Month: August 2020

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Foreign Economy and Carbon Emissions: A Verification From Threshold Effect of Development Disparity in China

Since the proposal of China’s biggest cross-border project (Belt & Road Initiative), China’s foreign trade and investment have experienced rapid growth, making the correlation between economic growth, external economic activities, and environmental pollution in China has been a focusing issue. On that basis, the non-linear relationship between China’s foreign investment and trade, and level of

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The Entertaining but Unreal Presentation of Herb Medicine and Alternative Medical Doctors in East-Asia Medical Drama

The medical drama was the popular genre with a fictional and vividly narrative presenting a medicinal situation. In East Asia, medical drama was a genre of high rating programs and many of them depicted the traditional/alternative medicine different from the modern medicine field. By a qualitative content analysis of 47 episodes across 5 medical drama

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Similarities and Differences in the Right-wing Populists’ Video Campaigns

The right-wing populist parties try to influence their voters in different ways. The previous analyzes of right-wing populist language and rhetoric concentrated more on the texts and posters, less on the audiovisual aspects. In our article, we therefore specifically address right-wing populist videos on the Internet and in social media and examine how these channels

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Fake News, Crowdsourcing and Media Outlets in Greece: Is News Credibility a Matter of Professionalism?

Traditionally journalism is a key function for democracy. News used to be produced by professional journalists and the term “gatekeeper”, used to describe a journalist’s main task, filtering information, and when and how reliable news should be provided. However, users can now choose to get the information they want from many online sources, websites most

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From Gender Binary to Diversity: The Image of the Prophet in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America as a Stimulus to Discuss Gender Issues in Catholic Theology

A theatrical play Angels in America. A Gay Fantasia on National Themes by an American playwright Tony Kushner was broadcast in 60 countries and 2500 cinemas around the world at the National Theatre Live Edition in 2017. The main character, Prior Walter, who suffers from AIDS, is a young New Yorker and a gay. The

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Transforming International Pre-service Teachers’ Pedagogy in the Era of Multiliteracy: A Case Study

Higher educational institutions in the US witnessed a growing number of international students on campus. This group of students brought with them diverse linguistic, cultural backgrounds that are distinct from the mainstream American teacher candidates. Inherently, it poses challenges to the teacher education programs in the US how to best prepare them to be day-1

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Self-regulated Learning Recognition and Improvement Framework

Self-regulated learning (SRL) is a learning approach whereby learners actively set learning goals, then monitor, control their learning progress, and finally reflect on their learning performance. In the last three decades, SRL has drawn attention not only from researchers but also from schools and universities that aim to equip their learners with self-study ability. With

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A Real-time Engagement Assessment in Online Learning Process Using Convolutional Neural Network

Engagement is one of essential components in a learning process to provide personalized intervention pedagogy. Since there is a paradigm-shift on information and communications technology (ICT) in education, fostering learner’s engagement is not only for traditional classrooms but also for distance learning settings such as online learning. In this paper, we propose a practical use

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Analyzing the Source of Wealth of Mr. Suckling and Mrs. Elton in Jane Austen’s Emma

In this paper, I discuss the source of wealth of Mr. Suckling and Mrs. Elton in Emma (1815) by focusing on the campaign against the slave trade in Britain and the implications of their origin, family name, and estate. Mr. Suckling is a shadowy minor character whose history is hardly mentioned. However, his origin, family

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E-poetry, Performance, and Identity: Perspectives From Latinx Canadian Poets

This project studies e-poetic expressions—e-text, hypertext, video and recorded live performances and audio files, and other electronic or expanded forms of poetry—of Latin writers in Canada. The relation to space, identity and culture in-terweave with imagined and embodied awareness that is expressed creatively though web presence, word, sound and image. How poetry is coded, encoded

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The Voices and Faces of a Community

Dallas has been one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. Yet, how do average people feel about living in the city? What are untold stories beyond gleaming office towers? To uncover and present these stories, I took part in a collaborative project “Faces of Dallas”, a multi-medium choir concert featured in the 2019

