SmartClassroom :: Wednesday, August 16, 2006

News & Product Updates

Blackboard Sues Rival Alleging Patent Infringement

Blackboard Inc. has sued Desire2Learn Inc., accusing it of infringing on its recently awarded patent, “Internet Based Education Support System and Methods.” That patent was granted on the January 17, 2006. Blackboard is seeking an undisclosed amount of damages and royalty payments...

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AICC PENS Plugfest Scheduled for September 19-20

The AICC (Aviation Industry CBT Committee) PENS (Package Exchange Notification Services) Plugfest is scheduled for September 19-20, 2006, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. PENS allows non-technical authors to contribute to eLearning systems to automate and integrate the flow of their “learner-ready” content between AICC, ADL SCORM, and other standards-based systems...

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U. of Chicago Forms Research Center for Financial Math

The University of Chicago said it would open a new research center for the advanced study of mathematics in the world of finance. The school said the center, a collaboration between its departments of mathematics, economics, and statistics, will be the first of its kind among leading universities.

The Research Center for Financial Mathematics will host workshops, lectures, and conferences on campus. Noteworthy researchers and financial industry executives will be invited to speak. The new center will be administered by Niels Nygaard, professor of mathematics and director of the university’s financial mathematics program, along with a scientific committee with economics professor Lars P. Hansen, assistant professor of mathematics Roger Lee, and professor of mathematics Per Mykland...

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