Month: June 2021

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Bridging Social and Environmental Sustainability: Instigating Solidarity through An Eco-friendly Public Art

Although there is a plethora of what sustainability is, approaches tend to address its dimensions separately. The concept of sustainable development originally included a clear social mandate, for two decades the human dimension has been neglected. However, it is clear that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance

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An Investigation to Examine Factors Influencing University Students’ Behavioral Intention Towards the Acceptance of Brightspace LMS: Using SEM Approach

Students’ perceived usefulness (PU) and ease of use (PEOU) of Brightspace by D2L Learning Management System were evaluated (LMS). Brightspace, a new cloud-based LMS were subscribed at University W in January 2021, is a virtual learning environment with no space or time constraints between instructors and students. It has interactive material, assessment, curated resources, video

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Knowledge, Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Using Digital Games for Teaching and Learning

Digital game-based learning has evolved into a novel mode of instruction that increases both students’ and teachers’ motivation to acquire competencies. It aims to engage students and teachers in the classroom context and to pique their interest. The purpose of this study was to construct and verify a Survey Instrument on the Game-Based Learning Approach

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Re-considering History and Narrative Through the Short Factual Film The Archive (UK 2018)

In this paper I will consider tensions and dialogues between historical enquiry and narrative story-telling, using the case study of my own short historical documentary film The Archive (2018), which I propose to screen during my presentation. Entirely compiled from archive materials including audio testimony, home movie footage of Hong Kong and China in 1952,

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An Outreach Program Transforming Lives in Africa and Preparing Future African Business Leaders

The African Scholarship Cohort (ASC) program was launched in 2016. This program is a joint venture with the University of Virginia and Distance Education for Africa. Anyone in Africa can sign up to participate in this program. Participants receive a scholarship to access an online course hosted on Coursera. Participants are supported by a community

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Keeping Small Changes Faculty made During COVID that had a Big Impact on Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic shut down in-person classes at our campus. Over 4,000 courses were transitioned online in 4 days. Faculty and students struggled to learn this new modality. A working group convened to assess innovations and collect faculty and student stories. This working group met weekly and surveyed all the different schools (medicine, law, liberal

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400 Million Students in Asia Looking for Quality Online Degree Programs

There are an estimated 400 million early and mid-career professionals in China that are interested in getting a graduate degree. There are not enough residential universities to support this demand. Consequently, Asian students are looking to international institutions for degree options. Many Asian students that were studying abroad are now back at home due to

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English Language Learning Anxiety in East Asian Classrooms

Second language anxiety is a known barrier to English language learning for tertiary students in East Asia. This study compares the experiences of students from three different countries in East Asia; Japan, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Each of these countries has had different exposures to English language use, with Japan being the least, and Malaysia the

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Charitable Giving and Educational Possibilities: An Examination of Student Presentations on Charitable Giving Experiences in Japan

This paper examines Japanese student participation in charitable giving and how students reflect their giving experiences regarding social and civic engagement. While Japanese schools have long been involved in charitable activities, many schools and organizations have begun exploring the educational potential of charitable monetary giving. This is partly engendered by a renewed emphasis on financial

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Designing A Multiple Submission Policy Supporting Mastery Learning for a Design Thinking Class in a Purely Online Learning Environment

Mastery learning is defined as an approach where students are equipped with complex skills required in the VUCA world instead of simple skills that only apply to traditional classrooms. One way to encourage mastery learning in the classroom is through repeated assessment, specifically formative ones. In this paper, we describe our experience in designing a

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Measuring Environmental Consciousness and Green Consumerism of College Students in the Philippines

This study intends to find out and describe the measure consumer attitudes regarding environmental consciousness and green consumerism of college students in Angeles City, Philippines. It covered Filipino college students in Angeles City namely Angeles University Foundation (AUF), City College of Angeles City (CCA), Holy Angel University (HAU), and Systems Plus College Foundation (SPCF), totaling

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Recruiting and Managing Volunteers for Academic Libraries: Tips and Suggestions for Running Successful Programs

Unlike public libraries, academic libraries are not normally seen as organizations that make utilization of volunteers to help. Yet, many academic libraries do indeed use volunteers for special projects, programming such as events, and some day to day operations. Volunteers means dealing with people and it comes with multiple obligations to the library including legal

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Strides in Mathematics and Science: An Introspective Look on the First SHS Graduates’ Perceived Self-efficacy

Abstract: The K to 12 Curriculum has changed the landscape of the Philippine Education System. Before and after its initial implementation, several speculations and challenges emerged. This prompted the interest of the researchers to identify the readiness of the first batch graduates of the K to 12 curriculum who applied and enrolled in the different

