Material Format - notes on establishing
and maintaining an effective format for the development and presentation of
technical material, including web related issues.
Pages for Absolute Beginners Using Windows 95/98 and Microsoft Internet
Explorer - These pages will show you how to make your own web pages using
HTML code. All you need is Windows 95 or 98 and a browser such as Microsoft
Internet Explorer or Netscape. You don't need any other software /programs
They are designed for ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS but may also be used as a reference
by anyone else! I have captured this site as a pdf
file(538 kb) which you may fine useful for study purposes.
See the Downloads page for engineering
software and compilers, etc.
Classes at M.I.T., on the Web and Free, from the New York Times. Also
captured in pdf format (154kb). I strongly
agree with the notion of making educational material freely available online.
On 2002.10.07, www.planetpdf.com
quotes Charles M. Vest, President, MIT: "And let us also resolve that our new technologies -- the Internet
and the World Wide Web -- will be used as tools of empowerment and democratization
on a global scale. Next fall, the MIT Faculty will launch its MIT OpenCourseWare
initiative-a program that will make the basic educational materials for 2,000
of our subjects available on the Web -- available to anyone anywhere free
of charge. Why would we do this? Because we see it as part of our mission:
to help to raise the quality of higher education in every corner of the globe."
I couldn't have said it better.
Learning Method in Higher Education: A Glimpse of the Future, by Tom Bourner
and Steve Flowers - The aim of this article is to look at the future of
teaching and learning methods (TLM) in higher education (HE) over the next
decade. The purpose of the article is to develop a viable new vision of the
future teaching and learning methods (TLM) that is preferable to the destination
towards which we are currently headed. The chief conclusion for me is
that the more 'high tech', the more 'high touch' is needed. Also captured
in pdf format (pdf 105kb).
a Smashing Abstract Takes Practice!, by Barry Costa-Pierce, University
of California - An Abstract is the most important part of a scientific
paper. It not only summarizes the salient aspects of the paper but also lures
a reader into reading it!
The Mathematics Learning
Centre at Memorial University of Newfoundland - check it out, they are
doing some good stuff here that all universities would be wise to emulate.
Go Sherry, et al !
[JUMP]JUMP is an education program founded in 1998 by mathematician and writer John Mighton. They are a volunteer-based, registered charity committed to the advancement of education.
JUMP believes that all children can be led to think mathematically, and that with even a modest amount of attention every child will flourish. By demonstrating that even children who are failing math or are labeled as slow learners can excel at math, they hope to dispel the myths that have caused us to neglect our children. And by offering inner-city children effective and consistent help in mathematics (and eventually reading and other subjects), they hope to break the cycle of ignorance that lies at the root of all poverty. Go John, Laura, Katie and all the volunteers! This is one TERRIFIC and ESSENTIAL initiative. It is aimed at the grade school level at the moment but I think that the underlying methodology is profoundly important to all levels, including the university level.Why I think it is important to us all.
Modelling. Why do students have such a hard time going from word statement to solution formulation in engineering and science? Why do they have such a hard time constructing numerical solutions to differential equations? What is the internal process of constructing concepts internally? We view 'understanding' as our end goal. Yet we cannot quantify it; we don't know how it occurs internally. So is this not a ripe area for research and worthy of our attention? More thoughts on this.
[BB]Capture your lectures using BBFlashBack (company Home Page). View my crude self playing 4 minute intro (exe 1.8Mb) . You can be up and running in a flash. It really IS easy!
OEDb - the Online Education Database. OEDb contains reviews of 1,004 programs from 86 accredited online colleges. Unlike other leading online education directories, the database only lists accredited online colleges so that you can be sure that these degrees will be respected by potential employers. The database allows you to sort reviews by program, college, or degree level. The library section will educate you on the basics of online universities. Check out the list of the Top 100 Open Courseware Projects. You will find a lot of useful resource info at this site.
There is nothing quite like seeing the light go on in a student's eyes.
"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, either way, you're
right." - author unknown
"I've always believed the world is what we make of it." - Elle, from
the movie "Contact"
May your passion for life generate a gentle breeze in your back.
“If you understand something in only one way, then you do not really
understand it at all. ... The secret of what anything means to us depends
on how we have connected it to all the other things we know. This is why,
when someone learns ‘by rote’, we say that they do not really understand.
... well connected representations let you turn ideas around in your mind,
to envision things from many perspectives, until you find one that works
for you. And that is what we mean by thinking!” - Marvin Minsky, The
Society of Mind, Simon and Schuster, 1987.
"If your requirement is to make a large amount of money, then your
options in life are rather small." - Tim Berners-Lee, MIT, one of
the originators of the web, Toronto Star article, 2002.06.17