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Syllabus News Update for Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Syllabus News Update:
An Online Newsletter from SyllabusMedia
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News for Tuesday, July 27, 2004

* Syllabus to Become CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY Magazine
* Syllabus2004 – Connects More Than 500 Attendees
* Higher Ed-Industry Group to Study Shared Net Infrastructures
* Linux Advocacy Consortium Targets Higher Education
* Berkeley X-Lab to Test Social Science Theories in Biz-World
* WebCT Customer Survey Shows Jump in Enterprise Usage
* Boston College Inks 3-Year Deal for Wireless Notebooks
* U. of Advancing Technology Appoints Professor of Thinking

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Syllabus to Become CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY Magazine

Syllabus Media Group, publisher of Syllabus magazine, announced at its
annual education conference that, commencing with its October 2004 issue,
it will become CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY. The redesigned publication will feature a
new look and a new format to more closely reflect the breadth, depth and
pervasiveness of computing in higher education.

“CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY represents a bold new look, expanded coverage and a faster
format reflective of the demands placed on the executive who makes the IT
and communications purchasing decisions on campus,” said Mark Sande, Publisher.
“And the name change to CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY is a logical progression for Syllabus,
which has covered technology in higher education for 16 years,” said Sande.

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Syllabus2004 – Connects More Than 500 Attendees

Ending its 11th year, the conference welcomed more than 500 attendees to the
Hyatt Regency in San Francisco and featured a day on the campus of University
of California, Berkeley. Thank you to all those who attended and participated
in the conference.

For information on keynotes and panels that presented at the Syllabus2004
conference go to: Additional
highlights will be featured in the September issue of Syllabus.

Higher Ed-Industry Group Addresses Shared Network Infrastructures

The University of California-San Diego, and four high tech firms will donate
$9 million over three years to the Center for Networked Systems (CNS), a new
university-industry alliance focused on developing technologies for robust,
secure, and open networked systems.

The founding members include AT&T, Alcatel, Hewlett-Packard and Qualcomm Inc.
The contributions leverage more than $10 million in related research activities
already underway at UCSD. CNS is a part of the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering
and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology
(Cal-(IT)2), a partnership of UCSD and UC Irvine.

"Networks and systems have converged, becoming complex systems in their own
right. CNS is the first of its kind devoted specifically to understanding the
contribution of networks, pervasive computing and grids as systems," said
CNS founding director Andrew Chien, a UCSD computer science professor. "CNS
… will work closely with our faculty to address the most important obstacles
to large, networked systems in both the consumer and enterprise arenas. We
believe that some of these obstacles can only be removed through the deep,
shared insights of industry and academic researchers."

For more information, visit:

Berkeley X-Lab to Test Social Science Theories in Biz-World

The University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business has opened
the XLab –- short for Experimental Social Sciences Laboratory –- a high-tech
facility to help economists, political scientists, and other social scientists
test their theories to find whether they can be applied to real world problems
in business and management.

Xlab is a part of the university’s Haas School of Business and uses the latest
wireless and notebook computer technology. The facility, which can accommodate
up to 40 participants as experimental subjects. consists of 50 battery-powered,
wireless laptops that can be easily moved on mobile carts.

In one recent study, XLab director John Morgan, an economist and Haas School
associate professor, used the facility to find out what produces greater
revenue for sellers when a company is put up for sale - asking for payment
in shares of stock, or in cash. The test supported the theory that shares
bring in more revenue for the seller in a bidding contest. "This idea comes
from the economics literature, but it hasn't really made its way out of the
ivory tower," said Morgan. "With XLab, we assess whether the theory works in
practice and whether it will have a big strategic payoff in the marketplace."

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Linux Advocacy Consortium Targets Higher Education

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a consortium of technology companies
dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux, has started a lab membership
initiative dedicated to gaining support from higher education. The new program
is designed to attract affiliates among colleges and universities interested in
Linux research and deployment. The first institutions joining OSDL under the
new program are Marist College, Oregon State University, Stanford University,
Tokyo University of Technology and Waseda University in Japan.

Under the new program, accredited universities and colleges can join OSDL as
affiliates and participate in initiatives such as the OSDL Carrier Grade Linux,
Data Center Linux and Desktop Linux working groups. The goal is to provide
a forum where commercial Linux vendors and the academic Linux community can
come together to share ideas and address common problems. In addition, university
researchers can access the OSDL's data center computing facilities in the
United States and Japan.

WebCT Customer Survey Shows Jump in Enterprise Usage

eLearning infrastructure player WebCT said an independent study it commissioned
has found that despite the current economic pressure on higher education,
colleges and universities are increasing their investment in eLearning technologies.
In a survey of 416 of its customers, WebCT reported that 37 percent implemented
eLearning institution-wide, up from 25 percent in 2002. Student participation in
eLearning is growing at a 31 percent rate, says WebCT, and faculty members
recorded a 44 percent aggregate growth rate in eLearning participation, according to
the survey.

More than four out of 10 institutions surveyed offer fully online degree programs.
"E-Learning is a core offering, inextricably integrated with traditional
courses and an indispensable part of the traditional education mission,"
Villanova University CIO Steve Fugale said in the survey. "ELearning is a
fundamental component of education with both students and faculty driving
demand. Students and faculty are enthusiastic about flexibility, convenience,
options and new ways to learn."

Boston College Inks 3-Year Deal for Wireless Notebooks

Boston College signed a three-years deal with Dell Computer to offer students
wireless-enabled notebook computers via the university's bookstore Web site.
The deal calls for students to be able to purchase Dell LatitudeD600 notebook
computers, which feature the Intel Centrino mobile chipset. The notebooks
purchased through the program will carry a four-year limited warranty as well
as on-campus and international technical support. The program replaces a previous
arrangement with IBM. The Boston College IT staff supports more than 18,000
users at any given time, according to BC chief information officer Marian Moore.

To meet the growing need for wireless connectivity, the university's is in the
process of updating its wireless network to 802.11g, which features networks
speeds up to five times faster than 802.11b(c). The Dell notebooks are specifically
designed to take advantage of the standard, according to the company.


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University of Advancing Technology Appoints Professor of Thinking

The University of Advancing Technology (UAT), a Tempe, Ariz., for-profit
focusing on technology training, has appointed professor William Maxwell, Ed.D,
a Harvard University alumnus, as Professor of Thinking. UAT said Maxwell
would assist both students and faculty in all forms of thinking including
“inductive, deductive, lateral, divergent and creative.”

In making the appointment, UAT issued a mission statement for the new portfolio:
“Thinking includes educating the emotions and preparing the next generation
to assist the human species to continue to evolve in desirable directions,
in all aspects of life and being. In bringing these advanced thinking principles
to a university system, both students and faculty are better equipped to think
creatively and become life-long learners.

UAT said Maxwell began his career in 1954 at Chonnam National University in
Korea and has also held various professor and dean titles at the University
of Wisconsin, North Carolina State University, California State University,
Fresno. He is also the founder of the International Conference on Thinking
that began in 1982 at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, said UAT.

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