radio WAPI. Caption: "W.A. Young at the microphone. Auburn, Lee Co., AL. April 1928." Story: "WAPI, owned by API and operated by the Extension Service, formally opened on the night of February 26, 1926, with great fanfare. Music by studio orchestra and speeches by Governor Brandon and API President Dowell.",JPEG image from black-and-white photograph.
Mr. Wilder broadcasting from radio station WAPI
Radio WAPI. Caption: "Mr. Wilder at WAPI broadcasting station. Auburn, Lee Co., AL. February 12, 1926." Story: "WAPI, owned by API and operated by the Extension Service, formally opened on the night of February 26, 1926, with great fanfare. Music by studio orchestra and speeches by Governor Brandon and API President Dowell.",JPEG image from black-and-white photograph.
The aim of this lesson is to develop students' understanding of the importance of managing time. It is the first lesson in the study skills series and is intended to support adult learners who are embarking on a course of study and need to acquire skills which will help them to be successful. The lessons are designed as a package with key skills reinforced in each subsequent lesson so that a study culture is developed over time. They can be delivered sequentially or used individually, as a whole
Closing the economic achievement gap: a case study of a successful Kansas secondary school
In spite of efforts at the federal, state, and local levels, the achievement gap has persisted over time. Recent NCLB legislation has brought renewed attention to the achievement gap, forcing schools to address it. Despite the daunting task of mediating the impact of poverty, some schools have made substantial progress in narrowing the achievement gap with low-income students. This qualitative case study of one successful Kansas public secondary school has concluded the caring actions of teacher
Characterization of adhesives at room and elevated temperatures
Recent interest in advanced materials has paved the way for exploring joining options besides the traditional mechanical or thermal methods such as riveting or welding. Because of the availability of highly advanced materials, mass production rates and demands for more aesthetic products, adhesive bonding is being used in more applications. Today, interstate signs, semi-trailer panels, aircraft structures, and many other commonly used products are adhesively bonded. Some of the common misconcept
Art in Wichita: instruction, collection and innovation
Art instruction, renowned collections and contemporary innovation represent the various offerings of Wichita’s primary visual art centers: the Wichita Center for the Arts, the Wichita Art Museum, and the Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art. Through their separate programs and objectives, these three institutions contribute to the city’s cultural vitality and make it more than just another dot on the map. Without the foresight of a number of her citizens, Wichita’s cultural climate would have rem
Former President Bill Clinton
"A world without walls is the only sustainable world," former president Bill Clinton told a crowd of 2,000 at Zellerbach and an overflow crowd watching a video simulcast of the speech in Haas Pavilion. Clinton spoke to the enthusiastic crowd at Zellerbach Auditorium, in the first campus appearance by a current or former U.S. president since John F. Kennedy's riveting speech to a capacity crowd in Memorial Stadium in 1962. His visit was sponsored by the Chancellor's Office and the Graduate Scho