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Shakesbook: social network to access Shakespeare

Shakesbook: social network to access Shakespeare

Facebook is a popular social network which allows people to connect to ... (more)

Facebook is a popular social network which allows people to connect to long lost friends. In Shakesbook, students are asked to take on the persona of one of Shakespeare's characters and create an imaginary profile for them. Using contextual clues and a dash of creativity, this exercise is a wonderful way to assess students' literary comprehension and analysis. (less)

Subject:
Arts
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Games
Lesson Plans
Collection:
Individual Authors
Provider:
California Shakespeare Theater
Author:
Emily Morrison Trish Tillman Tara Misra
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New Low-Cost University Plans to Use Social-Networking Tools

New Low-Cost University Plans to Use Social-Networking Tools

Can the University of the People, a new online institution, add teaching ... (more)

Can the University of the People, a new online institution, add teaching components to the growing body of free online materials and social-networking tools so that students get college credits? Read the story from the Chronicle of Higher Education and the discussion posts that follow. (less)

Author:
Jeffrey R. Young
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Introduction to Social Network Methods

Introduction to Social Network Methods

This on-line textbook introduces many of the basics of formal approaches to ... (more)

This on-line textbook introduces many of the basics of formal approaches to the analysis of social networks. The text relies heavily on the work of Freeman, Borgatti, and Everett (the authors of the UCINET software package). The materials here, and their organization, were also very strongly influenced by the text of Wasserman and Faust, and by a graduate seminar conducted by Professor Phillip Bonacich at UCLA. Many other users have also made very helpful comments and suggestions based on the first version. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Textbooks
Collection:
University of California, Riverside
Provider:
University of California, Riverside
Author:
Robert A. Hanneman and Mark Riddle
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ELGG

ELGG

Elgg is an open source social networking platform based around choice, flexibility ... (more)

Elgg is an open source social networking platform based around choice, flexibility and openness: a system that firmly places individuals at the centre of their activities. Your users have the freedom to incorporate all their favorite tools within one environment and showcase their content with as many or as few people as they choose, all within a social networking site that you control. (less)

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Einstein University

Einstein University

Einstein University is a free online university/academic social network where students and ... (more)

Einstein University is a free online university/academic social network where students and professors from around the world can share ideas, read each others papers and collaborate on research. You can upload your photo, curriculum vitae and up to four research papers. Instead of charging students tuition the university funds itself through ad revenue and uses volunteer professors. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
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Changing the Face of Traditional Education: Project-based learning

Changing the Face of Traditional Education: Project-based learning

Project-based learning in a technology rich environment can be effective in K-12 ... (more)

Project-based learning in a technology rich environment can be effective in K-12 classrooms allowing students to negotiate understanding and construct knowledge in social situations. Benefits include connecting students in communities in and outside of their cultures, and meeting learning goals in non-institutional fashion, while educators share practices and resources using technology tools. When projects endure over time, characteristics of communities of practice begin to emerge in which shared content grows and is amended by participants, generating historical artifacts. Once instantiated, the project philosophy provides an ongoing basis for immersive learning, using wikis, blogs, and other social networking applications. A project-based classroom philosophy sets an engaging, attractive environment for students by meeting their needs to be socially involved, as opposed to being passive receivers. An example long term Internet learning event called the Monster Project is examined in this paper. Widespread use of project-based learning has been curtailed by a strong focus on traditional instruction to meet testing goals. Research shows that active participation in project-based education results in students being more intrinsically motivated, more likely to show conceptual understanding, and more well adjusted than students in traditional education modes. These characteristics are those of a community of practice, where members are informally connected by their accomplishments and by what they learn together. The range of academic content that can be integrated into project-based learning as the main approach in a classroom is bounded only by a teacher’s energy and creativity. (less)

Subject:
Arts
Social Sciences
Author:
Terry K. Smith
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Web 2.0: Risks for STI/HIV - Opportunities for Prevention

Web 2.0: Risks for STI/HIV - Opportunities for Prevention

This lecture explores the risks and prevention opportunities presented by the emergence ... (more)

This lecture explores the risks and prevention opportunities presented by the emergence of social networking and internet dating sites. Presented by the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Audio Lectures
Full Course
Collection:
JHSPH OpenCourseWare
Provider:
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Author:
Kees Rietmeijer
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Workshop in IT: Collaborative Innovation Networks, Fall 2011

Workshop in IT: Collaborative Innovation Networks, Fall 2011

Diversity begets creativity - in this seminar we tap the amazing power ... (more)

