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Sat, May 31, 2008

UNESCO’s Open Training Platform

UNESCO’s Communication and Information division has developed an impressive aggregator that provides “one-stop” access to a wealth of open access training modules and materials. The Open Training Platform catalogs more than 2300 training resources in 282 categories. RSS feeds are available by category or for newly added items. You can also get a pdf printout of a table listing all items in a category or access it as a csv file for repurposing. Another nice feature is the sorting of materials by various communities of interest. The list includes:

Civil servants
Civil society members
Cultural actors
Decision makers and policy makers
Development and social workers
Environment Specialists
Health specialists
Librarians, Archivists and Information specialists
Media people
Spiritual leaders
Vulnerable and disadvantaged groups

Open Training Platform


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 05 31 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Mon, May 12, 2008

Heroes for a Culture of Peace

There are now more than a 1000 Heroes for a Culture of Peace documented online via HeroPix (illustration and key quote) and Better World Heroes ColorMe Pix (one-page handouts for kids to color).


The featured people are organized into categories such as:
Human Rights Heroes
Freedom Heroes
Eco Heroes
Celebrity Heroes
Musical Heroes
Literary Heroes
Political Heroes
Black History Heroes

These materials are part of a broader network of closely related sites hosted by illustrator Robert Alan organized under the umbrella.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 05 12 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Wed, May 07, 2008

Journal of the International Ombudsman Association (online version)

The International Ombudsman Association, a merged organization that combines the talents and interests of the University and College Ombuds Association (UCOA) and The Ombudsman Association (TOA), has released the first issue of their new peer-reviewed online journal. The issue includes articles on the development of a set of standardized reporting categories for organizational conflict, ideas about performance evaluation for ombuds, as well as reviews of some recent research on workplace bullying and organizational justice,  resource reviews and ideas on options for responding to a certain class of inappropriate behaviors in the workplace (micro-inequities) using micro-affirmations. Interesting and useful information nicely presented…

The Journal of the International Ombudsman Association should be a valuable resource for people working on organizational conflict and the development of conflict competencies within organizations. Here’s the direct link to a PDF of the first issue.

Logo of Journal of the International Ombuds Association


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 05 07 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Fri, May 02, 2008

Play the News Game

Impact Games, the creator of the PeaceMaker game on Middle East conflict, has recently released the beta version of a new online experience entitled Play the News. It looks like a very interesting approach to expanding contextual awareness around conflict and the various perspective differences that can drive it.


Here’s a good description of the approach taken from the FAQ:

imageWhat is “Play the News”?
An engaging, community driven experience - imagine fantasy sports meets the evening news. Play the News is a web-based platform that brings interactive gaming elements to the online ‘news media’ industry changing the paradigm of news consumption from passive reading to active engagement. The experience is made up of the “game” component, or news games, and the community of participation around them such as commenting, rankings, and many features to come. The profile allows you to build a snapshot of your socio-political profile over time on a range of issues.

What is a news game?
A news game is a short interaction aimed at accomplishing three things. The first is to give you background and context around the headline or event being presented, and to highlight a core issue to be examined. The second is to allow you to role-play and put yourself in the shoes of the different perspectives to voice your opinion on the subject. The last is to give you the chance to test yourself or show how smart you are by predicting what will happen in the real world.



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 05 02 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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