Syllabus News Update for Tuesday, September 7, 2004

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News for Tuesday, September 7, 2004

* Case Western Looks to Video-Enabled Campus by 2005
* MERLOT Signs Resource Sharing Pact with Blackboard
* NSA-Approved Information Assurance Programs Grow
* Business: U. Miami, Dell, Streamline Campus Purchasing
* New Tech: Sony Micro Projector; eText Via Web Portal

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Case Western Looks to Video-Enabled Campus by 2005

Case Western Reserve University is deploying high-performance,
IP-based video services in rolling out what is considered to be
the largest gigabit Ethernet network in higher education. The new
Case network is expected to deliver gigabit bandwidth to 14,000
network faceplates across the campus, including 2,500 students in
its residence halls. That will support video-based enhancements to
the university’s courseware offerings, but also more robust
video-conferencing services for academic and administrative meetings.

Case CIO Lev Gonick said the university will “install a ‘soft end point’
on each student's computer, enabling them to participate in virtual
study groups, seminars, view archived teacher lectures, and even
participate in ‘virtual’ office hours with Case professors, librarians,
and other academic resources." During the coming semester, Case
expects 200 classrooms, meeting rooms, and student end points will
be online in a live video network. The network is scheduled to be
completed by mid-2005. Case is using video network components made
by Radvision Inc.

Creighton University Responds to Business and Technology Challenges

Read about how Creighton University created a cutting-edge
learning environment for students, implemented the latest in
front- and back-end technology, and moved to a single source
provider to achieve anytime, anywhere learning. Download this
white paper and others on a new Syllabus micro site sponsored
by Gateway. In-depth articles, case studies and resources keep
you current on the benefits and challenges of mobile computing.
Visit Mobile Computing on Campus and learn what others are doing to
meet the demands of students and faculty.
MERLOT Signs Resource Sharing Pact with Blackboard

Higher education platform developer Blackboard Inc. and MERLOT, the
Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Training,
have formed a partnership to share online learning resources. With
the agreement, MERLOT will join Blackboard’s developer network and
will use Blackboard Building Blocks technology to integrate MERLOT
services with the Blackboard Academic Suite.

Building Blocks is Blackboard's open architecture initiative that
allows Blackboard clients and independent software developers to
add functionality on top of the Blackboard platform or integrate
external systems, like MERLOT. Also, MERLOT will develop a Blackboard
taxonomy within the MERLOT learning directory, making it easier for
MERLOT users to identify Blackboard-specific training materials.

MERLOT executive director Gerry Hanley said the deal would help
MERLOT members who are also Blackboard users.

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about the articles, columns, features and plans for this dynamic
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NSA-Approved Information Assurance Programs Growing

The number of schools which have been accredited by the National
Security Agency, the federal government’s electronic surveillance
agency, to offer degrees in information assurance and computer
security is growing. The latest to receive its stamp of approval
is Troy, Mich.-based Walsh College, which will offer a Master of
Science in Information Assurance (MSIA) completely online, beginning
in January 2005. Wash is the 59th school nationwide to receive NSA’s
Center of Academic Excellence’s designation for information
assurance education.

The 36 credit hour Walsh MSIA will allow students to choose specialties
that fit their goals via three tracks: an audit track, designed for
students in accounting or finance; a digital forensics track for
law enforcement candidates; and the chief information security
officer track, designed for senior managers.

For more information visit:

Business: U. of Miami, Dell Streamline Campus Purchasing

The University of Miami and Dell have signed an exclusive campus-wide
computer sales agreement that is expected to save the school $2
million per year. The agreement consolidates the technology purchases
of each of the university's schools and departments, which UM hopes
will help create a consistent technology platform across campus.
UM CIO Lewis Temares, who is also dean of its College of Engineering,
said the sheer size of the university, with 15,000 students and
9,400 faculties, “requires that we integrate technology as efficiently
as possible.”

New Tech: Sony Micro Projector; LiveText Via Web Portal

-- Sony Electronics introduced a 6 pound, 4 ounce projector designed
for educators and others who want a transportable, lightweight
system that can support presentations in rooms with challenging
lighting conditions and limited space. The Sony VPL-CS7 projector
carries a brightness level (1800 ANSI lumens) and an enhanced zoom
lens with a focal length of 2.3 meters. The projector is available
for about $1,400.

-- Unicon Inc. and LiveText Inc. will combine forces to deliver an
integrated electronic portfolio for higher education institutions.
The deal will provide higher education customers access to the
LiveText solution via Unicon's Academus Portal. LiveText offers
electronic portfolios, performance-based assessment, and accreditation
reporting tools; Unicon will integrate the technology into its
Academus Portal environment.

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