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This pioneering book examines how policies to raise efficiency and performance in Europe's universities have profoundly altered ties between government, society and higher education, outlining how Evaluation Agencies have urged Europe's universities to meet the challenge of modernization.
A Dynamic, Research-Based Approach to Knowledge Management In this book, Gilbert Paquette-an internationally recognized expert in the field of technology-based training-offers IT professionals, trainers, and consultants a revolutionary method for going beyond simple information management. "Instructional Engineering in Networked Environments" introduces the instructional engineering method that elicits knowledge from subject matter experts to make information more widely available for training other people and transfering knowledge through formal and informal training using a variety of media and information sources. Throughout the book, Paquette shows that instructional engineering is based on the use of transferable graphic models that demonstrate how this engineering works in an environment with human networks and diversified information sources. This important book also includes illustrative examples of "artifacts"-the actual job aids that hold an organization's knowledge-and provides numerous easily reproducible tools. Praise for "Instructional Engineering in Networked Environments" "The tools and methods developed by Dr. Paquette and his team at LICEF since 1992 are generally regarded by the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction (IBSTPI) as world class in every respect. The board believes that an institution or organization embarking on serious efforts in distance and distributed learning would do well to consider these methods and tools as setting a standard." -J. Michael Spector, professor and chair, instructional design, development, and evaluation, Syracuse University; and executive vice president, IBSTPI "Gilbert Paquette's work is truly world-leading and needs much more exposure. I was so impressed with his detailed models for knowledge engineering in telelearning systems. It was the first time in years that I thought someone had created a breakthrough." -Anne Forster, director, innovation and technology, vice chancellor's office, University of Sydney, Australia "Hydro-Quebec groups over 19,500 employees and employs a staff of around 300 trainers and instructional designers. We have been using the MISA method and the MOT knowledge editor for several years now, and we have not yet found a method as efficient, even though we have had many sales pitches by different vendors." -Gilles Beaulieu, trans energie division, Hydro-Quebec "In this book, Professor Paquette provides one of the most sophisticated tools yet developed for a true technology of instructional engineering. All serious instructional designers will find that this work significantly improves the efficiency and effectiveness of their instructional development efforts." -M. David Merrill, professor, department of instructional technology, Utah State University
Kinshasa is sub-Saharan Africa‘s second largest city. The seven million Congolese who live there have a rich reputation for the courageous and innovative ways in which they survive in a harsh urban environment. They have created new social institutions, practices, networks and ways of living to deal with the collapse of public provision and a malfunctioning political system. This book describes how ordinary people, in the absence of formal sector jobs, hustle for a modest living; the famous ‘bargaining‘ system ordinary Kinois have developed; and how they access food, water supplies, health and education. The NGO-ization of service provision is analysed, as is the quite rare incidence of urban riots. The contributors also look at popular discourses, including street rumour, witchcraft, and attitudes to ‘big men‘ such as musicians and preachers. This is urban sociology at its best - richly empirical, unjargonized, descriptive of the lives of ordinary people, and weaving into its analysis how they see and experience life.
African universities including the University of Dar es Salaam faced major resource constraints in the 1970's and 1980's. These constraints had a negative impact on higher education in Africa leading to a decline in the quality of education provided, stagnant or falling enrolments in the face of rapidly expanding populations, deteriorating infrastructure and staff exodus to greener pastures. Written by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam 1991-2007 this book captures the achievements which were engineered under his leadership to transform the University into an institution which would be better placed to meet the development needs of Tanzania in the 21st century. The book covers the bleak atmosphere prevailing when the author took over as Vice Chancellor in 1991, transformation achievements in the academic, finance and gender aspects, a sampling of the administrative challenges faced and some of the unfinished business which was passed on to succeeding Vice Chancellor.
Businesses must constantly adapt to a dynamically changing environment that requires choosing an adaptive and dynamic information architecture that has the flexibility to support both changes in the business environment and changes in technology. In general, information systems reengineering has the objective of extracting the contents, data structures, and flow of data and process contained within existing legacy systems in order to reconstitute them into a new form for subsequent implementation. Information Systems Reengineering for Modern Business Systems: ERP, Supply Chain and E-Commerce Management Solutions covers different techniques that could be used in industry in order to reengineer business processes and legacy systems into more flexible systems capable of supporting modern trends such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), supply chain management systems and e-commerce. This reference book also covers other issues related to the reengineering of legacy systems, which include risk management and obsolescence management of requirements.
The Water Science and Technology Board and the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology have released the seventh and final report of the Committee on Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem, which provides consensus advice to the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force on various scientific and technical topics. Human settlements and flood-control structures have significantly reduced the Everglades, which once encompassed over three million acres of slow-moving water enriched by a diverse biota. To remedy the degradation of the Everglades, a comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan was formulated in 1999 with the goal of restoring the original hydrologic conditions of its remaining natural ecosystem. A major feature of this plan is providing enough storage capacity to meet human needs while also providing the needs of the greater Everglades ecosystem. This report reviews and evaluates not only storage options included in the Restoration Plan but also other options not considered in the Plan. Along with providing hydrologic and ecological analyses of the size, location and functioning of water storage components, the report also discusses and makes recommendations on related critical factors, such as timing of land acquisition, intermediate states of restoration, and tradeoffs among competing goals and ecosystem objectives.

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