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Report on Outcomes of the Technology Transfer and Research Commercialisation Workshop 2005 This report from the Group of Eight, summarises the purpose and outcomes of the workshop held on 8 July 2005 in Canberra. Key challenges and opportunities for future collaboration were also formulated. These included the issue of securing funding to support the early stages of individual ventures; measuring the impact of investment in research and development; improving interactions between universities and the private sector, and improving engagement between universities and state and territory governments. From EdNA Online on September 27, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


TechDis Staff Packs The JISC-funded service TechDis has produced a series of staff development packs aimed at training front-line practitioners in the accessibility benefits of e-Learning. The packs highlight the important issues surrounding technology and disability. Each pack is self-standing and can either be delivered as a session independently or adapted into a wider staff development programme. From EdNA Online on September 27, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Private Tutoring Takes Off in New Zealand Private tutoring companies are changing the face of education in New Zealand, with tutoring services mushrooming as more families turn to after school tuition for their primary and secondary school children. From EdNA Online on September 27, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Art Education - An Australian Fine Art Education Resource Australia leads the world in Art Education especially at a high school level. I believe art is an important aspect of Australian culture and participation after kids leave high school should be encouraged. This website provides links to resources and colleges to help students interested in studying art in Australia. From EdNA Online on September 27, 2005 at 9:30 p.m..


Educating the Net Generation Overview of Educause Net Generation conference (8/05), including aha! learning, aha! resources, my aha! application of the learning, access to the conference PowerPoint presentation (finally! modeling of presentation software as *support* and not a presenter's script, and (below)access to my report with live hyperlinks. From Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) Newest on September 27, 2005 at 9:30 p.m..


Talking at CHASE CHASE is the Cambridge Association of Hi-tech Entrepreneurs and they have invited me to present on Chalkface on Tuesday 4th Oct. Details. The event is open to non-members and of course I would be delighted to see you there. That's our second mention in Cambridge Network this week. Here's the other. Shame they missed the --> From Chalkface: Blog on September 27, 2005 at 8:31 p.m..


Rock Art Research in the Field and Laboratory The project included attendance at a conference of scholars in rock art research. The results of this project apply new theory to my doctoral research, and adapt the Rock Art Stability Index (from doctoral research) for easy use by the community and in the field laboratory. From Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) Newest on September 27, 2005 at 8:30 p.m..


Superstition Mountains and Community Identity Research Project This summer project researched local archives and interviewed local experts to begin the "2005 Circlestone Project," the first Red Mountain Natural History of the Southwest Undergraduate Research Program. From Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) Newest on September 27, 2005 at 8:30 p.m..


Workshop for Language Placement Assessment I participated in a summer workshop hosted by National Foreign Language Resource Center, entitled, “Designing Effective Foreign Language Placement Tests,” which was held from June 20 - July 1, 2005, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. From Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) Newest on September 27, 2005 at 8:30 p.m..


Reading Ireland after the Celtic Tiger This project examines the authors who represent what it is to be Irish and how Ireland's new economic prosperity has affected its writers, both current and canonical. Contemporary writers reflect the changing identity in "Celtic Tiger" Ireland and the contradictions posed by a burgeoning economy. From Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) Newest on September 27, 2005 at 8:30 p.m..


Radius Ratio A web-based learning aid part of JCE's WebWare Open Review Collection. Radius Ratio is a set of animations which demonstrate the holes associated with cubic, tetrahedral and octahedral packing arrangements. A sample calculation of determining radius size is given. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on September 27, 2005 at 12:30 p.m..


Preserving Australia's Cultural and Historical Assets In a unique collaboration, Canberra's cultural institutions are using new technology to create exact digital replicas of Australia's most important assets, including Captain Cook's Endeavour journal and the diaries of Burke and Wills. That means anyone who can log onto the Internet can have free access to these important documents. Blended Learning International (BLI), a registered training organisation, have customised their Certificate IV in IT (Multimedia) to deliver training on the processes involved in digitising the cultural assets of the National Library of Australia, the From EdNA Online on September 27, 2005 at 4:30 a.m..


Joint Bid for Regional and Rural Medical School La Trobe University and the University of Ballarat have announced their intention to seek government support to establish a third medical school in Victoria. Professor Osborne emphasised that the aim of the proposal was not to transplant a metropolitan program into a regional setting since this would not address the national problem of a shortage of regional and rural medical practitioners. La Trobe University Bulletin September 2005 From EdNA Online on September 27, 2005 at 4:30 a.m..


Uni Offers New Ways to Access Degrees The University of Melbourne has opened improved pathways for TAFE students to access its agriculture and related degrees with the introduction of a suite of Associate Degree programs. UniNews The University of Melbourne 19 September 2005 From EdNA Online on September 27, 2005 at 4:30 a.m..


Desalination Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Gateway to Science looks at what happens to the excess salt formed by desalination, the possibility of using solar energy to run a desalination plant and the use of desalinated water to irrigate deserts. Questions are answered by experts. From EdNA Online on September 27, 2005 at 4:30 a.m..


Planet Science NESTA, the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts has developed a site which contains many interactive games, movies and activities about science. Themes include the science of sound, Mars, sugar, environment, transit of Venus and DNA. From EdNA Online on September 27, 2005 at 4:30 a.m..


