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Digital Peace Keeping Interesting item about using simulations to train Balkans peacekeepers - and I like the fact that the training engine is called Steve. Beyond 2000, May 10, 2001. Submitted on May 16, 2001

Funding the Infostructure This is a clearly written and useful report that addresses the topic of institutional spending on educational technology. It stresses the need to approach spending in a strategic manner (that's a core theme recently) and to integrate technology implementation plans with overall planning. It also recommends a common taxonomy for educational technology spending. ByRonald A. Phipps and Jane V. Wellman, The Institute for Higher Education Policy, April, 2001. Submitted on May 16, 2001

Adobe Targets Higher Education With Launch of eBook U This press release (featured on Yahoo but not yet on the Adobe site) is part of a wider strategy by Adobe to promote its proprietary e-book technology (it's worth noting that the previous week Adobe was targetting Mobile Professionals (their caps) with the same technology and 2000 e-book titles). But the question remains: do people want to buy special 'readers' for books they can buy more cheaply in print, or could access for free off the internet (if only they were allowed)? Submitted on May 16, 2001

E-learning Strategy & Directions Useful article discussing the implementation of e-learning in a corporate environment. Calls on the implementation of standards for e-learning platforms and content, and outlines the essentials of a strategic approach for e-learning implementation. IT-Director.Com, May 14, 2001. Submitted on May 16, 2001

Office XP: Strategic and Practical Considerations Online discussion (Real Media format; you'll need the Real media player) scheduled for Thursday, May 17 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Greg Scott and Tony Saxman, both fromthe Oregon State University College of Business,will discuss the strategic and practical implications of rolling out the new Microsoft XP software in business eductaion. Corporation for Research and Educational Networking (CREN). Submitted on May 16, 2001

Learning Networks Trial: Evaluation Substantial report from Australia (170K, PDF format) evaluating the use of regional learning centres forthe support of online learning. The report states, "Giventime, encouragement and support to mature, Learning Networks provide a vehicle forincreasing client choice and increasing participation in vocational education and trainingthrough shifting the mode of delivery for current students and tapping into latent industry andcommunity demand for training." By Ian Phillips, Office of Post Compulsory Education, Training and Employment, February, 2001. Submitted on May 16, 2001

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