eLD for Wednesday, June 9 2004

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Wed., June 09, 2004

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NEWS & PRODUCT UPDATES
CASE STUDY
TECH NOTES
READER RESPONSE

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CMS News & Product updates

Minnesota State Colleges And Universities System Launching New Online Education Programs

The Andy Holt Virtual Library, with a focus on the Humanities and Fine Arts, is free and open to the public, though designed to serve the learning communities within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Tennessee-Martin. New online college courses and programs now can be launched more quickly by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System because of new authority granted to the system to accredit its online programs.

Beginning June 1, colleges and universities within the Minnesota system that create new online degree programs will submit their programs to Minnesota Online rather than to the national association for accreditation. The change will streamline the process, cut the approval time by months and lead to more online offerings by the state's largest system of higher education. The new approval process is expected to lead to a coordinated and comprehensive menu of offerings by system institutions.

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Collaboration Technologies Meet Campus Challenges
Collaboration technologies can extend the classroom and change the ways students and faculty work together. How can they help you meet the challenges of a growing and diverse campus community? What are the best collaboration tools for your campus? A special Syllabus micro site sponsored by Oracle provides a resource to make sense of it all. Read about innovative programs, research new products, review case studies, and participate in discussion forums with your peers.

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Instructors’ Adaptation To Online Graduate Education In Health Promotion: A Qualitative Study

The Journal of Distance Education produced a study to understand the experience of instructors as they adapted to teaching online in a new interdisciplinary graduate program in health promotion studies. (PDF)

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10th Annual CSIA Apex Awards Recognizes eCollege

eCollege, a provider of value-added information services to the post-secondary education market, announced it won the Technology Company of the Year award presented by the Colorado Software and Internet Association (CSIA). Marking the 10th anniversary, the 2004 CSIA Apex Awards honor Colorado’s technology leaders in 10 categories. Judges evaluated eCollege based on the following criteria: Mission and Vision, Market Size and Strategy, Solid Business Practices, R&D, Product Innovation and Relevance, Influence on Industry Growth, Financial Growth, Culture, Employee Retention, Community Involvement, and Contributions to Customer Success.

Increasing Recruitment and Conversion, Southwestern College Chooses eLearners.com

edGenuiti Worldwide, producer of Web-based enterprise software designed specifically for higher education, was chosen by Southwestern College, and will be implemented by eLearners.com. Southwestern College conducted an extensive review for a communication and enrollment management solution, with the goal of improving the college's ability to communicate with prospective students.

eLearning Method Integrates McGraw-Hill Content to Improve Student Performance in Math

The Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (PCATT), a consortium of the University of Hawaii Community Colleges, announced the expansion of its eLearning math pilot to include leading math content from McGraw-Hill Higher Education. The breakthrough pilot was developed by EdgePoint Technology using Cisco Systems, Inc.'s Global Learning Network, which was developed to support the needs of its Networking Academy program currently used by more than 470,000 college and high school students worldwide.

Sun Launches Learning Community Global Portal

The JELC plans to address a variety of issues including teaching and learning new technologies, vocational retraining, bridging the digital divide, and achieving global access to top education materials and courses. To help make this happen, Sun is convening education stakeholders and decision-makers, including ministers of education, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) ministers, K-12 and higher education institutions, as well as partners such as independent software vendors, standards boards and humanitarian organizations. (LTI)

Visualization Of Academic Resources

anacubis, a provider of visual research and analysis software that enables discovery and extraction of key intelligence from multiple information sources, announced a strategic alliance agreement with Thomson South-Western. Under the terms of the agreement, Thomson South-Western will incorporate the anacubis visualization technology into its re-ACT (Relational Education – Associating Concepts and Topics) learning system. The re-ACT system allows the student to RE-organize available tools and ACT on their learning needs, moving from a linear learning model where chapters are studied in order to a relational/associative learning model that focuses on concepts and how they relate to each other.

Jenzabar Offers New IBM Database

Shortly following the renewal of its long-standing relationship with IBM, Jenzabar announced that more than 30 percent of its customer base using IBM’s Informix Dynamic Server database plan to upgrade to the newest version. Some 300 colleges and universities across the nation run Jenzabar applications on IBM technology, representing a significant IBM customer install base in the higher education industry. Jenzabar CX, a fully scalable ERP solution designed specifically for higher education, is optimized for the Informix Dynamic Server database, an online transaction processing (OLTP) database supporting enterprise and workgroup computing. IBM released Informix Dynamic Server Version 9.4 to deliver enhanced performance, scalability, availability and data security for applications running on the database technology.

Cyber Link Network Connects Schools

A statewide initiative in Ohio proposes to link colleges, universities, and K-12 schools through a dedicated high-speed fiber-optic network. The Third Frontier Network, it is expected to become operational for universities early this fall, and schools like the Toledo Technology Academy, which is in the former DeVilbiss High School in West Toledo, hope to use it for things such as virtual tours of industry.


CMS Case Study

Sessions.edu: Visualizing the Learning Management System

Online design school Sessions.edu faced two challenges: Foregrounding the importance of design in a production level Learning Management System and converting their LMS system over a two month time period. Angel software and a close working relationship with CyberLearningLabs permitted them to accomplish both objectives.

Sessions.edu is an early, if not the earliest, fully online school of design and new media in the United States. Founded in 1997 with offices in New York City, Sessions.edu predates and has survived the Internet bubble. Sessions.edu offers more than 60 courses and certificate programs in graphic design, Web design, digital design, multimedia, and new media marketing. Sessions.edu has delivered courses to over 16,000 students from more than 100 countries.

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CMS TechNotes

Visualization Of Academic Resources

anacubis, a provider of visual research and analysis software that enables discovery and extraction of key intelligence from multiple information sources, announced a strategic alliance agreement with Thomson South-Western. Under the terms of the agreement, Thomson South-Western will incorporate the anacubis visualization technology into its re-ACT (Relational Education – Associating Concepts and Topics) learning system. The re-ACT system allows the student to RE-organize available tools and ACT on their learning needs, moving from a linear learning model where chapters are studied in order to a relational/associative learning model that focuses on concepts and how they relate to each other.

CMS Exchange
From the Reader Response Forum
Response to CMS? LMS? (April 28, 2004)
Posted by: slepstein

Steve raises a good point about the added benefits that accrue from a fully utilized LMS when compared to a simpler CMS. But the folks at EauClare seemed to focus on cost savings, not features. Perhaps someone from the school would post a note indicating what they feel they will be getting for the extra $1.3 million they plan to spend. And also indicate where they will be getting content to fill the CMS/LMS system. (Or do they expect to fill the system with the volunteer efforts of the faculty?)

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