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Thu, Oct 23, 2003

Student Interactive Guide to Conflicts Connected to 9/11 Attack

After September 11, 2001 Houghton Mifflin Publishers created a web site entitled “A Guide to the Current Conflict” to help students understand the conflicts that arose from that day’s events. The site remains a valuable source for broadening understanding about religious and cultural differences. One nice feature is a flash-based interactive map that provides more information on countries in the middle east. Content areas covered by the site include:
Business and Economics
Communication and Mass Media
Culture of the Region
History, Politics & Geography
How You Can Help
Interactive Map
Multicultural Approaches
Psychological Issues
Terrorism

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 10 23 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Thu, Oct 09, 2003

Eyewitness to Northern Ireland Conflict - Flash Learning site

This new, interactive, flash-based website helps people explore the conflict in Northern Ireland and a fun and interactive way.
The site begins “Challenge and explore the Issues. Conflict in Northern Ireland has been a top news story for over 30 years. Eyewitness allows you to experience aspects of it through the voices of ordinary people. Step into the BBC news archive and discover the raw emotion behind the stories. “
Some of the activities include:
Changing Views
Can former paramilitaries embrace democracy? Can we shake off sectarian attitudes and learn to respect other traditions? Listen to changed views.

Dealing with Difference
Can gays and lesbians live openly in Northern Ireland? Do racial minorities feel at home? Find out from the people who know.

Holy Cross
Discover why Catholic children attending Holy Cross Girls’ Primary School were subjected to verbal abuse.

Sectarianism
Is sectarianism a political or a religious problem? Listen to the views of Catholics and Protestants.

Community Action
Discover stories about people who are exploring their community traditions using video, photos, murals and drama.

Streetscape
Take a tour of an interface area in Belfast or find out more about sectarian double-talk

  

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Wed, Oct 01, 2003

MIT Open Courseware Reaches 500 free course offerings

The MIT Open Courseware Project has reached their initial target of 500 courses posted to the web. Some of the courses that caught my attention included the following:
Law and Society Spring 2003
Causes and Prevention of War Spring 2001
Competitive Decision-Making and Negotiation Spring 2003
Communication Skills for Academics Spring 2002
Argumentation and Communication Fall 2002

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 10 01 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Mon, Sep 22, 2003

Peace Process 2001 - a ThinkQuest web project

This collaboratively developed website was developed by students and staff at a Eugene Oregon High School and entered in the 1997 ThinkQuest competition. It was designed to introduce students to some of the history of peacemaking. It includes brief biographies of peacemakers and a fun “evolution of technology” spiral. The site is described by its creators in this way: “Peace Process 2001 is a collection of peace studies created to be an evolving library using the theme of past, present and future. Contributors of all ages are invited to enjoy original essays and artwork, as well as adding their own thoughts and ideas to the site. ”

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 09 22 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Thu, Sep 11, 2003

Webquest - Perspectives on the U.S./Iraq Conflict

The Perspectives on the US/Iraq Conflict WebQuest was developed in 2003 by teacher/educator Carolyn O Burleson. Students (grades 9-12) are called upon to employ analytical and evaluativeƜthinking to analyze reports of the war and its aftermath from various news media in various countries and gain an understanding of the messages of propaganda.

  

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Webquest - Quest for Peace in the Middle East

Quest for Peace in the Middle East.  This recently updated webquest (written at the highschool level, but could work with college students as well)  takes students through a process of exploring options for middle east peace. Students analyze both sides of the conflict and prepare a persuasive speech to convince Arabs and Israelis to accept a permanent peace settlement.

  

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Sat, Sep 06, 2003

Article on Developing Educational Simulations

Simulations and the Learning Revolution: An Interview with Clark Aldrich

People interested in developing educational simulations may find this interview useful. Clark Aldrich, the featured author, spent 2 years leading an international team that built an example of simulation learning software; the software has the look and feel of a modern computer game, but with a central emphasis on leadership content.  He is the author of Simulations and the Future of Learning , a new book that helps educators understand, design, construct, and use computer simulations for an upcoming generation of students. The interview appears in the September/October issue of the Technology Source.

  

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Tue, Sep 02, 2003

Collaborative Learning Environments Online Sourcebook

This is an online?sourcebook for?academics and students?who want to develop collaborative learning environments?(or communities of practice) in which lecturers, students and others can work together to create new knowledge while learning new skills.
View it at this location
The?collaborative learning environments project was started in late 2002 by lecturers in the psychology department at the University of South Africa.

  

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Wed, Aug 27, 2003

BBC to Make Archives Freely Available Online

BBC Opens Archives”...everyone would in future be able to download BBC radio and TV programmes from the internet.
The service, the BBC Creative Archive, would be free and available to everyone, as long as they were not intending to use the material for commercial purposes…”

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 08 27 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Webquest on Understanding Controversial Viewpoints

What are their Viewpoints? Examining Multiple Views on a Controversial Issue
A WebQuest for College Writers   (ENG101 First Year Composition)
Designed by Marla DeSoto
Groups select one issue from a Argumentative Topics page and write a report about the viewpoints that contribute to creating the controversy. The report includes a brief statement describing the issue, background information explaining the issue and the controversy surrounding it, and an explanation for at least three differing viewpoints about the issue.? It also includes a list of websites that contain relevant information for each of the viewpoints.? Finally, groups orally present for the class the multiple views examined about their controversial issue.

  

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Thu, Aug 14, 2003

Online Tutoring Skills (OTiS) Project Website

The OTiS project website focuses on developing and supporting on-line tutors. The aim of the OTiS Workshop in 2000 that this site supports was to prepare staff in Scottish HEIs to act as tutors in the growing and competitive global education economy and to exploit current good practice that already exists. The online tutor E-book is at the center of the service…

  

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Mon, Aug 11, 2003

Creative Problem Solving Webquest

As some folks know, I have been interested in using Webquests to help build conflict skills and knowledge for some time now. My best example is found at (see http://www.campus-adr.org/webquest/ )

Yesterday I came across this rather good looking college-level Webquest designed for English as a Second Language students.  The topic is quite germaine to the Conflict Resolution field, and it is nicely constructed. Perhaps you’ll find it interesting as well.

Creative Problem Solving?: A WebQuest for Advanced ESL students
Designed by Farida Pawan,
Indiana University Bloomington

  

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Sat, Jul 26, 2003

Nonviolence - A Force More Powerful

The PBS website built for the documentary A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict provides attractive and informative materials that support the 3-hour documentary series on PBS on the same subject. Instructional materials  include 3 full lessons and a simulation exercise.
Lots of good information is provided on nonviolent resistance theory and practice.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 07 26 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Fri, Jul 25, 2003

Wisconsin Online Learning Objects collection

The Wisconsin Online Resource Center project is a Web-based teaching, learning, and assessment resource center for instructors to use when designing or revising online courses.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 07 25 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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