e-Clippings 10.31.01 Happy ^Belated^ Halloween! & All Saints Day!
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
--Albert Einstein, 1879-1955
Potius sero quam numquam.
It's better late than never.
Whew! That was a busy couple of weeks! Let's see, had to get
ready for my son's 2nd birthday party on the 28th, pack and
travel to TechLearn 2001 later that day (see below for links to Mike
Parmentier's Trip Report [also in the `Files' section]
and Jay Cross's InternetTime Report on TechLearn). Then get back
and right back into a meeting with the Admiral heading up the
Navy's very impressive training transformation task, Task Force
So, please excuse me for missing a week but rest assured that you
won't be missing a week of news. I have caught up now and I
thought about how to do this do I send two parts or one huge
email? I went with the one huge email thinking that it would be
better to occupy one space vice two in your Inbox.<BR>
While this does make for a rather lengthy issue, I URGE you to forge
through. There are items in here from Vint Cerf, Peter Drucker, e-
Learning stock news, some great new training programs, new US federal
and EU legislation, some interesting new journals and a 40 foot
alligator and research into `skunky' beer. So please read on
and remember some of those pesky URLs wrap to the second line
requiring you to cut and paste them into the address bar.<BR>
V/R Mark Oehlert, Editor<BR>
TechLearn 2001: Blended Learning Forum & The World e-Learning
Congress "Trip Report" by Mike Parmentier
TechLearn 2001 Report (w/ photos) from InternetTime
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Suddenly lowering my volume of mail has become much more important
than it used to.
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CIO: DESIGNING WORLD CLASS E-LEARNING
As this book will make clear, we learn by doing, failing, and
practicing until we do it right. Because most organizations can't
afford massive on-the-job failure and most people don't learn when
they fail in public, we need to create a safe place to fail and
learn. The virtual reality of computer simulations and role-playing
scenarios serve that purpose.
Booz Allen Hamilton Develops Learning Management System: SPYGLASS is
a Web-enabled learning management system currently operational on
seven U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and at six on-shore training sites,
servicing over 2,000 Navy users
PricewaterhouseCoopers to Implement The Army Distance Learning
Program: The company will build and maintain a Web-enabled enterprise
learning management system to train soldiers in their military
VCampus Shift Hurts Revenue
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI UNVEILS E-UNIVERSITY INITIATIVE
The Mississippi e-University initiative was announced last week at an
e-Town Meeting held in the town of Jackson. Intended to target adults
who want to further their education or enhance their corporate
skills, the e-university was designed by members of the state College
Board and staff of the University of Mississippi and the state
community college system. The e-university will continue to offer
traditional correspondence courses while emphasizing Internet
learning, says Pam Smith, an assistant commissioner for higher
education in Mississippi and a spokesperson for the College Board
VIRGINIA OFFICIALS PLAN NEW STATE-RUN VIRTUAL UNIVERSITY
Virginia education officials are planning to create a new, state-run
online university based on the state's private and public colleges
and universities. Dubbed Virginia Virtual University, or V2U, it
would allow students to link credits from different schools, as well
as certification courses offered by Microsoft and other businesses.
V2U would not create any of its own courses, but help expand the
opportunities for the rapidly growing number of university students
in the state. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
hopes the bare-bones infrastructure will help V2U keep costs low.
RESEARCH: ELEARNING HEATS UP:(Source: eBCA) According to a recent
study conducted by the e-Business Communication Association,
eLearning is the preferred method of skill development for e-business
professionals as they plan for the future and confront their fears.
INTEREST IN E-LEARNING RISES IN WAKE OF SEPTEMBER 11: Providers of e-
learning software and connectivity are experiencing a surge in new
business and inquiries. The Sept. 11 attacks will "have an immediate
and undeniable" positive effect on the e-learning sector, says
Cushing Anderson, program manager of research firm IDC. Centra
Software has experienced a 20 percent increase in calls from clients,
says Ellen Slaby, a company representative. Representatives of
PlaceWare, a Web conferencing firm, say inquiries doubled within two
weeks of Sept. 11.
FREE ONLINE COURSES BOOST SALES AT BARNES&NOBLE.COM: At
Barnes&Noble.com, free online courses have increased the company's
Web traffic and increased sales. The company says that almost 400,000
people have enrolled at Barnes & Noble University since its June 2000
launch. Over that time, class offerings have grown from 30 courses a
month to between 50 and 60. Students typically enroll in the fall or
in January and take two or more courses at a time.
