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September 10, 2001

Knowledge as Commodity In order to keep college and university programs viable, the author recommends adopting e-business practices in higher education. This in turn entails a representation of learning materials as commodities. This model addresses such issues as access to learning materials and intellectual property issues. I agree with the essential thesis, but it's a slippery slope - once learning materials are treated as commodities, there is nothing stopping all knowledge from being viewed as a commodity, producing a land rush for the 'knowledge commons' as it exists today, a fencing off and effective dispossession of society in general in favour of a few selected knowledge holders. By Evan T. Robinson, eLearning Magazine, September, 2001.[Refer]

Should Distance Students Pay For Campus Based Services? Distance and online students are routinely charged the same fees as traditional students. But these fees are for services used only by traditional students. By Dan Carnevale, Chronicle of Higher Education, September 14, 2001.[Refer]

The Wonder Years: Homework Is Free Online Article about schoolsucks.com, an online service providing essays and term papers to students at twenty dollars a pop. Although anti-cheating and plagiarism sites exist, it's hard to keep up with the popularity of sites such as this. By Laurie J. Flynn, New York Times, September 10, 2001.[Refer]

Refreshingly Better Than META If you want to use a redirect to load a web page, but you don't want to break the user's back button, use this nifty combination of Javascript and meta tags to effectively hide the redirect page. By Paul Anderson, CNet, 2001.[Refer]

A Project Management Glossary You wouldn't think, but this guide is actually useful across the board. As the authors write, "Like most jargon, it seems pointless until you start working with it, at which point it becomes a very useful way of describing the many people, situations and processes which almost every development project will involve." By Martin Burns, EVolt, September 8, 2001.[Refer]

The Pros and Cons of XML A lot has been written XML but it is not necessarily the godsend its promoters like to portray. In my own work I've found that using XML can make a formerly simple web based project a logistical nightmare, what with schema proliferation, aggregartion and parsing, and more. This refreshing article looks into these problems and many more in a detailed - very detailed - analysis of XML. Recommended read if you are on the tech side of the business. Skim through the headings if you're not. By ZapThink Researchers, ZapThink, September, 2001.[Refer]

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