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What is a module?

There is no hard and fast definition of the length or size of a module; it could be half a page of text or it could be the equivalent of 10 or more pages of text. Somewhere in the middle is most likely -- 3-6 pages. You can think of the proper length as that which is needed to treat a concept in sufficient detail so someone can read it and make sense of it. If the module depends on the understanding of other concepts, these should generally not be treated in your module but you can assume will be treated in a separate module. For the purpose of this contest you can assume that pre-requisites exist and the judges will not be judging you on whether or not the pre-requisites exist at the time you write your module. Over time these pre-requisite modules will be written, either by you or others.

Selected exemplars include:

1. Task Parallelism (by Jeff Meisel)

An effective use of a straightforward text and image presentation style.

2. Analysis of Shared Memory Multiprocessors (by Bart Sinclair)

A discussion taking advantage of CNXML lists, examples, tables, and MathML support.

3. Two Basic Rules of Probability (by Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean)

A module featuring the use of CNXML sections, examples, exercises, and glossary terms.

4. Half Steps and Whole Steps (by Catherine Schmidt-Jones)

An example of non-technical content in Connexions making use of images, audio media, and examples.

5. Fourier Analysis in Complex Spaces (by Michael Haag and Justin Romberg)

An example making effective use of sections, subsections, examples, notes, rules (theorems), and subfigures.

6. Análisis de Fourier en Espacios Complejos

A derivation of the previous module (translated by Fara Meza and Erika Jackson) illustrating how derived copies of modules can be used by other Connexions users to repurpose content, reach new audiences, and facilitate an open exchange of ideas.

7. Elementary Algebra: Solving Linear Equations in One Variable (by John Redden)

An example of a module taking full advantage of several CNXML features. This module features multimedia elements as well as advanced MathML display features.





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