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Free Online Courses - Open Education Database. Written by: Thomas Broderick Universities, colleges, and private organizations offer free online college courses to help students acquire new knowledge and skills. These courses cover a variety of traditional academic topics and other subjects that can lead to career advancement and personal enrichment. Courses occur online, allowing learners from all over the world to participate. At the end of a course, students may qualify for an official certificate. Some institutions charge a small certificate fee. Most online courses provide an introduction to a topic, although there are some intermediary and advanced courses.

Online courses often run asynchronously, allowing learners to view course materials and complete coursework at their convenience. Some free college courses use the term massive online open course (MOOC). Benefits of Open Courses Free online college courses allow students to learn from home, a significant advantage for learners who prefer to eliminate a commute. Prezi - Ideas matter. How to Use Prezi. Best Case Prezi. Strategy First - Dangerous Waters. Cooperative and head-to-head multiplayer modes allow controllable submarine, surface, and air platforms to battle it out in the definitive naval combat experience. Players can command a platform on their own in multiplayer, or collaborate with multiple players in "Multi-station Mode" as they each operate individual crew-stations and strive to work together as a team on the SAME platform. By assigning certain crew stations to be manned by the "virtual crewmen" the player can hand off various functions for the simulation to manage.

This allows the player to tailor the game's difficulty level to their liking and the precise level of involvement and micro management that they wish. The player could choose to monitor every single crew station himself or choose to just command the platform and to let the A.I. do the rest. Autocrew control is dynamic so the player can enable or disable this feature for every crew station modeled in the game. Extensive worldwide database provided by the U.S. Can vocational skills be developed using games? | Race Rocks 3D Inc. The influence that computer games have over the human mind is undeniable.

North American children spend an average of four hours per day, on screens and much of this is gaming. What is it about gaming that is so engaging and addictive? Imagine if that time and effort was spent on homework or career training? Can we apply these magic game qualities to training and self improvement? Serious games are powerful tools that can shorten the time to competency of complex vocational skills. Many struggle with defining the difference between games and simulations. In skills that require repetition training in order for long term retention there is rarely enough training time during a traditional course to become competent. The Launch Game was designed for the Oil and Gas industry.

The ‘launch game’ challenges the trainee to practice the launching steps rapidly in order to beat Buddy’s time. By: Tyler Brand, Given Davies and Scott Dewis References Available upon Request. Digital Camera News, Reviews, Tips and Techniques | Digital Camera World. Depth of Field in a Nutshell. If you are new to photography, you have probably heard the term depth of field being mentioned in various photography websites, blogs or forums. You would probably be wondering what depth of field means and how it can help you in taking better pictures. Whether you are into portrait, landscape, sports, wedding or other forms of photography, depth of field is an important concept you have to understand. It is not complicated to understand and can become one of your best tools in photography.

“Yorkshire Grit” captured by Tony Taffinder (Click Image to See More From Tony Taffinder) Depth of field or DOF in short, refers to the range of distance within a scene that is considerably sharp. To achieve that effect, we have to understand how it works, now that we know the definition. There are scientific ways to explain DOF but I will not try to bore you with it. Deep Depth of Field Have you ever seen landscape pictures that are sharp across the entire scene? Shallow Depth of Field Summary. Living Landscapes – A Guide To Stunning Landscape Photography.

Look through your photo archive and you’re likely to see lots of photos of two things — people and landscapes. But what is it about Landscape Photography we love so much? As a Landscape Photographer you strive to capture and share the beauty of the world around you, just as you see it through your own eyes. But there can be a big difference between a good shot and great one … A good landscape photo will sit in your archive and never be seen again.A great landscape photo will bring the scene back to life every time you or your friends see them. … and it’s likely you’ve only got one chance to make it count.

Living Landscapes will help you move past the point, click and hope approach to landscape photography. Todd has been working as a photographer professionally with his wife and business partner, Sarah, since 2001. Collectively, their career has spanned a range of genres including advertising, editorial, fashion, architectural, videography and portraiture. Macro. Pictures of autumn: how to shoot Fall colors and textures in close-up Autumn photography is full of wonderful colors and textures, and one way to emphasize them in stunning detail is to shoot them close-up.

In this tutorial we show you how to shoot amazing macro pictures of autumn. What is a macro lens? Magnification and minimum focus distance explained In our latest photography cheat sheet we answer the question ‘What is a macro lens?’. Macro nature photography: tips for taking pin-sharp close-ups of flowers and insects In our latest Professional Photographer to the Rescue series post our pro shares his best macro nature photography tips to help our apprentice learn how to take pin-sharp pictures of wildflowers, lichen, butterflies and much more.

Close-up Photography: creative ideas for photographing everyday objects How can you make small things look good? Learning lists of rules can help you think about photography, but they can be more confusing than useful while you’re trying to do it. Exposure rounding whilst using Triggertrap Long Exposure modes | Triggertrap. The below post is beyond über-geeky, and was meant to be an entry in our Triggertrap Mobile FAQ. However, it turns out I have quite a lot of things to say about the topic, so I’m posting it here as a separate post as well. It’s worth a read if you’re getting unexpected results with our long-exposure modes, as it can help explain what is going on. Q: I am getting unexpected results using HDR and Bulb Ramping. What’s going on? Some users are experiencing some curious behaviour when they are using our long-exposure modes; this includes all modes where you have to set your camera to ‘bulb’ mode to make them work: Long exposures in the Cable Release mode, Long exposure HDR, Bulb ramping, Star Trail mode, etc.

