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May 31, 2001

The testing is over and it's time to invite the wider world... let's LAUNCH this puppy! (Welcome to all the new subscribers; I hope you find the service useful and informative).

As always, send me your comments at sdownes@ualberta.ca:

Course Delivery Systems for the Virtual University A bit dated, though it has a 2001 publication date. Nonetheless, this essay is a useful list of important features to look for in learning management systems and what constitutes 'state of the art' for those features. Peter Brusilovsky comments in an email today, "Surprisingly enough, most 'LMS' provide under state-of-the-art support for a number of key features." By Peter Brusilovsky and Philip Miller. In Emergence of the Virtual University. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science and International Association of Universities, 2001, pp. 167-206. Submitted on May 31, 2001

An Introduction to the Evaluation of Learning Technology An overview of methods of evaluating learning technology and a look at how changing technology changes evaluation. Good introduction to the topic. By Martin Oliver, Educational Technology & Society 3(4) 2000. Submitted on May 31, 2001

Indian Government to Require Foreign Distance-Education Institutions to Register The Indian government is requiring all foreign distance learning institutions to register - this sounds like a good move, and of course it's based on the concept of ensuring quality, but we have to wonder what effect Indian legislation will have on non-Indian institutions. I don't think national regulation or even registration will work; what's needed is a global 'stamp of approval' much like ISO or even TrustE. By Martha Ann Overland, The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 31, 2001. Submitted on May 31, 2001

Disabled Web Access Made Easier Section 508, the U.S. law requiring that federal purchases and technology meet accessibility standards, goes into effect June 21. This article provides an overview, links to the standard, and comments from key players. By Jeffrey Benner, Wired News, May 30, 2001. Submitted on May 31, 2001

Cold Fusion makes Speed, Control Gains Macromedia's version of what was Allaire's Cold Fusion, which will ship early next month, contains only minor upgrades. The big news here is that the version following - Cold Fusion 6 - will be a Java based application server. This will allow developers to design Cold Fusion 'objects' which can be used in large scale enterprises. p.s. If you're running Cold Fusion with an Oracle database, check your ODBC - you may be able to get a substantial improvement in speed by changing it. By Timothy Dyck, EWeek Labs, May 28, 2001. Submitted on May 31, 2001

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