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Ancient Lives
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For classics scholars, the vast number of damaged and fragmentary texts from ...

For classics scholars, the vast number of damaged and fragmentary texts from the waste dumps of Greco-Roman Egypt has resulted in a difficult and time-consuming endeavor, with each manuscript requiring a character-by-character transcription. Words are gradually identified based on the transcribed characters and the manuscripts' linguistic characteristics. Both the discovery of new literary texts and the identification of known ones are then based on this analysis in relation to the established canon of extant Greek literature and its lexicons. Documentary texts, letters, receipts, and private accounts, are similarly assessed and identified through key terms and names. Furthermore, an immense number of detached fragments still linger, waiting to be joined with others to form a once intact text of ancient thought, both known and unknown. The data not only continues to reevaluate and assess the literature and knowledge of ancient Greece, but also illuminates the lives and culture of the multi-ethnic society of Greco-Roman Egypt.

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Ancient History
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Interactive
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Citizen Science Alliance
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Zooniverse
Cities in Conflict: Theory and Practice, Fall 2003
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This course's aims are two-fold: 1) to offer students the theoretical and ...

This course's aims are two-fold: 1) to offer students the theoretical and practical tools to understand how and why cities become torn by ethnic, religious, racial, nationalist, and/or other forms of identity that end up leading to conflict, violence, inequality, and social injustice; and 2) to use this knowledge and insight in the search for solutions. As preparation, students will be required to become familiar with social and political theories of the city and the nation and their relationship to each other. They also will focus on the ways that racial, ethnic, religious, nationalist or other identities grow and manifest themselves in cities or other territorial levels of determination (including the regional or transnational). In the search for remedies, students will be encouraged to consider a variety of policymaking or design points of entry, ranging from the political- institutional (e.g. forms of democratic participation and citizenship) to spatial, infrastructural, and technological interventions.

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Architecture and Design
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Davis, Diane E.
Crowding Out
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Students learn that the loanable funds market is a virtual clearing house ...

Students learn that the loanable funds market is a virtual clearing house matching borrowers and savers. They participate in an activity to demonstrate crowding out in the loanable funds market. They use demand and supply analysis to graphically represent the results of crowding out.

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Economics
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Images and Illustrations
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Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
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Economic Lowdown Lessons
Author:
Barbara Flowers
Engaging and motivating students
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Download the supporting PDF file for this episode http://bit.ly/ijlL3g from the Learning ...

Download the supporting PDF file for this episode http://bit.ly/ijlL3g from the Learning to Teach Online project website.Engaging students in online learning is critical for success. In this episode, we speak with teachers and students about strategies for improving engagement and motivation in online learning environments. Effective facilitation, creating learning communities, strategies for motivating students, and encouraging and sustaining participation are discussed.

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Arts and Humanities
Business and Communication
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Teaching and Learning Strategies
Video Lectures
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University of New South Wales COFA Online
Provider Set:
Learning to Teach Online
Author:
Simon McIntyre Karin Watson
Forms of Political Participation: Old and New, Spring 2005
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How and why do we participate in public life? How do we ...

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.

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Political Science
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Lily
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Foundations of Political Science, Spring 2005
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This course continues from the fall semester. The course introduces students to ...

This course continues from the fall semester. The course introduces students to the fundamental theories and methods of modern political science through the study of a small number of major books and articles that have been influential in the field. This semester, the course focuses on American and comparative politics.

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Political Science
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Petersen, Roger
Galaxy Zoo: Hubble
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Roughly one hundred billion galaxies are scattered throughout our observable Universe, each ...

Roughly one hundred billion galaxies are scattered throughout our observable Universe, each a glorious system that might contain billions of stars. Many are remarkably beautiful, and the aim of Galaxy Zoo is to study them, assisting astronomers in attempting to understand how the galaxies we see around us formed, and what their stories can tell us about the past, present and future of our Universe as a whole. Are you an educator? Would you like to use Galaxy Zoo with a group of students? The Navigator is an interactive tool that allows groups to classify galaxies together and then investigate galaxy characteristics. Zoo Teach is where educators can share lessons, resources and that compliment the citizen science projects that are part of the Zooniverse.