To understand why this happens, I have to make a short detour and explain how our long exposure triggering works. Minimum exposures Unfortunately, due to various shutter electronics, and the way the camera processes the signal from the remote control port it doesn’t work like this. Bird_photography_cheat_sheet. In pictures: 31 pictures of birds in flight. We gave you our top 10 tips for photographing birds in flight, now here’s some inspiration in pictures to get you raring to go out and snap some shots of your own.

Rocket Landing, by Morkel Erasmus Ruby Throated Hummingbird, by Richard Dummounil Jackal & Vulture, by Stephen Earle Aerial Play, by Octavio Campos Salles Red-and-green Macaw (Ara chloropterus), by Octavio Campos Salles Aggro Malachite Kingfisher, by Morkel Erasmus Burrowing Owl, by Mariano Fernández Jackdaw in Flight, by Richard Peters Hunt by Flying, by Gökhan Coral Western marsh-harrier and its prey, by Gökhan Coral In Full Cry, by Dave Whenham Wagtail, by Rami Athanasious Attack, by Vladimir Yezhov Night Flight, by Irawan Subingar Tawny Owl in Flight, by Mark Bridger Bird of Prey in Flight, by Brian Deegan In Flight Meal, by Richard Steel Sparrow in Flight, by Tibor Jakab In for the Kill, by Philip Higgins Hawk Owl Flight, by Rob McKay Humming Bird in Flight, by Dan Ripplinger Swans in Flight, by Arman Werth Eurasion Dove, by Spangles44.

Macro Photography Course, Tutorials & Workshops from MyPhotoSchool. Equipment For macro outside Preferably a DSLR camera with a macro lens, but close-up filters or extension tubes with a standard lens will also work A tripod will give consistently better results for static subjects Useful accessories A reflector (this can be made from cooking foil wrapped around cardboard) A diffuser (this can be made from fine white cotton stretched over an opened up wire coat hanger) A flash – not essential Knee pads Bin liner for resting gear on wet/muddy ground Plamp for holding stems steady String for tying back branches For macro inside A tripod (see above) A reflector (as above) A diffuser (as above) A flash – either on-camera or a separate flash Props for still life – miniature containers, stone slabs, sand LED torch or reading light Coloured card for backgrounds A lightbox – not essential Anywhere – both outside and inside.

Do You Evaluate Your Maritime Training? You Should. Here's Why, and How. Teaching evaluations are a necessary and critical part of any maritime training program. Yet surprisingly, not everyone does them! And even when they are done, it is often the case that they are not used to their full advantage. In this article, I'd like to discuss the (very simple and very effective) practice of performing teaching evaluations, why they are important, how they can be used, and ideas on how to deliver them for maximum effect in maritime training. Blog Notifications: For notifications of new maritime training articles, please Follow this blog. Maritime Mentoring: International Maritime Mentoring Community - Find a Mentor, Be a Mentor Are you a trainer?

In this article, I'd like to discuss the (very simple and very effective) practice of performing teaching evaluations, why they are important, how they can be used, and ideas on how to deliver them for maximum effect in maritime training. Common in Universities and Colleges Use Your Common Sense You May be in for a Treat Timing. The Ultimate Guide to Ship Sizes. Merchant ships are broadly classified on the basis of their sizes and areas of operation. The classification of the ship is decided right at the design stage on the basis of route of operation and purpose of the ship.

The ship’s dimensions play an important part in determining the areas of operation of any type of merchant vessel. A variety of parameters such as draft, beam, length overall, gross tonnage, dead weight tonnage etc. are taken into consideration while designing and constructing a merchant ship. For e.g. for designing a ship that would be able to pass through the Suez Canal, the dimensions of the ship would be decided in such a way that the ship is able to smoothly transit through the narrowest and shallowest areas of the canal, in both fully loading and unloading conditions.

Ship sizes chiefly vary on their load carrying capacitance, just as their variance alters on the constructional capacitance of the various ports and harbors. Panamax and New Panamax Aframax Chinamax Suezmax. Making Vessel-Specific Training Effective and Practical Using Adaptive Learning. It is difficult and expensive to do vessel-specific training well - which is probably why it is under specified, and in many cases poorly implemented - often via job shadowing.

But there is a technology called "adaptive learning" that every vessel operator should be aware of as an excellent tool for vessel-specific training. This article looks at what adaptive learning is, and examines one vessel operator’s deployment of it to facilitate vessel-specific training across its fleet of 35 vessels. Blog Notifications: For notifications of new maritime training articles, please Follow this blog. Maritime Mentoring: International Maritime Mentoring Community - Find a Mentor, Be a Mentor Introduction It is difficult and expensive to do vessel-specific training well - which is probably why, unlike certification training, it is under specified, and in many cases poorly implemented - often via job shadowing. The Need for Vessel-Specific Training The Problem What is Adaptive Learning? For the Learner. Create engaging online courses quickly with Curatr.

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