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Jun 4, 2001

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Penn State's World Campus Succeeds in Drawing a National Market As the title suggests, this article describes how Penn State's World Campus has succeeded in drawing a national audience. Of interest are the advertising strategies described in the article and the steps Penn State took to allow out-of-state students to take classes. GetEducated.com, reprinted from The Virtual University Business Digest (April 2001) on the Virtual University Gazette, June 1, 2001. Submitted on Jun 4, 2001

Virtual Products A comprehensive listing of the projects supported by the Virtual Products Group of Canada's SchoolNet. An excellent source of examples of online learning in areas as varied as math, media awareness and psychology. Submitted on Jun 4, 2001

Objections To Moral Ed. A discussion of the prevailing objections to moral education and a look at some opposing arguments. Good read. By Joan F. Goodman, Education Week, May 30, 2001. Submitted on Jun 4, 2001

Friends and Neighbors on the Web This is very cool. An analysis of interlinked personal home pages at Stanford and MIT showing online community networks, and interestingly, showing what they have in common. The idea here is that the nature and demographics of online communities can be tracked by their online footprint. Lada A. Adamic and Eytan Adar, Internet Ecologies Area, Xerox PARC, March 2, 2001. Submitted on Jun 4, 2001

Prospecting for Experts Case studies in the use of knowledge management to identify experts within a corporation. The examples show that in addition to technology, a corporate culture in which knowledge and information are freely shared is also required. By Bruce Cuthbertson, Destination CRM, June, 2001. Submitted on Jun 4, 2001

Client Review Introduction to client review articles, which are documents which should be prepared before releasing WBT or courseware to users. The HTML page is short, but if you look closely you'll find a link to a more substantial MS Word document at the bottom of the page. By John Rodriguez, WBTExpo, June, 2001. Submitted on Jun 4, 2001

Removing the Boxes: Using WebCT to Connect On-line and On-campus Classes A short paper in PDF format embedded in an HTML frameset (about the most awkward way to present a paper in the world, but I digress). Discusses the use of WebCT to support traditional classes using online learning. This, of course, is what WebCT was designed to do in the first place, but it's interesting to see how the move toward online learning comes full circle to provide new ways of delivering traditional classes. By Allen Salzman & John Wager, Third Annual WebCT Conference, undated but discussions start June 4, 2001. Submitted on Jun 4, 2001

Evaluating Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS): Establishing Criteria For Comparison A quite good White Paper from Peer3 introducing the concept of Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) and offering a set of useful criteria for evaulation of these systems. PDF format, but not too long. By Jeff Katzman and Jeff Canton, Peer3, May 15, 2001. Submitted on Jun 4, 2001

Rules of the Game An introduction to the concept of Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) and a recommendation that they partner with Learning Management Systems (LMS) to allow easy retrieval of online course content. LCMS also allow for the possibility of delivering content into multiple media. The article lists some LCMS companies but does not provide links. By Chris Jones, Online Learning Magazine, June, 2001. Submitted on Jun 4, 2001

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