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News Update 06-03-2003

Today's Issue Sponsored By:

* Mitsubishi Digital Electronics, Presentation Products

* Education Technology Companies to Exhibit at Syllabus2003

SPONSOR: Mitsubishi Digital Electronis, Presentation Products

Mitsubishi's new XL5950U ColorView Projector is the world's first with a built-in, motion-sensitive, anti-theft alarm to help prevent theft. For a limited time, the XL5950U is included in Mitsubishi's popular "More Bang Per Hang" promotion. To learn more about the XL5950U, Mitsubishi's Silent Series Projectors (quietest in the world) and the More Bang Per Hang Promotion, visit us at

Copyright Holders Can Shut Down University ISP Services

The U. S. District Court for the District of Hawaii has ruled that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) d'es not require copyright holders to conduct an investigation to establish actual infringement before sending notice to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) requiring them to shut down an allegedly infringing Web site, or stopping service all together to an alleged violator. The decision stems from a suit filed against the Motion Picture Association of America as a result of a series of cease and desist orders issued in 2001 accusing of distributing unauthorized copies of copyrighted motion pictures, which led to shutting down the entire Web site. said the decision has serious implications to university campuses as many students and faculty use the school as ISPs and any copyright holder can seek to lawfully shut down whole university networks without an investigation under the protection of the DMCA.

SPONSOR: Education Technology Companies to Exhibit at Syllabus2003

Syllabus2003 celebrates its 10th annual summer conference July 27-31 in San Jose, Calif., and on the campus of Stanford University. In addition to cutting-edge keynotes, breakout sessions, and panel discussions, attendees will see the latest products for campus technology during designated exhibit hall hours. Some of the companies attending include: Extron Electronics, whose S3 Technical Institute offers a variety of education and training services for A/V professionals; Spectrum Industries, supplying furniture with instructor requested features and designs that organize and control cables and cords; TechSmith, developers of Snaglt and Camtasia Studio software to create powerful visual learning materials, and Thomson Learning, one of the world's largest providers of learning information. To view the entire exhibitor list, as well as to register for Syllabus2003, go to Early Bird registration ends June 27—save up to $200 now!

Click2learn Unveils SCORM 1.2 Resource Kit

Productivity software developer Click2learn is making available a SCORM 1.2 Resource Kit for those interested in learning about interoperable learning content. The company described the kit as an evolving collection of documents and demonstrations designed to help technical and non-technical users understand and apply the Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM), the leading learning content standard. Much of the content in the kit is derived from R&D documents and prototypes created as part of Click2learn's involvement in learning technology standards initiatives. Documents include a basic introduction to SCORM; a technical "cookbook" for content developers, with working examples; and a brief on how to test SCORM content for successful integration with Aspen, the company's learning management suite.

To access the resource kit, visit:

South Pacific University Consortium Opens Online B-School

Universitas 21, a consortium of 17 foreign universities including the National University of Singapore, University of New South Wales, the University of Queensland, the University of Hong Kong and the University of Melbourne, have joined with commercial eLearning content developer Thomson Learning to open Unversitas 21 Global, an online university for MBA aspirants in the South Pacific rim. The group expects to enroll 800 students at its initial registration and projects to grow to about 5,000 students by 2004. Most of the registrations are expected to be from the Asia Pacific region. Dr. Mukesh Aghi, the CEO of Universitas 21 Global, said the university aims to capture part of an estimated $111 billion global demand for higher education.

New Products, Services, Technology for Higher Ed

WIRELESS PROJECTORS—InFocus Corp. introduced a family of wireless projection systems. The LP820 is the first in a rollout of systems that will be introduced and made available throughout the summer. The LP820 supports InFocus LiteShow, a secure wireless digital projection software. In a wireless environment, the LP820 can create a collaborative atmosphere where users can securely project their ideas from anywhere in the room on a shared projector. The LP820 also includes an smart display panel that guides the user through the set-up process and leads to glitch-free presentations.

Deals, Contracts, Awards in Higher Education Market

INFRASTRUCTURE—The Peralta Community College District in Oakland, Calif., signed a deal with Hewlett-Packard Co. to provide consulting and integration services for the district's office and four campuses. The Peralta Colleges—College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College, and Vista Community College—is seeking a network infrastructure that includes a converged data, video and voice network to help develop its Web-based and eLearning programs, as well as on-demand video training. HP will provide project management and integration for the project as well as HP ProLiant DL380 servers. HP also has partnered with Cisco Systems Inc. for software and other hardware solutions and CBX Technologies and E-paperless, two local firms, will assist with installation and start-up services.

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