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Connexions is a digital commons of scholarly materials plus an open-source software toolkit to help authorspublish and collaborate, instructors rapidly build and share custom courses, and learners explore the links among concepts, courses,and disciplines. The design of Connexions is based on a set of intuitions that are shared by a remarkably wide range of academics:that knowledge should be free and open to use and re-use; that collaboration should be easier, not harder; that people should getcredit and kudos for contributing to research and education; and that concepts and ideas are linked in unusual and surprising waysand not just the simple linear forms that textbooks present.

Connexions creates “modules” of information—smallish documents intended to communicate one concept,one procedure, one set of questions about something. String a bunch of modules together, and you have a course, or weave a curriculumentirely of your choosing. Connexions directly challenges the current notion of a “textbook” by exploding it and asking differentpeople to create its parts in a semi-structured but re-configurable manner, rather than having a single Maestro do it all and take allthe credit.

The hallmarks of Connexions include:

  • collaborative workspaces that support collaboration and community building throughout the authoring, course-building, andlearning processes;
  • semantic content markup in XML hypertext that provides a common technology framework for sharing and re-usingmaterials;
  • Creative Commons licenses that provide a common legal framework for using, modifying, and disseminating thecontent;
  • content quality assessment using distributed, post-publication peer review;
  • an attribution system to give credit to original authors and to those who add value.

Connexions is an inter-institutional endeavor. For example, a growing global community of electrical engineeringfaculty and researchers in the area of digital signal processing (DSP) from Rice University, University of Illinois, Georgia Tech,the University of Michigan, the Ohio State University, Polytechnic University, Cambridge University, Technical University of Norway,and the company National Instruments is collaboratively developing a free, open-access DSP course in Connexions.

Note that the Connexions system can be used in a distance education system, but that is not its main purpose. Itis an information system that can be used instead of or in addition to a traditional book in a traditional class. It can also be usedfor self-study, distance education, continuing studies, home schooling, industrial training, or professional credentialing. Thebasic philosophy is completely independent of level or discipline. It should be ideal for K-12, college, or graduate school. It willfit humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, architecture, music, business, medicine, law, or art history. Itshould interface naturally with the modern digital library. It will certainly be multi-media and allow experiments and demonstrationsto be run and “discovery based learning”, “problem-solving based learning”, and “concept based learning” to take place.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
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da
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Bhagvanji
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
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da
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
nanocopper obvius
Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
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Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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