News Update from Campus Technology Tuesday, December 7, 2004

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News for Tuesday, December 7

* Vocal Collaboration Tools Strengthen Language Instruction
* Verizon Awards Washington State Tech Development Grants
* Datatel Sews Up ERP Deals with Four Institutions
* UCSD Lands $300,000 in Nanotechnology Funding
* Noteworthy IT deals across U.S. campuses

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Vocal Collaboration Tools: Students Verbalize Test Responses

Designed to spur language instruction, a new bundled instruction package now lets
test takers speak answers into microphones and generate automatically-graded evaluations.
Testing and assessment software company, Questionmark, recently joined forces with
vocal collaboration tools vendor, Horizon Wimba to design the solution, which will
be marketed to institutions and language instructors.

Questionmark and Horizon Wimba are positioning the solution as an oral evaluation
method that lets educators effectively record and measure verbal responses, a necessary
part of effective language instruction. The solution recently underwent testing by
a consortium of secondary vocational education authorities in the Netherlands.

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Verizon Awards Washington State Tech Development Grants

To advance technology efforts within Washington state communities and to promote
workforce development, Verizon Communications recently disbursed $75,000 to several
entities, including some higher education institutions.

Specifically, Bellingham Technical College Foundation received nearly $10,000 for
its efforts to develop a Practical Nursing Distance Learning Project, an online
nursing curriculum designed to help the college’s efforts to graduate 50 percent
more practical nurses by June 2006. Washington State University also received funds
that will go toward the development of a wireless broadband teaching lab geared for
use among disadvantaged youth in rural areas.

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Datatel Sews Up ERP Deals with Four Institutions

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor Datatel will overhaul homegrown IT systems
at three institutions and swap out an existing ERP at a fourth higher education
facility, according to a recent announcement made by the company.

Upgrading internally-developed systems are Alpena Community College in Alpena, Mich.,
Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey, Ill. and the University of West Alabama
in Livingston, Ala. Meanwhile, the California College of the Arts in San Francisco
and Oakland will replace existing ERP systems with Datatel solutions.

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UCSD Lands $300,000 in Nanotechnology Funding

To bolster medical research inclusion of nanotechnology – a field of technology
centered on the development of incredibly small, almost molecular, electronic circuits
and mechanical devices –Nanogen Inc. recently bestowed on a University of California,
San Diego researcher $300,000 in funding to be spread over a two-year period.

UCSD’s Michael Heller is the grant recipient; he will receive funding for his work
in electric field-based technology, or more specifically for his efforts in nanofabrication,
the assembly of nanostructures and the integration of nanostructures into other

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Deadline for Proposals to Present at Syllabus2005 Extended

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July 24-28 in Los Angeles. The deadline for the Call for Papers
has been extended to December 15. Plan to share your expertise
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Noteworthy IT Deals Across U.S. Campuses

- Boston University Corporate Education Center teamed recently with The College
Network in a joint effort to offer students online programs to complete project
management certificates.

- Arizona State University inked a recent deal to expand the institution’s
online offerings to engineering, architecture and environmental design students.
Specifically, ASU has purchased 500 licenses of SolidWorks Education Edition mechanical
design and analysis software.

- The largest U.S. provider of nursing continuing education, Nursing Spectrum
recently hired Decision Critical in a deal that will position Decision Critical’s
Education Data Repository solution as the platform for Nursing Spectrum’s online
continuing education programs.

- Florida State University recently settled on a business intelligence solutions
offered by Business Objects to manage data across major operational areas, including
the university’s student admissions office, student affairs, human resources and

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