Read full story at iMarketing News
PONDERING PC GAMING: As the hype over video game consoles builds,
with Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Nintendo launching their long-
awaited Xbox and GameCube machines, respectively, in November, I
think now is a good time to say that PC games aren't dead.
SYLVAN FINDS PROFITABILITY IN INTERNATIONAL MARKET: Sylvan Learning
Systems announced strong third-quarter results last week as it
broadened its international offerings. The firm reported net income
of $8.4 million for the third quarter, compared to a loss of $1.4
million in the same period last year. The numbers point to a new
direction for Sylvan, which has been acquiring universities in Europe
and Latin America. Overseas and online higher education currently
provide 65 percent of the firm's revenue, and the figure could go to
about 75 percent in a year, says Sylvan CEO Douglas L. Becker.
Pentagon Has a 3-D View to a Kill (Conflict 2001 2:00 a.m. PST): The
U.S. military is using high-resolution 3-D maps so troops can view
battlefields before a mission. By Wired News' Declan McCullagh.
Visualization supports special forces: U.S. fighter pilots and
Special Forces operations are preparing for missions in Afghanistan
and elsewhere using advanced visualization technologies that provide
accurate virtual models of cities, towns, buildings and terrain.
WEBCT TRACKING FEATURE IRKS CANADIAN STUDENTS: Students at Montreal's
McGill University are up in arms over a feature included in WebCT
software that allows professors to view numerical data summarizing
individual students' participation in online courses. The tracking
feature has raised privacy concerns among the students, many of whom
believe that they should have been told about the feature. WebCT is
used in over 800 classes at McGill.
Bill extends 'no cookies' rule to all federal Web sites: By Teri
Rucker, National Journal's Technology Daily : The House on Wednesday
is expected to adopt the compromise version of a fiscal 2002 Treasury-
Postal Service bill, H.R. 2590, that would expand privacy protections
for people visiting federal Web sites and provide funds for crime-
fighting technology. The legislation would prohibit federal agencies
from collecting and distributing personal information on computer
users who visit federal Web sites. Agencies also would be barred from
working with third parties to collect such information. The ban would
not apply to data that does not identify individuals or to
information submitted voluntarily.
Defense officials ponder technology's role in warfare: By Maureen
Sirhal, National Journal's Technology Daily : Technologies that can
provide information and "decision superiority" are increasingly
critical to the future of U.S. defenses, but the branches of the
military still face challenges in adapting to the demands of 21st-
century warfare, a panel of experts said Tuesday. The defense and
intelligence communities "must invest in technological capabilities
and people to meet the information and knowledge needs of our armed
forces and the nation's decision makers," Lt. Gen. James King, former
director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, said during a
keynote speech. http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/1001/103101td2.htm
EUROPE PARLIAMENT TO VOTE ON BANNING COOKIES: (Source: ITworld.com)
The European Parliament is to vote Nov. 13 on whether to make cookies
PUBLIC SCHOOLS CONTINUE TO BUILD OUT THEIR NETWORKS: Spending on
servers by U.S. public schools will climb 8.5 percent to $153 million
for the 2001-2002 academic year, according to a recent report by
International Data Group.
The Browser Wars are back: Opera smacks MSN: Think Personal
IBM promotes self-healing systems: Have you the brain of a lizard?
Poking Holes in Microsoft's Copy Protection
Software program spreading on the Internet allows users to bypass
controversial activation feature in Windows XP.
Peer-to-Peer Enables Windows XP Swaps: Hundreds of illegal copies of
Microsoft's new Windows XP operating system - and instructions on how
to bypass its copy-protection scheme - are already floating around
the Internet's peer-to-peer networks.
ANHEUSER-BUSCH EXPANDING ONLINE TRAINING EFFORT
Brief: GM launches world's largest employee portal: General Motors
Corp. formally launched its employee intranet site mySocrates
yesterday and will offer inexpensive Internet access to its
more than 180,000 employees in the U.S.
WR Hambrecht + Co: INDUSTRY UPDATE: LOSSES SEASON OVER... ALMOST FOR
GOOD Reversing what had become an alarming trend, the e-learning
index outperformed the Nasdaq last week, though it wasn't pretty.
