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Africa Taste of MERLOT: Harnessing E-learning Resource Repositories

by Moustapha Diack
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The ultimate goal of this workshop is to initiate collaborative networking among African higher education institutions to implement an educational research & development programme aiming to promote and facilitate the adoption and diffusion of GDLRR as a means to innovate the way education and training are carried out in Africa. This will be facilitated through a comprehensive training of selected workshop participants in the proper use of GDLRR to design high quality multimedia courses for online course delivery and to stimulate a train-the-trainer model at the participantsÂ’ home institutions.
Harnessing the Wealth of Free Global Digital Learning Resource Repositories
Basic computing and web browsing skills
Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this workshop participants will: understand the concept of a digital learning repository and learning objects technology. identify benefits and disadvantages of learning object technology within the context of teaching and learning in Africa. be comprehensively introduced to the functionalities of the MERLOT Repository and the MERLOT discipline communities. understand the modalities and criteria for selecting effective and quality online resources to support school, departmental and institutional elearning initiatives. be able to critically identify strategies for effectively integrating digital resources in course design and instructional delivery including the use of MS-Word for lesson planning, PowerPoint and Course Management System. be able to identify quality online learning materials for teaching and learning be able to create a MERLOT member profile and introduce other colleagues in their respective institutions to do the same.
Pedagogy Approach:
Hands'on Training
Assessment Methodology:
Will use portfolio assessment. portfolio items will include the creation of e-learning personal collections.

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Mathematical Visualization Toolkit

Added 05/23/2007
Description: This site consists of a collection of plotting and solving applets featuring a uniform user interface. This site was selected as the 2005 MERLOT Classics Award winner for the Mathematics discipline due to its value and effectiveness as a set of teaching/learning tools. Visualizing mathematical concepts, especially in three-dimensional space, can be quite difficult for students. These tools and applications enable students to see the concepts in action and to come a deeper understanding of the underlying mathematics. In addition, the collaboration between the faculty, students and Sun Microsystems staff who together designed and constructed these tools was quite unusual and impressive. The collaboration itself is an inspiring model.

Virtual Chemistry Laboratory

Added 05/23/2007
Here's your chance to mix chemicals without wearing safety goggles. You won't spill any acid on the spectrometer in this lab. Choose solutions from the vast database and mix 'em together till the cloned cows come home. Marvel as the chemical solutions react in real time.

DNA from the Beginning

Added 05/23/2007
DNA from the Beginning is an animated tutorial on DNA, genes and heredity. The science behind each concept is explained using animations, an image gallery, video interviews, problems, biographies, and links. There are three sections, Classical Genetics, Molecules of Genetics and Organization of Genetic Material. Key features are the clear explanations of classical experiments and the excellent photographs of researchers and their labs.
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