The AACC annual meeting is among the largest and most dynamic gatherings of educational leaders, attracting over 2,000 community college presidents and senior administrators, as well as international educators, representatives of business/industry, and federal agencies.
The University of Colorado Boulder, with support from the National Science Foundation, has compiled this helpful collection of resources for teaching and learning chemical engineering. Created by CU faculty, these resources are organized into four categories: Screencasts, Interactive Simulations, Student Resources, and Instructor Resources. In Screencasts, visitors will find a series of short YouTube videos addressing topics that range from Fluid Mechanics to Process Control to Thermodynamics. These short videos could be used to enhance classroom instruction, or to provide a helpful study tool for students to use outside of the classroom. Meanwhile, the Interactive Simulations section features a variety of tools and demonstrations that aim to help students better understand concepts such as heat transfer and the impact of windchill on skin temperatures. (Note: these interactives require users to use Wolfram Demonstrations based browser plug-ins or to download the Wolfram CDF player). Instructors will find assessments and a course packet for teaching Thermodynamics in the Instructor Resources section, while students can access a number of study aides, along with general advice about studying, in Student Resources.
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With Stellarium, anyone with a computer can view the nighttime sky in three dimensions without stepping outside. Users can view the sky from any location on Earth as well as any time or date, and they can rotate the view to look at specific objects at their leisure. A multitude of configuration tools are available, including zooming in on planets and viewing full-screen images. The website for Stellarium also contains a detailed user's guide and an online forum for asking questions. Also, the labels for constellations, stars, planets, nebulae can be turned off or on. Visitors will also appreciate the fact that there is an exhaustive Wiki here for general consultation. Stellarium can be used with any operating system, including Linux.
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