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Remote Teaching and Learning: Resilience and Academic Voices

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have been driven to rethink, redesign, and respond overnight in the COVID-19 pandemic. The instantaneous closure of education institutions in South Africa, and worldwide raised several questions in terms of the adaptability and readiness of the HEI sector to adapt and respond to the changes. The changes called into question issues

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An Assessment of Mothers’ Perception of Fathers’ Involvement in Digital Teaching and Learning During the Lockdown

Lockdown measures due to COVID-19 did not only foster digital teaching and learning but also influence family bonding. Hence, while the lockdown lasted, we were curious about fathers’ involvement in digital teaching and learning activities of learners who are Deaf/Hard of hearing. Thus, based on mothers’ perception, we examined the effects of fathers’ acceptance or

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Integrated Culture in Language Teaching

For years, scholars have searched remedies to the inadequate treatment of the role of Culture in Foreign Language Education. On one hand, course book and syllabus designers treated language and culture tasks separately. Some go as far as to place culture at the “core” of language instruction, whereby the ultimate goal is cultural awareness and

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A Tool to Assess the Quality of Self-learning Modules (SLMS) for the ‘New Normal’ in Education Using the Best-worst Method

In this paper, a tool to assess the quality of self-learning modules (SLMs) was developed using the Best Worst Method (BWM) by Rezaei (2015). Four major quality criteria namely Content (weight = 0.603), Instruction (weight = 160), Technicality (weight = 0.097), and Ethical and Cultural Considerations (weight = 0.140) were established through the perspective of

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Reconstruction of Colonial Experience of Cinema Culture under Indigenous Governance Policy in Taiwan of the Japanese Colonial Period

In early times of the Japanese Colonial Period in Taiwan, in order to effectively control the Indigenous peoples and develop the mountains and forests, the Japanese adopted the governance strategy with both suppression and cultivation. In the governance measures of suppression and cultivation by the colonial government, the new medium introduced at the time, cinema,

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Transdisciplinary Development of a Framework for Co-Creation With People Living With Dementia

When aiming for built environments and systems that foster resiliency and resources, one of the most crucial aspects of design is to properly address the users’ needs. While comprehensive research and an empathetic mindset are important prerequisites of this process, the inclusion of all relevant stakeholders cannot be compensated by any methodology. With regards to

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Sexual Communication in Heterosexual and Non-Heterosexual Young Adults: Seeking the Importance of Perceived Social Support

Many people still feel uneasy to talk about sex and sexuality as they are sensitive and still much stigmatized topics. Especially non-heterosexual individuals as compared to heterosexual counterparts tend to have difficulty when disclosing their sexual concerns due to sexual stigma. However, studies show the more social support people have, the more likely they are

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Representation of Korean Cultural Flow in the West During COVID-19: The Case of BTS

Amidst the closing of national borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Korean pop culture flow continues to transcend boundaries with these notable achievements, namely in pop music with the success of the Korean band BTS. With their first Grammy nomination for a Korean band and success of virtual concerts, the band is an indicator of

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(En)Gendering Colonial Masculinities in Rabindranath Tagore’s Novels

Colonial India of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century was a period of monumental changes. The nation’s tryst with imperialism propelled a socio-cultural upheaval that impacted the affairs of the private and the public alike. Nevertheless, the repercussions were not homogenously experienced by all. The nation’s men were confronted with a public overridden with

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Constructing a Learning-oriented Self-assessment Model of C-E Translation

The Overall Plan for Deepening the Reform of Education Evaluation in the New Era (hereinafter referred to as The Overall Plan) promotes “student-centered education” and “process assessment” and The National Standard for Teaching Quality of Chinese Language and Literature Major (hereinafter referred to as The National Standard) emphasizes the “cultivation of students’ learning autonomy” and

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Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Taiwan’s Art Education

COVID-19 has caused a global pandemic crisis. The pandemic presented society with numerous changes and issues due to the shift in lifestyles, among which is the greatly impacted school education. To receive a complete range of educational resources without contacting other groups in the population, many curriculums were transformed to online learning using technological applications

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The Many Faces of Affect: A Multimodal Analysis of Boys Love (BL) Manga Covers

The unconventional complexity of Boys Love (BL) manga as a social practice in which women create and consume homoerotic fiction has been extensively discussed, with arguments mainly revolving around representation and fan culture. However, the multimodal potential of the covers has yet to be addressed despite being at the intermediary forefront between content and readers

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The Prevalence and Impact of the Maltreatment of Child Laborers in Developing Countries: A Scoping Review Protocol

Background: Children working in the rural agricultural and domestic workforce are more prone to maltreatment than children in any other social settings. Objectives: This protocol outlines the key components of a scoping review that explores the prevalence and impact of maltreatment of child laborers in domestic and agricultural work in the South Asian rural context.

