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Helpers The Helpers website, or 'Higher Education Libraries in your PERsonal history reSearch', is designed to broaden access to the holdings of the University of London's libraries and archives. The intended audience is life-long learners rather than academics and traditional users of these libraries and as such provides detailed, clear guidelines to using the archives, designing research questions, searching and browsing documents and so on, in the context of researching family and local history. It is intended to serve those who have already completed some research and are looking to From New Humbul Resources on October 5, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Arte en Cantabria The website Arte en Cantabria is devoted to the national and cultural heritage of the northern Spanish region of Cantabria. Palaeolithic cave art is perhaps the most important artistic manifestation in the region and it is well represented in this website. A few maps show the distribution of sites, and there are sections on Palaeolithic and post-Palaeolithic art as well as the history of the discoveries of cave and rock art in Cantabria. Individual articles concentrate on each cave with artistic representations and contain a few colour pictures, some of which can be enlarged. The website also From New Humbul Resources on October 5, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Practical Chinese reader self-test Practical Chinese Reader is perhaps the most widely used textbook for students of elementary Mandarin Chinese. This online companion to the written text was devised by Xie Tianwei of California State University, Long Beach, and contains quizzes, reading comprehension questions and grammar tests that help students learn outside the classroom. Each lesson of the text book has its own related online test based on grammar or reading comprehension, and earlier units are accompanied by quizzes that test students' knowledge using virtual 'flashcards', exercises that match pinyin words From New Humbul Resources on October 5, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Pinyin info : a guide to the writing of Mandarin Chinese in romanization Created by Mark Swofford, Pinyin Info seeks to introduce users to systems of writing Chinese characters using Latin romanisation, dispels myths about the meaning and functions of Chinese characters and provides help with writing online using pinyin romanisation. The main page features a small menu, and an archive of recent additions to the Web site, including: song lyrics in pinyin; short stories and poems by Guo Muoro and Lu Xun in Chinese characters and pinyin; and an essay on pinyin to Chinese character computer conversions. Users will also find selected readings from key texts related to C From New Humbul Resources on October 5, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Ting : Chinese English dictionary and study center Ting (listen in Chinese) is an online resource for students of Mandarin Chinese and Chinese students of English, from elementary learners to those with more experience. The resource was devised by Marilyn Shea from the University of Maine. From the main page, Chinese language learners can navigate to a topics page, which introduces main items of vocabulary in pinyin, simplified Chinese characters and English. Users can listen to common phrases read out by a number of voices with different accents without the need to download soundfiles. The Web site also includes a number of learning aids, inc From New Humbul Resources on October 5, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Centre for teaching Chinese as a foreign language The Centre for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language was established at the Institute for Chinese Studies, University of Oxford, in order to develop Web-based and CD Rom packages aimed towards university-level students of Mandarin Chinese. From the main page, users are introduced to the aims of the centre, and can access a range of exercises for elementary level students, which include: sample multimedia listening and grammar comprehension exercise; help with pinyin pronunciation; lessons based on everyday situations with sound files; a simulated HSK listening test; grammar exercises; and exp From New Humbul Resources on October 5, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Speak Mandarin campaign The Speak Mandarin Campaign was launched by the Singapore government in 1979 in an attempt to improve communication among Chinese Singaporeans, many of whom spoke separate local dialects. Now in its 25th year, the campaign hosts events, talks and lessons in order to encourage the correct use of Mandarin in everyday situations. The campaign's online resource features Chinese language downloads, lesson texts, and listening exercises. In the Learn Mandarin section of the Web site, users can read and listen to short texts on using Mandarin in social and business situations. Containing both ch From New Humbul Resources on October 5, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Pinyin practice Pinyin Practice allows students to test their Mandarin Chinese listening skills and knowledge of the Pinyin romanisation system via online tests. The Web site introduces the history of Pinyin romanisation, and allows students to test their recognition of Chinese tones, and character initials and finals. In each test, students can view Chinese characters and/or their pinyin romanisation and listen to their sounds to answer simple quizzes. Users will also find a self-test section, where they are asked to determine tone sounds within phrases, and select missing initial and final sounds. The Web s From New Humbul Resources on October 5, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Birkbeck college London philosophy society This Web site provides useful information about the programme of talks and debates organised by the Birkbeck College London Philosophy Society. These events cover a vast range of philosophical topics and would be of interest and value to students of Philosophy. The site also makes available a full archive of the Society's previous websites. These enable visitors to retrieve information about similar events organised annually since academic year 2000/2001. The Society itself is run by Philosophy students at Birkberk College, and details about membership and the Society's journal &apos From New Humbul Resources on October 5, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Chinese text sampler The Chinese Text Sampler provides online reading practice for students of Mandarin Chinese from the 'advanced beginner' level. The Web site is organised and maintained by David Porter, an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. Users can choose from a variety of Chinese texts in simplified characters, which range from Deng Xiaoping's speeches, to Communist classics and traditional novels and folklore. Topics include: modern Chinese literature (which includes excerpts from Ding Ling, Lu Xun and Mao Dun); classical Chinese literatur From New Humbul Resources on October 5, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Mythical Ireland : Newgrange This website, written by amateur archaeologists, focuses on a single monument of Ireland, Newgrange, which is a passage-grave or passage-tomb. It provides information on all aspects of the monument with short illustrated articles. The website includes sections about general information; myths and folklore; construction of Newgrange; passage and chamber; the great circle; kerbstones; satellite sites; finds and artefacts; megalithic art; and the astronomy of Newgrange. In addition, there is a gallery of pictures, a few series of photographs taken by contributing photographers and a short video. From New Humbul Resources on October 5, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Research into Recent Developments in Second Language Acquisition Theories Readings in second language acquisition theories. From Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) Newest on October 5, 2005 at 10:30 a.m..


