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Syllabus News Update for Tuesday, May 4, 2004

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News for Tuesday, May 4, 2004

* Reuters: Schools Proceeding with Caution on eBooks
* Web University Reaches Out for Secondary School Franchise
* Books-in-Print Publisher to Purvey Open Access Journals
* LexisNexis Updates eAttorney, Campus Interviewing Systems
* Services: GA Tech Offers New Logistics eProgram
* Services: Music Download Store Debuts at Yale University


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Reuters: Schools Proceeding with Caution on eBooks

Higher education is proceeding with caution when it comes to
electronic textbooks, the Reuters News agency reported last
week. The previous week, McGraw Hill and Pearson Publishing
announced plans to offer a series of Web books at half the
cost of a print textbook (See Syllabus News Update for April
27, 2004:

Students will not be able to download an entire book, but they
can print out sections of it, accessing it on the Internet
for six months or a year via a password-protected system.
Pearson's price is lower than that of an electronic textbook,
which at Wake Forest University costs students about the
same as a hard copy, and of a used textbook, typically
discounted to about 75 percent of its original price.

"The cost is probably net more for the students because
there is no electronic used book trade," Jay Dominick, Chief
Information Officer at Wake Forest, told Reuters. Because of
that, he says, "students typically prefer to buy used books
when they are available." Pricing is not the only issue
keeping more students from going electronic. "The hard part
is getting rights to the content and figuring out the
logistics," Dominick said.

As a result, schools are making the changes slowly, and
looking elsewhere for help. IBM, for instance, recently
signed an agreement in which it will preload onto computers
designated for schools software made by a company called
Vitalsource Technologies that contains thousands of plays,
novels, short stories and works of art in the public domain.

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and feature more than 300+ courses on everything audiovisual.

Web University Reaches Out for Secondary School Franchise

National University, one of the oldest and largest online
non-profit schools for adult education in the country, said
it would establish a Virtual High School to attract “young
adults from diverse backgrounds and entry points to pursue
their academic goals online and receive educational and career
options otherwise unavailable to them.”

NU said it is targeting a broad variety of learners, including
disabled and geographically isolated students and students
traveling abroad for extended periods. It will also offer
school districts a choice of summer school classes, advanced
placement or dual credit college courses and supplemental
programs. Students will be able to complete a full semester
course in eight weeks, with five eight-week sessions per
year. The accelerated format will enable learners to focus
on fewer subjects at one time, while still allowing them to
cover all curricula required in an academic year, the school

The Chancellor of the National University System Jerry C.
Lee is the former president of Gallaudet University.

Books-in-Print Publisher to Purvey Open Access Journals

Books-in-Print publisher R.R. Bowker said its Web site,, would offer users an option to search for
any publication that is available via open access. The firm
called open access publishing “a fast-growing trend that
brings academic and scholarly research - much of it
peer-reviewed - directly to anyone with an Internet
connection.” Open access journals from SPARC, PLoS, Biomed
Central, the Directory of Open Access Journals, and other
sources will now be included in

Bowker will create an "Open Access" icon that displays on
the search results page to alert users that a particular
publication is available via open access. To connect users
to these new resources, Bowker has added a "Click for Open
Access" button on full citation screens that gives users
one-click access to that publication's full-text content on
the Web.

LexisNexis Updates eAttorney, Campus Interviewing Systems

LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, a client development firm for
the legal profession, released Recruitment Management System
4.0 and On-Campus Interviewing Plus 4.0, enhanced versions
of their eAttorney legal recruiting management systems.

eAttorney was the first Web-enabled legal recruiting site for
law students and legal professionals, and now has a customer
base of more than 150,000 legal professionals. eAttorney's
suite facilitates on-campus recruiting for law firms, automates
law schools' career placement offices and provides a vehicle
for lateral attorney placements. The new releases provides
users with enhanced electronic document delivery options,
the ability to save previous searches, expanded reporting
tools, automatic notification when candidates respond to
openings, customized evaluation forms, and new e-mail
tracking options.

Services: GA Tech Offers New Logistics e-Program

Georgia Tech’s Logistics Institute has developed an eCourse
on warehousing and material handling. Developed by Edward H.
Frazelle, logistics expert Dr. Edward Frazelle, the electronic
course offers industry managers a self-paced, easy-to-navigate
e-course for developing a warehousing master plan to match
corporate logistic strategy. The course is part of the
Institute’s Logistics Management eSeries, which covers
topics in logistics, supply chain management, inventory
management, transportation and distribution, and warehousing
and material handling. The e-courses are expanded and
enhanced versions of the live short courses offered by Dr.

Services: Music Download Store Debuts at Yale University

Cflix, a video-on-demand provider for universities, will
launch a new service, called Ctrax, to offer a legal music
alternative for college students. The company said it would
work with online music provider MusicNet, to offer the

MusicNet will provide Ctrax with a subscription service and
download store featuring more than 700,000 tracks, original
programming, and playlists. The Ctrax service will incorporate
community features to provide an outlet for locally produced
music and video. Students at Yale University, which is using
the service in pilot mode, will have access to the first
production release of the service and test both functionality
and aesthetics to provide feedback.

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