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Research on the Classification and Evaluation of Production-living-ecological Space in China Based on Land Use Functions

Optimizing production-living-ecological space has become one of the cores of China’s ecological civilization and sustainable development strategy, and it is also a crucial goal of land use and management in China. Constructing and identifying a land use evaluation index system based on production-living-ecological space is of great importance to sustainable land use in China. The

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Value Creation in Photovoltaic Supply Chain Through Market and Product Diversification: Insights From Emerging Building Integrated PV Segment

The recent years in the PV industry have been marked with a severe imbalance of manufacturing capacities and demand, which led to abrupt market shocks and end-product price volatility. Moreover, the Chinese fast-follower producers managed to grasp the significant competitive advantages, both, in terms of scale and technological advancements. Under such conditions, the PV segments

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Teaching Strategies Guidelines to Foster the Computational Thinking Ability in Higher Education

The purpose of this research was to identify teaching guidelines to cultivate the computational thinking ability of higher education students. This qualitative research study focused on seven Thai instructors from public and private institutions (Chulalongkorn University, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Kasetsart University, Silpakorn University, Assumption University, and Microsoft (Thailand) Limited). All instructors have

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Analytics of Behavior Semantics for Understanding Constraint Conditions Hidden in Formative Process of Real-world Learning

An alternative of classroom learning is situated learning by behaving in the world (e.g., environmental learning in a natural field). Among various types of human intelligence, this research is interested in understanding the process mechanism that human intelligence is formed through learner-learner and learner-environment interactions. Here, we assume that a learner’s cognition, interpretations and behavior

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Towards Kommos: The Narrative Vessel — A Proposed Construct of Narrative Formation

This paper scaffolds a larger investigation entitled Configuring Kommos: Narrative in event, place, and memory, which explores the tangible formation of narrative generated from the intangibility of a largely undocumented historic event: the Massacre of the Acqui Division on the island of Kefalonia, Greece in 1943. The aim of this project is to investigate a

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Wide (Conscious) Heart – Idioms in Montenegrin and Japanese Language

The aim of this paper is to use the method of contrastive lexical-semantic analysis to establish the (mis)match of the lexical and semantic structure of the idioms that consist of the lexeme that is going to be translated in English for now as a „heart” (“srce” and “kokoro”) in Montenegrin and Japanese language – which

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A GIS based Green Infrastructure Planning Framework for Water Sensitive Spatial Planning

Green Infrastructure is a network of strategically planned natural and semi-natural areas that provide a wide array of ecosystem services. As the world is changing at a fast pace, interconnected green spaces are more likely to survive and contribute to the wellbeing of human settlements rather than isolated ones. The spatial aspect of this network

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Online Learning and COVID-19 in Higher Education: A Case Study

From the beginning of 2020, the outbreak of COVID-19 caused global universities to close campuses and initiate online learning. In this situation, studies of the online learning experiences in universities are important in improving practice. This case study of the online learning implementation in a university in Singapore provides such information. The study addresses the

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Striving for Energy Autonomy? An Empirical Investigation of Homeowners’ Drivers and Barriers to Participation in Community Energy Systems in Germany

Despite extensive political funding programs, the energy consumption in Germany for space heating and hot water stagnated on a high level of 870 TWh over the past few years and even exceeded the level of 2010. To reduce consumption and meeting energy-efficiency goals, private homeowners need to participate in community energy systems (CES). However, homeowners’

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Isolated, Intimidated and Bullied on University Campus: The Students’ Experience and Recommendations

Background: Exclusionary behaviors, including offensive and hostile behaviors (such as bullying and harassment), are a common problem in universities worldwide. However, student perspectives regarding their experience with exclusion on campus, the cause and impact of such experience, as well as potential solutions are not well understood. Methods: We collected and analyzed quantitative and qualitative data

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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: Externalization in Architecture to Increase Social and Environmental Connectivity