PC's Learning in Community Settings LinCS, a dynamic approach to engage students to deep thinking, exposure of comprehensive curricula that is integrated across disciplines. Preparing For and Sustaining Learning Communities at Phoenix College (Group Project) From Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) Newest on October 5, 2005 at 10:30 a.m..


LG Chem Pumps Up Portable Fuel Cells for Notebooks Korean based LG Chem, is set to release a methanol based commercial fuel cell for notebook computers at the end of 2005. From Read laptop reviews and notebook news at the laptops weblog - Laptopical on October 5, 2005 at 8:30 a.m..


Water for Life: Local Actions for a Global Challenge - Vic A seminar for teachers on water organised by The Global Education Project and The Age in Melbourne. Special guest will be senior Age journalist Claire Miller. Claire has written a book, The Snowy River Story, in which she recounts the tale of the small-town campaign by Dalgety and Orbost to restore water to the Snowy River - a lopsided battle waged against powerful commercial interests and governments that led to an historic political deal. The seminar wil be ideal for secondary teachers of SOSE. Hear from Claire about the issues raised by the shortage of water and its implications for the f From Global Education on October 5, 2005 at 6:30 a.m..


PhD Scholarship - Koala Ecology The Koala Research Centre, Central Queensland University and the CQ Koala Volunteers are offering a scholarship to support a PhD candidate to examine questions related to koala ecology in Central Queensland's wet/dry tropics. Despite the recent cessation of broad-acre land clearing in Queensland, little is known of the koala's survival in fragmented or altered habitats. What understanding we do have may be confounded by recent climate change, regional drought and high temperatures. This project will provide new knowledge on koala utilisation of wet/dry tropical habitats and contribut From EdNA Online on October 5, 2005 at 5:04 a.m..


PhD projects in Fire Ecology research at the University of Melbourne We are seeking applicants for five new PhD projects in the Bushfire Research and Development Group. Our group undertakes research in conjunction with Parks Victoria, the Department of Sustainability and Environment and the Bushfire CRC. If you are interested and have a first class Honours, Research Masters (or equivalent) in biology, environmental science, or similar, you will need to: - Visit: http://www.forestscience.unimelb.edu.au (follow link to 'Postgraduate programs'). - Contact the appropriate supervisor. - Apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award (due 31st October 2005). Fo From EdNA Online on October 5, 2005 at 5:04 a.m..


Research Jobs Australia A weekly email service that lists new positions available within the research and development sector throughout Australia. It also includes details of scholarships, awards and grants available. This service has been initiated by Hallmark Editions, publishers of R&D Info. From EdNA Online on October 5, 2005 at 5:04 a.m..


Literacy, Numeracy and Alternative Dispute Resolution The formal court system in Australia has long been criticised for its adversarial nature. As a result, there has been an increase in the use of alternative dispute resolution processes such as mediation. These are promoted as a means of increasing access to justice by disadvantaged groups and as an inexpensive way of solving legal or quasi-legal disputes. In practice, however, alternative dispute resolution requires the ability to comprehend complex written texts involving both literacy and numeracy. This report investigates the difficulties experienced by users of alternative dispute resoluti From EdNA Online on October 5, 2005 at 3:48 a.m..


Intranets as a Business Tool Corporate intranets can be valuable business tools that deliver tangible efficiency gains and business benefits.This interactive master class will explore how to drive intranets to their next phase of evolution, providing practical insights on how to reposition the intranet as a business tool. From EdNA Online on October 5, 2005 at 3:48 a.m..


