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PT Students in Internet Cheating Ring

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) said it uncovered widespread Internet cheating by physical therapy students preparing to take the National Physical Therapist Examination (NPTE). The organization said students were conducting illicit sharing of recalled or memorized exam questions via the Internet, and were using, among other sites, the discussion forum of International Educational Resources, Inc. (IER), an exam preparation vendor, to do it. FSBPT said is conducting an investigation, including identifying individual students who have participated in the cheating.

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Sponsor: Gerard Hanley of Cal. State to Address Syllabus fall2002

How d'es an institution develop strategies and encourage cooperation across the academic community to meet the technology needs of students, faculty, staff and administrators? You'll learn about successful efforts from Gerard Hanley, Syllabus fall2002 keynote speaker and Senior Director of Academic Technology Support in the Office of the Chancellor at California State University. Affiliated with MERLOT since 1997, Hanley has worked to develop learning communities that foster professional development and cooperation among faculty, staff, students and administrators. Syllabus fall2002, an education technology conference and vendor fair, will be held November 3-5 at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel in Newton, Mass.

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Top 20 Best Read eBooks Listed

Online library provider Questia Media has compiled a list of the most popular electronic books from its service, which shows books covering topics in education in the top ranks. "Never before has there been a way to determine the total number of patrons who checked out a given book, let alone identify the number of pages read within that book," said Questia president Troy Williams. "This type of data is invaluable to publishers and libraries who have often wondered how frequently or how much their books are being read." The most popular book in August 2002 was, "Motivation and Learning Strategies for College Success: A Self Management Approach," by Myron H. Dembo. In third place: "Theses and Dissertations: A Guide to Planning, Research, and Writing, by R. Murray Thomas and Dale L. Brubaker. And in fourth place was "How to Read a Book: The Art of Getting a Liberal Education," by Mortimer J. Adler.

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Cal Poly Pomona Unveils Rainforest Sim

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and Rain Bird Corp., an irrigation equipment manufacturer, said they would open a rainforest simulation and learning center located on the university's campus in Pomona, California. Five years in the making, the 3,500 sq. ft. BioTrek research and education facility consists of three learning centers, including the Rain Bird Rainforest Learning Center, an Ethnobotany Learning Center and an Aquatic Biology Learning Center, all of which provide a "hands-on" learning experience for students to explore the diversity of a tropical rainforest as well as terrestrial and aquatic habitats of California and the tropics. "BioTrek is a new approach to helping people learn about the ecological processes and cultural importance of rainforests and other habitats," said Don Straney, dean of the College of Science at Cal Poly Pomona.

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Foundation Offers $200K to Pa. Colleges

The Verizon Foundation invited community colleges located within the company's Pennsylvania service territory with a strong focus on technology and workforce development to compete for $200,000 in grants. The foundation is seeking grant applications for innovative projects that use technology to foster workforce development in Pennsylvania. Verizon said it will give strong preference to projects that emphasize how innovative uses of technology can benefit students and teachers, have a widespread impact in the community; demonstrate partnerships to help improve efficiency; and define measurable results. "The explosive growth of technology is dramatically changing the way we learn and the way companies do business," said Daniel J. Whelan, president of Verizon Pennsylvania. "This unique opportunity gives our community colleges incentives to embrace technology to educate individuals and prepare them for the work place of tomorrow."

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MSN Launches College Financing Center

Microsoft Corp. said that the CNBC on MSN Money online personal finance service has introduced a college financing center to help consumers better understand how to prepare for, save for and fund a college education. To help consumers navigate the world of college financing, the service a range of content, from articles on 529 plans and higher education tax breaks to tuition calculators and links to colleges nationwide.

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