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News 03-27-2001

Web Design Workshops at Syllabus spring2001 Post-Conference

The Syllabus spring2001 Conference, to be held in Cincinnati April 5-8, offers several exciting and practical post-conference hands-on workshops concerning Web development for higher education faculty.

Syllabus Scholar Robert Cavalier, internationally known for his work in ethics education and interactive multimedia, will be teaching a hands-on workshop to explore the basics of developing course materials for the Web. Dr. Cavalier's emphasis will be on using browser editors to convert course syllabi and lecture notes into Web-based course materials.

Alistair Fraser, professor at Penn State, has developed and delivered several courses that use the computer to transmit all non-oral material. Dr. Fraser will lead a post-conference workshop designed to teach participants how to use a Web browser for the delivery of instructional materials, build a classroom interface with Frames and JavaScript, and how to provide effective pedagogical content.

Several other hands-on workshops will be offered during the post-conference. All Workshops require a separate fee and registration, and while space is still available, time is running out. Register today to reserve your space. For more information, including online registration and complete workshop descriptions, visit

eCollege Releases Campus Author Tool

eCollege, an eLearning software and services provider, recently announced the availability of its Campus Author tool, enabling administrators to change and update their online campuses in real time, without any knowledge of HTML. The tool is already being used by 12 institutions. Campus Author is another use of eCollege's Visual Editor tool that has already been implemented in its course delivery system and adopted by faculty to edit and format online courses. Campus Author provides administrators 24x7 access to and control of their eCollege-powered online campus, whether the institution uses the company's CampusPortal, Premium Campus Gateway, or Campus Gateway. Using the tool, administrators can view their edits in a preview mode before the changes go live.

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Web Site Follows Ocean Exploration

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) announced the launch on March 27 of an Internet expedition in the central Indian Ocean called Dive and Discover ( By following the daily activities and progress of the scientific mission, students and teachers in 22 states and Guam will be able to share scientists' discoveries at the seafloor in one of Earth's most remote regions. Dive and Discover was created by scientists, Web designers, and artists at WHOI, co-funded by the National Science Foundation. The site gives teachers and their students an inside look at the sights, sounds, and action of scientific research with daily updates, interviews, slide shows, and videos, and through direct e-mail correspondence with shipboard scientists. The expedition includes biologists, microbiologists, geneticists, chemists, and geologists from eight U.S. univer sities and institutions. Led by Chief Scientist Cindy Van Dover of The College of William and Mary, the team will use the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason and other deep-diving, mapping, and imaging vehicles to explore hydrothermal vents along a seafloor mid-ocean ridge.

GoPOP Enables Remote Access to E-mail

Maximized Software recently released beta 1 of GoPOP, a POP server that runs on a user's PC and enables remote access to Outlook e-mail from anywhere in the world with any standard remote e-mail client. Users can retrieve their Outlook e-mail with any type of device: PDA, cell phone, pager, or laptop. GoPOP also eliminates the need to keep multiple copies of e-mail messages on different servers. Without GoPOP, users need to set up inconvenient solutions in order to read e-mail while away from their computer. Common solutions include setting up a "shadow" account with Yahoo! or HotMail, or configuring Outlook to "leave messages on server." With the release of GoPOP, Microsoft Outlook becomes the single source for all of the user's e-mail.

GoPOP beta 1 is available for immediate download at

Compaq Strengthens Commitment to Accessible Technology

Compaq Computer Corporation recently announced the creation of an Accessibility Program Office to address the computing needs of America's more than 54 million people with disabilities. The announcement was made at the annual CSUN (California State University, Northridge) 2001 International Conference on Technology and People with Disabilities. The Program Office will guide accessibility in product design, engineering, product development, documentation, Web, and services and support, and will be advised by members of Compaq's Global Business Units. In support of this initiative, Compaq donated 45 Deskpro Desktops with monitors to the CSUN Conference for its Instruction Lab and "Playroom,'' where conference presenters and attendees were able to demon-strate and trial the adaptive software and hardware being debuted at the conference, as well as have access to e-mail and the Internet.

