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About OpenCollege e-Learning Content Library

Project OpenCollege is the leading provider of online learning resources, complete with interactive content and unique visual simulations. Project OpenCollege endows its users with an opportunity to generate scientific studies and run experiments in the comfort of their homes. Our e-Learning Content Library includes illustrations to more than 700 different scientific phenomena, and it continues to grow.

Project OpenCollege was launched in 1993, when OpenTeach Software (www.openteach.com) joined efforts with faculty members of several European universities to create an interactive educational system. Today, Project OpenCollege is a comprehensive online library with a convenient Web-based interface and a full capacity to support online learning. Our Java- and Flash- based simulations cover such subjects as Biology, Chemistry, Algebra, Calculus, Geometry, Astronomy, Physics, Economics, and many more.

Project OpenCollege welcomes the prospect of collaboration with other electronic content publishers and distributors. To contact Project OpenCollege, please write to .


About OpenTeach
www.openteach.com

OpenTeach Software is the leading provider of e-Learning software products and services in the international market. A business consortium operating from the USA, Eastern Europe, and Russia, OpenTeach Software has more than 10 years of experience in development and distribution of educational and scientific software solutions.

OpenTeach Software provides integration of Internet-based technology and innovative teaching products by developing interactive simulations, testing systems, and other intellectual software components for the new educational models. Our products and services are ideal for colleges, universities and professional schools that offer or plan on launching online study services.

OpenTeach Software's vision is that of perpetual enhancement of individual and group educational capacities through eliminating the temporal and spatial constraints of the old-fashioned learning models. We strive to make ownership of a computer and a desire to learn the only prerequisites for getting an education.

Open Distance Teaching and Learning is the key strategy for education and training in the information society of the modern networked world.

OpenTeach Software mission is software development for Open Distance Teaching and Learning systems for schools, universities, business training and updating knowledge.

OpenTeach's specific idea is providing an integration of modern Internet-based technology and innovative teaching solutions by developing interactive simulations, testing systems and other intellectual software components for new educational models.

About Interactive Simulations
Project OpenCollege e-Learning Content Library is the ultimate resource for online education. It contains hundreds of interactive simulations illustrating a wide variety of natural laws and scientific phenomena. e-Learning Content Library's interactive simulations were developed in accordance with precise scientific data, and are completely realistic.
Currently, e-Learning Content Library offers more than 500 diverse components covering such disciplines as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, and numerous other subjects. The size of a typical component is about 50Kb, which makes our interactive simulations suitable both for online and CD-ROM usage. The simulations are implemented as Java applets and Macromedia Flash animations.

Features:

Our e-Learning Content Library offers:

  • An opportunity to be in charge of scientific experiments. Our models are fully interactive, and altering their parameters will help students understand the functioning of natural laws.
  • Content design that is responsive to ongoing demands of the teacher's work. Our simulations can be modified depending on the teacher's goals, and preferred teaching methods. Teachers can create their own examples, and base assignments on them.
  • Singular learning components that cover a variety of scientific issues and are applicable in multiple contexts.
  • Fully intuitive interface design.
  • Technical compliance with Software Operational Standards.
OpenTeach's technology permits our clients to access interactive components from remote locations, and to transfer them to other destinations. This capacity is achieved through our usage of Java and Flash cross-platform operations, and multiple resource applications in singular interactive components.

Usability:

  • Time and effort required to adjust to the learning environment are minimal. Product tests indicate that full mastery of an average component takes no more than 15 minutes.
  • Intuitive interface design is an integral part of e-Learning Content Library's interactive simulations. Each of our components has a multiple layout capacity. Different interaction scenarios can be implemented depending on the user's educational emphasis.
Application of Pedagogical Principles

OpenTeach's fundamental pedagogical principle is the notion that information is understood best, when the student acts as an active participant in the learning process. Ability to change the parameters of an experiment, and freedom to control its flow, result in a better grasp on the feedback data, as well as on the paradigms that stand behind it. Interactive simulations significantly optimize the learning processes, both in terms of time, and the totality of comprehension.
Many important scientific phenomena are hard to reproduce in a classroom or a school laboratory. OpenTeach's e-Learning Content Library is the solution. Practically any phenomenon could be modeled on a computer screen. Our interactive simulations will enrich any scientific course, helping teachers manage the material, and contributing to the students' understanding of it.

Consider the following examples of OpenCollege interactive simulations:

Kinetic and Potential Energy
The model illustrates the variation of the kinetic K and of the potential U energies of the boy, descending in a sledge from the top of a mountain of complex section without friction. The diagram and the numerical values of the kinetic and the potential energies of the boy are displayed. It is possible to change the mass of the body m and the section of the mountain. Put your attention to the fact, that the sum of the kinetic and of the potential energies in the process of motion of the boy is constant and equals the initial potential energy before the start from the top of the mountain.

Elasticity
The simulation demonstrates the concept of elasticity. Elasticity shows, whether the demand reaction on the price changes is flexible or not.
The program helps thoroughly understand the concept of elasticity and clarify the relationship between the demand curve and elasticity in each point. Use the simulation to analyze the value of elasticity at various points of the demand curve.

 
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