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The American College of Greece was founded in 1875 by American United Church of Christ missionaries as a primary and secondary school for girls in Smyrna, Asia Minor and is considered Europe’s oldest and largest, comprehensive, U.S.-accredited academic institution and the largest private institute of tertiary education in Greece. However, it is not recognized by the Greek state as a university due to the Greek Constitution's reference to the public character of education. In 2011, ACG undergraduate programs received EU validation status through The Open University of the United Kingdom. Today ACG has three divisions: PIERCE ; DEREE ; ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece Wikipedia.

Ward T.,The American College of Greece
Proceedings of 2014 International Conference on Interactive Mobile Communication Technologies and Learning, IMCL 2014 | Year: 2015

This paper reports on the urban installation SoundscapesLandscapes (SSLS), an enhanced sound walk guided by a custom mobile application. It explores the aesthetic motivations of the artists involved before examining the manner in which these motivations shape the rationale and design of the project. Creative issues are approached from a musical perspective, and the focus of the paper is to place the SSLS project within the context of musical composition today. © 2014 IEEE.

Tablet PCs, tablets, and PDAs are currently used in traditional classrooms to improve the learning process, allowing collaboration to take place among the instructor and students. Can these technologies promote student engagement, enhance the delivery of electronic course materials, and provide an effective way to connect the instructor and student together in an integrated learning environment? A literature review is conducted to determine the efficiency of these technologies contributing to collaborative learning. Tablet PCs have been successfully used in multiple United States institutions with many positive outcomes. Poor findings were found for the new tablets and smartphone devices which require more research to be conducted in the future. © Rinton Press.

Mandalios J.,The American College of Greece
Journal of Information Science | Year: 2013

The Internet has become an integral part of all aspects of the life of twenty-first-century learners. Yet research shows that students' ease and familiarity with the mechanics of the medium are not matched by their ability to evaluate electronic sources critically. Both faculty and library professionals are acutely aware of this, and much help is available to students in the form of checklists and guides to evaluating Internet sources. Students still seem to be falling through the cracks, however. The author suggests the adoption of the 'RADAR' approach to evaluating Internet sources. Just as a ship's captain needs electronic radar to navigate safely and efficiently through the ocean, so the information searcher needs a similar scanning device, that is, a critical, mental radar, when exploring the vast sea of information on the Internet. This device can help students develop a critical awareness of the need to establish the Relevance, Authority, Date, Appearance and Reason for writing of each web source that they encounter. Preliminary qualitative research amongst both native and non-native English-speaking college students suggests a positive user response to both the concept and the tool, providing grounds for further empirical investigation. © 2013 The Author(s).

Garcia-Penalvo F.J.,University of Salamanca | Colomo-Palacios R.,Charles III University of Madrid | Lytras M.D.,The American College of Greece
Behaviour and Information Technology | Year: 2012

The Internet and its increasing usage has changed informal learning in depth. This change has affected young and older adults in both the workplace and in higher education. But, in spite of this, formal and non-formal course-based approaches have not taken full advantage of these new informal learning scenarios and technologies. The Web 2.0 is a new way for people to communicate across the Internet. Communication is a means of transformation and knowledge exchange. These are the facts that cannot be obviated by the organisations in their training programmes and knowledge management. This special issue is devoted to investigating how informal learning changes or influences online information in Social Web and training strategies in institutions. In order to do so, five papers will present different approaches of informal learning in the workplace regarding Web 2.0 capabilities. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Stathopoulou A.,University of Patras | Beratis I.N.,The American College of Greece | Beratis S.,University of Patras
Schizophrenia Research | Year: 2013

Prenatal exposure to cigarette smoke causes chronic fetal hypoxia, dysregulation of endocrine equilibrium, and disruption of fetal neurodevelopment associated with brain malfunction, all of which potentially could induce vulnerability to schizophrenia. A total of 212 schizophrenia patients aged 14-30. years, and 212 matched controls were studied. Prenatal tobacco smoke exposure of the schizophrenia patients was compared to that of the normal controls by applying logistic regression analysis and controlling for several confounding factors. The outcomes of interest were comparison of the frequency of maternal and paternal smoking between patients and controls, as well as the severity of positive and negative symptoms between the offspring of smoking and nonsmoking parents. Among the mothers of schizophrenia patients and controls, 92 (43.4%) and 46 (21.7%) smoked, respectively. Maternal smoking during pregnancy had a significant unique contribution on increasing the risk for development of schizophrenia (p= 0.001), and a greater severity of negative symptoms (p= 0.023). Paternal smoking did not have a significant effect on the risk of schizophrenia, or severity of negative symptoms. The findings suggest that maternal smoking during pregnancy puts offspring at an increased risk for later schizophrenia, with increased severity of negative symptoms. Given the wide practice of smoking during pregnancy, fetal exposure to tobacco smoke could be a major preventable neurodevelopmental factor that increases vulnerability to schizophrenia. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

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