Category Archives: 2006/0-0

e-Science Bioinformatics

The Bioinformatics community was an early adopter of the Internet and contributed to the eScience development by publishing its vast amount of data and conveying the rich interconnectedness of biological information. Bioinformatics is contributing in many research fields like: Genomics, Proteomics, Transcriptomics and applications in Molecular Dynamics. The enormous potentiality of Bioinformatics and its potential impact on Molecular Medicine, Biology, Biotechnology and Industry are introduced. The main Bioinformatics Institutions and Internet Resource Database available are provided.

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Text-based conferencing: features vs. functionality

This report examines three text-based conferencing products: WowBB, Invision Power Board, and vBulletin. Their selection was prompted by a feature-by-feature comparison of the same products on the WowBB website. The comparison chart painted a misleading impression of WowBB’s features in relation to the other two products; so the evaluation team undertook a more comprehensive and impartial comparison using the categories and criteria for online software evaluation developed by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). The findings are summarised in terms of the softwares’ pricing, common features or functions, and differentiating features.

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IMS Learning Design. Etude d’un langage de modélisation pédagogique

The aim of this paper is to present IMS Learning Design, an educational modelling language that provides a containment framework of elements that can describe any design of a teaching-learning process in a formal way. We replace this specification within its context and objectives, and then we describe the main elements, their scope and inter relations, before explaining the design method as it is proposed by the authors.

“Distances et savoirs”, 2 (2004), n. 4. Republished with permission.

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Going nomadic: mobile learning in higher education

The combination of wireless technology and mobile computing is resulting in escalating transformations of the educational world. The question is, how are the wireless, mobile technologies affecting the learning environment, pedagogy, and campus life? To answer this question, we must assess the current state of affairs, surveying cyberculture globally and historically . We must consider the United States only peripherally, since it lags behind other parts of the world in several key trends. And we must carefully examine the wireless, mobile learning experience as it rapidly develops, doing our best to grasp emergent trends.

Article originally published in: “EDUCAUSE Review”, 39(2004), n. 5, p. 28-35. Reprinted with permission.

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Modelos flexibles como respuestas de las universidades a la sociedad de la información

In the contemporary Information Society there’s a need to adopt flexible teaching and learning models as a response of Higher Education Institutions to the inner changes of present society, changes connected to the development of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). The author considers several contributions, made by researchers in the subject, and exposes his own point f view as a product of his theoretical elaboration and systematization of his experience in the field. The paper has a four parts structure about: the need to incorporate the ICT’s into Higher Education; the need for universities to respond to globalization; the challenge of making several areas of university institutions flexible; the concept, characteristics and implications of flexible teaching and learning models.

Article originally published in: “Accion Pedagogica”, 11(2002), n. 1, pp. 4-13. Reprinted with permission.

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