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Ace Maths Unit 5: Building assessment into teaching and learning
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This unit explores outcomes-based assessment of mathematics in terms of five main ... More

This unit explores outcomes-based assessment of mathematics in terms of five main questions -- Why assess? (the purposes of assessment); What to assess? (achievement of outcomes, but also understanding, reasoning and problem-solving ability); How to assess? (methods, tools and techniques); How to interpret the results of assessment? (the importance of criteria and rubrics for outcomes-based assessment) ; and How to report on assessment? (developing meaningful report cards). Less

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Textbooks
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South African Institute for Distance Education
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OER Africa
Author:
Sapire, Ingrid
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Achieving Success and Happiness in College: 5 Ways to Make it Work
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ACHIEVING SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS IN COLLEGE is designed to help students to ... More

ACHIEVING SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS IN COLLEGE is designed to help students to be successful in college. This includes students who plan to enter a college or university, as well as those who are currently enrolled and want to make the most of it! This book provides insights to help students understand college life and strategies to address the most pressing issues—the personal challenges, social pressures, and academic demands. It includes thought-provoking quotes, humor, honesty, and techniques for becoming an effective learner as well as a leader. ACHIEVING SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS IN COLLEGE describes how to play an active role in creating learning opportunities that are both meaningful and inspiring, which can help students down the path to a happy, productive, and personally rewarding college experience. Additionally, this book will be of significant interest to professionals who help students achieve success from an academic, social, and health perspective. Family members will see it as a valuable resource for their college-bound children. Less

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Other
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OER Commons
Provider Set:
Open Author Resources
Author:
Charles Durgin
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"Achieving an Atmosphere of Mutual Trust and Confidence": Henry A. Wallace Offers an Alternative to Cold War Containment
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Allies during World War II, the U.S. and the Soviet Union disagreed ... More

Allies during World War II, the U.S. and the Soviet Union disagreed over a number of issues after the war. These included control of Eastern Europe, division of Germany, atomic energy, international loans, and the Middle East. On February 9, 1946, Soviet premier Josef Stalin asserted that the continued existence of capitalism in the West would inevitably lead to war. Foreign Service senior diplomat George Kennan sent President Harry Truman, still forming a Soviet policy, a lengthy telegram advocating containment. Commerce Secretary Henry A. Wallace--Secretary of Agriculture (1933-1941) and Vice-President from (1941-1945)--was one of the few liberal idealists in Truman's cabinet. Wallace envisioned a "century of the common man" marked by global peace and prosperity. In the following excerpt from a letter dated July 23, 1946, Wallace urged Truman to build "mutual trust and confidence" in order to achieve "an enduring international order." Truman asked Wallace to resign. In March 1947, Truman asked Congress for money "to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures." Thus articulated, the "Truman Doctrine" of containment served as the rationale for future American Cold War foreign policy initiatives. Less

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U.S. History
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Primary Source
Readings
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American Social History Project / Center for History Media and Learning
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Many Pasts (CHNM/ASHP)
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Center for History and New Media/American Social History Project
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Acids in Proteins
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This lesson describes how amino acids build proteins in a person's body. ... More

This lesson describes how amino acids build proteins in a person's body. Amino acids are the chemical building blocks for the structure of an organism. A link to a quiz is provided at the end of the lesson to check comprehension. Less

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Life Science
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NSDL Staff
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Key Concepts in Biology
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Acids, pH, and Buffers: Some Basic Chemistry for Biological Science
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In this "clicker case," a three-year-old girl gets into the medicine cabinet ... More

In this "clicker case," a three-year-old girl gets into the medicine cabinet and ingests an unknown number of aspirin tablets. Her brother calls 911 and the girl is taken to a nearby hospital, where she is treated. The case is used to discuss the Law of Mass Action, chemical equilibrium and equilibrium constants, pH, and weak acids and buffers in the context of medical management of a life-threatening emergency. It is called a "clicker" case because it is designed to be presented in a class that uses personal response systems, or "clickers." The case is presented via a series of PowerPoint slides (~400KB) punctuated by multiple-choice questions, which the students answer using their clickers. It could be adapted for use without these technologies. The case is suitable for use in an introductory biology course where integration with biologically relevant chemistry is an important course objective. It could also be used in a chemistry course. Less