Buildings currently account for 39% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions annually, worldwide. Despite the acceleration of climate change, architecture is increasingly designed as hermetically sealed boxes, requiring increased conditioning, which in turn further contributes to the greenhouse gas emissions warming up our planet. In addition to disassociating people from the natural environment, this also creates

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Correlation of STEM Interest and Career Intent in High-School Students

Understanding high school students’ perceptions and dispositions toward STEM, and the role science and math self-efficacy play in establishing STEM career aspirations is imperative to preparing the STEM workforce of the future. Project STEMulate is an industry-aligned technology-rich Problem-Based Learning (PBL) model. The goal of this NSF ITEST grant-funded study (2018-2020) was to improve students’

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Challenges Presented to Paraguayan Teachers by the Measures Adopted Due to Covid-19

Due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19, educational systems around the world have been disrupted as they were forced to stop face-to-face classes in at least 70% of institutions. Paraguay was not the exception, interrupting classes early and abruptly forcing teachers to quickly adapt to this new reality. This mixed quan-qual study presents an analysis

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Amplifying Vulnerabilities: How COVID-19 is Impacting Japanese at Risk Youth

There are 608 “Children’s Homes” (児童養護施設 jidō yōgo shisetsu) across Japan caring for youth unable to live their parents for an array of reasons mainly abuse and poverty. According to the most recent data 13.9% (2020 OECD) Japanese youth live in poverty and in 2018, 159,850 child abuse consultations were made (2018, MHLW). Institutionalization of

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A Study of the Mutual Phonetic Resemblance Between Japanese Kyoiku Kanji and Chinese

This study investigated the mutual phonetic resemblance of Chinese ideograms between Japanese and Chinese using the official list (expanded in 2020) of Kyôiku kanji (Chinese ideograms in Japanese, taught at elementary school). The aim of this analysis was to determine ways to help learners from non-kanji backgrounds to quantify the phonetic gap between these two

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Bollywood Representations of Kashmir and Kashmiris: Between Orientalist Melodrama and Post-colonial Representation

This paper starts from the ideas that Indian cinema seeks to describe Indian culture (Nandy, 1995) and that filmmakers’ use of intertextuality makes them the discernible conscience of the Indian nation (Thomas, 1995) in order to explore the depiction of Kashmir and Kashmiris in Bollywood films. It argues that these films portray a kind of

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Challenging the Cultural Amnesia of Historical Video Art

With an increased presence of exhibitions focusing on video art’s history since the turn of the century there is a need to develop curatorial strategies that challenge the amnesic effects that time has had on this past which have been accelerated by the obsolescence of technology. For the curator of video art histories this presents

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Vocational Skill Training Model to Embody Social Independence of Mild Intellectual Disability People

Vocational skills for people moving towards adulthood, including for mild intellectual disability people, are requisite competencies. By having vocational skills, mild intellectual disability people may empower themself and raise their confidence to live in society as it will become the power to increase their social independence. Mild intellectual disability people have the right to work

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Teaching Music in the Times of the Pandemic: Pedagogical Pathways for Online Learning

The online learning environment demanded by pandemic conditions in China has offered opportunities for teachers to engage internet-savvy students, but also presented serious obstacles to unmediated face-to-face teaching. The possibilities for student collective collaboration in real time, the difficulties of teachers to connect with the sheer immediacy of music performance and its physical nuances, and

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Student Voices as Nouveau Committee Work: Providing a Platform and Safe Community for the Realization of Inspired Student-led Projects

Department committee work is a compulsory yet vital component of higher education institutions. A limitless amount of untapped potential exists within students, and committees can be established or adapted to support the interests of passionate, innovative students. When students receive trust, respect, and liberation to author ideas of personal importance into manifestation, they are enriched

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A Quantitative Analysis of Vocabulary Taught in Japanese EFL Textbooks

This research examines vocabulary appearing in government-approved Japanese EFL senior high school textbooks by addressing the two research questions: (1) do Japanese EFL textbooks provide words that learners are more likely to meet in the real world? and (2) if Japanese students are able to master all of the vocabulary words taught in Japanese EFL