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Performing Priyanka Chopra Jonas, the Global Indian: Analysis of How the Celebrity Memoir ‘Fits In’

Memoirs are narratives presenting the lives, emotions, and experiences of authors from their own perspective. Celebrity memoirs, while promising disclosure of the authentic self, are often carefully constructed stories mediated by ghost-writers and publicists (Lyons, 2014). Inevitably, they apply rhetorical strategies to produce exaggerated life stories, justify choices and re-frame controversies; thereby becoming a performance

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Using the Apos Perspective in Analyzing Students’ Responses to Talk-Aloud Test on the Definite Integral

The study was primarily undertaken to describe the nature of the students’ conceptual understanding of the definite integral and related topics. Specifically, to be able to contribute into the pedagogic expertise of mathematics teachers by helping them in describing the nature of the students’ conceptual understanding on the mathematical concept and guide teachers explore and

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Maltese as a Foreign Language Teachers’ Intercultural Competence

This study sought to understand how teachers of Maltese as a foreign language (MFL) develop intercultural competence by exploring the importance of intercultural competence (IC) to MFL teachers, the characteristics of interculturally competent MFL educators, and the ways in which educators develop IC. The study adopted the interpretivist paradigm and a case study research design

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Parents and Their Voices Outside the Classroom: Perceiving Freedom in Education

Education is perceived in different ways depending on various factors. Many parents and students alike go through the process in a passive way and keep moving forward simply because the system pushes them forward. This may lead toward destinations which are not necessarily according to their wishes, nor beneficial for their future prospects. It is

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Exploring the Effects of a YouTube-Style Video Making Task in Online English Communication Courses

This study investigated the effects of a YouTube-style video making task in an English communication course with a soft CLIL approach. The primary purpose was to explore its effects for language learning and content learning, and the subsidiary purpose was to examine its feasibility in an online format. Participants were 53 students from four English

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Research on Intensive Development Mechanism of Land Use in Small and Medium-sized Cities in Western China Based on “the Yangtze River Conservation” Strategy

As a crucial national strategy of Chinese national ecological civilization construction, “the Yangtze-River Conservation” aims to achieve the overall planning and balance of ecological protection and urban spatial development at the macro-scale of the entire river basin. In practice, there are significant differences among cities along the Yangtze-River. Different from the central large cities which

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A Practical Framework Towards Open Government “Moving Beyond Openness and the Forward-looking Walkways to Open Collaborations”

Open Government is nowadays a popular concept for public administrators and policymakers. Nevertheless, the applications on this are still varied depended on one’s interpretation. Many understand that Open Government is only about openness and transparency of the government to the people based upon “Freedom of Information” principles and “Right to know” doctrines. However, in the

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Adult Learners’ Perspectives on Distance Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic has demanded distance learning as an alternative to conventional classroom learning methods. The study’s aim was to explore the advantages and challenges of online learning as perceived by adult learners of Maltese as a second language. Data was collected from 35 adult participants by using semi-structured interviews comprised of open-ended questions. The

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The Rise in Television Production Incentives in the United States and Worldwide

There was a time when most scripted television production in the United States was confined to a small radius around Hollywood, but that is no longer the case. There are so-called runaway productions that escape in the service of story as well as natural economic runaways that pursue lower costs. What has changed since the

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Exploring the Projected Identities of Officers in the New Zealand “New Cops” Police Recruitment Campaign

Over the years, research into the New Zealand (NZ) police force has uncovered that there is an underrepresentation of women and ethnic minorities, and the job is seen as unattractive because of inequitable pay and work conditions. Accordingly, NZ has consistently seen shortages in frontline police staff for much of the 21st Century, which led

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A Qualitative Study on the Experiences of Chinese Empty Nest Couples on Their Role Change

Purpose In family life cycle theory, each developmental stage means a crucial transition to individual, marriage, and family. However, when discussing on the family life cycle, many empirical studies in Hong Kong only focus on early stages related to raising children. Studies in the West reviewed that parents in empty nest stage experience identity crisis

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The Background and Influence of Gender Inequity in Music Textbooks, and the Direction of Future Music Textbooks

Textbooks are fundamental resources for students in schools regardless of the level of education since students tend to learn countless new concepts and knowledge throughout the textbooks. The textbook itself has been examined by many researchers and studies to demonstrate its value and importance, and unmeasurable value has been proved. However, the higher its significance