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Life Science
Chemistry
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Case Study
Instructional Material
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Case Study Collection
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Terry Platt
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Acknowledgment | Everyday Leadership
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This OER / CC-licensed video clip on leadership, management, and team-building is ... More

This OER / CC-licensed video clip on leadership, management, and team-building is one of more than 400 OER videos on leadership and management, shot in more than 12 countries. Less

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Audio Lectures
Homework and Assignments
Video Lectures
Other
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UW I-TECH
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Everyday Leadership
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UW I-TECH
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Acne (Spanish)
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This patient education program explains acne including the causes and treatments. This ... More

This patient education program explains acne including the causes and treatments. This resource is a MedlinePlus Interactive Health Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine, designed and developed by the Patient Education Institute. Less

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Audio Lectures
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National Library of Medicine
Provider Set:
H.E.A.L.
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Acoustic Noise Cancellation
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The Least Mean Squares (LMS) Algorithm can be used in a range ... More

The Least Mean Squares (LMS) Algorithm can be used in a range of Digital Signal Processing applications such as echo cancellation and acoustic noise reduction. This laboratory shows how to design a model of LMS Noise Cancellation using Simulink and run it on a Texas Instruments C6000 DSP. Less

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Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
Jacob Fainguelernt
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Action Figure
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In this project, students explore how levers work, by making a puppet ... More

In this project, students explore how levers work, by making a puppet with moving limbs. After showing students how to make the arms, students are challenged to construct the rest of the puppet on their own. This activity engages learners in a way that is educational, fun, and encourages creativity. Less

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Engineering
Chemistry
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Data
Instructional Material
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Chuck E. Cheese's
National Science Foundation
Public television viewers
WGBH
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Action Research for Educational, Professional, and Personal Change, Fall 2007
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This course covers techniques for and critical thinking about the evaluation of ... More

This course covers techniques for and critical thinking about the evaluation of changes in educational practices and policies in schools, organizations, and informal contexts. Topics include quantitative and qualitative methods for design and analysis, participatory design of practices and policies, institutional learning, the wider reception or discounting of evaluations, and selected case studies, including those arising from semester-long student projects. Less

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Case Study
Full Course
Syllabi
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UMass Boston
Provider Set:
UMass Boston OpenCourseWare
Author:
Ph.D.
Professor Peter Taylor
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Active Lessons
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Active Lessons are engaging, technology-based, student-centered (pupil-centered) learning activities designed by teachers ... More

Active Lessons are engaging, technology-based, student-centered (pupil-centered) learning activities designed by teachers using PowerPoint (or other presentation tool). The idea is to empower teachers to easily create technology-based activities that draw upon variety of existing and new digital resources from internet, repositories of learning objects and other sources, and require students to use technology and create artifacts demonstrating their understanding. This idea partially challenges WebQuest approach and proposes that instead of getting teachers to design web sites, more effective strategy would be to use a presentation tool to design in more productive way. Active Lessons are technologically simple because PowerPoint is used for design and there is no need to struggle with technicalities of web publishing. With reduction in technicalities teachers can concentrate on pedagogy. The central hypothesis in this proposal is that if teachers develop understanding of technology-supported pedagogy, technicalities will synch in naturally through experience and emerging needs. Less

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Teaching and Learning Strategies
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University of Hong Kong, Division of I&T Studies
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Learn Activity (University of Hong Kong)
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Dr. Daniel Churchill
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Active Transport in Insect Malpighian Tubules
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The Malpighian tubules of insects are an excellent model for examining the ... More

The Malpighian tubules of insects are an excellent model for examining the properties of secretion in a transporting epithelium. In this exercise students expose tubules from cockroaches or crickets to chlorophenol red and visually estimate the dye concentration in the lumen. By adding metabolic inhibitors and competitors or by substituting ion-free media they can demonstrate competition, specificity, and energy- or ion-dependence of active transport. Advanced students can design their own experiments after a review of the literature. This simple and inexpensive exercise provides students with a challenging and rewarding introduction to experimental design in the laboratory. Less

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Biology
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Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
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Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE)
Author:
Dee Silverthorn
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An Activity on Factors Affecting Blood Flow
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This lesson is designed to explore the relationship between pressure and vessel ... More