Subject:
Astronomy
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Interactive
Provider:
Citizen Science Alliance
Provider Set:
Zooniverse
How to Approach the Planning of a Participatory Health-Related Engineering Project
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No Strings Attached
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This module helps engineering students plan for the communication needed to ensure ...

This module helps engineering students plan for the communication needed to ensure community participation in health-related engineering projects in developing countries.

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Engineering
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Readings
Syllabi
Provider:
Rice University
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Connexions
Author:
Linda Driskill
The Milky Way Project
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Measure and Map Our Galaxy: The Milky Way Project needs your help ...

Measure and Map Our Galaxy: The Milky Way Project needs your help looking through tens of thousands of images from the Spitzer Space Telescope. By telling us what you see in this infrared data, we can better understand how stars form. The scale of this project necessitates group participation. We need the help of the public to classify the thousands of images we have on file. If all 900,000 Zooniverse members classified a few images, this project would be done in no time!

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Astronomy
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Interactive
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Citizen Science Alliance
Provider Set:
Zooniverse
Moon Zoo
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The goal of the Moon Zoo website is "to provide detailed crater ...

The goal of the Moon Zoo website is "to provide detailed crater counts for as much of the Moon's surface as possible." On the website, interested parties can help out with this effort by examining images of the moon's surface and providing feedback to be used by the team of researchers in charge of the Moon Zoo project. First-time visitors should click on the "How To Take Part" for a tutorial that will help determine which project they might be best suited for. Visitors who wish to take part in the project will need to register on the website, and that process only takes a few minutes. Moving on, the website has an online forum where users can trade information as well as a blog.

Subject:
Astronomy
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
Citizen Science Alliance
Provider Set:
Zooniverse
Planet Hunters
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On December 16, 2010, the Zooniverse launched the original Planet Hunters to ...

On December 16, 2010, the Zooniverse launched the original Planet Hunters to enlist the public's help to search data from the NASA's Kepler spacecraft for the characteristic drop in light due to an orbiting extrasolar planets (exoplanets) crossing in front of their parent stars. Back then we didn't know what we would find. The project was a gamble on the ability of human pattern recognition to beat machines just occasionally and spot the telltale dip from a transiting planet that was missed by automated routines looking for repeating patterns. It may have been the case that no new planets were discovered and that computers had the job down to a fine art. The gamble paid off. The original Planet Hunters project discovered a bounty of unknown planet candidates and several confirmed planets, resulting from the efforts of nearly 300,000 volunteers worldwide.

Subject:
Astronomy
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
Citizen Science Alliance
Provider Set:
Zooniverse
Solar Stormwatch
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Solar scientists need you! Help them spot explosions on the Sun and ...

Solar scientists need you! Help them spot explosions on the Sun and track them across space to Earth. Your work will give astronauts an early warning if dangerous solar radiation is headed their way. And you could make a new scientific discovery.

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Astronomy
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
Citizen Science Alliance
Provider Set:
Zooniverse
Symbiosis in the Soil
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In this project, students will assume the role of citizen scientists—helping researchers ...

In this project, students will assume the role of citizen scientists—helping researchers answer questions about how dandelions acquire beneficial symbiotic microbes from different soil types. Students will collect and transplant dandelions, conduct experiments on dandelion growth and microbe growth, and then submit data to scientists at the Genomics and Microbiology Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The researchers will use these data to supplement DNA and RNA sequencing efforts. Students will receive results from the genetic analyses from a limited set of classrooms whose dandelions had previously been sequenced. By maintaining a connection with researchers, students will have an active, hands-on role in current science. Besides aiding scientists with research, students will also create their own inquiries.

Subject:
Biology
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Lesson Plans
Provider:
North Carolina State University
Provider Set:
Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development
Author:
Amy Lawson
Arthina Blanchard
Laura Cochrane
Why Videos Go Viral
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Kevin Allocca is YouTube's trends manager, and he has deep thoughts about ...

Kevin Allocca is YouTube's trends manager, and he has deep thoughts about silly web video. In this talk from TEDYouth, he shares the 4 reasons a video goes viral. A quiz, thought provoking question, and links for further study are provided to create a lesson around the 7-minute video. Educators may use the platform to easily "Flip" or create their own lesson for use with their students of any age or level.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Material Type:
Video Lectures
Provider:
TED
Provider Set:
TED-Ed
Author:
Alloca, Kevin