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News 10-02-2001

Syllabus Fall2001 Boston Area Conference:Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended

Dear Subscriber,

As disturbing and distracting as the events of the past weeks have been, Syllabus readers continue their commitment to acquiring and sharing the technical knowledge and insights that will make them more effective as educators, administrators, and IT professionals within their respective colleges and universities.

Enthusiasm for Syllabus fall2001 remains high, and registration is advancing at a pace that exceeds last year's. We hope that all members of the Syllabus community who are so inclined will join us in Danvers (just north of Boston) from November 29 - December 2. To that end, we're extending the early bird deadline, which offers a 15% discount, an additional two weeks, through Sunday, October 14.

If you've already registered, we're looking forward to seeing you there. If you've been undecided -- or just preoccupied -- please use this extension as an opportunity to make your plans at the reduced rate. Registration is available online at For registration questions, call 541) 346-3537 or (800) 280-6218.

With Best Regards,

Mary Grush
Editor and Conference Program Director

Mark Sande

UW-Stout, Campaq Sign $25 Million Freshman Notebook Initiative

The University of Wisconsin-Stout and Compaq Computer Corp. last week signed a $25 million, seven-year deal that will give all freshman beginning in the Fall 2002 the latest Compaq enterprise-class notebook computer. Students will also be provided wireless access to the Internet and the UW-Stout computer network throughout the campus. Wisconsin Gov. Scott McCallum, who attended the signing ceremony, said the pact will help attract high paying jobs as well as "keep our best and brightest in Wisconsin where they belong." Many UW-Stout faculty will redesign courses to take advantage of laptops, officals said.

For more information, visit

Stanford Rolls Out Personalized Online Services

Stanford has extended the use of a customer relationship managment application to provide personalized online content at its business school to communities throughout the university, said Blue Martini Software, Inc., which developed the CRM suite. The new community portals will provide centralized access to Stanford services and use the university's directory and authentication system to provide a single sign-on. Based on a user's status, Stanford will be able to configure and display targeted information. Users will be able to personalize content, as well as the look-and-feel of their individual sites. Stanford may enable collaborative browsing between multiple users, text-based chat, or a campaign function that will enable Stanford to proactively reach students, faculty, staff and alumni with personalized emails or direct mail.

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Harvard B-School Expands Business Courses Via the Web

Harvard Business School Publishing said last week it would use the Internet to make available its electronic learning programs in best management and business practices to corporate groups and enterprises. HBSP said more than 1.5 million people already use its 15 e-learning modules in three topic areas of leadership, strategy and general management. HBSP will now offer support for companies that wanted to make the modules available to company groups via the Internet.

For more information, contact Nancy O'Leary at Harvard Business School Publishing http://[email protected].

Web Platform Delivers Campuswide-Class Calendar

A Salt Lake City software company is marketing what it calls the first fully integrated web-based calender server for higher education. By integrating with student information systems, the Campus Pipeline Enterprise Calendar enables personal, academic, and extra-curricular calendars to be merged. The application provides centralized access to campus information, services and communities. The system extends campus-wide such groupware fuctions as group calendars and scheduling, event notification, group address books, and task lists.

For more information, visit

U. Washington to Develop Content for Virtual High Schools

The University of Washington is teaming with educational platform developer Apex Learning to create 10 new online courses for high schools. The courses, to include full-year chemistry, intermediate algebra, pre-calculus, introduction to American literature, U.S. history and earth sciences, and one semester geography, Internet, sociology and psychology courses, "will be redesigned to include more self-directed quizzes, animations and other innovations, which will eventually also be useful to university-level students," said Dave Szatmary, vice provost for UW Educational Outreach. UW invests in high school online curriculum development to help ease the transition of high school students to the university level, he added. UW curently offers 11 distance learning degrees, 24 online certification programs and more than 300 courses with nearly 10,000 enrollments each year.

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Duke B-School and Teradata Team on CRM Course

Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and Teradata, a division of NCR Corp. that markets database analytic tools, are collaborating to hold an executive education program in customer relationship management (CRM). The program, to be held Nov. 19-20, will be taught by Martha Rogers, an adjunct professor and co-founder of Peppers and Rogers, a CRM consultancy, and Julie Edell, associate professor of marketing at Fuqua. Peter Heffring, president of the Teradata CRM division, will be a guest lecturer on the program.

For more information, visit

ASU Begins Pilot of Online Procurement System

American Management Systems said last week that Arizona State University (ASU) had launched a pilot of the company's online procurement system, dubbed "buysense," which has been tailored for the higher ed and state and local government markets. AMS claims buysense is the first hosted, scalable, multi-jurisdictional, online marketplace for the public sector commodity market. The system plugs into ASU's existing AMS Advantage financial software system to manage between 100,000 and 150,000 procurement transactions. It allows the university's 2,500 authorized buyers from their desktop computers to search online catalogs and order pre-negotiated goods and serivces, including office, scientific, and maintenance supplies.

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CoursePacks Bring Current Events into the Classroom

XanEdu, a division of higher education publisher ProQuest Information and Learning, announced an online course module providing students collections of copyright-cleared news and feature articles to update their studies. The company said its TopicPacks will help fill the gap between when a textbook was published and the present by providing access to focused, contemporary readings. The TopicPacks, which target subjects in education, composition, developmental reading, marketing and management, include exercises and links to web sites. TopicPacks are available for a limited time, and at less than $10 are priced to be affordable to students.

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Korean Universities Seek Help for Bandwidth Hunger

Twenty-seven Korean universities, including Seoul National University and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, have added new networking software to accelerate content distrubution across their networks. To help manage rapidly increasing traffic loads brought on by streaming media and other sources of rich content, the universities are using networking software from Inktomi Inc. The software helps optimize busy networks by decentralizing the distribution of content across the network and eliminate the originating server backhaul. Sunghoon Sung, a network manager at KAIST, said the school had 6,800 nodes and heavy Web traffic. The Inktomi software helped the university lower its overall bandwidth requirements.

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Online Library Adds Princeton Press to List

Questia Media, Inc., which bills itself as the world's largest online library, said last week that Princeton University Press, an independent publisher connected with Princeton University, has joined its list of publishing partners. The company expects to digitize and add to its collection more than 2,500 scholarly books in humanities and social sciences from the Princeton collection over the next five years. Questia Media, Inc., founded in 1998, launched an online library with search and writing tools to help students write better papers faster. The company provides access to the full-text of a large collection of books, and tools including highlighter, markup, automatic footnotes and a bibliography builder.

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TDWI Seminar Series 2001
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XML One & Web Services One
September 30-October 4
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Integration Solutions
October 24-26
The premiere conference and exhibition to bring together the developer community.

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November 29-December 2
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