5.0317 As: E-Qur`an; Conference; Project IDEALS (3/128)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Thu, 12 Sep 1991 14:07:44 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 5, No. 0317. Thursday, 12 Sep 1991.
Announcements: E-Qur`an; Conference; Project IDEALS

(1) Date: Wednesday, 11 September 1991 0103-EST (23 lines)
Subject: Electronic English Qur`an (Koran)

(2) Date: Tue, 10 Sep 1991 19:31:46 -0400 (19 lines)
From: mccarty@epas.utoronto.ca (Willard McCarty)
Subject: conference announcement

(3) Date: Tue, 10 Sep 91 11:02:55 CDT (86 lines)
Subject: Project IDEALS

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Date: Wednesday, 11 September 1991 0103-EST
Subject: Electronic English Qur`an (Koran)

Some of you will be interested to learn that an electronic
text of M. H. Shakir's English version of the Qur`an
(still available in hardcopy from Tahrike Tarsile Qur`an Inc,
PO Box 1115, Elmhurst NY 11373) has become available on the
networks from Project Gutenberg via "Almanac" in Oregon.
The text was scanned and may still contain some errors, but
appears to be quite servicable. I obtained it by sending
the note
send guten koran
almanac at oes.orst.edu
(this produced 14 files, which together are about
900K in length).
Other texts are also available -- for information,
send to the same address the request
send guide.
Transfer by anonymous ftp is also possible.
Good luck! (It worked for me.)
Bob Kraft, UPenn
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Date: Tue, 10 Sep 1991 19:31:46 -0400
From: mccarty@epas.utoronto.ca (Willard McCarty)
Subject: conference announcement

A conference entitled "Calcolatori e Scienze Umane" will be held in
Rome, Italy, 7-8 October 1991, co-sponsored by the Accademia Nazionale
dei Lincei and the Fondazione IBM Italia. The two days of the
conference are divided into 4 sections: Archaeology and Arts,
Sociology and Law, Linguistics, and Literature. All the papers, as far
as I can tell from the titles, will be given in Italian. The programme
looks good.

More information is, I presume, available from the secretary of the
convention, Fondazione IBM Italia, via Giorgione 159, 00147 Roma,
voice: 06/54864568, fax: 06/54864964.

Willard McCarty

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Date: Tue, 10 Sep 91 11:02:55 CDT
Subject: Project IDEALS

N.B. This file contains nearly 4k bytes. If you are interested in
international understanding you should find this of interest.

Project IDEALS
Promoting an International Dimension in Education
via Active Learning and Simulation

Project IDEALS is a computer-assisted learning environment based on
multi-site, semester-long, socially-interactive simulations.
Computer technologies allow distant teams to communicate, hold
real-time teleconferences, and to obtain feedback on their
performance and progress.
Project IDEALS is firmly based on the principles of experiential
learning; it encourages students to become fully involved, motivates
them to work hard, and helps them take responsibility for their own

* To develop competence and confidence in communicating with people
from other cultures, and so help create international friendships.
* To give students greater knowledge and understanding of
international events and issues (e.g., global environmental
problems) and to provide a context for interdisciplinary studies.
* To enhance professional skills in such areas as team work, decision
making, problem solving, leadership and negotiation, and to
develop computer literacy, clear writing and critical thinking.

The central component of Project IDEALS is a large-scale simulation
assisted by computers and telecommunications. Students take on the
roles of high-level negotiators representing various countries at an
international conference. The country teams are situated at
different campuses (usually one team per campus) and communicate
using computer networks and specialized simulation management
The ultimate goal of each simulation is for teams to negotiate an
agreement related to some international situation -- for example, to
hammer out the text of a treaty governing the emissions of CFCs, the
use of the ocean's resources, or the future of Antarctica. Scenarios
may involve real or hypothetical countries.
In Project IDEALS, the experiential learning cycle is paramount,
emphasizing the importance of regular and structured reflection on
experience to convert it into learning, which in turn becomes the
basis for further practical experience.

Computers and telecommunications
In order to participate, each site needs a minimum of one
microcomputer (e.g., BBC, IBM compatible, Macintosh), a modem, a
printer, a telecommunications package, and a simple word processor.
Faculty and students do not need any special computer skills in order
to participate. Each site will also need access to the Internet (NSFnet)
telecommunications network.
The main simulation management software, called Polnet II, is
situated at the University of Alabama. It allows messages to be sent
to any number of other teams at other sites and for those teams to
sign on at any time to retrieve those messages and to send their own.
It also enables teams to participate in real-time teleconferences, in
which several teams communicate in a synchronous, conversational
mode. Finally, it collects feedback and research data.

Further information
For further information, please contact Catherine Schreiber-Jones,
Assistant Director, or David Crookall, Director:
E-mail: crookall @ ua1vm.bitnet or ua1vm.ua.edu
cschreib @ ua1vm.bitnet or ua1vm.ua.edu
Project IDEALS
English/Morgan, Box 870244 Telephone: 205-348-9494
University of Alabama Facsimile: 205-348-5298
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA

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