Our basket of e-learning stocks in the corporate, post-secondary, and
K-12 sector dropped 13% versus a 28% decline in the Nasdaq. There
were few discernible trends in the index this week...
**Now here is what I am thinking while the report does cover
the latest deals, i.e. contracts won by the various companies, I
wonder what tracking goes on as it relates to those companies. We all
know that a widespread reaction to bad economic times is to cut the
training budget, so what kind of terms are in these contracts and do
they allow for the purchaser to bak out in whole or in part due to
unforeseen events like 9.11.01?
Technology Source: EFFECTIVE STUDENT PREPARATION FOR ONLINE LEARNING
Much anecdotal information abounds on distance learning listservs and
in interviews regarding high dropout rates in online courses and the
lack of student re-enrollment following participation in an online
course. During 1999 and 2000 I studied this phenomena in a small,
private, urban university composed of roughly 5,000 students. This
article presents my findings and provides one perspective on how
effective creation and implementation of a required online student
orientation course made a significant difference in student success
and re-enrollment in Web-based learning.
From November-December issue.
Training Journal: COMPLIANT OR CERTIFIED; THAT IS THE QUESTION
Experience has shown that compliant content may still be difficult to
integrate into a chosen management system and that vendors often have
to have integration groups that focus specifically on this issue. For
the vendor, the standard is relevant if customers think it's
relevant - that is, does it affect their sales? While standards
compliance has become generally accepted as a good thing, standards
certification is more limited and often treated as a marketing nice-
Economist: THE NEXT SOCIETY
Peter Drucker: Information technology, although only one of many new
features of the next society, is already having one hugely important
effect: it is allowing knowledge to spread near-instantly, and making
it accessible to everyone. Given the ease and speed at which
information travels, every institution in the knowledge
societynot only businesses, but also schools, universities,
hospitals and increasingly government agencies toohas to be
globally competitive, even though most organisations will continue to
be local in their activities and in their markets. This is because
the Internet will keep customers everywhere informed on what is
available anywhere in the world, and at what price.
E-Learning Market Expanding Beyond IT Training: The current economic
climate could be good news for firms in the e-learning market, as
companies are looking to control costs while at the same time e-
learning broadens from IT-related training to more general skills.
New Army Soldiers: Game Gamers (Conflict 2001 2:00 a.m. PST)
The U.S. Army and USC are joining forces to design commercial PC
games that will be used to train the next generation of soldiers. By
"The great paradox of the 21st century is that, in this age of
powerful technology, the biggest problems we face internationally are
problems of the human soul." -- Ralph Peters, former U.S. Army
lieutenant colonel and author of "Fighting for the Future"
FATHER OF INTERNET OFFERS FORECAST: (Source: PCWorld.com) IP
addresses can keep up with Net's growth, but the infrastructure may
need a boost, Cerf says.
Why Mobile Is Different? (The Economist)For a start, people are used
to paying for it.
THE PERSISTENCE OF PRINT: (Source: CIO) 550 years laterstill no
paperless office. CIO looks at the role of print in the era of DTP
and digital distribution.
Understanding tech and terror: Sir Arthur C. Clarke, author of "2001:
A Space Odyssey," speaks his mind about the use and abuse of
technology and about lowland gorillas in Central Africa, threatened
by miners of tantalum--a key element in cell phones.
TaskZ: REAL VS. PERCEIVED PROBLEMS
This essay asks the reader to consider some subtleties and
abstractions in dealing with interface design. By using examples of
real vs. perceived problems, the notion is developed that many
problems call for a solution but are false because they are problems
of perception rather than reality. Solving problems of perception do
not solve the underlying problem.
KMWORLD 2001: IBM EXEC CAUTIONS AGAINST KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT PITFALLS
As corporations implement technology and organizational structures
for knowledge management within their organizations, knowledge-based
communities must be allowed to form and develop naturally in order to
cultivate innovation, said David Snowden, director of IBM's Institute
for Knowledge Management.
INFORMATION IS A WEAPON: DARWIN'S GUIDE TO MILITARY AND THE IT
Once soldiers are armed with the power of information, how will
traditional military hierarchies adapt?
NEW DEFENSE DEPARTMENT POLICY PUSHES TELEWORK
A policy and guide are meant to reflect the departments commitment to
increase the employees who work outside department offices, officials
Features of State and Federal Web Sites (Brown University)
Paper Still Rules Paperless World (Technology 2:00 a.m. PDT)
So much data, so few ways to print out a good copy. Not anymore.
