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News 02-27-2001

TLT Group to Present Featured Track at Syllabus

Steve Gilbert, President of the TLT Group, will be presenting a featured track at the Syllabus spring2001 conference to be held April 5-8 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The track will focus on Virtual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Centersó(V)TLTCs. As technology alters work patterns and communication/collaboration paths on campus, the challenge is to re-map these changed patterns and paths. A (V)TLTCs is part of that re-mapping of the campus. But it is not just a map of where things happen; often, it is also a "place itself," albeit a virtual one, on the Web.

Questions for consideration will include: What's the current situation with (V)TLTCs? Should your campus create one? What d'es it take to support a (V)TLTC? The TLT Group will join with academic associates of TLT to lead attendees in carefully articulated breakout sessions. Two of the sessions will focus on a specific audience: first CAOs, deans, and other administrators; and then librarians, faculty development, and technology professionals. A third session will focus on getting support for a (V)TLTC, followed by an hour of case studies at the end of the day. The leaders of this track are seasoned practitioners, offering an opportunity to sample and learn about best ways to support faculty as they inte-grate technology into their teaching and learning in deeper and broader ways than ever.

For detailed session descriptions and online registration, visit Also, be sure to check out the conference brochure in the February issue of Syllabus magazine.

Jackson State University Unveils $20 Million e-Center

Jackson State University (JSU) recently announced plans to create a major technology research and incubation center in Mississippi, a move made possible by a $17 million donation to the university by Allstate Insurance Company. The JSU e-Center, scheduled to open in spring 2001, is to be located in the former Allstate Sunbelt Support Center in Jackson. The 192,600 square foot facility will be used not only for academic purposes, but also as an incubator for technology-based businesses moving into Mississippi. JSU has created the Mississippi e-Center Foundation, a non-profit organization, which will own the facility and lease most of it to JSU for academic purposes. The balance will be leased to technology-related businesses leveraging the JSU tech-nology base. Allstate will transfer the facility, which is valued at more than $20 million, to the Foundation in exchange for $3 million. The gift represents the largest single donation to any of Mississippi's historically black colleges.

Teachers Honored for Technology Innovation

Two community college professors whose creative use of technology has enhanced learning for disabled, non-traditional, and pre-college-aged students have been selected as leaders in their field for 2001. The two will receive the first-ever David R. Pierce Faculty Technology Award, sponsored by the Microsoft Corporation in cooperation with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

Vicki Duggan, instructor in the Information Technology Institute of Montgomery College, Md., and Michelle R. Wild, instructor in the Special Education and Computer departments of Coastline Community College, Calif., were selected in a nationwide competition among the over 1,100 U.S. community, junior, and technical colleges. Professor Duggan is working to bring both older adults and elementary school aged girls into high-demand Information Technology fields. Professor Wild is an innovator in the design and integration of online instruction and has become an expert in the use of technology to rehabilitate brain-injured adults.

Designed to recognize exemplary teaching models, the Pierce award includes a $5,000 stipend for each of the awardees and national recognition at the AACC's annual meeting, scheduled April 4-7 in Chicago, Ill.

New Technology to Run Future Wireless Handset Devices According to Cahners' In-Stat Group, a high-tech market research firm, sales of Internet-ready wireless phones will surpass 1 billion units annually by 2004. This growth will be fueled by consumer demand for new applications on Internet access devices and handheld devices that combine everything from streaming video and audio, location-based services, speech recognition, and mobile e-commerce.

Texas Instruments is putting its money behind industry efforts to support this trend. The company recently announced plans to invest up to $100 million, over the next 12-18 months, to boost development of high-performance software applications that use TI's DSP-based OMAP technology. The funds for this investment program are in addition to the $1.7 billion TI already spends annually on R&D.

The goal of the OMAP Investment Program is to fuel access to high-quality mobile Internet services, by helping software developers to create applications like digital audio, mobile video streaming, mobile commerce, location-based services and voice recognition. OMAP is a combination of software and a dual-core hardware architecture built with DSP and RISC processors. For the consumer, this means high performance, long battery life and the flexibility needed to support both current and future standards. The OMAP architecture supports all 2G, 2.5G and 3G wireless standards and is compatible with TI's DSP-based digital baseband, used in more than 60 percent of today's digital wireless handsets.

Alumni Relations Benefit From Real-Time Internet Services

SunGard BSR, an operating unit of SunGard and a provider of services and software for advancement, announced today that Williams College has gone live with the first component of Web Community, an online suite of applications that lets alumni view, update, and share personal and philanthropic information over the Internet. Friends and alumni of Williams can now make credit card gifts on-line from a secure site supported by the application.

Web Community, licensed by eleven institutions of higher education since its launch in May, helps organizations deliver services to alumni, allowing them to make gifts, register, and pay for events or memberships, update biographical information, perform directory searches, and participate in community-building activities such as career networking --all in real time.

For more information, visit

XanEdu to Sponsor TLT Group Workshops

XanEdu recently announced an alliance with the Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT) Group, the technology and change service for higher education institutions. XanEdu, publisher of online course material for the higher education market, will sponsor a 12-city nationwide education series entitled "A Vision Worth Working Toward: Connected Education and Collaborative Change."

The workshops began on February 20 in New York City and will be held in key higher education markets including Washington, DC, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orlando, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Dallas, Austin and Boston. The TLT Group will provide the leaders and the "curriculum" for this series to help faculty and other academic decision makers to implement new ways of using technology to improve teaching and learning. Participants will learn about planning, organizational, and evaluation approaches as well as services and resources from the TLT Group, XanEdu,and others. Presentations will also be made by faculty members who are already using technology -- including XanEdu's products -- in new ways to increase their students' learning.

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