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News 05-01-2001

Syllabus2001 to Include TLT Summer Institute Program

The TLT Group's Annual Summer Institute will join Syllabus2001 this summer at the Santa Clara Convention Center, July 20-24. The merged offerings of these two leading conferences will provide attendees with a broader selection of activities and session types, including keynotes, breakout sessions, workshops and seminars, poster sessions, and TLT Group interactive team activities.

Besides presenting a featured track, the TLT Group will be offering two types of Team activities at the Syllabus Conference: Institutional Teams will present an opportunity for institutions to send a team of three or more individuals to work on technology issues specific to their campus; Thematic Groups will allow individual attendees to form teams to work on common issues.

Those who choose to participate in the Thematic Groups will select from the following group themes:

  • Collaborative Change: Groups selecting this theme will focus on organizing collaborative change in ways that bridge gaps between individuals, offices, departments, and institutions.

  • Support Service Crisis: Learn how to find, select, develop, and adapt support resources to slow the widening gap between expectations for the use of technology and the resources available for supporting them.

  • Teaching, Learning, and Technology Centers: Organizing resources and extending collaborative inter-departmental, inter-office, and inter-institutional programs; using Web-based course management systems and other low-threshold applications to augment the effectiveness of a TLTC.

  • Assessment and Evaluation: This group will consider assessment and issues such as how to create studies of teaching and learning that can enhance the educational value of technology, and studies of educational uses of technology that can reduce stress on people and budgets.

  • Wild Card: Suggest a group theme idea--send it to [email protected].

For details on the full conference program and registration options, visit SyllabusWeb:

Education and Tech Leaders Join to Set Education IT Standards

Leading education and technology organizations recently announced their support of the Managed Learning System Research and Development Lab, part of a new vendor-neutral program to set the standards for technology in education. While initially funded by Intel, Dell, Microsoft, OneNet, SAP Public Services, Inc., EdVISION, and Riverdeep, the lab is now open to sponsorship and use by other education providers and vendors to ensure interoperability. The Managed Learning System (MLS) is a program of JES & Co., a non-profit developer of education technology solutions and integration. Version 1.0 of the MLS spec is the result of more than three years of integration and prototype development, including the deployment of a fully operational system for the state of Oklahoma. With version 1.0 operating in Oklahoma, the MLS Program will focus on soliciting participation from additional technology and education leaders, revising the current specification and publishing a 2.0 version in 2002.

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Silicon Valley Business Leaders Examine Technology's Impact

More than 500 men and women, most from Silicon Valley companies, joined scholars and U.S. and international journalists at Santa Clara University's Mayer Theatre for a conference called "Technology and Us." Presented by the university's Center for the Study of Science, Technology, and Society, the conference joined the Institute for Women and Technology with engineers and students from Santa Clara University and six other universities around the U.S. to address the topic: Can women engineers develop new computer ideas and solutions in on-line environments? One panel member was Douglas Engelbart, director of the Bootstrap Institute and inventor of the computer mouse. Engelbart reminded his audience that men and women need to develop ideas that match the pace of technological development and cautioned that it is difficult to foresee the revolutionary changes in society that today's technology will cause.

Two of the conference's panel discussions will be broadcast on successive weeks on KQED FM, San Francisco, at 8 p.m., May 2 and May 9. Videos of all the conference sessions are being produced and will be available for sale from the Center for Science Technology and Society. For more information, visit

Special Syllabus Discount!

SIGS/101 Conferences is offering a significant discount to full-time students and faculty to attend the upcoming XML One conference to be held May 14-17 in Chicago. The Academic rate is just $500 for a full VIP Passport--this significant savings is good for full-time students and faculty only! Download the pdf at and fax in your registration today!

