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'Intelligent' Tools Lead to Smarter Searches An emerging concept known as "intelligent searching," will enable teachers and students to more effectively navigate the vast amount of information on the internet. From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Digital morphology This is the website of Digital Morphology, a National Science Foundation Library at the University of Texas at Austin providing access to HRCT data on over 100 species of plants and animals. High-resolution X-ray computed tomographic (HRCT) scanning is an industrial refinement of conventional medical diagnostic CAT scanning. This archive presents samples of the vertebrate skull, which have been surveyed from fossils to embryos and adults of living species. The library website offers a variety of resources, including slice-by-slice animations and Java applets of complete data volumes and animat From New Humbul Resources on October 4, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


View buildings The View Buildings website provides access to the photographic archive of a project that is documenting the corpus of architecturally interesting and historically important buildings in England. To access the website it is necessary to register, upon which access is granted to buildings of the Soke of Peterborough only. Buildings and objects in this area date from the Saxon period onwards. Access to more counties must be paid for. The focus of the website is largely on ecclesiastical buildings, particularly churches and cemeteries, though any historic building is included. The pictures can be From New Humbul Resources on October 4, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Prime Minister Honours Scientists and Science Teachers The 2005 Prime Minster's Prize for Science has been awarded to Professor David Boger from the University of Melbourne. The food, agriculture, and microtechnology industries have all benefited from Professor Boger's research on predicting the behaviour of fluids under different circumstances. Four recipients of science and science teaching awards have also been honoured - two of Australia's most promising young researchers and two exceptional science teachers. From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 9:30 p.m..


Growth in International Student Enrolments Continues in 2005 AEI has released the latest statistics on international students studying in Australia on student visas. Overall, year to date enrolments are up 6.1% on the same period last year. While commencements are experiencing a reasonable growth, this rate may not be sufficient to maintain the current level of enrolments growth. Enrolment growth rates in the higher education (8.5%) and VET (13.1%) sectors are strong while growth in enrolments in the schools sector continues to decline. From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 9:30 p.m..


What I learned about Educating the Net Generation This is a summary of what I learned while attending Educause's "Educating the Net Generation" one-day seminar in Tempe, Az on August 18, 2005. From Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) Newest on October 4, 2005 at 9:30 p.m..


An integrative framework of strategic international human resource management - Special Issue: Yearly Review of Management Excellent article on how the importance of "Strategic Human Resource Management" in a global business environment. Focus is primarily on effectively managing people in multi-national and transnational firms. Very easy read. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on October 4, 2005 at 12:30 p.m..


ElNet - Elearning Essentials Workshop A two-day interactive workshop exploring real-life elearning issues and practices. The workshop will take a small group of participants through a comprehensive series of elearning strategies and problems, using expert discussion and case studies in action, designed to give you the opportunity to be fully involved. From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 6:30 a.m..


Advances in Learning Design This special issue of the Journal of Interactive Media in Education centres around the book Learning Design: A Handbook on Modelling and Delivering Networked Education and Training, from Springer-Verlag. Includes: Learning Design: A Handbook on Modelling and Delivering Networked Education and Training (Preface, reproduced with permission from Springer), by Rob Koper and Colin Tattersall; Practical and Pedagogical Issues for Teacher Adoption of IMS Learning Design Standards in Moodle LMS, by Anders Berggren, Daniel Burgos, Josep M. Fontana, Don Hinkelman, Vu Hung, Anthony Hursh and Ger Tieleman From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 5:30 a.m..


LAMS Community The LAMS Community is a global community website for teachers and developers who use the open source LAMS software. LAMS creates 'digital lesson plans' that can be run online with students, as well as shared among teachers. The LAMS Community allows teachers to share and adapt digital lesson plans, and discuss their experiences of using LAMS. From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 5:30 a.m..


