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Jul 17, 2001

Russian Adobe Hacker Busted Adobe's big news at the recent Online Learning Market conference in Vancouver was its encrypted format that would enforce copyright protection. But Adobe is looking to the law, not technology, to enforce its encryption scheme as a Russian programmer, Dmitry Sklyarov, is arrested at Defcon 9, an annual hacker convention, for giving away software that removes the restrictions on Acrobat files. Submitted on Jul 17, 2001 [Refer]

Online Instructor Cautions Against Having Too Many Activities The advice in this article is sound: don't overwhelm students and instructors with too many activities. The presentation is odd, even eerie - the format is an interview with Kathy S. Gresh, an instructional designer at Johns Hopkins, who I'm sure is a very nice person but who is not 'the voice' of instructional design... and the article talks about TAs being the 'first line of defense' against overwhelming student interaction, which may be how they do it in traditional universities, but is not the way to do it online. By Dan Carnevale, the Chronicle of Higher Education, July 17, 2001. Submitted on Jul 17, 2001 [Refer]

Survey of Web Hosting in Education The sample size is a little low (39 respondants) but the survey is a good snapshot showing what universities are doing regarding web hosting. The results suggest that most universities still use Apache servers, that the university website is now in the hands of the public relations department, and the majority use Perl scripting. By Bill Dennen, July 16, 2001. Submitted on Jul 17, 2001 [Refer]

Why Online Learners Drop Out Analysis, with research and examples, of why the drop-out rate for online learners is higher than other forms of learning. Accompanied by a sidebar article listing tips for increasing online learning completion rates. By Karen Frankola, Workforce, July 29, 2000. Submitted on Jul 17, 2001 [Refer]

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