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An Innovative Method for Water Resources Carrying Capacity Evaluation: A Case Study of Qingjiang River Basin

The protection of water resources ecological environment is one of the most important task in watershed in China. The evaluation of water resources carrying capacity (WRCC) is the foundation of suitability of territorial space development. It is necessary to further analyze the weaknesses of coordinated development of various dimensions of WRCC and explore the basis

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Rural Culture Preservation in Rural Tourism Development in Suburban Villages of Large Cities in China: Case Studies of Nanjing

In the context of rapid urbanization, many suburban villages in China have started the tourism-orient transformation by virtue of supporting policies and individual advantages. However, rural cultural decline under disruption and ignorance has become a major pressing issue limiting the rural tourism development and the urban-rural integration process. Recently, scholars and practitioners have drawn attention

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Understanding ESG: Its Increasing Awareness, Financial and Sectoral Importance, and Its Role During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The paper reviewed the existing literature on the financial and sectoral importance of the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG). Given the expanding awareness of the stakeholders on environmental and social issues, ESG has continuously gain attention through the integration of its sustainable characteristics for the long-term investments. The paper discussed the motivations for the relevant

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Kissing Scenes in the Representation of Family in Post-war Japanese Films

Yasujiro Ozu and Mikio Naruse are well-known Japanese filmmakers who depict the “everyday life” (nichijo in Japanese) of family in the post-war period. Their ways of presenting “everyday life” are characterized by the exclusion of violent and sexual expressions. However, exceptionally, there are kissing scenes in their films and they form unusual expressions. Focusing on

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Concept of Satogaeri Shussan in Japanese Childbirth Rituals: From the Perspective of Contemporary Japanese Women

This paper will study the current trend of Satogaeri-Shussan, a traditional Japanese childbirth custom, when the pregnant woman customarily returns back to her paternal home for seeking physical and mental support as well as childcare assistance from her parents during prenatal or postpartum period. However, the custom of Satogaeri-Shussan has been continued with many changes

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Project Strand and the Level of Performance of Grade 10 Students in the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology

This study aimed to improve the level of mastery of the Grade 10 students of Santiago City National High School in understanding the central dogma of molecular biology. There were two groups in the study, the control group (37 students) and the experimental group (40 students) for the school year 2019-2020. They were taken using

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Applying a Book Read Aloud and Leveraging It with Storyline Online: A Case Study of Indonesian Preservice Teachers

This study departed from an understanding that one aspect in literacy teacher preparation is to make explicit personal beliefs of preservice teachers in receiving knowledge and instruction in the program (Scott et al., 2018). Enrolling in an introductory course of children’s literature, a group of Indonesian preservice teacher participated in a read aloud project where

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Legal Protection of the Millennial Generation Against the Issue of Junk Food During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The millennial generation as the nation’s next generation needs safe food consumption and does not endanger their health and soul, even though in reality the level of awareness of the younger generation to consume safe, quality, and nutritious food is still lacking because they prefer fast food because it is practical and tastes good without

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Intellectual Property Legal Protection Against the Resilience of Start-Ups in Overcoming the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Millennial Generation

This study aims to raise the economic resilience of the community, especially startups in overcoming the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic in the millennial generation through intellectual property protection. During the COVID-19 pandemic, various large companies and small and medium businesses experienced a decline in the business sector. The millennial generation as one of the

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The Educational Values of E-Commerce Information Technology for the Law Protection of Citizens

In Indonesia, the development of e-commerce is increasing along with the increasing number of internet and social media users. The rapid growth of e-commerce has changed the way consumers make purchases of goods and services. The growth of electronic transactions has a very positive impact on business people as well as consumers, because it provides

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Conceptual Metaphor in Koike Yuriko’s Election Rhetoric

The present study, as a case study, is analyzing conceptual metaphors in 21 (twenty-one) speeches/interviews from Ms. Koike Yuriko, a Japanese politician who currently serves as the governor of Tokyo, given between July 2016 (Tokyo Gubernatorial election) and October 2017 (when Japanese General elections took place). This research is based on the Critical Metaphor Analysis,

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Learning Effectiveness of Primary School Children in the Covid-19 Pandemic in Indonesia

COVID-19 has an impact on the unpreparedness of the community and the government, especially in improving the quality of children’s education. The increasing number of cases with rapid escalation has forced the government to take steps to reduce problems, especially the education of elementary school children. The Ministry of Indonesian Education issued Guidelines for Organizing