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Emperor Kangxi’s Poetry on Taiwan

In this paper, I intend to translate and critique a total of four poems plus a poetic preface collected in The Complete Works of Emperor Kangxi (康熙帝御制文集) that deal directly with the emperor’s military success of acquiring Taiwan: namely, “Heard the News of Victory on the Day of Mid-Autumn Festival [中秋日聞海上捷音]”, “Composed Another Five-Character Quatrain

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The Influence of Emotion on College Student Resilience in Taiwan

Resilience is critical to learning and self-development. Understanding the factors that influence college students’ resilience help them build up such positive strength. Emotion can be an influential factor to the development of resilience. This study therefore aims to examine the influences of positive emotion and negative emotion on college students’ resilience in the aspects of

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Attitudes of Filipino Senior High School Students Towards English: Implications for Teaching English

Attitude towards a language is a crucial factor in learning the target language. Language attitude can be behavioral, cognitive, or affective. This study aimed to determine the attitudes of senior high school students towards English according to their dimensions and compare them according to the learners’ gender and type of school, which could provide valuable

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Faculty Mentoring and Unmasking Gender Biases and Influences for Pakistan Returnee Doctoral Graduates From Abroad

The mentoring of faculty is an important aspect in higher education for countries investing in training faculty abroad. This study explores the key challenges faced by young female faculty when returning from doctoral studies abroad and assuming leadership positions in higher education, without having had prior mentoring. The participants of this study were doctoral graduates

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Learner Responses to Language Exchange Activities in a Technology-mediated Environment in the COVID-19 Era

In response to the pandemic, language teachers around the globe are transforming their face-to-face courses into online courses and developing technology-mediated online activities has become one of the pressing tasks. While the body of research on online teaching addressing current day issues is rapidly growing (e.g., Foreign Language Annals. 2020; 53), research exploring students’ reactions

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A “Big” PBL Problem: What Supports or Hinders Student Motivation?

This study examines student perceptions and motivations toward solving a “Big” Problem over multiple lessons in a problem-based learning (PBL) environment, both from student and staff perspective. It was conducted as a mixed-methods research, involving a quantitative student survey and qualitative in-depth interviews. The intervention used was a big problem introduced in ‘Qualitative Research Methods’

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Comparing the Effect of Emotions on Hope Between Vietnamese and Taiwanese College Students

The feeling of hopefulness is important for personal goal setting and success. Emotions and cultural background may be influential to the formation of hopefulness. Understanding their relationship helps effective cultivation of college students’ beliefs of hope. This research aims to explore the effects of culture and emotions on hope beliefs between Vietnamese and Taiwanese college

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Effectiveness of Using Smartphone Instant Messaging (IM) App for Academic Discussion in an Undergraduate Chemistry Course

In this study, the effectiveness of using a smartphone instant messaging (IM) app (WhatsApp) for academic discussion for a first year half-credit Chemistry course in SUTD was examined. Academic discussion during and after instructional teaching is an integral part of learning. However, only 32% of the student participants had used online platform, such as Piazza

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Developing Future International Hospitality Employees’ Cultural Intelligence and Intercultural Competence

In response to the international trend in hospitality industry, hospitality groups in the world are actively expanding global markets. There is a need of international talents with intercultural competence when local companies attempt to develop new markets in other countries as well as when foreign companies would like to enter a new territory. College students

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Research Aptitude and Interest of Philosophiae Doctors and Masters Degree of State Universities and Colleges (SUCS) in Region III, Philippines

Exploration and exposition of knowledge, specifically in terms of educational system and sustainable transformation is through research. This study determines the research aptitude and interest of faculty members who have master’s and doctorate degrees to their research. Using descriptive method, this study utilized survey questionnaires that were distributed to 13 SUCs in Region III. On

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An East-west Contemplation: Adapting Shakespearean Plays to Cantonese Opera