For more information, call Cindy Hugues at 800-871-7447.

netLibrary Adopts Open e-Book Specification Standards

netLibrary, provider of e-books and Internet-based content/ collection management services, recently announced the adoption of industry standards for netLibrary e-books. netLibrary has been a member of the Open eBook Forum ('eBF) and has actively supported the development of industry standards for the past two years. This move is expected to position netLibrary to accelerate the adoption and use of e-books by its library customers while continuing to support a quality e-book experience and maintain core functionality. Adoption of 'eBF standards is also expected to result in lower cost and faster conversion processes which will facilitate the availability of more front-list titles from the world's leading publishers, many of whom are already working with netLibrary. The company plans to accept electronic files meeting 'eBF standards directly from publishers or, at the publisher's request, manage the conversion process on behalf of the publisher. Doing so will result in the re-allocation of conversion work to outsource vendors, changing the scope of conversion processes handled in-house.

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Second Annual Online Journalism Awards

The Online Journalism Awards (OJA) program--the international Web journalism awards presented by the Online News Association (ONA) and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism--is seeking entries for its 2001 contest. The contest is open to English-language content sites from around the world for work first published online between July 1, 2000 and June 30, 2001. The deadline to submit entries is Monday, July 16, 2001. The 2001 Online Journalism Awards will grant 15 prizes in eight categories, including general excellence, breaking news, feature journalism, innovative presentation of information, and commentary.

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Web-enabled Recruiting Tool

Educational Directories Unlimited, a provider of online academic program directories targeted toward prospective students, recently announced the launch of, a Web-enabled tool for universities to recruit graduate student applicants. Every time a student registers at, their profile is saved into a master database, which will be available by subscription for graduate school recruiters. The service is expected to be expanded to customers by the summer of 2001. Fees are based on the student body size of the academic program subscribing to the service.

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Distance Learning Conference

Higher Education Washington, Inc. (HEWI) and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) recently announced their first e-learning conference, Distance Learning: The Future of Education, scheduled for October 29-30 at the University of Maryland University College. The conference will include panel discussions about being a virtual educator, intellectual property, corporate e-learning, LAAP grants, accrediting standards, and many other topics.

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Intel Collaborates with Chinese Academy of Sciences

Intel Corporation recently announced that it is teaming up with the Institute of Computing Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing on advanced software compiler research. The focus of the two-year research agreement will be to develop the technologies that will help researchers build the next generation of processors and compilers. The research is targeted at improving general purpose performance and efficiency of the Intel Itanium processor family. This, in turn, is expected to improve performance of e-Business and other applications on Intel-based computers. Through this collaboration, researchers plan to develop robust, modular compiler components that enable experimentation. In this compiler, "modules" will be used to perform specific optimization tasks that allow researchers to quickly test different techniques against a common base. Optimization techniques tested in this way will include loop nesting, inter-procedural analysis, scalar optimization, global instruction scheduling, profiling, software pipeline, register allocation, predication and speculation. In addition, a number of simulator tools will be developed to enable validation and comparison of these modules.

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The History of Online Learning

The Internet and Higher Education journal recently presented a special issue on the history of online learning. The issue contains articles concerning a variety of perspectives on online learning. Titles include: "Shift Happens: Online Education As A New Paradigm in Learning," "The Instructor as Manager: Time and Task," and "Moving Beyond the White Cane: Building an Online Learning Environment for the Visually Impaired Professional."

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Industry, Government, and Academia to Join Forces

Three federal agencies will join forces with industry and academia for a two-day conference next month to foster teamwork and collaboration to meet a critical need: drawing and retaining young engineers and scientists to the Huntsville area. The first Education and Employment for Technological Excellence in Aviation, Missiles, and Space will be held May 15-16 in Huntsville, Ala. A key goal of the conference is to encourage research colleges and universities from a four-state area--Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia-- to partner with industry and government to build a "high-tech corridor" in the region. The event will address future research and technology needs, and will promote educational opportunities and workforce development initiatives for engineers, scientists, and students. To encourage participation by colleges and universities, Marshall, AMCOM, and the Space and Missile Defense Command will jointly offer up to $1 million in grant money.

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