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News 06-05-2001

Syllabus2001 Conference to Address Web-Based Learning and Support

Track 2 of the Syllabus2001 conference, entitled "Web-Based Learning Environments and Support Strategies" will present educators' views of the development of Web-based pedagogy, tools, infrastructure, and services. The presentations will reflect on Web portals and resources in education, course development tools, Web-enhanced teaching environments, and learning management systems. Collaboration among students and faculty using Web and Internet technologies, Web-based testing, online coursework submissions, feedback to students, and Web course development and design issues will be covered as attributes and concerns of a new teaching and learning environment.

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Search Engine for International Study

An interactive resource for information about opportunities for international study, IIE Passport: Living and Learning Abroad, was recently launched at Educational Directories Unlimited, Inc. (EDU), a provider of online academic recruiting tools, and the non-profit Institute of International Education (IIE), an educational and cultural exchange organization, have joined in an alliance to manage and market the site. The alliance is designed to meet the growing demand for comprehensive information about opportunities for international study.

U of Washington to Offer Free Online Courses

Beginning this summer, the University of Washington will offer nearly a dozen online courses on topics ranging from Gulliver's Travels to the American Civil War to HTML basics--all for free. The abbreviated, non-credit courses are based on full-length courses, and are intended to let people sample distance learning. The courses are being offered through a partnership with The Learning Network, and include a preliminary self-quiz, two to three lessons and a final quiz. Each course can be taken at any time and completed at the student's pace. No instructor participates in these free distance learning classes. To get an instructor, the students must sign up for the full-length course. The courses are expected to be available in early to mid-June online at

e-Book Report

Two reports focused on the emergence of e-books will be featured in the 46th edition of "The Bowker Annual Library and Book Trade Almanac," a hardbound reference book that features a combination of informed analysis and practical information of interest to the library, information, and book trade worlds. The book is available through R.R. Bowker, a publisher of bibliographic information.

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Sun Expert3D-Lite Graphics

3Dlabs and Sun Microsystems recently announced that the Sun Expert3D-Lite professional graphics card will now be available as a standard configuration in Sun Ultra 60, Ultra 80, Sun Blade 100, and Sun Blade 1000 workstations. Previously available as an optional add-in component, the Sun Expert3D-Lite graphics card will now be offered pre-installed in certified workstation configurations available for rapid delivery and setup. The Sun Expert3D-Lite graphics accelerator with Wildcat II technology was developed by 3Dlabs according to Sun specifications and requirements, with Sun engineers providing optimized interfaces and drivers for maximum performance in the Sun Solaris Operating Environment.

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NCSA Supercomputer

IBM recently announced new Intel Itanium-based eServer and IntelliStation workstations which will form a new Linux super-cluster at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Funded by several agencies including the National Science Foundation, the NCSA is a leader in the development and deployment of cutting-edge, high-performance computing, networking, and information technologies. Capable of 1 trillion calculations per second, the cluster of 160 new IBM Itanium-based systems will be the most powerful Linux supercluster in academia. Scientists will use the clusters to study a wide range of research problems, from how gas flows over surfaces at supersonic speeds to simulations of black hole collisions, which demonstrate principles of Einstein's General Relativity Theory.

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IBSystems Launches Webzine

The EDAVision online magazine was recently launched at This is the first of four 'Webzines' aimed at professionals in the Electronic Design Automation, Mechanical Computer Aided Design (, Geographical Information Systems (, and Architectural Engineering ( computer modeling fields. The online offerings are products of IBSystems, a provider of Web portals targeted at professional audiences.

Spam Filter Released

Triumvirate Technologies recently announced the release of Mailbox Filter, a new e-mail filtering program. The "server class" product was designed for the average computer user and checks all incoming e-mail against various user-defined lists and messaging protocols to determine whether the mail gets routed directly into one of four mail-boxes or accepted at all. The product is available for a Free 30-day "full version" trial at

NetDocuments Launches Team Collaboration Software

NetDocuments has launched "NetDocuments for Projects," a service offering designed for cross-organizational projects and deals. Using NetDocuments, members of a project team, with access rights, can organize, create new documents, edit shared documents, make comments, and have discussions--all from within a Web interface. Users can even scan, fax and e-mail directly into their workspace, with automatic e-mail notifications being sent to others when changes are made.

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Los Angeles Times Interactive Launches Wireless Version

Los Angles Times Interactive recently released a wireless application providing the complete editorial content of The application features a personalization technology created by AdaptiveInfo that identifies relevant content based on what information users have selected in the past. The wireless application is now accessible to all Web-enabled phones, PocketPCs, and RIM Pagers from Palm users with wireless access can download the PQA application at, as well as several Palm software resources on the Web.

Online Access to Stanford University Collections

Two of Stanford University's visual collections are now accessible online at The first, the Athanasius Kircher Correspondence Collection contains nearly 8,000 images, and the other is a collection of more than 1,300 works of leading Chicana artists. Both are held in the archives of the Pontifical Gregorian University and digitally hosted by the Stanford University Libraries. The Online access is enabled by Luna Imaging's Insight server using the Sun Microsystems Solaris operating system.

Theodore Roosevelt Centennial CD-ROM

A commemorative CD-ROM, the Theodore Roosevelt Centennial Gubernatorial CD-ROM, has been produced for the Theodore Roosevelt Association, the State of New York, and the National Park Service. Created by AIL NewMedia Publishing, the CD commemorates the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt's governorship of New York State. This CD edition will be distributed to all schools, libraries, and academic institutions in New York State. It will also be available to everyone interested in learning more about TR's achievements, or using quotes from his works. This CD edition includes the Theodore Roosevelt Cyclopedia,last published in 1989 and two volumes of TR's gubernatorial papers, Public Papers of Theodore Roosevelt, Governor 1899 and Public Papers of Theodore Roosevelt, Governor 1900, both of them published 100 years ago.

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