Several attempts of having some well-known Shakespearean plays being adapted into Cantonese opera performances were seen over the last decade. The reason of this lies in the development of purely traditional Chinese art forms into an East-meets-West component for aesthetic sublimation. There are various aspects in common or in diversity pertaining to the form of

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Teaching and Learning in a Hybrid Environment

This poster session will explore the management, organization, and teaching strategies associated with synchronous and asynchronous course delivery in higher education. Presenters will provide information on how to best utilize a Learning Management System (LMS) in conjunction with video conferencing to provide hybrid instruction. Strategies for building faculty/student rapport, encouraging engagement, and scaffolding self-efficacy via

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Composition of the Political Caricature in the Journal “Neue Freie Zeitung” as a Result of Difference-Thinking

Right-wing populists in Europe are employing sophisticated strategies to convince their voters of their cause and the political caricatures they produce can be seen as one of these strategies. This study seeks to analyse the cartoons appearing in Neue Freie Zeitung, a newspaper published by the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), focusing both on their

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Transformational Leadership as a Pedagogical Approach in Design Education

Education leading to wisdom has been acknowledged as a key transformational experience since time immemorial and the process is organic. An ideal interaction between the teacher and the learner has always been that of a mutual experience which impacts and elevates both the stakeholders involved. A natural positive outcome can be of social enhancement and

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Exclusion/inclusion of Persons With Impairment: A Study on the Role of Language Vocabulary

The aim of this research was to examine the role of language in the lives of persons with impairment and how meanings get attached to words that make it discriminatory against a certain section of the society. This research questioned the routinization and normalization of these insulting words used for persons with impairment. To overcome

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International Student Migration: Pre-COVID Educational Paths of Chinese Undergraduate Students at Emory University

According to the Open Doors report published by the Institute of International Education (IIE), over 372,000 students from the People’s Republic of China were enrolled at a U.S. college or university in the 2019-2020 academic year (IIE, 2020). Often employing a ‘push-pull’ model of international student migration, prior academic research has sought to identify the

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A Development of the STEM Interest and Attitude Scale for the Elementary School Students

This study aimed to develop a STEM interest and attitude scale suitable for the elementary school students in Taiwan. After reviewing relevant literature, a scale was drafted and used to assess 100 elementary students for conducting both item analysis and exploratory factor analysis. After that, unsuitable items were deleted and the revised scale was employed

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Issues and Challenges Experienced by Undergraduate Students in Undertaking an Oral Communication Assignment in the Midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic

This paper discusses the issues and challenges experienced by 91 first-year undergraduate students at a local university in Malaysia in undertaking an interview project in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, which required the use of mobile and computer technology as part of their group assignment. The assignment initially required each student to conduct an

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Difference as the Source of Polarization Among Right-wing Populist Parties

Just as difference can be a source of innovation, so it can be a source of polarization, too. And even more so when the difference is used as a tool to achieve certain goals. It is thought of the political area, specifically of the European right-wing populist parties, where the difference belongs to often raised

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Philippine Basketball, Economy and Politics: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Hit the Filipinos’ Most Beloved Sport

This paper explores how the prolonged quarantine measures in the Philippines affected the economics and politics of basketball, arguably the most beloved sport among Filipinos, given its sub-cultural underpinnings and significance as a venue of public interaction. It presents the sport and its foremost structure (basketball court) as an “economic hub” in limbo because of

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Discourse Analysis of Strategic Presented Self of Rodrigo Roa Duterte During the Mediatized Philippine Presidential Debates

Presidential candidates form and perform strategic self-presentations in order to attract voters. Using the theories of self-presentation (Goffman, 1956) and social drama (Turner, 1985), this paper looks into the discursive nature of the dramatic presentation of Rodrigo Roa Duterte, then a presidentiable and now the 16th President of the Philippines. The paper argues that Duterte

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Video Annotation Tools to Support Peer Review Teaching Skills Improvement for Pre-service Teachers

This study developed a peer review mobile system to support pre-service teaching skills improvement. The review comparison function was developed that supported individual review comparisons and comparisons with others by superimposing the reviews as markers on the video image. Based on the position and timing of the reviews, it was able to distinguish between individual

