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Australian Newspaper Blogs  [cached]
Laurel E Dyson,Alan Sixsmith,Thien Kim Than
Communications of the IBIMA , 2008,
Abstract: Blogs have become one of the most prominent forms of social media on the Web. This paper reports on the first part of a comprehensive study of how a mainstream Australian media organisation is integrating blogs into their business. The research used a qualitative approach and data collection was undertaken using semi-structured interviews with newspaper staff. The findings presented provide an insight into the opportunities to be gained and the challenges to be faced by Australian media organisations as they incorporate blogs in their online offerings.
Middleware and Toolkits in Grid Computing  [PDF]
Pooja Rani
International Journal of Innovative Technology and Exploring Engineering , 2013,
Abstract: The increasing demand for more computing power and data storage capacity in many fields of business, research, engineering, medical and science has raised the emergence of Grid Computing. Grid computing facilitates the environment where computers are interconnected with each other in such a manner that for making the execution faster of their tasks they can utilize the unused processing power of other idle systems. The applications of grid demand the secure access to the computational resources in the distributed environment. The secure and uniform access to resources is provided by Grid Middleware. In this paper, I have presented some of the middleware and Toolkits having some advantages and disadvantages.
Portable SCADA Security Toolkits
Guillermo Francia,Nourredine Beckhouche,Terry Marbut,Curtis Neuman
International Journal of Information and Network Security (IJINS) , 2012, DOI: 10.11591/ijins.v1i4.819
Abstract: The Internet and the demands of connectivity and convenience to access the control systems found in critical infrastructures have ushered newly discovered vulnerabilities that have been exploited by internal and external threats. These vulnerabilities of control systems could be exposed by even novice hackers through the use of non-sophisticated tools found on the Internet. These insecurities have been perpetuated by technology staff and even educators who are themselves unaware of the potential risks and consequences. We describe a cost-effective way of equipping educators with hands-on toolkits that can be used in their classrooms as security testing and learning kits.
Using Blogs to Promote Writing Skill in ESL Classroom  [PDF]
Melor Md Yunus,Julian Lau Kiing Tuan,Hadi Salehi
Computer Science , 2013,
Abstract: This study provides details on the motivational factors for using blogs as an essential tool to promote students writing skills in ESL classrooms. The study aims to discuss how using blogs may be integrated into classroom activities to promote students writing skills as well as polishing their skills. It would also illustrate the features offered in blogs as well as the motivational essence that is attached to the blogs. To achieve the aim of the study, a semi-structured interview protocol was used to collect the required qualitative data. The findings of the study would serve as an insistent reminder that the blogs which have been clearly underlined in the curriculum should be re-orchestrated more effectively again by the teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL).
Re-imagining the "subject: "conceptual and ethical considerations on the participant in qualitative research
van den Hoonaard,Will C.;
Ciência & Saúde Coletiva , 2008, DOI: 10.1590/S1413-81232008000200012
Abstract: the conventional biomedical concept of the "human subject" is out of step with world health organization's (who) holistic definition of health. the "human subject" in international and national research-ethics policies is a highly individualistic, autonomous person, in contrast to who's holistic definition of the healthy person. qualitative research, this paper suggests, offers a way out of this conundrum. we need to reconceptualize the human "subject" in line with who's holistic definition of health. the paper offers concepts of "research participants" derived from qualitative research as an essential way to reconceptualize the human "subject." moreover, field work, or ethnographic research, as undertaken by qualitative researchers presents a useful way of gaining a fuller understanding of issues of health in a given population.
Learning in constructivist environments: a research based on the acid-base subject  [PDF]
Vera Gouveia,Jorge Valadares
Investiga??es em Ensino de Ciências , 2004,
Abstract: This communication intends to show as a constructivist environment permits a better learning of some concepts related to the acid-base subject, where generally students have some misconceptions at the beginning, as many researches had proved. Based on a long epistemological, psychological and educational reflection, supported by a wide bibliographical research and our own experience, we make some considerations about learning constructivist environments in the classroom, emphasising the cooperative work of students. In the second part, the effects produced in the teaching of the acid-base by such kind of environment are described, according a quasi-experimental study involving 52 students in their 10th year of education, distributed by two equivalent groups, taught by the same teacher. The results indicate clearly that the constructivist environment promoted a better learning of the acid-base subject, as well as improved the educational relationship in the classroom. Furthermore, the students developed positive attitudes regarding themselves and the others.