This lesson is designed to explore the relationship between pressure and vessel diameter and to create a model that represents how high blood pressure may affect weakened vessels. A collaborative work of Melvin Flores, Larie Laudato and Glenn Soltes Less

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Education
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Activities and Labs
Assessments
Games
Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plans
Reference
Unit of Study
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Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
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iCPALMS: A Standards-based K-12 Resources and Tools Pathway
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Glenn Soltes
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Adaptation and Biomimicry
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In this unit of study students learn about adaptations and how they ... More

In this unit of study students learn about adaptations and how they help animals survive. They will apply this knowledge to design new technologies. This unit integrates nine STEM attributes and was developed as part of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership's Teacher Leadership Team. Any instructional materials are included within this unit of study. Less

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Life Science
Mathematics
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Unit of Study
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South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Dylan McCann
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Adaptations Through Natural Selection
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Students will plan and design an imaginary organism that lives in the ... More

Students will plan and design an imaginary organism that lives in the Temperate Deciduous Forest, Tropical Rainforest, or Desert. Students will then identify three adaptations of this animal, and determine how the adaptations of that animal may respond to a change in the ecosystem. Less

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Life Science
Biology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Dan Leighton
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Adaptations for Bird Flight – Inspiration for Aeronautical Engineering
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This activity first asks the students to study the patterns of bird ... More

This activity first asks the students to study the patterns of bird flight and understand that four main forces affect the flight abilities of a bird. They will study the shape, feather structure, and resulting differences in the pattern of flight. They will then look at several articles that feature newly designed planes and the birds that they are modeled after. The final component of this activity is to watch the Nature documentary, "Raptor Force" which chronicles the flight patterns of birds, how researchers study these animals, and what interests our military and aeronautical engineers about these natural adaptations. This activity serves as an extension to the biomimetics lesson. Although students will not be using this information in the design process for their desert resort, it provides interesting information pertaining to the current use of biomimetics in the field of aviation. Students may extend their design process by using this information to create a means of transportation to and from the resort if they chose to. Less

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Engineering
Life Science
Biology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering.org
VU Bioengineering RET Program,
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Adaptation to Human Populations Is Revealed by Within-Host Polymorphisms in HIV-1 and Hepatitis C Virus
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CD8+ cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (CTLs) perform a critical role in the immune control ... More

CD8+ cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (CTLs) perform a critical role in the immune control of viral infections, including those caused by human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). As a result, genetic variation at CTL epitopes is strongly influenced by host-specific selection for either escape from the immune response, or reversion due to the replicative costs of escape mutations in the absence of CTL recognition. Under strong CTL-mediated selection, codon positions within epitopes may immediately “toggle” in response to each host, such that genetic variation in the circulating virus population is shaped by rapid adaptation to immune variation in the host population. However, this hypothesis neglects the substantial genetic variation that accumulates in virus populations within hosts. Here, we evaluate this quantity for a large number of HIV-1– (n ≥ 3,000) and HCV-infected patients (n ≥ 2,600) by screening bulk RT-PCR sequences for sequencing “mixtures” (i.e., ambiguous nucleotides), which act as site-specific markers of genetic variation within each host. We find that nonsynonymous mixtures are abundant and significantly associated with codon positions under host-specific CTL selection, which should deplete within-host variation by driving the fixation of the favored variant. Using a simple model, we demonstrate that this apparently contradictory outcome can be explained by the transmission of unfavorable variants to new hosts before they are removed by selection, which occurs more frequently when selection and transmission occur on similar time scales. Consequently, the circulating virus population is shaped by the transmission rate and the disparity in selection intensities for escape or reversion as much as it is shaped by the immune diversity of the host population, with potentially serious implications for vaccine design. Less

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Performing Arts
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Images and Illustrations
Video Lectures
Provider:
SciVee
Provider Set:
SciVee
Author:
art
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Adapting a Musical
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This lesson explores the implications of developing a musical from a literary ... More

This lesson explores the implications of developing a musical from a literary text or an historical event, and includes suggestions for immersing students into the creative process of building a musical. Less

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Lesson Plans
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Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
Kennedy Center ARTSEDGE
Provider Set:
ARTSEDGE
Author:
Jayne Karsten
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