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Wed, Aug 27, 2003

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.

  

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

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Lots of RSS Feeds for Law

How can you find weblogs and RSS feeds related to law? You might start with the section of The Virtual Chase’s Legal Research Guide entitled RSS News Feeds for Law. RSS, or rich site summary, is simply a method for delivering current information. You will find both blog and RSS/XML addresses here.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 08 27 | Filed under Research Tools  

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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…

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 08 14 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Tue, Aug 12, 2003

NPR News Briefs available in digital Audio Format

Hear the latest News by New Public Radio, and get updates via RSS if you want to browse what’s new in your news reader. To search for individual segments, go the NPR audio archives search page at http://www.npr.org/archives/index.html  The link for the RSS 9.1 feed (provided by NewsisFree) is http://xml.newsisfree.com/feeds/49/2449.xml
You’ll need RealPlayer or Windows Media Player to listen!

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 08 12 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Google adds Email News Alerts

Google has added a new feature that allows you to do an advanced search on their news and then have matching results emailed to you daily or as news breaks. The Google News Alerts tool is in beta at http://www.google.com/newsalerts 

The advanced search page on Google News provides a number of ways to fine tune a search to eliminate unwanted results. You can incorporate these techniques in your Google news alert settings by selecting the conditions you want on the Google News advanced search page, then clicking the “Google Search” button. When the results page appears, copy the text that appears in the search box on that page and paste it into the box on the Google News Alerts home page labeled “News search.”

I’m currently using the following (without quotes) for one of my alerts, and it has proved an interesting way to monitor campus conflict news. My search terms “campus conflict OR dispute OR mediation OR conciliation location:usa”

Check it out…

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 08 12 | Filed under Research Tools  

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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

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 08 11 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Wed, Jul 30, 2003

Campus Mediation Session Reopens Student Pubs

The Federation of Students and the University of Waterloo are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached regarding the Federation-run campus bars, the Bombshelter Pub and Federation Hall, which have been closed since January 20, 2003. The agreement was reached at a mediation session at the Waterloo Inn yesterday.  More…

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 07 30 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Free Full-Text Articles at FindArticles.com

While many folks in higher education are benefiting from full-text library resources available electronically, access is usually restricted and not always convenient. A free, but ad-sponsored alternative is FindArticles.com. The site provides a large archive of published articles that you can search and view online for free. Constantly updated, it contains articles dating back to 1998 from more than 300 magazines and journals.

You will find articles on a range of topics, including business, health, society, entertainment, sports and more. Unlike other online collections, each of the hundreds of thousands of articles in FindArticles can be read in its entirety and printed at no cost. Tip: using the print view reduces the number of ads and makes reading the article easier (less screens to page through).

Our friends at CRInfo have thoughtfully created a page of preset search links into FindArticles.com and other online news services for folks in a hurry.

FindArticles is a content-distribution partnership between LookSmart, which provides the search infrastructure, and the Gale Group, which provides the published editorial content.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 07 30 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Tue, Jul 29, 2003

The EduResources Portal—a Gateway to Higher Education Instructional Resources

Joseph Hart at Eastern Oregon University has been busy developing a portal to instructional resources of interest to higher education faculty. During the 2002-2003 acadmic year he was on sabbatical, investigating the growth of online instructional repositories, and then he put together the EduResources Portal and the EduResources Blog to share what he was finding. He has recently added a visual sitemap to his now quite rich collection of resources.
Check it out for yourself. As an interesting aside, the EduResources portal was built using the free and feature rich Scout Portal Toolkit. The Scout Portal Toolkit (SPT) is a turnkey web-based software package designed to allow groups with collections of information and very limited technical resources to share that information with others via the World Wide Web.

There is no charge for the Scout Portal Toolkit.  SPT is open source software that is licensed under the GPL (GNU General Public License).  SPT was developed by the Internet Scout Project under a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation .

  

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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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Higher Ed Law Stuff at UnivAtty

Readers might be interested in the feeds coming from the ::UnivAtty:: site. Their tagline: “blawging on legal and privacy issues in higher education”.

Have a look or subscribe to the RSS feed.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 07 25 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Super Conflict Resolution MetaSearcher

The Campus-adr.org metasearch “LaunchPad” provides quick access to the conflict resolution and higher education field’s searchable databases.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 07 25 | Filed under Research Tools  

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