Qualitative development of eLearning environments through a learner relationship management methodology  [cached]
Maedeh Mosharraf,Fattaneh Taghiyareh
Knowledge Management & E-Learning : an International Journal , 2013,
Abstract: Due to paramount importance of knowledge, life-long learning, globalization, and mobility; eLearning as an information technology application has faced rapid growth in recent years. Disseminated war for talent enforces providers of eLearning products to identify technological gaps of learning and provide personalized services for customers of this industry. As we may know, designing customer-centered environments and managing end-user relations are the most effective elements in the market gain, due to the importance of customer satisfaction. The special features of eLearning systems with respect to their centers and users make them appropriate realms for applying a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) methodology. Learner Relationship Management (LRM), which is more specialized than CRM in eLearning context, plays a significant role in improving quality of services, enhancing learners’ satisfaction and retention, keeping them, and recruitment new users. LRM provides an integrated infrastructure for eLearning systems and helps them to analyse learners’ capabilities and find the best match to overcome the turbulent environment and tight competition. Also, by improving the service quality and enhancing teaching and learning flows, LRM offers personalized instructions to learners.
A qualitative examination of home and neighborhood environments for obesity prevention in rural adults
Michelle C Kegler, Cam Escoffery, Iris Alcantara, Denise Ballard, Karen Glanz
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity , 2008, DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-5-65
Abstract: In-depth interviews were conducted with 60 African American and White adults over 50 years of age in two rural counties in Southwest Georgia. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and coded independently by two members of the research team using standard methods of qualitative analysis. Themes were then identified and data matrices were used to identify patterns by gender or race.Neighborhood features that supported physical activity were plenty of land, minimal traffic and living in a safe and friendly neighborhood. The major barrier was lack of recreational facilities. The majority of participants were not physically active with their family members due to schedule conflicts and lack of time. Family member-initiated efforts to encourage physical activity met with mixed results, with refusals, procrastination, and increased activity all reported. Participants generally reported it was easy to get healthy foods, although cost barriers and the need to drive to a larger town for a supermarket with good variety were noted as obstacles. Family conversations about weight had occurred for about half of the participants, with reactions ranging from agreement about the need to lose weight to frustration.This study suggests that successful environmental change strategies to promote physical activity and healthy eating in rural neighborhoods may differ from those used in urban neighborhoods. The findings also provide insight into the complexities of family support for physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight. Addressing socio-ecologic factors has the potential to increase healthy behaviors and decrease the prevalence of obesity among rural residents.The prevalence of overweight and obesity in the United States has increased markedly in the past decade [1]. In 2005–2006, 33% of men and 35% of women were obese [2]. Excess weight is associated with the development of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some types of cancer, and other chronic conditions [3]. Obesity
Design and Implement for Grid Simulation Environment Based on GridSim ToolKits
基于GridSim ToolKits的网格仿真环境设计与实现

LIU Yan-bing,YANG Qian-hui,WANG Wen-bin,
刘宴兵
,杨茜慧,王文斌

计算机科学 , 2008,
Abstract: In this paper, a novel grid simulation environment called MendSim is designed and implemented based on the GridSim ToolKits. Multifarious grid dispatching rules and scheduling algorithms can be realized in the new grid simulation environment.
Python-based geometry preparation and simulation visualization toolkits for STEPS  [PDF]
Weiliang Chen,Erik De Schutter
Frontiers in Neuroinformatics , 2014, DOI: 10.3389/fninf.2014.00037
Abstract: STEPS is a stochastic reaction-diffusion simulation engine that implements a spatial extension of Gillespie's Stochastic Simulation Algorithm (SSA) in complex tetrahedral geometries. An extensive Python-based interface is provided to STEPS so that it can interact with the large number of scientific packages in Python. However, a gap existed between the interfaces of these packages and the STEPS user interface, where supporting toolkits could reduce the amount of scripting required for research projects. This paper introduces two new supporting toolkits that support geometry preparation and visualization for STEPS simulations.
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