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What is a module?

There is no hard and fast definition of the length or size of a module; it could be half a page of text or it could be the equivalent of 10 or more pages of text. Somewhere in the middle is most likely -- 3-6 pages. You can think of the proper length as that which is needed to treat a concept in sufficient detail so someone can read it and make sense of it. If the module depends on the understanding of other concepts, these should generally not be treated in your module but you can assume will be treated in a separate module. For the purpose of this contest you can assume that pre-requisites exist and the judges will not be judging you on whether or not the pre-requisites exist at the time you write your module. Over time these pre-requisite modules will be written, either by you or others.

Submitting content

Open Education Cup participants are strongly encouraged to publish their modules well ahead of the submission deadline. Authors new to Connexions may need time to learn and adjust to the authoring interface as well as the features and options provided by the CNXML language, and those wishing to upload Word, OpenOffice Writer, or LaTeX documents will also need time to prepare those files using the importer templates provided as well as perform post-import edits as necessary. By starting the authoring and publication process early, contest participants will ensure that they have the time to work through any difficulties and the opportunity to contact Connexions for additional support as necessary.

Authors are strongly encouraged to include relevant information such as bibliography, glossary, links to prerequisite material, and related links. If you have any questions regarding the authoring process, or if you experience any trouble publishing your contest entries, please do not hesitate to contact Jonathan Emmons, Connexions' community development specialist, at cnx@cnx.org for assistance. Connexions will be offering a series of web-training sessions for those interested, and will be available for individual support as necessary. Again, participants are strongly encouraged to begin the authoring and publication process early in order to identify barriers and request assistance in a timely manner.

To enter a module in the contest, authors MUST complete BOTH of the following steps (in the order specified):

  • Publish the module in Connexions
  • Fill out and submit the "Submit Module" form at (External Link)
Modules must be published once before they can be submitted to the contest (though authors may continue to update their Connexions modules after entering the contest). Only URLs for published modules (of the form http://cnx.org/content/[moduleID]/latest/) will be accepted; URLs to modules in workgroups or workspaces are not publicly viewable and will not be considered valid entries.

Getting started

For a quick start on creating a Connexions module visit the Create a Module in Minutes tutorial at (External Link) or visit the New Author Guide at http://cnx.org/content/col10404/latest/ for a short course to get stated using Connexions. For a more detailed description of Connexions take a look at the Connexions Tutorial and Reference material at http://cnx.org/content/col10151/latest/ . We also strongly encourage you to review the module on Importing and Exporting at (External Link) to get up to speed on the most effective way of authoring new content or leveraging content that you may already have written in Word or LaTeX and want to make available in Connexions.

A number of modules have been include as a resource that you may find useful as you prepare your contest entry, including:

  • The chapter Parallel Computing by Charles Koelbel provides a solid framework for the envisioned collection of modules.
  • Resources, help pages, and tutorials for Connexions authors.
  • Exemplar modules that illustrate how to leverage Connexions to produce high-quality educational materials.
Even though most of the example modules we have chosen to include in this book do not relate directly to the topic of high performance computing and parallel computing, we hope that the modules included in this collection will help stimulate ideas for what might be possible as well as give you the opportunity to see how modules are rendered both in print as well as online. We strongly encourage authors to maximally leverage the repositories ability to support dynamic multimedia content. Research shows that the education and learning experience can be significantly enhanced if the learner has access to material that stimulates more than one learning style (e.g., visual, auditory, reading/writing-preference or kinesthetic or tactile).

Finally we want to thank all the sponsors for their generous support. Without the support of BP, Chevron, Connexions, NVIDIA, Rice, Sun Microsystems, Total S.A., and WesternGeco we would not have been able to kick-start the Open Education Cup at SC08 in Austin, Texas. Without the interest of our sponsors and that of the community for advancing our ability to educate and train the next generation employees we could not have brought you this opportunity. Please make sure you thank each of our sponsors when you meet them at SC08.

Happy authoring!

Questions & Answers

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
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
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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