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Jun 26, 2001

Assimilating the Web It reads like a typical Salon article, which is unfortunate because this item has some important points to make. Essentially: we are at a crossroads. The internet, which began with a proliferation of independent publishers, has declined to the point where only a few sites control most of the viewers. And what those sites - Microsoft and AOL, mainly - would like to do is to eliminate the competition and created a closed internet. Why is this item here? because we are in the 'proliferation' stage in online learning. But we are edging our way toward the day when one or a few providers have a lock on content (I could name a couple or three candidates off hand). What happens in the online content world will happen in the online world. Count on it. By Scott Rosenberg, Salon, June 26, 2001. Submitted on Jun 26, 2001 [Refer]

Eduprise and WebCT Enhance Partnership By Announcing New PeopleSoft Integration Service and WebCT and Datatel Announce Agreement to Jointly Develop and Deliver Solutions for Higher Education Institutions . These two announcements by WebCT highlight the shape of institutional online learning to come. The gist of the announcements is that WebCT, the course delivery tool, will integrate with campus administrative tools such as Datatel and PeopleSoft. This means that the registrar, the instructor, the fees area and human resources are all working on one integrated system. Assuming it all works (and there's no reason to assume that it wouldn't), this gives WebCT a stranglehold in the institutional LMS market (and makes it a valuable acquisition target). WebCT Press Releases, both June 25, 2001. Submitted on Jun 26, 2001 [Refer]

Will Handheld Devices Replace Textbooks? Overview with some examples of how Palm Pilots and other handhelds are gaining a place in the classroom. By Debra Pickett, Chicago Sun-Times, June 26, 2001 Submitted on Jun 26, 2001 [Refer]

E-Business Essentials This really is an excellent overview of major topics in e-business. Don't let the title throw you; much of the content applies to online learning, including the sections on knowledge management, personalization, and collaboration. Be sure to click on the 'See how it works' link for high quality graphical representations of the concepts being described. PC Magazine, June 22, 2001. Submitted on Jun 26, 2001 [Refer]

NQL Browser Recorder Beta Released Interesting... NQL has announced the beta release of a plug-in designed to allow Internet Explorer usersto record web tasks or "sessions" and replay them with the click of a mouse. The beta release is available for free download. Browserwatch, June 25, 2001. Submitted on Jun 26, 2001 [Refer]

New Paperback Spotlights Students' Best Writing! Publishing on demand meets the secondary school as students are able to publish a paperback quality compendium of their own writing. By Gary Hopkins, Education World, June 25, 2001. Submitted on Jun 26, 2001 [Refer]

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