Introducing PrintMe, a worldwide network of servers connected to a
worldwide network of printers. Farhad Manjoo reports from Foster
Nokia knocks Palm off Euro PDA biz top slot: Symbian takes platform
lead, despite collapsing Psion sales
Brint: THE ONLINE BOOK ON KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT
This online book contains articles drawn from our research, practice
and thought leadership in advancing knowledge, practices and
performance of worldwide corporations, governments, institutions and
Palm drops price of high-end handheld
PALM CUTS PRICE ON M505, OFFERS SD CARD WITH OTHERS
The price cut on the m505 is the latest in a long series of cuts by
Palm and competing Palm OS device maker Handspring in a battle to
sell handheld devices in an ailing economy.
EMERGING TECH SECTION
UNIVERSAL MAY KEEP PCS FROM PLAYING CDS
(Source: PCWorld.com) In an effort to protect its copyright material
for digital distribution, Universal Music Group is preparing to
incorporate technology that may keep consumers from
playing their legally bought CDs over their PCs at work or at home as
soon as next month.
CONSOLE CLAIRVOYANCE: WHICH GAME MACHINE SHOULD YOU BUY?
(Source: GamePro.com) Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony are about to butt
their collective heads in the biggest video-game playoff ever.
Linux PDA reference guide: To profile the emergence of embedded Linux
as an alternative to Palm OS and Windows CE/Pocket PC,
LinuxDevices.com offers this overview of current Linux-based PDAs.
CompactFlash hits 1GB: Camera users smile
iMeet Releases Corporate Meeting Center 5.0: Areas of increased
functionality within this newest version include the ability to
enable multiple security access levels, maintain
fully-integrated registration and evaluation functionality, and to
share content with other users
"ACCESS GRID" BUILT FOR SCIENTISTS LINKS CLASSROOMS
Students at the Universities of Alaska, Montana, and New Mexico are
participating in an online parallel computing course using the Access
Grid, a system developed under the aegis of the National
Computational Science Alliance. The grid, which was originally
created as a collaborative tool for scientists, is part of a system
that uses the high-speed data network created by the Internet2
Groove modifies P2P underpinnings of its products: With today's
release of a centralized enterprise server, Groove Networks Inc. has
moved away from the pure peer-to-peer approach the company took when
it launched its collaboration software a year ago.
Sun's P2P Project: Baby Steps: Sun Microsystems' initiative to
provide an open source set of building blocks for peer-to-peer
computing is gaining some traction, but it still lacks enthusiastic
support of large enterprises, according to industry executives. To
read the story, click here:
IS YOUR PC WATCHING YOU? FIND OUT! (Source: PCWorld.com) Spyware,
snoopware, violations of all kinds, and Britney Spears.
PDAS FOR ANY BUDGET: (Source: PCWorld.com) We review new handhelds
from Casio, Handspring, and Toshiba.
Crazy Norsemen Forge 3-D for PDAs (Games 2:00 a.m. PST) A small
company from Finland has resurrected the lost art of demo coding to
create a 3-D gaming environment for handheld PDAs and smart phones.
By Mark Baard.
File Trading Instantly Is Easier (MP3 Rocks the Web Friday) Who
needs file-sharing applications when you have instant messaging.
Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft are set to become bigger than Napster ever
was. By Brad King.
Monsters, Inc. Used Monster Tools (Hollywood Tech Friday) The new
software behind Pixar's Monsters, Inc. is unbelievably detailed: It
simulated each of the three million hairs on one of the lead monsters
individually. By Robin Clewley.
Wayback Goes Way Back on Web (Culture 2:00 a.m. PST) It used to be
that defunct Web pages would simply disappear. A new tool allows
people to surf archived versions of the Internet as it was in the
past. By Kendra Mayfield.
A true "virus war" would force us to look at the very concept of
warfare, where a defensive army struggles against an aggressor army.
But guess what? The U.S. doesn't rely on armies to protect citizens
from computer viruses. We hire private security guards to defend our
sovereign PCs. You know them as antivirus vendors. A virus war
would pit an aggressor army against the antivirus industry...
Part 1: the U.S. military is a NON-combatant
Part 2: nationalize the cartel?
