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August 17, 2001

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Campus Officials Complete European Trip University of Maryland officials sign a deal to create a virtual university in Uzbekistan. The university is also expected to offer an assortment of degree programs through distance learning, while also providing staff members to help with the implementation of the program. A similar agreement was also signed in Kazakhstan. The lesson? There's no such thing any more as an untapped market for distance and online learning. By Jeff Barnes, The Diamondback, August 15, 2001. [Refer]

How to Create an Online School Light article that describes the major steps undertaken to build an online school in Wichita. I don't agree with this methodology, though: "We wanted our online program to include as many elements as possible from our bricks-and-mortar schools, and to be just as rigorous." Instead of simply trying to duplicate brick-and-mortar schools, they should be trying to use new technology to obtain the same (or greater) ourcomes. By Shawn Morris, Tech-Learning, August 15, 2001. [Refer]

LinkLint Linklint is a free Open Source Perl program that checks links on web sites. It is licensed under the Gnu General Public License. [Refer]

IP @ The National Academies Just launched, a very important site on intellectual property, copyrights and patents. As they say, "From Internet content protection to human gene patenting, IP rights in many forms have emerged from legal obscurity to public debate. This website serves as a guide to the Academies' extensive work on Intellectual Property and a forum to discuss ongoing work." [Refer]

Projections of Education Statistics to 2011 The United States government expects public school enrollment to increase to a peak around 2005. By 2005, college enrollment is expected to reach 16.3 million, about 1 million higher than in 2001. By 2011, about 17.7 million students are expected on college campuses, about 16 percent more than in 2001. But: these projections do not take into account the impact of distance and online learning (p.25). By Debra E. Gerald and William J. Hussar, National Center for Education Studies, August 16, 2001. [Refer]

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