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December 17, 2001

General Approaches Respecting the Ongoing Development of The Learning Manager (TLM) This item is a 17 page PDF download that captures in a nutshell the justification for moving from traditional learning management system (LMS) solutions for e-learning to learning content management systems (LCMS). The white paper also provides an interesting (though, sadly, undocumented) comparison between using the Java based J2EE system to deliver internet services and Microsoft's .NET system, claiming that .NET is 28 times faster than J2EE at higher loads. A pretty quick read without too much fluff. By Bob Thornborough, The Learning Management Corporation The Learning Management Corporation, November 25, 2001.[Refer]

KIDS Brings News to School Is this online learning? As far as I'm concerned, it it. Sure, it's not a bunch of prepackaged classes over the internet - it's a group of elementary school students producing their own news broadcast. But the students are as tuned into technology as it's possible to get. More to the point, the technology is what makes it possible for them to escape the artificial reality of the classroom and enter the real world of the television studio. That's what online learning is all about. By Janet Sugameli , Detroit News, December 17, 2001.[Refer]

Why College Radio Fears the DMCA College radio stations may be on the air, but because of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, they may not be on the web. According to this article, "Under the terms of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), radio stations around the country are supposed to pay thousands of dollars in annual fees to broadcast streaming audio over the Web. Managers of college and community stations say while their commercial counterparts may be able to pay the fees, their stations don't have the cash and will shut down their webcasts." By Mark L. Shahinian, Salon, December 13, 2001.[Refer]

Too Much Quality is Bad It's just a tiny short article but it's caused a storm of controversy on the WWWDEV list. The premise of the article is that too great a focus on quality can actually be bad. For example, "Excessive quality occurs, when individuals, teams, or departments impose their own standards of quality [and] conflicting standards are applied to the same or related content or elements." By John Rodriguez, WBT Expo, December, 2001.[Refer]

NewsFuture The Media Center at the American Press Institute has published the first edition of NewsFuture, a monthly e-mail newsletter focused on the future of Internet and multi-platform convergence publishing. Looks like it will be a good read... though the first article in the first edition has an ironic twist to it (but you have to read my comment in the newsletter's forums area to see what it is). By , , December 13, 2001.[Refer]

Intellectual Stimulation Interesting point of view - it makes sense to encourage participation in non-work-related communities of practice because skills and aptitudes from these hobbies transfer themselves to the work environment - an "intellectual osmosis across organizational structures and hierarchies." What's interesting is that this article thereby also provides a good argument for a broader education as opposed to a narrow education focused on job training. By John Harney, IntelligentKM, January 1, 2002.[Refer]


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