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Developing Master Courses in Higher Education Learning Environments

This presentation will focus on how to develop master courses in higher education. Master courses can help ensure that students are receiving the same information and having comparable experiences in a course regardless of the instructor. University leaders and professors can learn the steps associated with creating master courses. Information will also be shared about

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Developing and Evaluating the e-learning Material for Speaking Practice With the Latest AI Technology

There have been remarkable advancements in information and communication technology and artificial intelligence lately. Many e-learning materials with ICT and AI have become available in the market. However, none of them has proved whether they are effective in improving speaking skills in real ESL/EFL classrooms. In my previous studies, it was suggested that speaking practice

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Viewers’ Attribution of Criminal Acts in La Casa De Papel Series Presented on Netflix Digital Entertainment Platform

In the last two years, there has been a huge investment in entertainment by the Saudi Government. In 2018, Netflix was launched in Saudi Arabia and soon become popular. This study examines Saudi viewers’ perceptions of the Netflix Spanish series La Casa de Papel because this series went viral. The study focuses on Saudi viewers’

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The CIGS Building Integrated Photovoltaics: Financial Validity of Façade Applications Under Current Technological and Market Conditions

The recent technological shift supported by the growing recognition of the public and policymakers of the renewable energy sources fostered the employments on the uncharted markets. The energy industry increasingly affects the other sectors that were not directly related to the energy generation before. The construction industry which could benefit from the Building Integrated Photovoltaics

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Strategy and Impact of Implementing Journal Article Presentation in First Year of Medical School

Introduction Strong curricula at Gulf Medical University emphasizes on ‘Evidence Based Medicine’, intends further strengthening, encourages early introduction of journal article presentation in the medicine program. Objective Strategy for successful implementation of structured journal article presentation during medicine year-I. Method The batch divided into eight-groups of 12-students; each group assigned a faculty facilitator. Total 6-sessions

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Predictors of Management Performance of Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs): Basis for Structural Model

Organizational climate, culture and innovations are dimensions crucial in management performance, effectiveness and survival of HEIs. This descriptive-correlational and comparative study aimed to develop a structural equation model that predicts the management performance of HEIs using the data gathered through a validated questionnaire from top officials and senior faculty of public and private colleges in

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Study on Computer-adaptive Testing: Proposal of a Scaffolding Tool

A multiple-choice method is one of the major methods in Classical Testing Theory used at university, in certification exams, and so on. This method enables faculty to score a test easily while requiring a certain amount of quizzes to estimate examinees’ abilities with a certain accuracy. This also requires time to answer for examinees and

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Embracing Differences through Dialogue and Engaged Learning

This paper presents the elements of an engaged learning experience, with the aim of embracing differences through a pedagogical lens that uses dialogue as a process and content. A qualitative exploratory case study was conducted that included a structured dialogue methodology. Class dynamics and engagement from an online classroom of 30 Japanese and international students

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Roma Students and Inclusive Education: The Design of Democratic Models for Intercultural Family Participation

The data provided by official organizations and the international scientific community indicate that Roma students face difficulties in the current educational system, including school segregation, student homogeneous grouping models, stereotypes and discrimination, failure, and early school leaving. The specialized scientific literature points to the participation of Roma families in the educational system as a key

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A New Button for Television Advertising: Co-Production with New Media Platforms

With digital platform disruption, television platforms have been experiencing the loss of audience and thereafter, the declining advertising. The audience is the potential customer, which is the value for a television broadcaster to sell advertising. The capacity of dissemination largely reflects a television broadcaster’s earning capacity. Accordingly, the advertising performance in the market is positively

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Preparing Pre-service K-6 Teachers Online for a Socially Distanced World

Preparing teachers to teach in K-6 classrooms has been and must continue to be a very practitioner-based process to prepare these teachers to meet the ever changing needs of 21st Century learners. In our continuing paradigm of face to face and brick and mortar instruction, we have been able to establish tools and patterns to