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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

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Homework: A Math Dilemma and What To Do About It
By Patricia Deubel, Ph.D.
The issue of assigning homework is controversial in terms of its purpose, what to assign, the amount of time needed to complete it, parental involvement, its actual affect on learning and achievement, and impact on family life and other valuable activities that occur outside of school hours. I have encountered all of those controversies in my years of teaching mathematics. Math homework is usually a daily event. Unfortunately, many teachers assign most homework from problem sets following the section of the text that was addressed that day. There is little differentiation. For the most part the entire class gets the same assignment. (In fairness, teachers do take into consideration the nature of those problems, which are often grouped by difficulty, deciding which to assign based on the general ability level of students in the class: below average, average, above average, or mixed.)

Microsoft Corporation in Redmond have just released the latest in a series of E'learning courses and clinics developed exclusively for them by UK Technical Communications company Content Master.
Content Master, with offices in the UK and USA, are already a major supplier of learning materials to Microsoft. In recent years they have extended the range of media formats supported to provide Microsoft and other clients with a range of services including the latest animation technologies, virtual computer hands-on labs and a full range of multimedia collateral, all based on the in depth technical knowledge of the Company's expanding team of technical experts.

Echelon brings centralised e-publishing of distance learning to Online Info 2007
A model for the central design and publishing of online qualification-based university and professional learning materials within the UK Government's 'Pathway to Professions' initiative is one of the learning design themes of Echelon Learning's stand (662) at December's Online Information exhibition and conference. Web-based 'Urban Design Skills' (UDS) learning has been commissioned from Echelon by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) to act as a central resource for universities and institutes participating in the government sponsored Pathway to Professions initiative.