Paper: Study Pathways of International Students Through the ELICOS Sector During the period 2002-04 one in three international students studying in Australia undertook an ELICOS (or English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) programme either as a stand-alone course or as a pathway to study in other sectors. This paper provides an analysis of international student study pathways within the framework of Australian education with a specific focus on the ELICOS sector. It shows the uptake of various study options via the ELICOS sector and highlights the extent to which international students in Australia on a student visa pursue educational pathways throu From EdNA Online on September 27, 2005 at 4:30 a.m..


Language Software Code 'Deciphers' English One of the greatest difficulties in learning the English language is understanding that alphabet characters can change how they sound from word to word, or often have no sound at all. From EdNA Online on September 27, 2005 at 4:30 a.m..


WordGenius Dictionaries This product is an electronic Macquarie dictionary, thesaurus and spell checker that is a really valuable tool for students learning English. It is a drag and drop software program - the icons sit on the screen in ANY Microsoft Windows application and correct spelling and meanings can be found - it has a pronunciation feature that is invaluable for students whose first language is not English. There is a free online dictionary trial. From EdNA Online on September 27, 2005 at 4:30 a.m..


Anti-Poverty Week - Australia Anti-Poverty Week aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and within Australia. It also aims to encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments. Everyone who is interested in helping to reduce poverty and hardship here or overseas is encouraged to organise their own activities during the week or join in some being organised by other people. The activities can be large or small, and events at the local level are especially welco From EdNA Online on September 27, 2005 at 4:30 a.m..


OpenOffice.Org OpenOffice.org is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute. From EdNA Online on September 27, 2005 at 4:30 a.m..


Maximising Progress - Ensuring the Attainment of Pupils with Special Education Needs These materials, currently on the UK DfES Standards site, are designed to maximise the attainment of pupils with special education needs and disability within mainstream secondary schools. The materials contain information about using data, including target setting and target getting; approaches to learning and teaching in the mainstream classroom and managing the learning process for pupils with Special Education needs. From EdNA Online on September 27, 2005 at 4:30 a.m..


Characteristics of Effective Schools and Classrooms in the Teaching of Reading On the U.S. National Centre for Homeless Education site, this MS Word resource is part of the outcome of the first year of a two-year project designed to explore what works in reading instruction for students who are highly mobile. It summarizes the findings of a review of literature on teaching reading to highly mobile students and details procedures and practices that stimulate student reading achievement. From EdNA Online on September 27, 2005 at 4:30 a.m..


Global Imperative - Report of the 21st Century Literacy Summit 21st century literacy is the set of abilities and skills where aural, visual and digital literacy overlap. These include the ability to understand the power of images and sounds, to recognize and use that power, to manipulate and transform digital media, to distribute them pervasively, and to easily adapt them to new forms. These new forms of communication appear to include layers of meaning which are not accessible by traditional language skills alone and have new grammar with its own syntax. Its language lends itself to interactive communication and it has the ability to use media to evoke e From EdNA Online on September 27, 2005 at 4:30 a.m..


Information Evening - Master of Youth Health and Education Management The University of Melbourne offers a unique Master of Youth Health and Education Management (MYHEM) program for practitioners in the health, education, youth and community service sectors. From EdNA Online on September 27, 2005 at 4:30 a.m..


Dave Harris & Colleagues Collection of free lecture notes and other teaching materials contributed by Faculty and by students From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on September 27, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Generating a Histogram A web-based learning aid part of JCE's WebWare Open-Review Collection. A visual tutorial showing how to make a histogram in Microsoft Excel. The tutorial can be watched like a movie or scrolled through using controls at the top of the screen. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on September 27, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Generating a Trendline A web-based learning aid part of JCE's WebWare Open-Review Collection. A visual tutorial showing how to add a trendline (regression line) to a Microsoft Excel graph. The tutorial can be watched like a movie, or scrolled through using controls at the top of the screen. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on September 27, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Chime Library A web-based learning aid part of JCE's WebWare Open-Review Collection. The library contains an alphabetical index of Chime files for many molecular structures. Each entry can be manipulated with the Chime program to measure angles or lengths, label atoms, view different display styles, rotate the molecule, etc. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on September 27, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Leadership Crossroads The newsletter link in Leadership Crossroads website offers a wide array of information and articles regarding conducting international business from a cultural perspective. Their monthly newsletter has four primary sections which include: In Focus, Book of the Month, Website of the Month and Ten tips for Doing Business In (a different country each month). The general public can access the most recent 12 monthly newsletters at no cost. The site offers articles on timely topics such as remote management, work style differences, and organizational vs. national culture, as well as links to additi From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on September 27, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Society for Human Resource Management NOTE: One must be a member of SHRM to access this information. The Society for Human Resource Management offers a Global Forum link that discuss compelling topics such as “Global Business Emphasizes Corporate Citizenship”, “China Joins west in HR Outsourcing Partnership” and “India’s talent War: An Update”. The forum offers news, bulletin board, discussion e-list, links and an email newsletter. The site itself also offers chats and multiple webcasts each week on a series of different topics. This is a great resource to find out about international HR issues. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on September 27, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Geology of California An online companion course to an instructor-led course on the Geology of California. Starts with some basic geology then presents specific geology found in california. Requires logon: username: eval and password: eval. Take the student version From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on September 27, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


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