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Friday, May 20, 2005

Library to Require Fingerprint to Use PCs [Slashdot:]
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Competency Based Learning Management. Good article defining and then describing arguments both for and against competency based learning management (CBLM). The idea of CBLM is that a given task or occupation can be broken down to a set of constituent skills. These skills, or competencies, can form the basis of personalized training. Sounds like a good idea. Though I have concerns about employer-driven training programs. But here, I think, is the knock-down argument: "A CBLM system, in a company competing in rapidly-changing dynamic markets, has a half-life of mere months." By Godfrey Parkin, Parkin's Lot, April 30, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect] [OLDaily]
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A video game to increase your self-esteem. Ivan Pavlov, the Russian psychologist and surgeon of legendary ability (his Nobel prize is for medicine), was perhaps most famous for his experiments with dogs. Performing a tricky procedure to implant a saliva-measuring device in dogs' necks, he then trained them to recognize when food was coming. First he'd ring a bell and bring the [...] [Cognitive Daily]
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Google Ads for RSS Feeds Goes Beta [Slashdot:]
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Stem Cells Derived from Human Clones [Slashdot:]
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Teacher Fired for P2P Lecture [Slashdot:]
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Japan OCW Alliance.

Six Japanese universities have formed the OpenCourseWare (OCW) Alliance to provide online access to their course instructional materials. "The OpenCourseWare project was firstly developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in order to provide a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world. In Japan, in cooperation with MIT, the six universities listed below have established the JAPAN OCW ALLIANCE and are now offering the content of their academic courses to the general public." The Alliance web page is available in Japanese and English as are the OCW web pages at the six participating universities. At the level of individual courses, the home pages, syllabi, calendars, and some lecture notes for the courses are also in English, but graph labels and other detailed materials are often available only in Japanese. In some courses the English language materials are skimpy while others are quite detailed.

Making these course contents available is an impressive effort that provides additional resources for instructors (and students) world wide. American instructors will be especially interested to see how their subjects are covered at these major institutions outside the United States. ____JH

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