Learning Objects: A Rose by Any Other Name Just what is a learning object, anyway? One of the greatest barriers to the adoption of learning objects was the inability of scholars and users alike to agree on the definition of learning object, on what actually constituted a learning object. Many potential adopters were confounded when the experts repeatedly said that a learning object could be "as small as a grain of sand or as large as an ocean." From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 5:30 a.m..


EducaNext Portal for Learning Resources EducaNext is a service supporting the creation and sharing of knowledge for Higher Education. It is open to any member of the academic or research community. EducaNext fosters collaboration among educators and researchers, From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 5:30 a.m..


Wisc-Online - Online Learing Object Repository The Wisconsin Online Resource Center is a digital library of Web-based learning resources called learning objects. The digital library of objects has been developed primarily by faculty from the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and produced by multimedia technicians who create the learning objects for the online environment. From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 5:30 a.m..


Open and Distance Education through Wireless Mobile Internet: A Learning Model In distance learning, there is a great relationship between the use of technology and the user of technology. There can be different types of interaction, which are possible through Wireless Mobile Internet according to predominant communication paradigm: one-alone, one-to-one, one-to-many, and many-to-many. From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 5:30 a.m..


French-Australian Science and Technology Programme (FAST) Opens Applications are now being sought for the next round of International Science Linkages (ISL) French-Australian Science and Technology (FAST) Programme. The round will open on 4 October 2005 and will close 5pm (AEDST) on 16 November 2005. The objective of FAST is to promote and support scientific and technological cooperation between Australian and French researchers in both public and private sectors. From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Latest Training Packages @ Work Publication Now Available This publication provides basic information for people starting out in the vocational education and training sector or for more experienced professionals who need a refresher. The first volume of Back 2 Basics is still available in hard copy and also online at www.tpatwork.com/back2basics. The second volume will be available online in early 2006. From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Celebrating Democracy Week Civics and citizenship education is a national priority. To support this priority, Australian Government funding is being provided to support school activities and students through Celebrating Democracy Week. In 2005, Celebrating Democracy Week will run from 12–19 October. From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 1:30 a.m..


Open Source Victoria - Offering Server Software Free Open Source Victoria (OSV) has responded to a group of IT teachers who wanted a simple way to test and deploy Linux servers in schools. LiveLAMP is a bootable CD that turns a spare computer into a Linux development server for students to practice and publish programming exercises in over a dozen languages with hundreds of development tools. From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 1:30 a.m..


World Usability Day 2005 - Making it Easy: Usability and eLearning Many course developers and educators commonly ask for tools and resources to help them create accessible and usable online learning materials. The aim of the conference is to increase awareness about usability and accessibility tools, methods and principals when creating online learning materials. From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Year 12 Subject Choices have Major Influence on Future Pathways A study released recently by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), shows that patterns of course choice in Year 12 and the consequences of these choices, have a major influence on the educational and career options available to students after finishing school. The importance of quality career guidance in schools, to facilitate informed study choices, has been shown to contribute to the success of school leavers entering further study or employment. From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


First Monday, Volume 10, Number 10 - October 3rd 2005 First Monday is one of the first openly accessible, peer–reviewed journals on the Internet, solely devoted to the Internet. In this issue: Geography matters: Mapping human development and digital access, by Stephanie A. Birdsall and William F. Birdsall; Descriptive metadata for copyright status, by Karen Coyle; Evaluation of Web access to historical sheet music collections and music-related iconography, by Maurice B. Wheeler and Mary Jo Venetis; Open source software development: Some historical perspectives, by Alessandro Nuvolari; "Information society" development in Thailand: Information w From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Innovate - October/November 2005, Volume 2, Issue 1 A bimonthly, peer-reviewed online periodical published by the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University. The journal focuses on the creative use of information technology (IT) to enhance educational processes in academic, commercial, and governmental settings. In this issue: The Davideon Project: Capitalizing the Possibilities of Streaming Video as Flexible Learning Objects for the Humanities, by Andr� Rosendaal; Using the SECTIONS Framework to Evaluate Flash Media, by Jim Boyes, Sandra Dowie, Ismael Rumzan; Innovative Teaching: Sharing Expertise through From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Copyright and Culture A website with the objective of contributing to the knowledge of the copyright in libraries, museums and archives, public administration and companies, to the correct management of the material protected by law. From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


