News 06-26-2001

Syllabus2001 Conference to Address Teaching and Technology Implementation

Track 4 of the Syllabus2001 conference, titled "Case Studies: Teaching and Technology Implementation" is a showcase of outstanding examples of technology use both within and outside of the traditional classroom. The impacts of technology on the teaching and learning processes will be presented through the experiences of individual faculty, and institutional case studies of technology program planning and implementation will be presented.

For more information about Syllabus2001, to be held in Santa Clara, Calif. July 20-24, visit http://www.syllabus.com/summer2001/.

Directory Testbed for Higher Education

Internet2 and Sun Microsystems recently announced the development of the Directory of Directories for Higher Education (DoDHE), part of the Internet2 Middleware Initiative. The directory of directories is a service testbed enabling people to find and communicate with each other in the United States by using high-performance network applications such as video conferencing. The Directory will support more than 6 million people in the United States. The DoDHE testbed will extend beyond current technologies by linking enterprise based directories using open and scalable technologies to enable real-time searching. In contrast to current Web directories, this effort aims to develop the tools and practices that allow people to control and update their own information. The testbed will explore issues such as scalability, parallel searching, and user interface. Sun and iPlanet are contributing E450 Servers along with the 6 million entry developmental license to develop and test the directory service suite. For more information about Internet2, visit http://www.internet2.edu/.

For information about Sun in Education, visit http://www.sun.com/edu.

Interoperability Testing at UNH

The University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) announced recently that 10 vendors successfully participated in its second 2001 multi-vendor Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) testing period. The event was held at the IOL group testing facility on the campus of the University of New Hampshire. To help solidify the existing draft standards and to advance customer adoption of MPLS technology, these companies and others will continue joint interoperability testing as members of the UNH-IOL MPLS Consortium. The major focus of the testing was on the IETF specification for extensions to RSVP for LSP tunnels (RSVP-TE) as specified in draft-ietf- mpls-rsvp-lsp-tunnel-08. The goal of the UNH-IOL is to provide both interoperability and conformance testing for all products used in networking. UNH-IOL provides testing services for 10Base-T, 10Gigabit Ethernet, ADSL, ATM, Bridge Functions, DOCSIS (Cable Modems), Fast Ethernet, Fibre Channel, Gigabit Ethernet, HDSL2, IPv6, iSCSI, MPLS, Routing, SHDSL, Voice over Broadband, Voice over IP, and Wireless (802.11).

For more information on the UNH-IOL, visit http://www.iol.unh.edu.

Carnegie Mellon Robot Will Test New Concept

Next month a prototype solar-powered robot with the potential to be self-sufficient for extended periods of time will be tested in the Canadian Arctic by Carnegie Mellon University researchers. The researchers will test a concept called Sun-Synchronous Navigation that may enable autonomous robots to obtain continuous solar power for long-term exploration of distant planets and moons. The robot named Hyperion was developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute with support from NASA. It represents the latest in a series of terrestrial testbeds for planetary explorers the institute has developed for NASA in a relationship that spans more than a decade.

For more information about Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute, visit http://www.ri.cmu.edu.

Dictionary Breaks Sound Barrier

Merriam-Webster's Web site, (http://www.Merriam-Webster.com), has added a new audio feature to its online version of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Now when site visitors see a red audio icon next to an entry word, they may click on it to hear the word pronounced by real voices. Multiple icons will be displayed when variant pronunciations are available.

Study Examines Internet and Admissions

ApplyYourself recently released a study designed to measure how graduate and professional programs are using the Internet to carry out the functions of their admissions offices, includeing prospective student recruitment and application processing. The study, "The Internet as a Tool in Graduate School Admission --2001,'' examined the impact of the Internet on traditional admission operations and found that while nearly all of the responding institutions are currently using the Internet to deliver general university and admissions information to prospective students, respond to student inquiries, and provide a downloadable application, only 11 percent are currently using the Internet as a proactive recruitment tool and a little over half of the respondents are permitting a student to complete and submit an application online. Further, as the volume of online inquiries and applications continues to rise, 70 percent of the participating institutions are still hand-keying the data they receive online.

Copies of the complete study are available at http://www.applyyourself.com and http://www.ednow.org.

Always-On to Provide ASP Services to Office.com Users

Recently, Always-On (http://www.alwayson.com) and Office.com (http://www.office.com) announced the availability of Always-On's subscription-based software and technology services through a co-branded area on the Office.com site. Users can access the complete catalog of services, including a free, 30-day trial subscription to Microsoft Office XP and Microsoft Exchange. Always-On offers a simple, cost-effective way to use sophisticated applications like Microsoft Exchange without the challenge of buying, installing, and managing their own infrastructure.

Online Resource for R&D Opportunities

NineSigma, an Internet-based company serving the global R&D community, recently announced the introduction of ProposalNet, a secure resource for identifying, qualifying, and matching R&D buyers and suppliers. Research institutions can use ProposalNet to showcase their proposed innovative R&D to thousands of qualified businesses seeking advanced technology to meet their own critical business needs. Potential sponsors of research, development, and commercialization projects, including businesses, consortia and governments, can search ProposalNet for projects that address their interest, based on proposal type (e.g. basic research, applied research, development, prototyping, commercialization, facilities/equipment, topical area, posting date, budget size, and other relevant criteria). Buyers may also continuously monitor significant developments within their areas of interest. Once buying organizations have identified specific proposals of interest, they may use the information in ProposalNet to directly contact the research institution for further discussion and evaluation.

For more information, visit http://www.ninesigma.com.

Study: Lack of Standards Obstacle to Open Source Development

Evans Data Corp announced recently in its bi-annual study that one-quarter of development managers at companies with more than 2000 employees, interviewed in the latest Enterprise Development Management Issues, believe that the biggest obstacle to open source development is the lack of standards. This figure has declined over the last 6 months when more than one-third of development managers saw that as their biggest problem.

For the complete table of contents of the survey, visit http://www.evansdata.com/EDTOC.htm.

e-Learning Authoring Tool for Pocket PC Delivery

Trivantis Corporation, a provider of e-learning authoring solutions, recently announced the launch of Lectora Pocket Publisher--a software tool for authoring and publishing e-learning content to the Pocket PC. The authoring system enables trainers and educators to develop and publish proprietary learning content for delivery to Pocket PCs without programming knowledge. For more information, visit http://www.trivantis.com.

OpenMind and Britannica.com Offer Content to Academia

OpenMind Publishing Group, a collaborative publishing service, and Britannica.com Inc., creator of digital products for reference, education, and learning, have teamed up to share existing content and develop new co-branded content for both the higher education and the secondary education markets. The agreement will allow instructors to draw on select information from the Encyclopaedia Britannica as they use OpenMind's services to create customized "CourseBooks." OpenMind and Britannica.com will also work together to develop and deliver co-branded products for biology, American government, economics, sociology, and other curriculum-related subjects. For more information or to see a demonstration, visit http://www.ompg.com.

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