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Jul 6, 2001

What Was Home Economics Interesting. To quote the Scout Report, this exhibition argues that Home Economics played a progressive role in the history of women's education, bringing "science to the farm home and women into higher education and leadership positions in public education, academia, government and industry." Which raises the question: must something be a science to be respectable? And can a discipline be brought to respectibility by being converted into a science? Submitted on Jul 6, 2001 [Refer]

Office of Training Technology The Office of Training Technology SPIDER site has over 1200 active files (and over 2300 hotlinks) that focus on education and training related issues for the military services, other government agencies, and colleges and universities. Created by the United States navy. Submitted on Jul 6, 2001 [Refer]

Directories of Online and Distance Courses This list of directories is provided by Canada's Office of Learning Technologies. A new item, the B.C. Distributed Learning Course Directory, has been added. Submitted on Jul 6, 2001 [Refer]

Defining the On-line Community/Distance Learning Goof first pass at a taxonomy for discussing online communities and learning communities, coupled with some dubious (and unsupported) conclusions about the roles these communities play in education. Thanks to elearningpost for the troll. By Bronwyn Stuckey, Community Gods, undated but certainly some time in 2001. Submitted on Jul 6, 2001 [Refer]

Out of the Box: PeopleSoft 8 Campus Portal Is the purpose of July's Syllabus magazine to sell PeopleSoft's new portal software? This feature article, plus three other articles on portals, plus a headliner article from Howard Rheingold on virtual communities (read: portals), suggest that this is the case. And people wonder why I'm cynical. No author attributed for this article. Syllabus, July, 2001. Submitted on Jul 6, 2001 [Refer]

uPortal: A Common Portal Reference Framework Outlines the uPortal protocol, a standard for university portal design, and describes the use of university portals in marketing and communication. By Bernard W. Gleason, Syllabus, July, 2001. Submitted on Jul 6, 2001 [Refer]

Face-to-Face with Virtual Communities In this short article, Howard Rheingold explores the implications of virtual communities on campus. This quick item is unsatisfying. Inexplicably, Syllabus does not link to Rheingold's groundbreaking online book, The Virtual Community... of course, if they did that, then Syllabus readers would know that the magazine is recycling three year old ideas... By Howard Rheingold, Syllabus, July, 2001. Submitted on Jul 6, 2001 [Refer]

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