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News 01-14-2003


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Penn Launches Web-Based Financial Management

The University of Pennsylvania has launched Penn Marketplace, a Web-based purchasing, accounts payable and general-ledger system. The school has moved to the Oracle E-Business Suite, which contains financial and Web-procurement software, from Oracle 10.7. With the new platform, the school will synchronize its financial databases and buying programs. Penn will have a procurement portal that gives 1,700 users access to real-time product availability and financial information. "The automated procure-to-pay processes and streamlined requisition capabilities have enabled our staff to become more efficient, spending less time managing process and more time pursuing cost-effective contracts with suppliers," said Marion Campbell, project manager for finance and research IT initiatives for the school.

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Sponsor: Ensuring Accessible Web Pages to Enhance Learning

This week's interview features Margaret M. Thombs, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Roger Williams University, who discusses Web page accessibility, guidelines for design, suggested tools to use, and advice for educators as they prepare their Web-enhanced courses. Click on to to hear this and other interviews with leading voices in education technology.

McGraw-Hill, eCollege Sign Cross-Marketing Deal

McGraw-Hill Higher Education signed an agreement with course management system company eCollege to make online supplements to McGraw Hill titles available to customers of the eCollege AU+ platform. The companies said the deal would give faculty access to a broad range of content to help build online courses, and enhance existing online courses. Through the eCollege platform, educators would have access to 200 online supplements that support McGraw-Hill titles for use in online distance courses or as online course supplements for traditional classroom courses.

Minn. Launches Site Linking Design, Human Behavior

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the University of Minnesota launched InformeDesign, a centralized clearinghouse of design and human behavior research on the Web. The impetus for InformeDesign was to create a device to facilitate design professionals' use of research as a decision-making tool in the design process, thereby improving the overall quality of design solutions to protect and enhance the public's health, safety, and welfare. "For the first time in one location, practitioners, students, educators, researchers, industry representatives, other professionals who design the built environment and the public will have access to the tremendous wealth of research on the inextricable link between design and human behavior," said ASID President H. Don Bowden.

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New Products, Technology for Higher Education

PRODUCTIVITY—Productivity and scheduling software company FranklinCovey and Agilix Labs, a developer of mobile wireless solutions for the Tablet PC, said they would release FranklinCovey TabletPlanner 2.0, a pen and digital ink-enabled planning and productivity application for Microsoft Windows-powered Tablet PCs. The application will feature synchronization with Microsoft Outlook; ink-enabled contact management; full-text search of handwritten notes, appointments and content included in an eBinder.

Early Warnings—Preschool Touts Wireless Tech for Tots

A wireless technology program for preschoolers will launch next week at the Primrose School at Bentwater in Atlanta, Ga., a new corporate school operated by the Primrose School Franchising Company. The company said the new school will serve as a testing ground for innovative educational approaches, including the new curriculum ideas and technology. For example, Primrose will offer wireless laptops via a cart that can be wheeled from one classroom to the next. With the roving cart and wireless laptops, activities can be individualized, and children can share ideas and projects. Each child will also have supervised Internet access. "Many other preschools use popular software to offer 'edutainment,' but they don't use technology as part of their learning activities," said Lee Scott, a Primrose vice president.

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