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News 10-04-2002

SCT to Acquire Campus Pipeline for $42M

SCT announced this week that it will acquire Campus Pipeline for $42 million. The acquisition is part of the company's strategy to corner the higher education market by creating a single provider for the campus enterprise, from administrative to learning applications. SCT's strategy calls for single sign-on for users and a plug-and-play framework for applications delivered through portal channels and Web Services. Georgia Board of Regents chief information officer Randall Thursby called the deal, "a great match ... Add the Campus Pipeline product lines to SCT's e-education administrative/ERP capabilities, and you have the basic elements that allow them to make a major leap to the front of the solution providers in this market." SCT plans to continue Campus Pipeline's open systems approach, and will support customers' choice of homegrown systems or applications from Datatel, Peoplesoft, WebCT, or Oracle.

Sponsor: James Oliverio Featured Keynote Speaker at Syllabus fall2002

James Oliverio, Professor and Director of Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida, will lead off the first day of Syllabus fall2002's main conference as keynote speaker on November 4. Oliverio's interest in immersive collaboration and the use of visualization and multi-modal technologies to increase understanding and retention promises to be an enlightening, thought-provoking session. Syllabus fall2002 will be held November 3-5 at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel in Newton, Mass. with pre-conference seminars on November 3 and a vendor fair scheduled for November 4. Register by October 11 and receive a 15% Early Bird discount!

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Study Charts Growth of Fully-Online Distance Learning

Research firm Eduventures, Inc., released a study on the distance learning market that shows that the distance learning market for fully online degree programs is growing at a rate of 40 percent annually. Currently, more than 350,000 students are enrolled in fully online degree-granting programs, which generated $1.75 billion in tuition revenues for institutions in 2001/2002, according to the study. A key to institutional success is a comprehensive integration of direct and indirect services in support of online programs, it said. The study looks at success factors of fully online degree programs at Bismarck State College, the University of Wyoming, and Strayer University.

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Physicians Group Launches PDA Info Clearinghouse

pdaMD, a provider of handheld computing technology for physicians, said it would create a PDA Center for the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM), the national organization of internal medicine specialists. The PDA Center will provide physicians access to a library of medically oriented handheld applications, advanced customization options to speed deployment, and dedicated support personnel. Handheld technology has become increasingly important in today's medical environment, providing improved access to critical information such as drug prescribing data, treatment strategies, patient history and reference material, all at the point of care. According to a 2001 ACP-ASIM survey of 489 members, 47 percent were found to use handheld computers, and usage among internists is expected to increase.

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GW Medical Center Teaches with Simulation Tech

George Washington University Medical Center said it will build a medical simulation system for cardiac catheterization skills. The Center said it would use the SimSuite Training System from Denver-based Medical Simulation Corp. for the application, an which includes a combination of tactile force-feel simulation technology with procedures performed on a simulated patient named "Simantha." The system will allow all healthcare professionals in the region to practice the craft through highly realistic simulated medical scenarios. The system will specialize initially in the practice of minimally invasive cardiovascular and endovascular procedures.

EDT Learning Partners With Streaming Media Firm

EDT Learning, Inc. which specializes in custom e-learning courseware for corporations, said it would partner with Playback Media, a provider of scenario-based content via streaming video, to market Playback's library of 187 business skills courses. EDT called the new content a "best-of-breed soft skills library," which will allow it to map courseware to the relevant needs of an organization. Playback said it has a 87 percent learner completion rate among its clients, which include California State University.

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