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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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ACR Website moving to Open Source tools

The Association for Conflict Resolution is redoing their website, and are now moving to open source server tools, which apparently good results thus far. Go team!

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 10 23 | Filed under Tech News  

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Tue, Oct 21, 2003

Bots, Blogs and News Aggregators - white paper

The November 2003 Marcus Zillman Column is titled Bots, Blogs and News Aggregators. This column brings together the many resources that Mr. Zillman has been presenting when he speaks on the topic. The pdf file of the white paper is available here.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 10 21 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Studying special collections and the Web: An analysis of practice by Lorraine Normore

This article by Lorraine Normore may be of interest to conflict resolution folks interested in developing shared collections of web resources, as it raises some of the current challenges associated with developing and maintaining specialized web collections. The abstract is as follows:
“Many digital library collections are the virtual analogs of special collections in libraries, museums, historical societies and archives today. A field study of people responsible for collection maintenance across a variety of institutions was carried out. It aimed at improving our understanding of issues involved in collection description and access. A second study examined the current state of Web access to materials from the previously studied special collections. Data concerning the availability of online finding aids, externally accessible databases for collection content, digitized images and Web exhibits are presented.”

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 10 21 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Current Awareness Discovery Tools on the Internet - new white paper

Marcus P. Zillman’s latest research white paper is titled “Current Awareness Discovery Tools on the Internet”  The 17 page research paper lists many resources both new and existing that will help anyone who is attempting to do information and knowledge research about current awareness tools currently available the Internet. It is freely available as a .pdf file (587kb)

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 10 21 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Surviving Course Development Wars - CR Needed for Learning Objects Creators?

Here’s an interesting discussion by Susan Smith Nash about the challenges of subject matter experts and instructional designers working together: Surviving Course Development Wars.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 10 21 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Mon, Oct 20, 2003

ABA Directory of Law School ADR Programs now online

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution has, for many years, maintained a list of law school offerings related to dispute resolution. Law schools’ increased attention to dispute resolution training reflects the expanding significance of ADR in the lives of practicing attorneys. While previous editions of the ADR Law School Directory were printed in hard copy, the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution determined that an electronic medium would be more accessible, more cost effective, and more easily updated.

The current online version of the Directory is a collaborative effort between the University of Oregon School of Law and the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution. The ADR Program at UO undertook a comprehensive survey of law schools during the summer of 2002. The University of Oregon survey was then combined with follow-up data collected by the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution.

The 2003 American Bar Association Directory of Law School Dispute Resolution Courses and Programs lists 887 courses and programs at the 184 ABA approved law schools.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 10 20 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Association for Conflict Resolution conference handout

My presentation at this year’s ACR conference was well received, enough so that everyone didn’t get a handout. The session was entitled “Online Tools for Trainers and Course Developers”. For those interested, a pdf of the handout (1.3 MB) is available online.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 10 20 | Filed under Tech News  

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Sat, Oct 11, 2003

Beta version of MyCampusadr Flash desktop goes live

While there is still a number of KEY features missing (like help, and a way to add your favorites from the main site…still working on getting saved page titles to transfer nicely…) , I’ve got the basics in place for a new interface to the campus-adr.org website resources. You can have a go via this link if you are a registered user of the campus-adr.org website (ie the same username and password applies). Click around on the various desktop objects, and use the little box with the “x” as a standard way to close things.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 10 11 | Filed under Tech News  

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Conference Alerts Service adds Peace and Conflict Resolution Category

The Conference Alerts site provides both information on academic conferences around the world and e-mailed updates about the conferences themselves.?

The front page contains links to a variety of conference categories, including peace and conflict resolution, art history, statistics, physics, e-learning, and public health. Choose a category and you’ll get a listing of events in order of date. The listing page only includes the date of the event, the location, and the title. Click on the title and you’ll get varying amounts of information. The absolute minimum looks to be the date, location, and the Web site, but other listings have more elaborate information including the name and contact information for an organizer, a description of the conference, and a call for papers/proposals.?

You can also subscribe to receive alerts about the conferences in which you’re interested.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 10 11 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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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

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 10 09 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Thu, Oct 02, 2003

Metasearch using the Virtual Learning Resources Center

“The Virtual Learning Resources Center facilitates students in their search for quality information for school and college academic projects.” VirtualLRC Virtual LRC searches “the following (and more!) excellent general information web sites with just one search: Infomine, Librarians’ Index to the Internet, Galaxy Web Directory, My Virtual Reference Desk, Big Hub, Internet Public Library, Bibliomania, BUBL Information Service, Digital Librarian, Discovery School, Smithsonian, Suite101, InfoPlease.com, the LibrarySpot, the Awesome Library, and an increasing number of university and public library Internet subject guides.”

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 10 02 | Filed under Research Tools  

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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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Wed, Sep 24, 2003

Open Source online Learning Objects Development Toolset (Pachyderm) receives big funding boost

The Pachyderm 2.0 Project is a partnership led by the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ( SFMOMA ), in which software development teams and digital library experts from five NMC universities are working with five major museums to create a new, open source authoring environment for creators of learning objects. The new tool will be based on Pachyderm, the multimedia online authoring and publishing tool developed by SFMOMA to author its successful series, Making Sense of Modern Art.

The NMC just received notice that they were awarded a hoped-for grant of $499,500 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grants program to support their work.

Developed by SFMOMA with IMLS support a number of years ago, Pachyderm has allowed non-programmers to easily publish modular and updateable rich media, drawing on the digital collections of SFMOMA. The result has been detailed interactive learning programs such as Ansel Adams at 100.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 09 24 | Filed under Tech News  

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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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