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A Bayesian Student Model without Hidden Nodes and Its Comparison with Item Response Theory
The Bayesian framework offers a number of techniques for inferring an individual's knowledge state from evidence of mastery of concepts or skills. A typical application where such a technique can be useful is Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT). A Bayesian modeling scheme, POKS, is proposed and compared to the traditional Item Response Theory (IRT), which has been the prevalent CAT approach for the last three decades. POKS is based on the theory of knowledge spaces and constructs item-to-item gra
Author(s): Desmarais Michel C,Pu Xiaoming

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Learning in the Age of Ubiquitous Computing: Exploring the Impact of Mobile Technologies on Individu
This paper explores the emergence of a pervasive learning culture within the context of ubiquitous computing scenarios. Furthermore, this paper examines the impact of mobile technologies on collaborative learning and highlights the key characteristics of these phenomena.
Author(s): Kramer Mark A.M.,Mirlacher Thomas

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Virtual plants in high school informatics – L-systems
A creation of models is becoming an important part of informatics education besides algorithmization and programming. An appropriate example concerning use of computer science while modelling real world are the L-systems. In the paper we describe a proposal of teaching of plant’s growth modelling by the L-systems at a high school. Our goal is to help students to understand and try creation of plant’s model on the computer.
Author(s): Majherov Janka

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Health Issues for Aging Populations
Introduces the study of aging, its implications for individuals, families, and society, and the background for health policy related to older persons.
Author(s): Lynda Burton and Bruce Leff

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Content within individual OCW courses is (c) by the Johns Hopkins University and individual authors unless otherwise noted. JHSPH OpenCourseWare materials are licensed under a Creative Commons License

Collaborative learning - New learning models and applications
Distance education – defined as education that takes place when the learner and the instructor are in separate location – is undergoing changes throughout the world. The teaching environment is undergoing a major shift as more and more programs are offering classes online. This shift is due to rising costs in education, enrollment management issues, and an evolution in the use of distance learning.
Author(s): Nedelcut Nelida,Ciprian Pop,Nedelcut Sebastian

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The eBac distance learning platform - Getting your baccalaureate via the net
EBac covers the 3 year upper cycle of the Luxembourg secondary school system, beginning with 11th class, and thus prepares pupils for their baccalaureate.
Author(s): Hoffmann Alain,Weyrich Camille

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A New Analytical Approach on Continuous Improvement Evaluation: A National Presentation Case
This paper demonstrates a new approach on how to analyze evaluation data to find a team’s (sometimes called circle) improvement ability and the characteristics of evaluators by using the data from the national Quality Control Circle (QCC) presentations in Taiwan. Most evaluations on the QCC presentation use the itemized rating method or the duplex-pole evaluation method. The former has the negative effects of canceling out the higher and lower while the latter cannot distinguish the ability typ
Author(s): Chen Chyong Ling Judy

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Awareness of the capabilities and use of social software attributes within and outside the education
This paper reports early findings of an ongoing study to determine the use and impact of social educational software at undergraduate level. It summarizes the theoretical background to the educational use of social software and suggests directions for future research. The primary aim of the study was to capture and describe the extent and patterns of use of educational software and Web 2.0 technologies among first year undergraduate technology students taking the Web Development module. Results
Author(s): Stepanyan Karen,Mather Richard,Payne Janet

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Evaluating Wiki as a tool to promote quality academic writing skills
In this study we investigated undergraduate teacher trainees' use of wikis, focusing on the use of shared spaces to communicate ideas and generate course specific content. We explored how students, through such activities, were to able to improve their academic writing skills. We discuss writing as a social practice and discuss how wikis might promote better academic writing. With data derived from student discussion boards and a post-module e-mail questionnaire (N=35) our findings indicate that
Author(s): Wheeler Steve,Wheeler Dawn

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Power versus the Market
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Reusing Streaming Contents in Engineering and Education Courses
Bologna’s process and the opening of university teaching to new educational scenarios provide an opportunity for the implementation of innovative and active methodologies. This paper describes a practice implemented by the share and reuse of learning contents using streaming technology. Streaming technology was used since it promotes the support of pedagogical activity as a dynamic resource and oriented to a model of shared learning. The motivation beyond this idea was the share of teacher’s e
Author(s): Santos Henrique,Leão Celina Pinto,Soares Filomena

