Syllabus News Update for September 2, 2003

Syllabus News Update: An Online Newsletter from Syllabus Press
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News for Tuesday, September 9, 2003
* As Suits Loom, Colleges Eye Pay-Music Services
* Blackboard Venture to Bring eLearning Services to China
* Virginia Tech Mulls WiFi for Transportation Monitoring
* Survey: Most Teens Do Not Own Laptops; Are Heavy IM-ers.
* Deals, Awards, Acquisitions in Higher Education
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As Suits Loom, Colleges Eye Pay-Music Services

Several U.S. universities hope to sign their students up for online
paid-music services in a bid to thwart the illegal song copying now
common in dorm rooms, college and music-industry officials said.
Roughly a dozen colleges and universities hope to bundle industry-sanctioned
digital music services along with cable television, free newspapers, and other
perks of campus life when students show up for the spring semester next year,
said Penn State University President Graham Spanier. "We could make what
is now illegal legal," said Spanier, who co-chairs a group that discourages
on-campus copyright infringement. "If music is that important to our students,
we should provide music to them." (Reuters News Service).
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Blackboard Venture to Speed eLearning Services to China

Blackboard Inc. has signed an agreement with a leading educational
Internet Service Provider in China to form a new company to accelerate
online leaning in China. The joint venture with Cernet Corp., formed in
1994 by the Chinese government to build the Internet backbone for the
Chinese university system, would market a Chinese version of Blackboard’s
course management system. Universities could license the software or
individual learners could access a customized Study Center built on the
Blackboard system. The Ministry of Education will endorse the Study
Center as the destination for online education in China. Cernet already
supplies Internet connectivity to over 1,000 Chinese universities.


Virginia Tech Mulls WiFi for Transportation Monitoring Solution

Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute (VTTI) is developing a multi-hop
Wi-Fi solution that would be used in place of fiber networks to help
extend its Intelligent Transportation System infrastructure. Planners say
wireless would enable continued growth of the system at reduced costs.
They are looking into harnessing the technology to enhance remote traffic
management systems, which would require the network to support video
hauling from cameras and detectors that monitor traffic. VTTI is considering
technology from SiriComm Inc., an applications service provider serving the
transportation industry, which combines WiFi and satellite communications.


Survey: Most Teens Do Not Own Laptops; Are Heavy IM-ers.

In a recent survey of more than 2,500 U.S. teens, ages 16 to 19, 63 percent
indicated that cell phones and laptop computers were the most important
electronic essentials as they head back to school this year. Ironically, the
majority of teens surveyed (78 percent) admitted their schools do not allow
cell phone use in the classroom. The majority (73 percent) surveyed also
indicated they do not own their own laptop computer. CD Players were
ranked by 26 percent of teens surveyed as the most important electronic
gadgets for back to school, compared to only five percent who ranked MP3
players, and five percent who chose portable game systems as most important.
The survey was conducted by Angelfire on Lycos, a community site for teens
on the Web.


Deals, Awards, in Higher Education

-- The Seoul Institute of Arts picked Optibase, Ltd. a provider of streaming
media applications and platforms, to enable live video streaming between its
campuses in Seoul and Ansan, Korea. The arts academy, with 4,000 students
on both campuses, wanted to ensure that students on both campuses had equal
access to the enriched curriculum of performances, lectures and other live video
content streamed real-time between campuses.

-- Education Management Corp., which operates a network of private
post-secondary schools with specialties ranging from media arts to business
programs, said will acquire Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts. The acquisition
of York, Pa.-based Bradley will help EMC strengthen its presence in Pennsylvania,
the company said. EMC had an enrollment of 45,000 as of fall 2002. Bradley has
300 students.

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