Part 3: 'there can be only one'
NEW NIMDA VARIANT HITS NET, USERS URGED TO PATCH
A new variant of the Nimda worm has appeared on the Internet, though
exactly how it is different or whether it will be more or less
serious than the original worm is so far undetermined, antivirus
firms said Tuesday.
IBM UNWRAPS FIRST SELF-HEALING, SELF-MANAGING PRODUCTS: IBM on
Wednesday delivered the first self-managing, self-healing products
that are part of its Project eLiza initiative, along
with a new management service that monitors corporate IT systems
around the clock providing real-time alerts of potential risks.
SECURITY GROUP: HUMANS ARE WEAKEST LINK: (Source: IDG.net) A panel
during the Computer Security Institute conference's Wednesday morning
session was dedicated to examining the role that people play in
securing digital information.
**What an idiot.**
Hack Breaks Security Site's Back (Culture 2:00 a.m. PDT)
With no ad revenue and a staff of one, a malicious hack is one attack
too many for SecurityNewsPortal. The popular security news site has
called it quits. By Jeffrey Benner.
Update: CERT finds one problem while searching for another
The CERT Coordination Center said a number of printers contain
vulnerabilities that intruders could exploit. CERT encourages all
systems administrators to check their printers to make sure they
MAKE ROOM FOR CYBERWARRIORS
To pinpoint the identities, strategies, habits and even locations of
known and suspected terrorists, Americas cyberwarriors are using
Internet-derived technologies to track financial transactions, e-mail
exchanges, satellite-borne transmissions and telephone records.
HUMOR AND MISC. SECTION
HOW TO TAKE OVER THE CLASSROOM
(Source: CIO) If CIOs want better graduates, they're going to have to
step up to the chalkboard to get them.
The International Journal of Artificial Intelligence, Neural
Networks, and Complex Problem-Solving Technologies. The international
journal of Applied Intelligence provides a medium for exchanging
scientific research and technological achievements accomplished by
the international community. The focus of the work is on research in
artificial intelligence and neural networks. The journal addresses
issues involving solutions of real-life manufacturing, defense,
management, government and industrial problems which are too complex
to be solved through conventional approaches and which require the
simulation of intelligent thought processes, heuristics, applications
of knowledge, and distributed and parallel processing. The
integration of these multiple approaches in solving complex problems
is of particular importance.
Archives and Museum Informatics
Archives and Museum Informatics is an international forum for the
representation of knowledge and the management of information
relating to the world's cultural heritage. The journal aims to
present timely and technical contributions to cultural informatics
including theory, case studies of implementations, and reviews
standards, print and electronic publications, software, network sites
Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
The emergence of autonomous agents and multi-agent technology is one
of the most exciting and important events to occur in computer
science during the 1990s. It is widely believed that this technology
will play a central role in the development of complex distributed
systems, networked information systems, and computer interfaces
during the twenty-first century. The aim of the Journal is,
therefore, to provide a forum for disseminating significant new
results in the foundations, development, analysis, and applications
of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems.
YAHOO! INTERNET LIFE MAGAZINE RANKS TOP 200 WIRED COLLEGES
Yahoo! Internet Life magazine has issued its annual list of most-
wired colleges, this year expanding the list from 100 to 200 schools.
The top five colleges, in order of ranking, are Carnegie Mellon
University, Stanford University, Georgia Institute of Technology,
Dartmouth College, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The
rankings are based on scores in six broad categories including e-
Learning, which accounts for 12 percent of the total score.
Download .pdf file at Yahoo! Internet Life
Bill Gates Films "Frasier" Episode - (Forbes)
**Let's see the croc hunter go after this one!
PALEONTOLOGISTS UNEARTH COLOSSAL CRETACEOUS CROCODILE IN NIGER
Paleontologists working in Niger's Ténéré Desert have
unearthed the fossilized remains of a crocodile that might give even
Steve Irwin pause. Indeed, according to a report published in the
journal Science, this bigger, badder cousin of modern crocs measured
up to 40 feet long and weighed in at eight metric tons. Dubbed
Sarcosuchus imperator, the Cretaceous beast may have preyed on
WHAT CAUSES THE NOISE WHEN WE CRACK OUR KNUCKLES?
Raymond Brodeur in the Ergonomics Research Laboratory at Michigan
State University responds.
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