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Designing and working in online environments to promote culturally inclusive practices
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Text Messages Can Increase Enrollment of Low-Income Students - Head Count - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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10 Architecture Tips From "The Timeless Way of Building"

10 Architecture Tips From "The Timeless Way of Building" | Designing for diversity | Scoop.it
During vacation time last week, I finally sat down to really read The Timeless Way of Building by Christopher Alexander.  I had flipped through it before, but never took the time to digest it.  Thi...
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My View: Winning is nothing ... collaboration is everything

My View: Winning is nothing ... collaboration is everything | Designing for diversity | Scoop.it
My days in Champaign at the University of Illinois opened my eyes to the world and some hard truths about how I view myself and others.
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Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education

Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education | Designing for diversity | Scoop.it
An international journal of complexity and education

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 31, 2013 4:29 PM
Excerpt: "Complicity is an open access (free to all readers), peer-reviewed journal that publishes original articles on all aspects of education that are informed by the idea of complexity (in its technical, applied, philosophical, theoretical, or narrative manifestations). The journal strives to serve as a forum for both theoretical and practical contributions and to facilitate the exchange of diverse ideas and points of view related to complexity in education."
Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 31, 2013 4:31 PM
Excerpt: "Complicity is an open access (free to all readers), peer-reviewed journal that publishes original articles on all aspects of education that are informed by the idea of complexity (in its technical, applied, philosophical, theoretical, or narrative manifestations). The journal strives to serve as a forum for both theoretical and practical contributions and to facilitate the exchange of diverse ideas and points of view related to complexity in education."
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 31, 2013 7:16 PM

I am familiar with some of the writing and thinking of one of the founding editors, Brent Davis. He remains on the advisory board. It is peer reviewed and, in today's educational environment, complexity theory needs to be fully considered.

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Disabilities in Higher Education | NewsCenter | SDSU

Disabilities in Higher Education | NewsCenter | SDSU | Designing for diversity | Scoop.it
San Diego State University will host a conference that explores the opportunities in education and the professional world for members of the disabled community. The symposium, "Ableism: The Disability Experience in Higher ...
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Designing online learning in a volatile world

Designing online learning in a volatile world | Designing for diversity | Scoop.it

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Superkilen: A Neighborhood Park in Copenhagen Reflects the Community's Urban Diversity

Superkilen: A Neighborhood Park in Copenhagen Reflects the Community's Urban Diversity | Designing for diversity | Scoop.it

The nearly mile-long Superkilen park in Denmark is a bold attempt to create a new identity for an “ethnically diverse and socially challenged” neighborhood in Copenhagen, Denmark.


An in-depth community outreach process organized by the city has led to a place like no other, with a sequence of plazas that honor different ethnics groups living in the area. Designed by Bjarke Ingels’ firm, BIG, landscape architecture firm, Topotek 1, and artists’ group, Superflex, the massive project also accomplished a lot with a little budget: at just $34 per square foot, the landscape “packs a lot of bang for the buck.”


The project, which has recently been all over the design press, also just took home the AIA Institute Honor Award for urban and regional design and an annual design award from Architect Magazine in the “play” category. 

The AIA jury wrote: “This is not only original, but stunning to behold. It is noteworthy for its aesthetic approach, which is straightforwardly artificial rather than pretending to be natural. One of the project’s most exciting dimensions is its inclusion of the diverse community of users. Its bold use of color and public art in spaces that promote social interaction and engagement all exude a high level of excitement and energy through what once looked like residual space. Superkilen shows what can be done with an open, inventive approach within severe cost limitations. It demonstrates the value of powerful visual and spatial moves while keeping connected to the realities of a contemporary multicultural context: the condition of many European cities.”


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No Excellence Without Diversity | UConn Today

No Excellence Without Diversity | UConn Today | Designing for diversity | Scoop.it
To me, Steele's most important message was that there is no dichotomy between diversity and excellence. It's just the opposite, he argued: you cannot have excellence without diversity, in part because a diverse community ...
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Int. Fund for Cultural Diversity launches Call for proposals to foster a dynamic cultural sector

Int. Fund for Cultural Diversity launches Call for proposals to foster a dynamic cultural sector | Designing for diversity | Scoop.it

UNESCO is accepting proposals that seek to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing and least-developed countries so they might gain resources from a multi-donor fund established under the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.