Integrated Approaches to Teaching Adult Literacy in Australia: A Snapshot of Practice in Community Services New ways of thinking about how language, literacy and numeracy skills are taught has coincided with a fundamental policy change in the vocational education and training sector. A major development has been the integration of literacy, language and numeracy skills into vocational training. The complexity of the issues makes it important to gain a better understanding of what actually happens in Australia, especially in the workplace. This study explores how training practitioners are using the reforms in the national training system, and their knowledge of new approaches to teaching and learnin From EdNA Online on October 5, 2005 at 1:30 a.m..


36th Annual Australian Academy of the Humanities Symposium - Creating Value: The Humanities and Their Publics Discussions around one central idea, the creation of value, will exercise many of the invited speakers as well as their audience. The Federal Minister for Education, Science, and Training, the Hon. Brendan Nelson, will open the Symposium, and the insights of three vice-chancellors will enlighten proceedings at various points. From EdNA Online on October 5, 2005 at 1:30 a.m..


National Training Information Service (NTIS) text files The NTIS text files provide information sourced from the National Training Information Service on Training Package Qualifications and Units of Competency, National Courses and Registered Training Organisations, and are for use by the VET sector. These files are used as part of the validation of VET Provider delivery. From EdNA Online on October 5, 2005 at 1:30 a.m..


UEA, EAS, David Wong Fellowship Closing date for applications for the 2005 fellowship: 31 January 2006. The David TK Wong Fellowship is a unique and generous annual award - �25,000 to enable a fiction writer who wants to write in English about the Far East to spend a year in the UK, at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. The Fellowship is named for its sponsor Mr. David Wong, a retired Hong Kong businessman, who has also been a teacher, journalist and senior civil servant, and is a writer of short stories himself. From EdNA Online on October 5, 2005 at 1:30 a.m..


Echenard.com A collections of Business Articles realting to International Business, e-Commerce, Info-Tech, Marketing, and Leadership. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on October 5, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


A Course in Information Literacy This is a comprehensive online course in information literacy. Major topics include: Searching a database and evaluating results, Searching for library materials, Searching for reference sources, and Searching the Internet and the WWW. Interactive elements are included and references are provided. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on October 5, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It Includes a discussion of plagiarism with several examples. and an explanation of each. Strategies for evaluating paraphrasing and for avoiding plagiarism are discussed. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on October 5, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Human Resource Management Includes key forces that shape the future of the company, changes businesses are facing, change management practices, measures and rewards, the future of HR management, and how HR can be used to achieve management goals. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on October 5, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Ohio State University Fact Sheet-Working with Diverse Cultures This website details cultural diversity and how to manage this diversity. Key points include: Recruiting, training diversity, communicating within coalitions, maintaining commitment, and providing strong leadership. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on October 5, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Cross-Culture Management Details cross-culture, globalization, cross-culture awareness courses, and how to manage culturally diverse employees. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on October 5, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Working on Common Cross-cultural Communication Challenges Excellent article on how to communicate effectively in a cross cultural setting. Discusses common obstacles and gives tips on how to over come these obstacles. A great read reference for anybody interested in cross-cultural communication. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on October 5, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Tips for Successful Cross Cultural Communication A very quick read which gives tips on how to effectively communicate in a cross cultural business setting. Covers “potential hot spots” and “key points” of cross cultural communication. Great article for a beginner seeking to better understand the art of effectively communicate in an international business environment. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on October 5, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Crisis Management International An International Website dealing with Crisis and Unexpescted event, and how management changes and/or evolves From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on October 5, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Cross-Cultural Mangement An overiew of terms and ideas related to cross-cultural ideas and strategies, including the role of culture, global management, and negotiations. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on October 5, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


World Trends in Staff Development: Implications on the Performance of Technical Education Institutions This paper investigates the strategies and practices used by institutions worldwide to develop the professional experience of teachers and practitioners. It also explores successful models for ensuring that staff development provides a way of maintaining relevance in an increasingly complicated and globalised training market. From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


Anziil Symposium Five - Information Literacy: Getting Back to Basics The two day Symposium focuses on 'engaging the learner' and 'engaging the institution'. The theme of the symposium is the same as for Symposium Four which was held at the University of South Australia in July and includes a similar mix of papers, case studies and workshops. The program will feature keynote speakers Dr Helena Ward Program Director, Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia (Australia) and Michael Wooliscroft University Librarian (retired), University of Otago, Dunedin (New Zealand). From EdNA Online on October 4, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


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