Out-of-the-Box Web Content Management
Web content management software developer Ektron has announced CMS400.NET Version
6.0, its all-in-one application for creating, deploying, and managing interactive web,
intranet, and extranet sites. New features include site analytics, blogging, forums, polls, surveys,
and content ratings, enabling institutions to directly engage site visitors, collaborate
on ideas, and allow interaction among visitors. CMS400.NET is designed with out-of-the-box functionality to allow nontechnical
users to author and publish content in a familiar environment, while webmasters, designers, and developers
can drag and drop pre-built controls that reduce coding. Pricing starts at $8,640 for a 10-user, one-URL license with
one year of maintenance.
Secure Online Testing
Respondus, a developer of testing, survey, and game applications for
eLearning platforms, has released Respondus LockDown Browser, a custom
browser that creates a secure testing function within the WebCT and
Blackboard environments. When students use the browser, they are
unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications,
until their work has been submitted for grading—helping universities curb
digital cheating on online assessments. Educational institutions can obtain a free pilot license through August 1, 2006;
annual licensing fees start at $690.
Low-Cost Flash Media
CD and DVD media company Verbatim’s 16MB FlashDisc is a new take on
flash-based media devices. The circular device features a plastic exterior, a
recessed area with a write-on user label, a snap-on protective cap, and the ubiquitous USB 2.0-compatible interface.
FlashDisc’s 16MB storage capacity, though ample for modest-sized digital files, is notably lower than other, larger USB drives
on the market—yet the lower capacity allows Verbatim to provide the devices at a cost-effective price point. MSRP:
$19.99 for a multicolor three-pack.