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Robin Beecroft's curator insight, April 17, 2013 7:17 AM
International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) supports projects that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector, primarily through activities facilitating the introduction of new cultural policies and cultural industries, or strengthening existing ones. The use of the IFCD may take the form of legal, technical or financial support, or expertise, and must be consistent with the objectives of the IFCD.The IFCD is notably used to promote South-South and North-South-South cooperation, while contributing to achieving concrete and sustainable results as well as structural impacts, where appropriate, in the cultural field.
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European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning

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Digital Resilience in Higher Education - European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning http://t.co/XmnPwAFEF6
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William H. Whyte: The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces - The Street Corner

Small fragment of William H. Whyte's witty and original film about the open spaces of cities and why some of them work for people while others do not.
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Kate Bowles's comment, April 19, 2013 8:34 PM
This intimate study of small public spaces was also produced as a book. Very useful for thinking about how good and bad design intersect with human practice; and include thoughts on how design anticipates and manages the threat of the undesirable stranger
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Royal Technology: What is the Universal Design for Learning ...

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According to CAST.org, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is defined as "is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn." UDL can be compared to "differentiated ...

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Frequent, Low-Stakes Grading: Assessment for Communication, Confidence | Faculty Focus

Frequent, Low-Stakes Grading: Assessment for Communication, Confidence | Faculty Focus | Designing for diversity | Scoop.it
After going out for tacos, our students can review the restaurant on a website. They watch audiences reach a verdict on talent each season on American Idol.
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Adaptability to Online Learning: Differences Across Types of Students and Academic Subject Areas

CCRC conducts research on community colleges and contributes to the development of practice and policy to promote success for all higher education students.

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Tom Perran's curator insight, March 10, 2013 10:07 AM

Using a dataset containing nearly 500,000 courses taken by over 40,000 community and technical college students in Washington State, this study examines how well students adapt to the online environment in terms of their ability to persist and earn strong grades in online courses relative to their ability to do so in face-to-face courses.

Gust MEES's curator insight, March 10, 2013 4:48 PM

 

Check it out and learn more...

 

ThePinkSalmon's comment, March 16, 2013 3:48 AM
A really interesting research to learn more, many thanks
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Daphne Koller: What we're learning from online education

Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free -- not just as a service, but as a way to research how people...
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Teaching & Learning Blog » 10 Steps toward Universal Design of ...

Implementing the principles of universal design in online learning means anticipating the diversity of students that may enroll in your course and planning accordingly. These ten key elements will greatly enhance the ...

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Jane Strunck's curator insight, January 14, 2013 9:16 PM

Planning an online course with these key features of UDL embedded throughout will go far in increasing accessibility of the content for a wide range of learners.  .

 

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New Research Explores Social Learning and Collaboration in Online Courses - UC Berkeley

New Research Explores Social Learning and Collaboration in Online Courses - UC Berkeley | Designing for diversity | Scoop.it
New Research Explores Social Learning and Collaboration in Online Courses
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Online learning systems are sometimes criticized for a low level of interactivity and individuation.
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From Research to Practice: The Instructional Design of Online Collaborative Learning

Synthesizes research findings and provides instructional design recommendations to guide successful Online Collaborative Learning.
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How To Design For A Cross-Cultural User Experience (part 1/2) - The Usabilla Blog

How To Design For A Cross-Cultural User Experience (part 1/2) - The Usabilla Blog | Designing for diversity | Scoop.it
Our culture defines our values and our behaviour - not only in our everyday lives, but also on the Web. What catches our attention, what makes us trust a w

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Mario K. Sakata's curator insight, April 17, 2013 9:05 PM

Taking a look at Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory.

Terry Patterson's comment, April 21, 2013 7:07 PM
This is fascinating, isn't it? Any designer responsible for a product aimed for global consumption should be well aware of this research. I am interested in the development of these theories when it comes to development ages now that our youngsters are growing up in a more connected "globalized" digital information age.
Mario K. Sakata's comment, April 21, 2013 9:12 PM
True, there should be a breaking point when it comes to nurturing the customers.