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Jul 25, 2001

Web Companies Build Online Library Ebrary, [link] an initiative covered here July 10, makes the news by announcing that it will launch a beta version of the service today (Wednesday). Ebrary lets people search business and economic titles for free. People will also have the option to buy materials in print form or photocopy the information for a fee. Ebrary is backed by Random House, Pearson and McGraw-Hill. By Gwendolyn Mariano, CNET News, July 24, 2001. Submitted on Jul 25, 2001 [Refer]

ETS Technologies Automated Essay Scoring... We may still question whether computers can mark essays, but to judge from this press release, carried by DistanceEducator.Com, the US Army has decided that it's good enough for their purposes. July 24, 2001. Submitted on Jul 25, 2001 [Refer]

Not the Crimson's Slaves Mark Ambinder, Former Associate Managing Editor, Harvard Crimson, and C. Matthew McInnis, President, The Harvard Crimson, respond in separate letters to the charges that they are exploiting Cambodian typists. They admit they are paying the workers $0.40 an hour, but maintain that "The choice for the Crimson was clear: either find a cheap way to digitize its archives or forget the project entirely." Harvard, pleading poverty? You'll have to scroll down the page to find the letters; after a few days you'll have to scroll through several pages of archives. Jim Romenesko's MediaNews Letters, July 25, 2001. Submitted on Jul 25, 2001 [Refer]

Validating Scholarship in University Teaching This detailed report (115 pages, PDF) looks at the possibility of establishing a peer review system for ICT based teaching and learning resources or learning objects. It suggests that such a scheme would be a good idea and provides a comprehensive framework for setting one up. Excellent reading. By Peter Taylor and Angela Richardson, Griffith Institute for Higher Education, April, 2001. Submitted on Jul 25, 2001 [Refer]

MBA or Basket of Winners People are willing to pay thousands of dollars for a high priced online MBA... but what is that going to be worth when they apply for a job? John Hibbs asks, "Which candidate for the job gets the longer interview - the one just back from Beijing, or the one just back from Boston?" By John Hibbs, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Global Education, July 24, 2001. Submitted on Jul 25, 2001 [Refer]

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