Diversity begets creativity - in this seminar we tap the amazing power of swarm creativity on the Web by studying and working together as Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs). As interdisciplinary teams of MIT management, SCAD design, University of Cologne informatics, and Aalto University software engineering students we will explore how to discover latest trends on the Web, and how to make them succeed in online social networks. We study a wide range of methods for predictive analytics (coolhunting) and online social marketing (coolfarming), mostly based on social network analysis and the emerging science of collaboration. Students will also learn to use our own unique MIT-developed Condor tool for Web mining, social network analysis, and trend prediction. (less)

Subject:
Business
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Lecture Notes
Readings
Syllabi
Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Peter Gloor
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Arab Countries Web Directory

Arab Countries Web Directory

This website attempts to bring information about various Arab countries into a ... (more)

This website attempts to bring information about various Arab countries into a single portal. Users can search by country or look for specific information relating to the Arab world. Links are provided to websites of airports and national airlines, Arab social networks, classifieds, hotels, embassies, and more. Links to news and articles relating to the Arab world are included. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Reference
Collection:
Arabic Language Learning
Provider:
Arabic2000
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The Economics of Information: Strategy, Structure and Pricing, Fall 2010

The Economics of Information: Strategy, Structure and Pricing, Fall 2010

The Economics of Information provides an analysis of the underlying economics of ... (more)

The Economics of Information provides an analysis of the underlying economics of information with management implications. It studies the effects of digitization and technology on industry, organizational structure, and business strategy, and examines pricing, bundling, and versioning of digital goods, including music, video, software, and communication services. In addition, the course considers the managerial implications of social networks, search, targeted advertising, personalization, privacy, network externalities, open source, and alliances. (less)

Subject:
Business
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Homework and Assignments
Readings
Syllabi
Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Brynjolfsson, Erik
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Networks, Complexity and Its Applications, Spring 2011

Networks, Complexity and Its Applications, Spring 2011

Networks are a ubiquitous way to represent complex systems, including those in ... (more)

Networks are a ubiquitous way to represent complex systems, including those in the social and economic sciences. The goal of the course is to equip students with conceptual tools that can help them understand complex systems that emerge in both nature and social systems. This is a course intended for a general audience and will discuss applications of networks and complexity to diverse systems, including epidemic spreading, social networks and the evolution of economic development. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Lecture Notes
Readings
Syllabi
Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Hidalgo, Cesar
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The Internet Super-User Textbook

The Internet Super-User Textbook

Get ahead of the game by making optimal use of the internet ... (more)

Get ahead of the game by making optimal use of the internet and its tools. Become more effective, more efficient and work smarter: become an internet superuser. The Internet Super-User Textbook empowers you to make maximum use of the resources available on the internet, including the advanced use of search engines, how to research online, different ways of online communication (from online forums, instant messaging to VOIP), personal information management, online safety and security, mobile internet, social networking, and publishing your own online content. (less)

Subject:
Business
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Textbooks
Collection:
University of Cape Town
Provider:
UCT OpenContent
Author:
Anna Malczyk
Jean-Paul Van Belle
Masha du Toit
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Forms of Political Participation: Old and New, Spring 2005

Forms of Political Participation: Old and New, Spring 2005

How and why do we participate in public life? How do we ... (more)

How and why do we participate in public life? How do we get drawn into community and political affairs? In this course we examine the associations and networks that connect us to one another and structure our social and political interactions. Readings are drawn from a growing body of research suggesting that the social networks, community norms, and associational activities represented by the concepts of civil society and social capital can have important effects on the functioning of democracy, stability and change in political regimes, the capacity of states to carry out their objectives, and international politics. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Syllabi
Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Lily
Tsai
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Networks: Theory and Application

Networks: Theory and Application

SI 508 has been taught in various forms from 2006 to 2008 ... (more)

SI 508 has been taught in various forms from 2006 to 2008 to masterŐs students at the University of Michigan School of Information. The course covers topics in network analysis, from social networks to applications in information networks such as the Internet. I will introduce basic concepts in network theory, discuss metrics and models, use software analysis tools to experiment with a wide variety of real-world network data, and study applications to areas such as information retrieval.As a network scientist I think networks are fun to talk about, but they are even more fun to play with. Therefore, labs are an integral part of this course. In addition to providing background material, the labs and the demos offer ample opportunity for learners to get hands-on with interactive demonstrations, real-world data sets, and a dizzying array of tools (Pajek, Guess, NetLogo, and others). Experimenting in the labs will enable learners to get much more out of this course than simply reading the lectures and other materials. The labs are also designed to bring you up to speed with the skills you need to do the assignments.Another important part of the course is the final group project, in which students take the concepts they learned and apply them to networks that they select. Although I can offer little guidance on anyone's individual project through this open format, I hope that the assignments will expose people to different techniques one can apply and various questions to explore. This showcase of student projects from past years should provide some inspiration. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Full Course
Collection:
Open.Michigan
Provider:
University of Michigan
Author:
Lada Adamic
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Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Assessments
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Lecture Notes
Syllabi
Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
George Kocur
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