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Zuma Delivers Media Asset Management Network

Zuma Networks, a provider of layer 2/3/4 switch-routing/IP service delivery systems, has installed two of its LightReef Switch Router platforms to link the University of Southern California's Johnny Carson Television Center with the newly opened Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts. The delivery of the LightReef systems is part of a cooperative effort between USC and Zuma Networks to implement a next-generation media asset management network for the benefit of students enrolled in the school's film and television curriculum. The LightReef Switches will connect IBM, Apple, and Dell workstations in the Zemeckis center to media servers and other workstations in USC's Carson Television Center via single mode optical fiber running Gigabit Ethernet and the Internet protocol (IP), allowing for high-speed connectivity between the school's production facilities and students and faculty members involved in digital content production.

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Classroom Instruction Becomes Knowledge on Demand

Virage, Inc., a provider of software and services that enable video for strategic online applications, recently announced that the University of Arizona is using the Virage Internet Video Application Platform to provide searchable streaming video of select courses at a university Web site. The initiative, which is part of the university's Virtual Adaptive Learning Architecture (VALA) research grant and the Faculty Center for Instructional Innovation (FCII), demonstrates an improved method of capturing, containing, and circulating information within academic institutions. Under the initiative, professors have the option of videotaping classroom lectures and streaming the video content in a searchable online format from a University of Arizona Web site, where students can then search for spe cific course material and review lectures at any time. The university is currently streaming 8 classes and plans to expand the technology into the new integrated learning center when it opens for the Spring 2002 semester. In addition to university classroom activities, the project is also archiving programs from the local PBS affiliate including a daily news program.

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New Island Launches Computer Ergonomic Device

New Island Inc., manufacturer and distributor of computer ergonomics and workstation devices, announced recently the launch of a computer ergonomic device, the Surf Rx Computer Wristband. Surf Rx was designed to aid in the relief and prevention of MSDs, like carpal tunnel syndrome, that result from repetitive tasks or motion, while also providing comfortable and supportive computer use. Surf Rx is worn while operating a computer keyboard, mouse, laptop, palm pilot, or keypad. While using Surf Rx during computer operations, the wearer gains the mobility to transfer from mouse to keyboard and back while continuously receiving the therapeutic effects of the Surf Rx.

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Internet Printing

Hewlett-Packard Company recently introduced a series of LaserJet printers that offers new ways to access, manage, and print information from the Internet. These printers feature Internet- enabling technologies that allow customers to scan documents directly to the Web, remotely manage printers and supplies, and print information directly from wireless devices. Each of the printers fully supports multiple operating systems, including Linux. The HP LaserJet 4100 incorporates HP Chaiserver Embedded Virtual Machine (EVM) technology. EVM allows users to execute Java applications to extend the printer's capabilities as a platform for interacting with e-services, cell phones, and handheld devices. A smart chip print cartridge and an embedded Web server allow for remote printer management and supplies ordering via the Internet.

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New Mouse Technology

Logitech recently introduced the Cordless MouseMan Optical, a mouse that offers both optical precision and cordless freedom. The mouse has no ball to clean and no cables to tangle, and is the product of a partnership with Agilent Technologies, the inventor of the optical sensor. Logitech and Agilent have created a proprietary optical chip that features a three-month battery life and 800 dots-per-inch (DPI) resolution -- twice the resolution of current optical sensors -- for greater accuracy on any surface. This optical chip was key in the development of Cordless MouseMan Optical, since an optical sensor requires an enormous amount of energy in order to capture 1,500 pictures per second of the surface, while a cordless radio-based device likewise needs energy for transmitting the signal between mouse and receiver. The product is scheduled to ship in early April.

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Management for Fundraising and Supporter Campaigns

PeopleSoft recently introduced PeopleSoft Contributor Relations, a software product available to help higher education and non- profit institutions improve their fundraising. The product is designed to increase both operational efficiency and fundraising capabilities by enabling customers to instantly track supporters, process gifts and pledges, build membership organizations, organize events, manage fund-raising campaigns, evaluate volunteer activity, and track planned giving programs.

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Harcourt, goReader to Offer Electronic College Textbooks

Harcourt College Publishers has completed a deal with e-book companygoReader to offer electronic college textbooks. Harcourt, a publisher of higher education textbooks, announced that the titles will be available on goReader's portable electronic device. The titles will first focus on business and science textbooks, with plans to expand titles in the future to include law and other graduate titles. The goReader device is designed to replicate the traditional textbook but weighs less than five pounds and holds more than 350 textbooks. The device also features multicolor highlighting, note-taking, and bookmarking on a 7.3-by-9.7-inch color screen.

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