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News Update 05-09-2003

the hp MP1200 digital projector with warranty

Want your schools money to go far? Buy the reliable and mobile hp MP1200 Digital projector and you'll get a three-year warranty that even Includes unlimited bulb replacements (a value of at least $600). No Other manufacturer offers this extended warranty support today. So act now.

Higher Ed Association to Set Digital Media Teaching Standards

Sixteen universities and colleges have formed the International Digital Media and Arts Association, which will provide research, organizational and teaching assistance in creating standards for evolving digital media curriculum. The group will also work to establish best practices, certification, and targeted workshops for students and faculty.

Participants include: Ball State University; Carnegie Mellon University; Case Western Reserve University; Columbia College Chicago; Florida State University; State University of New York; Stetson University; Union University; University of California-Los Angeles; University of Central Florida; University of Denver; University of Florida; University of Georgia; University of Montana; University of Warwick in England; and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Scott Olson, Ball State's dean of the College of Communication, Information, and Media, has been elected its first chairman and chief executive officer. "The digital genie is out of the bottle," said Olson. "This is crossing all disciplines."

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Improving Education through Integrative Design

Brenda Laurel, Ph.D., and Chair of the Media Design Program at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design, an accomplished designer, researcher and writer in the field of human-computer interaction and the cultural aspects of technology, is one of the featured keynotes at Syllabus2003. Dr. Laurel will present her ideas on how connections among students, between students and faculty, across disciplines and between the academy and the community may be enhanced through technological infrastructures. Syllabus2003, July 27-31, offers five days of outstanding keynotes, panels, breakout sessions, networking and more! Don't miss the opportunity to participate in this summer's 10th annual conference at the new San Jose Marriott, with a special day of programming at Stanford University.

For complete conference details and to register, go to Register before June 27 and save up to $200 with the Early Bird discount.

IT Funding No. 1 Challenge in EDUCAUSE Annual Survey

EDUCAUSE published the results of its fourth annual Current IT Issues Survey, which cited IT funding challenges as the No. 1 issue on three of the four survey measures for 2003. The survey also found that security and identity management, in addition to placing high on measures of importance, are now among the top ten issues in human and fiscal resource consumption, which suggests campuses are beginning to take action to address the challenge.

For all sizes and kinds of institutions, three issues rank in the top ten across all measures: administrative/ERP/information systems; maintaining and upgrading network and IT infrastructure; and security and identity management. Other top issues include IT funding challenges, IT strategic planning, and Web services/Web-based systems. Issues whose rankings have changed significantly from 2002 to 2003 include maintaining and upgrading network and IT infrastructure, which rose from ninth last year to fourth in 2003 among strategic issues.

Distance education has continued to diminish in rated significance, for the first time in four years not appearing on the top ten list for any of the four questions.

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IU Krannert Business School to Test Intel’s New Wireless Platform

Intel Corp. chose Purdue University's Krannert School of Management to test Centrino, the chipmaker's new wireless platform, in business school environments. One of the high-tech products the MBA students can access on their wireless laptops is Business Week's new digital media product. ''We've been asked to put these new products through their paces in a business school environment,'' said G. Logan Jordan, associate dean for administration at Krannert. Intel announced March 12 that its Centrino technology was the next step in ''unwiring the PC." Intel is spending $300 million to roll out the product, the company's biggest marketing outlay since the introduction of the Pentium chip.Stanford Workspaces Project—Blending Physical and Virtual IT researchers at Stanford are exploring augmenting a dedicated physical meeting space with "large displays, wireless or multimodal devices, and seamless mobile appliance integration." It's all aimed at enhancing collaboration. "In an interactive workspace, physical input devices belong to the space rather than a specific machine."

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New Products, Services for the Higher Education Market

COLLABORATION—CourseShare, a provider of eLearning training and research and developer of collaboration software, released SurveyShare 2.0, which allows users to collaborate in survey creation and data analysis. SurveyShare is a hosted service that is currently available in Free, Basic, Pro, and Premier membership options. SurveyShare 2.0 provides more than 100 pre-made survey templates for education, business, government, and general consumer use. It allows users to send public or private surveys, store respondent information in a personal address book, download results, graph findings, send automated survey reminders, access an item bank of course evaluation questions, and view individual and group results.

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PRESENTATION—The Minds International Ltd. unveiled The Digital Class LCD, a writing tablet that incorporates compression software, one-hour storage of voice and annotations, and uses only 10MB of hard disk space on average. The tablet has a 15-inch electromagnetic LCD display that allows users to control computer functions by touching an electromagnetic pen directly to the LCD screen. When used with a projector, Digital Class is an alternative to traditional electronic whiteboards. Digital Class allows annotation over any PC program or image displayed by the computer.

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