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Syllabus News Update for Tuesday, July 6, 2004

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News for Tuesday, July 6, 2004

* Group to Examine Middleware Security Solutions for Higher Ed
* Utah State Service to Complement MIT’s OpenCourseWare
* CMU Paper Addresses New ADL Learning Object Initiative
* BYU Students Participate in Application Development Fly-Off
* Awards & Contracts: Inventory and Supply Management Systems


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Group to Examine Middleware Security Solutions for Higher Ed

A group of higher ed consortia have formed a partnership to explore how
middleware software tools might help college and universities strengthen
and standardize identity and access management. The partnership, dubbed
Extending the Reach (ETR), includes the Internet2 consortium, EDUCAUSE,
the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA), and several
statewide university systems and regional networks.

ETR, which will be managed by EDUCAUSE, will promote “support models for
identity and access management services and will develop effective practices
for regional and state-based middleware infrastructure coordination,” the
organization said in an announcement.

The effort will also use existing technology and practices developed
through the National Science Foundation’s Middleware Initiative (NMI).

Examples of middleware services include electronic identification,
authentication, and authorization, all involved in identity and access
management. “In today's Internet world, individual applications usually
provide these services themselves. However, by promoting
standardization and interoperability, middleware will make advanced,
interorganizational network applications in the higher education
environment much easier to deploy, use, and manage.”

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Syllabus2004 Features Day on Campus at UC Berkeley

Spend five days expanding your knowledge of the latest technology
for higher education at Syllabus2004, July 18-22 in San Francisco
and on the campus of UC Berkeley. During a special day-long visit
to Berkeley you'll hear from some of the leading scholars on
technology in education, including Kristine Hafner, Ph.D., on the
role of IT at the University of California in turbulent times;
Gary L. Baldwin, Ph.D., on the Center for Information Technology
Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), and Mark Kubinec
on teaching with streaming media and electronic individual student
response systems, to name a few. For the complete program and
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Utah State Service to Complement MIT’s OpenCourseWare

Researchers at Utah State has started the Open Learning Support (OLS)
initiative, a service to complement the free educational content available
from MIT's OpenCourseWare project. OLS will set up opportunities for
learners to interact with other learners interested in similar content.
Currently, OLS is set up to work with seven MIT courses, but it plans on
adding all of the OCW courses, and will invite other free content providers
to participate. The OLS software is open source, so those wanting to set
up OLS-like services will be able to do so.

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CMU Paper Addresses New ADL Content Object Initiative

Carnegie Mellon University’s Learning Systems Architecture Lab (LSAL) has
published a paper on Advanced Distributed Learning’s new Content Object
Repository Discovery and Registration/Resolution Architecture (CORDRA)
initiative. CORDRA is a reference model meant to address issues related to
moving learning objects to and from digital repositories that are not
directly linked.

CORDRA will not be a new specification, but a combination of a number of
existing standards and specifications. The new model is meant to address
“contextualised learning object discovery,” where learners would be able
to identify relevant material from within the context of their study,
unlike today’s web search engines.

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BYU Students Participate in Application Development Fly-Off

A group of Brigham Young University students developing an inventory
management system using a commercial application development tool beat a
team creating the same application in Java in a fly-off sponsored by the
university’s management school and the TenFold Corp. The team using TenFold’s
EnterpriseTenfold produced a richer prototype, according to professor
Stephen Liddle, who supervised the project.

“They will take important lessons from this project with them when they
graduate. The students learned first-hand how a small team of business
students could build a complex application to solve a real business problem
without being held back by the significant hurdles of low-level programming,”
said Liddle.

Tyler Doman, a BYU student, who worked on the TenFold team, said the team
was able to do “ absolutely zero programming and in a very short time had
substantial, high-impact portions of a high-quality, production-ready
application for the Chemistry Central Stockroom."

Awards & Contracts: Inventory and Supply Management Systems

-- Brigham Young University awarded a contract to Eatac Corp. for EatecNetX,
a back-office solution to manage its dining services and retail operations.
BYU will use the platform to manage foodservice in four restaurants, 10
outlets in its kiosks and food courts, a grocery store, and seven production
facilities. EatecNetX will manage purchasing and receiving, requisitions
and transfers, inventory control, and recipe costing and analysis. In
addition, BYU will deploy EatecPocket, a mobile accessory to record
physical inventory in its commissary.

-- The University of Texas at Dallas School of Management will use product
lifecycle management (PLM) software from Agile Corp. in its Center for
Intelligent Supply Chain Networks and Center for Information Technology
Management. Using the Agile solution, the Center will train students and
provide feedback on Agile software. In addition, the Center is creating a
PLM certificate program aimed at potential consultants and users. The
Center focuses on applications and the effects of technology on business
models and processes. The Agile PLM solution is installed within the CITM
lab, where it is being used to develop Agile expertise and enhance their
consulting practice.

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