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Jun 22, 2001

Ritual Tai Chi: Eskow vs. Jensen What credentials does one need to participate in the discussion of online learning theory and practice? The old rules no longer apply... By Stephen Downes, June 22, 2001. Submitted on Jun 22, 2001 [Refer]

GetCited Wow. This is one of these services that could become huge in time. GetCited is an online database of authors and publications. The site has been seeded with 3,250,000 publications and 315,000 identities (not including, I might add, me). The creators are encouraging academics to sign up and add their work. What is interesting is that one person can edit another person's information: if you didn't like one of my papers, you can rate it poorly, for example. GetCited provides a variety of search options. The site's revenue model is not clear, though it may act as a clearing house for online publishers. Advertising is being solicited. This is a major development which, if it takes off, could have a significant impact on the future of academic life. Submitted on Jun 22, 2001 [Refer]

5 Technologies You Need To Know The five technologies are: (1) remote security, (2) voice over IP, (3) storage area networks, (4) wireless networks and (5) extensible markup language (XML). Of the five, the latter two are locks. I'm not so sure about storage area networks but I do expect personal centralized storage to evolve (as any person who uses three computers in different locations will attest). Voice over IP is much better than voice mail, but not what it could be - too many companies still insist on metering the service. And remote security os just common sense. Good article, many examples and links to vendors. By Ann Harrison, David Orenstein, and Robert Poe, Business 2.0, June 26, 2001. Submitted on Jun 22, 2001 [Refer]

E-Trainer Evolution Point by point summation of how a trainer's job changes as a result of e-learning. The handy chart version should be clipped and posted on walls. By Allison Rossett, Learning Circuit, June 22, 2001. Submitted on Jun 22, 2001 [Refer]

Building Better E-Assessments Useful article outlining the importance on online assessment and describing some test-building software options. Links to a number of good test writing resources. By Margaret Driscoll, Learning Circuits, June 22, 2001. Submitted on Jun 22, 2001 [Refer]

Online University Could Soon be a Reality The managing director of Universitas 21 puts a positive spin on the proposed online university's funding problems. An astonishingly one-sided article with scant mention of the criticisms U21 has earned over the last year. By David Cohen, The Guardian, June 21, 2001. Submitted on Jun 22, 2001 [Refer]

CNET Networks Launches 'SmartPlanet' Online Technology Learning and Certification Service This story is making the rounds on all the e-learning lists, so I'd better set the record straight. The story is: "CNET Networks today launched 'SmartPlanet' (www.smartplanet.com), a fee-based online technology learning and certification training service..." In fact, SmartPlanet began life as Ziff-Davis University (ZDU) in 1997 (see http://www.zdnet.com/anchordesk/story/story_1162.html) offering courses for $4.95 a month. I sampled a number of the courses; they were quite good with real instructors (see, for example, http://www.johnsmiley.com/zdu.htm). ZDU was renamed SmartPlanet and was acquired along with the rest of Ziff-Davis by CNet in the summer of 2000 (See http://www.e-businessworld.com/english/crd_media_511524.html). So what we have today is nothing new, just the start of an advertising campaign. Submitted on Jun 22, 2001 [Refer]

Trade In My PC for a Keychain? If you thought laptops were portable, consider this product: DiskOnKey lets you grab files from any USB equipped PC (such as you might find at a trade show or internet cafe) and transfer them to your PDA. This is the sort of thing that could spark the rise of wireless dataports in public places. Interesting. By David Coursey, ZD Anchordesk, June 22, 2001. Submitted on Jun 22, 2001 [Refer]

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