The Birth of "Open Source Teaching" LAMS Community Launched Using .LRN The LAMS Foundation launched the LAMS Community, a global community website for teachers and developers who use the revolutionary open source LAMS software. LAMS creates "digital lesson plans" that can be run online with students, as well as shared among teachers. The LAMS Community allows teachers to share and adapt digital lesson plans, and discuss their experiences of using LAMS. This announcement signals the birth of "open source teaching", as the LAMS Community encourages the sharing of digital lesson plans under open content licences (using Creative Commons). Now teachers, trainers and p From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Conflict Style Profile This site contains a link to a quiz regarding one's conflict style. An answer sheet is also provided so one is able to complete this as an in-class assignment or a homework assignment. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on October 4, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


International Human Resource Management This is an informational website which provides educational case studies and references to hundreds of websites related to international human resources. It's easy to navigate and a very valuable tool for the HR professional or student of international human resources. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on October 4, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Diversity Resource Center This is a useful site for the student or professional who would like to gain more knowledge into the pitfalls and solutions of global commerce. It offers useful information regarding multicultural skill building, negotiating, and diversity. It is easy to use and read. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on October 4, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Asian Pacific Management Forum This website is an informal resource which gives the reader knowledge about the background of future of Asian business. The website provides research articles as well as commentaries about Asian business. This site is helpful for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in International business in Asia. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on October 4, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


CIO This is a great website designed for information officers or executives. It provides articles about international technology in business. Other related articles includes international management and financial issues. It is easy to read and concise. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on October 4, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Team Leadership / Crisis Management Simulation EDS is the world's most experiences management consultancy, with over 5,000 Production Environment Managers based at EDS Service Management Centers and client locations around the world. EDS needed to ensure that these managers can effectively lead a crisis response team while adhering to the EDS crisis management methodology. EDS called upon Knowledge Dynamics to develop this simulation-based learning experience where PEMs can practice and master the EDS methodology by leading a simulated team in a simulated crisis. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on October 4, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Results of 3-year simulation deployment on educational efficiency Northwestern University Deployed a simulation into its core engineering curriculum for 2 years, giving freshman engineers the option to learn vibrations and modes from the simulation as an alternative to attending class. The results: a) 85% of participating students were able to master the material well enough from the simulations that they were excused from 2 weeks of class; b) students mastered the material on their own time and at their own pace without draining faculty or TA resources; c) students needed less than half the time on average (3.6 hours) to learn the material from the simulati From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on October 4, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Teradata University Network - data warehousing, DSS/BI, and database information Here you can find materials for your data warehousing, DSS/BI, or database class, access knowledge and training materials from subject matter experts, and connect with colleagues in the academic and business communities. The site consists of four major sections 1) TEACH - provides access to data warehousing, DSS/BI, or database syllabi, book chapters, articles and research reports, cases, projects and assignments, webinars, and PowerPoint presentations. 2) SOFTWARE - provides access to software that you can use in your data warehousing, DSS/BI, and database classes. 3) LEARN - provides access From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on October 4, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


International Negotiations This is a short quiz that tests one's knowledge of negotiation techniques in a variety of cultures. This could be used in a class in which the professor would display the question and ask for a vote of how many yes's and how many no's. Discussion could then take place regarding the cultural values that are affected by the situation. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on October 4, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


iPods vs global warming I don't have it in for iPods, or Apple, or Samsung, honest, but something about this news item really brought me up short. Samsung are investing $33Bn in new factories to build memory chips. According to these articles (1)(--> From Chalkface: Blog on October 3, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


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