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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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Sun, Sep 21, 2003

MyCampus-adr Flash Site in Beta Testing

This weekend I’m putting the finishing touches on a new Flash-based interface for the Campus Conflict Resolution Resources website. Stay tuned!


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 09 21 | Filed under Tech News  

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Wed, Sep 17, 2003

Free to Access and Use: A New Repository of Legal Scholarship Goes Live

The just launched NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository comes from New England Law Library Consortium (NELLCO) and The Berkeley Electronic Press. According to an announcement the resource, “provides a free and persistent point of access for working papers, reports, lecture series, workshop presentations, and other scholarship created by faculty at NELLCO member institutions. Five NELLCO members - Yale, Cornell, University of Connecticut, Suffolk, and Fordham - have created publication series within the repository for launch. Over 75 publications have been posted to date (all freely available) , in series such as Yale’s Occasional Papers and Cornell’s International Speaker Series. Based on the results of early adopters, the NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository may expand to include other participants from NELLCO’s membership roster of sixty-five law libraries. Every publication series within the NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository has its own unique identity, including a description of the sponsoring research unit, logos, and links back to relevant faculty pages. These series feed into a single, searchable collection. Visitors to the site can easily browse papers by subject, author, and so forth. Because of Open Archives Initiative (OAI) compliance, content is discoverable from a variety of locations and methods, including web search engines. Readers can also sign up to receive custom email notifications of newly posted papers. Citations are delivered directly to their desktop, with links to full text.”


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 09 17 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Sun, Sep 14, 2003

Education and Medical Tech News Feed Aggregator

A searchable RSS News Aggregator is now available at David Davies MedWeb Scripting and XML Demonstrator site. Now you can search RSS news feeds from the Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN), National Electronic Library for Health (NeLH) and other medicine and education information providers at this experimental site. This site has a UK focus…

The linked page also permits you to browse the top 5 newest feeds from this ed tech aggregation if you’re just in the mood to she what the collective web mind is thinking lately.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 09 14 | Filed under Research Tools  

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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.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 09 11 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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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.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 09 11 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Chronicle of Higher Ed Jobs Page adds email alerts and RSS feeds

The Chronicle of Higher Education, the “paper of record” for colleges and universities, has added a new email notification and RSS news feed to it’s jobs listing service. You go the the jobs page, and then browse by job category until you reach a category that might work for you, say student affairs/residence life. On that page you’ll see a new orange xml tag to be used to subscribe the to newsfeed in an RSS reader, or you can sign up for email alerts. Too bad it doesn’t let you add a keyword or two (like conflict studies or mediation) to the alert to filter it further as well…


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 09 11 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Tue, Sep 09, 2003

Facilitating Difficult Discussions: Processing the September 11 Attacks in Undergraduate Classrooms

This article by Jennifer Taylor of Humbolt State University, available as a downloadable pdf, may be of great interest to faculty preparing to revisit the Sept. 11 attacks on it’s second anniversity. The article appears in a special issue on Terrorism and Its Consquences published in Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (ASAP), an electronic journal sponsored by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). The journal is designed as an outlet for timely and innovative psychological and related social science scholarship with implications for social action and policy. The article abstract is provided below.

College and university educators have a unique and appropriate forum in which to address social issues, the classroom environment. On September 11, 2001, this opportunity became very real. With it came the challenge of facilitating classroom discussions that include myriad views and feelings. Instruction on conducting difficult discussions in a productive, versus destructive, manner is not commonly included in graduate training, leaving many educators without the tools of effective facilitation. An overview of some of the literature on conducting difficult discussions is presented and applied to classroom discussions of the September 11 events. Recommendations on the process component of facilitating are provided, as well as a rationale for why faculty may want to accept this educational challenge.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 09 09 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Online Conflict Studies Syllabus Collection

The website features a searchable collection of sample syllabi from a broad range of conflict resolution-related courses. The bulk of the collection is available as pdf files, with some of the newer additions providing links to an online copy of the syllabus. Please note that access to the collection is limited to folks who register at the site, but this process is brief and opens access to a number of different databases offered by the project.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 09 09 | Filed under Research Tools  

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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.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 09 06 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Fri, Sep 05, 2003

The EduResources Portal—a Gateway to Higher Education Instructional Resources

Dr. Joseph Hart, Director of Distance Education at Eastern Oregon University has created an online portal to materials supporting teaching and learning . The collection is searchable, and divided into the following classifications for browsing purposes.

General Multi-Discipline HE Repositories      
Guideline Referatory Sites for HE Faculty        
Search Tools for Academic Resources    
Discipline-Specific Selected HE Repositories      
Experimental/Developmental Resources  
K-12 Selected Repositories/Referatories      
Sample Certificate/Vocational Prog. Collections
Sample Commercial (Fee-Based) Collections  
Sample Learning Objects Information  
Sample Metadata Information/Organizations      
Sample Open Source Information    
Sample Student Learning Resources        
Selected Associations/Organizations        
Selected Digital Libraries      
Selected Scholarly Resource Sites      


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 09 05 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Thu, Sep 04, 2003

Today’s “Joy of Tech” Cartoon

Here’s a thumbnail of the current days Joy of Tech cartoon. The image should refresh with a new cartoon each day if my code works right. Click on thumbnail to see full cartoon…

Latest Joy of Tech!


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 09 04 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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Campus-adr Game Room Provides Fun Distractions

Our parent site, Campus Conflict Resolution Resources, has a growing collection of games and distractions available for folks needing a break. Check it out sometime at


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 09 04 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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Video of Carrie Menkel-Meadow Lecture on Race, Gender and Culture in ADR

Back in February of 2001 Conflict Resolution scholar and legal theorist Carrie Menkel-Meadow presented a lecture on “Race, Gender & Cultural Issues in ADR” to a Law class at Washington University. A Real Video stream of the lecture is available for viewing online.  It provides an example of one way to start a discussion with students about race, class and gender issues. Menkel-Meadow is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University, and Chair of the Georgetown-CPR Commission on Ethics and Standards in Alternative Dispute Resolution, and formerly was Director of the Center for the Study of Women, at UCLA. She is the author of the book Mediation: Theory, Practice and Policy. Her presentation was part of a series of lectures at Washington University on the theme Access to Justice: The Social Responsibility of Lawyers.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 09 04 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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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.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 09 02 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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