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Measuring the responsiveness of e-learning materials to varying learning styles using EDUSA method
The strength of the acceptance by a particular e-learner for a particular e-learning material depends on two main factors: 1) the ability of the e-learner to vary his or her learning style, especially in terms of pace, and 2) the ability of the e-learning material to offer a sufficient responsiveness in adaptation to the corresponding learning style of the particular e-learner. E-learning materials that better adapt to the varying learning styles of e-learners have a larger "contact area" than t
Author(s): Strazds Armands,Kapenieks Atis,Zuga Bruno,Štāle

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Helping Your Child with Homework
This site tells how parents can make sure children succeed with homework and develop strong study skills. Among the topics: setting a regular time and place for homework, removing distractions, looking over completed assignments, discussing assignments to be sure they are clear, talking with teachers, and more. A brief checklist is included.
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Supporting Technology-enhanced Learning through Semi-automatic Detection and Management of Skill and
A paradigm shift from a knowledge to a competence society is going on, which also becomes increasingly important for educational and vocational training purposes. Skills and competences are employed to describe learning content, students’ capabilities, learning processes, and the like. Creating descriptions of skills and competences and assigning them manually is usually an exhausting task. Thus technology-enhanced support is needed. This paper presents a solution approach which enables both th
Author(s): Nussbaumer Alexander,Gütl Christian,Albert Dietri

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Beginner Lesson 38: Listen to me with your eyes
Learn Spanish with Spanishpod101.com! How well read are you in Spanish literature? Well, if you’re not, then pay attention to this lesson. Join Alan and Lisy as they discuss perhaps one of the most celebrated poets of the Americas, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Just who is she? Well, click that button and find [...]
Author(s): SpanishPod101.com

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Obama: no need yet for more U.S. military aid to Ukraine
Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe As U.S. President Obama wraped up the U.S.-Africa Summit, he declared it a success, while also weighing on Russia saying its economy has "ground to halt" because of sanctions. Deborah Lutterbeck reports. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe More Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the glo
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The effects of the Psychological Sense of Community in on-line and face-to-face academic courses
Recent studies have shown that the Psychological Sense of Community (PSoC) felt by students plays a key role in affecting their performance, satisfaction and persistence in academic degree programs. Hence, the lower student performance and higher dropout rates suffered by on-line courses in comparison with their face-to-face counterparts are often traced back to lower levels of PSoC caused by the lack of physical interactions among students who learn at a distance. The aim of this work is to und
Author(s): Pigliapoco Erika,Bogliolo Alessandro

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Advantages and disadvantages of e-learning at the technical university
The term Electronic Learning or e-Learning is being used in Russia rather rarely. It integrates a number of terminological notions in the sphere of application of modern information and communication technologies in education such as multimedia, education on the base of web-technologies, etc. Teachers and learners must realize that new opportunities are offered by modern on-line communication. A person with basic Internet and Web skills is open to a new world of knowledge, from free Web surfing
Author(s): Sheypak Olga,Artyushina Galina,Artyushina Anna

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Internationalizing the Curriculum: Champlain College and the Global Module Project
Champlain College, a leader in both online and international education, uses the Internet to create Global Modules that link the students and faculty at two or three international educational institutions for shared online readings, discussion and teamwork. Students at Champlain have used the Global Modules format to discuss women’s issues with students in the U.A.E., terrorism with Jordanian students, globalization with Indian students, the peace movement with Austrian students and the Lebanon
Author(s): Scudder Gary Evans Jr.,Vincent Jennifer A.

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An Interactive, Multimedia Environment for Exploring Tonal Pitch Space
Because they depict relations among musical pitches, chords, and key, charts in Fred Lerdahl’s Tonal Pitch Space can be rendered more accurately and vividly with multimedia authoring software. My renderings enable a user to orient charts toward any specific key, trace any of numerous possible paths, determine the depth of embedding of any element in any tonal context, and compute distances between elements. Lerdahl’s analyses can be depicted more vividly by synchronizing graphic images with th
Author(s): Williams J. Kent

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