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News 01-28-2003

Sponsor: Nish Sonwalkar of MIT Evaluates Online Learning

Syllabus Radio features interviews with established leaders, creative thinkers and education technology experts in higher education. Log on to and hear Judith Boettcher and Nishikant Sonwalkar discuss multidimensional evaluation tools that work well for online learning and assessing pedagogical effectiveness. Log on and listen to this interview and others covering the hottest technology issues on campus.

Penn State Launches Complete Online MBA Program

Penn State has launched a master's of business administration degree program that is available completely online. The Intercollege MBA (iMBA) has 28 students currently working in fields such as medicine, information technology, and finance, enrolled in the program. The program features instruction by Penn State graduate faculty members that can be accessed anytime, anywhere. Students can complete the 48-credit program in two years, without having to quit their jobs or move. "We've developed a niche that will attract new individuals to Penn State," said John Fizel, iMBA program chair and professor of economics at Penn State-Erie, Behrend College. "Whether you live in London, Colorado Springs or Atlanta, you can become part of the Penn State family."

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MIT Confab Explores Third-World Higher Ed

MIT has invited 60 people from 16 countries to convene in Cambridge, Mass., Feb. 6-7, to explore higher education in developing countries by leveraging the Internet, television, and radio technologies. The two-day workshop plans to establish LINC, the Learning International Networks Consortium, an MIT-managed project that will bring together academics and practitioners concerned about eLearning in developing countries. Speakers include Milad Fares Sebaaly, Provost, Syrian Virtual University; Naveed Malik, Rector, Virtual University of Pakistan; Judy Dori, Technion University (Israel); El-hadi Khaldi, Rector, Universite de la Formation Continue (Algeria); and Magdallen Juma, African Virtual University.

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SUNY Online Network Enrollment Up 34 Percent

The State University of New York (SUNY) said that fall 2002 enrollment of 19,214 students in the SUNY Learning Network (SLN), its online learning arm, is an increase of 34 percent over the fall 2001 enrollment of 14,303. The growth puts SLN's projected total year-long enrollment at more than 50,000 students, breaking last year's all-time record of 40,000 students enrolled, which was an increase of more than 56 percent over the 2000-01 enrollment of 25,500. In SLN's first academic year, 1995-96, the online learning network enrolled 119 students in eight courses on two campuses. In fall 2002, 1,399 faculty members offered 2,067 courses. Since 1998, SLN has offered 8,538 courses.

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Distance Learning Awards Nomination Deadline Nears

The deadline for the United States Distance Learning Association’s 2003 Annual Distance Learning Awards is drawing near. Deadline for nominations is Monday, Feb. 3, 2003. The awards will be presented on April 30, 2003 during the Learning and Training Week Conference & Expo held at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The awards are given to honor outstanding achievements by individuals and organizations in the field of distance learning including education and training. Fifteen awards are given in five major areas, which include Pre K-12 Education; Higher Ed; Corporate/Business; Government; and Telehealth.

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Oxford U. Press Enlists Online Service Provider

Oxford University Press has asked Ingenta to build a scholarly books Web site for the publisher. The site will feature: 750 current and selected backlist titles available in full text at launch, equivalent to 250,000 printed pages. It will also include "comprehensive coverage" in the areas of economics, political science, philosophy, and religion. Navigable and fully searchable abstracts will also be available. Ingenta distributes published scientific, professional, and academic research via the Internet, and develops and maintains specialist Web sites for publishers, self-publishing societies, and libraries.

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