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"Insidious" self-censorship rife in Hong Kong - Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship

"Insidious" self-censorship rife in Hong Kong - Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Quoted today in a piece by the Index on Censorship about Hong Kong press freedom: http://t.co/UmUp4Yc4Ze … via @IndexCensorship
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Harnessing the Potential of ICTs for Literacy Teaching and Learning

Harnessing the Potential of ICTs for Literacy Teaching and Learning | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

A compilation with 26 literacy and numeracy programmes using radio, TV, mobile phones, tablets and computers, entitled Harnessing the Potential of ICTs for Literacy Teaching and Learning. The selected literacy programmes featured in this publication present valuable experiences from all world regions


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 1, 2:40 AM

This looks well worth dipping into. (194p PDF)

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Microsoft, Intel, and Gaming Companies Get Ready for Laptops and Tablets with 3-D Vision | MIT Technology Review

Microsoft, Intel, and Gaming Companies Get Ready for Laptops and Tablets with 3-D Vision | MIT Technology Review | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

Laptops with 3-D sensors in place of conventional webcams will go on sale before the end of this year, according to chip maker Intel, which is providing the sensing technology to manufacturers. And tablets with 3-D sensors will hit the market in 2015, the company said at its annual developers’ conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Achin Bhowmik, general manager for Intel’s perceptual computing business unit stated, “You can bring all these digital characters into the real world. It could be your favorite Disney character or something from a game."


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 28, 12:08 PM

As an online educator, I look at gaming technology and immediately see learning opportunities. At a conference in 1996 I listened to Ray Kurszweil describe a future where AI enabled holographic avatars would be personal mentors and master teachers able to meet the individual needs of each and every learner. It was a vision of ultimate differentiation that would allow everyone to meet there maximum potential.


This 3-D gaming announcement feels like another step into that future.

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Online learning: Pessimism, optimism and realism

Online learning: Pessimism, optimism and realism | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
However, the way we think about online learning is inadequate. Attitudes generally fall into one of two prevailing camps: online learning optimism and pessimism. Both sides are entrenched in meaningless, largely unproductive opposition, perhaps because both perspectives talk past one another in advancing valid points.

Optimists see online learning as inevitable, driven by demand for greater efficiency. Pessimists see institutions abusing government programs and uninformed consumers to maximize profits while undermining or even mocking quality of learning outcomes as a concept.

Within this polarized mix of ideas rests an underappreciated but important third perspective: online learning realism.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 28, 12:16 PM

I've been part deeply involved with online teaching and learning since before the turn of the century. While I understand the pessimistic viewpoint,  I've been an optimist and a realist from day one.

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Rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo slow to disarm - Deutsche Welle

Rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo slow to disarm - Deutsche Welle | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
The Democratic Republic of Congo wants to disarm and disband rebels on its territory. But very few are handing themselves in voluntarily. Some blame the bleak prospects awaiting them once they have taken this step.
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International prices of food decreased by 6% between April and August 2014 - Teatro Naturale

International prices of food decreased by 6% between April and August 2014 Teatro Naturale Coordinating with UN agencies through the High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis and with non-governmental organizations, and supporting...
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Open access in South Africa: A case study and reflections

Open access in South Africa: A case study and reflections | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
In this paper, we locate open access in the South African higher education research context where it is, distinctively, not shaped by the policy frameworks that are profoundly changing research dissemination behaviour in other parts of the world. We define open access and account for its rise by two quite different routes. We then present a case study of journal publishing at one South African university to identify existing journal publishing practices in terms of open access.

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Ed Rybicki's curator insight, October 1, 4:41 AM

From two of our very own: great stuff!

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Thousands of children orphaned by Ebola: UNICEF | Press centre | UNICEF

Thousands of children orphaned by Ebola: UNICEF | Press centre | UNICEF | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Thousands of children orphaned by #Ebola, many rejected by surviving relatives for fear of infection http://t.co/cqVpDEaNGb @UNICEFmedia
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Patient Engagement: Four Case Studies That Highlight The Potential For Improved Health Outcomes And Reduced Costs

Patient Engagement: Four Case Studies That Highlight The Potential For Improved Health Outcomes And Reduced Costs | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
#PatientEngagement: 4 case studies highlight potential for improved #health outcomes, reduced costs http://t.co/LlZmYcvAIp
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Aspects influencing the roles of PBL researchers working at the science and environmental policy interface. An illustration from PBL practice. - PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

Aspects influencing the roles of PBL researchers working at the science and environmental policy interface. An illustration from PBL practice. - PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Aspects influencing the roles of #PBL researchers working at the science and environmental policy interface. http://t.co/rbbyf4ofIq
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How to Manage Negative Comments on Social Media

How to Manage Negative Comments on Social Media | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
You only need these four basic steps in knowing how to manage negative comments on your brand's social media assets.
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The costs and economic impact of violence against children | Publication | Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

The costs and economic impact of violence against children | Publication | Overseas Development Institute (ODI) | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
This study estimates that the global economic impacts and costs resulting from the consequences of physical, psychological and sexual violence against children can be as high as $7 trillion.
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Top universities battling for students - The Guardian

Top universities battling for students - The Guardian | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
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With four A-grade A-levels under her belt, 18-year-old Tamar Israel is exactly the sort of student that all the top universities have been fighting over this summer.
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Ghanaians Asked To Embrace National Development - spyghana.com

Ghanaians Asked To Embrace National Development - spyghana.com | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
spyghana.com Ghanaians Asked To Embrace National Development spyghana.com “Ghanaians should strive to build a nation with a solid foundation on Christ and not worldly sentiments and attachments that are threatening national cohesion,” he told Ghana...
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The Top 5 Blended And Flipped Classroom Tools

The Top 5 Blended And Flipped Classroom Tools | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

Blended learning is an environment in which students study in a “blended” model of face-to-face instruction with a teacher and technology-based instruction to meet their educational needs.



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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 30, 2:37 AM

Well these wouldn't be my top 5 but this does give an interesting perspective.

Joaquín Ballester's curator insight, October 1, 5:13 PM

#flippedclassroom #evernote #blended 

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Facilitating Creative Online Forums and Discussion Boards in Online Learning by Linda Silva

Facilitating Creative Online Forums and Discussion Boards in Online Learning by Linda Silva | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

Too often, instructors get caught up in seeing forums as a quantitative measure of how much a student has learned, gauging understanding by replying with prompts that are, frankly, as boring or as tedious as some of the material students have been asked to read. 


These conversations between students have more depth and more personality because they are creating, building, having fun and interacting. They are not just replying to a prompt. They are using their imaginations. The process brings an energy and passion that engages them.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 20, 5:08 PM

Linda Silva writes, "One of the best ways to get students more involved is by offering prompts that enable students to use their own previous education— and prod them to use their imagination."


I've used a version of this idea in my professional development classes for years. I always encourage 'teaching stories". This is a way to help teachers see the connections between the course content and their own teaching environments. It also encourages story telling which is a very powerful way to synthesize ideas, not to mention very interesting to read (listen) to.

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Special edition on research on MOOCs in the journal ‘Distance Education’

Special edition on research on MOOCs in the journal ‘Distance Education’ | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

Tony Bates:


"The August 2014 edition of the Australian-based journal, Distance Education (Vol.35, No. 2.), is devoted to new research on MOOCs. There is a guest editor, Kemi Jona, from Northwestern University, Illinois, as well as the regular editor, Som Naidu.
The six articles in this edition are fascinating, both in terms of their content, but even more so in their diversity. There are also three commentaries, by Jon Baggaley, Gerhard Fischer and myself."


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 30, 12:56 PM

Tony Bates is a wise practitioner and one of the true pioneers in online teaching and learning.  This article includes his commentary on the articles published by the Australian journal Distance Education.  


For a research based look at Moocs, with a helping of commentary by highly experiences online teachers and thinkers... this is the place to start. 

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Ebola spreading fast, international aid not enough-experts

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Ebolaepidemic is spreading so fast that it is turning into ahumanitarian crisis leaving children orphaned, families hungryand people dying of treatable

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Ecology and Society: A decade of adaptive governance scholarship: synthesis and future directions

Chaffin, B. C., H. Gosnell, and B. A. Cosens. 2014. A decade of adaptive governance scholarship: synthesis and future directions.
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EU-Africa Summit Kicks Off

African and European leaders have focused on the crisis in the Central African Republic, holding an emergency meeting on sidelines of a major two-day EU Afri...

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Why Do Americans Hate Beheadings But Love Drone Killings?

Why Do Americans Hate Beheadings But Love Drone Killings? | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
The answer lies in human psychology. And probably like the old observation about history, people who refuse to understand human psychology are doomed to be victims of psychological manipulation....
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IMF says it will help Zimbabwe produce debt repayment plan - Moneyweb.co.za

IMF says it will help Zimbabwe produce debt repayment plan - Moneyweb.co.za | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
IMF says it will help Zimbabwe produce debt repayment plan Moneyweb.co.za Harare has struggled and failed to service its $10 billion in foreign debts in any meaningful way over the last 15 years due to a severe economic crisis many blame on...
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Key Trends in Globalisation: China accounts for 100% of the reduction in the number of the world's people living in poverty

Key Trends in Globalisation: China accounts for 100% of the reduction in the number of the world's people living in poverty | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
In 2010 Professor Danny Quah, of the London School of Economics, noted: 'In the last 3 decades, China alone has lifted more people out of extreme poverty than the rest of the world combined. Indeed, China’s ($1/day) poverty reduction of...
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Nigeria, Africa Development: impact of national, corporate and citizens’ integrity

Nigeria, Africa Development: impact of national, corporate and citizens’ integrity | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Experts want us to believe there is no development if the lives of the citizens are not changed. But...
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Economic warfare between the West and Russia only punishes the guiltless - Albert Einstein Inventions

Economic warfare between the West and Russia only punishes the guiltless - Albert Einstein Inventions | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
But putting legal arguments aside, politicians on all sides would do well to study the human cost of sanctions, and genuinely consider alternatives to this self-defeating form of economic warfare.
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Introduction to academic research

This video introduces you to university-level research. It defines the terminology (scholarly / peer-reviewed.) It explains what aspects of a document or source would qualify it to be considered...
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