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SEUL.org: Linux in education report #31 for October 23

Oct 23, 2000, 17:08 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Michael Williams of the Haywood Valley School District in North Carolina tells us of this article about the use of Linux in his district. Also, LinuxUser magazine from the UK has an article about Opening up Education in the UK. (This article requires Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent software like xpdf.)"

"There's an interesting article in the October 2000 issue of Linux Journal about using Linux and MBone to do distance education. Unfortunately, the article isn't on-line, but one of the major components of the article has its own website here. The Distance Education Teaching Assistant (DETA) is a wizard style interface to the MBone tools designed to facilate their use in distance education courses. Its main purpose is to integrate the the many software tools needed for distance education over the MBone in a single easy to use package."

"A current discussion on the SEUL/edu mailing list is about standards (actually, about the lack of them) for exchanging information between various administrative programs such as gradebooks and attendance records. There are a couple of US-centric efforts at such: IMS and SIF. Unfortunately, both of these are dominated by commercial interests and appear to suffer design-by-committee syndrome. Bruno Vernier of British Columbia started work on a similar, but open, standard for information exchange, EduML, a couple of years ago, only to have it languish for lack of programmer experience and tools to handle XML easily within application programs. However, this discussion has caused at least a couple of project leaders to take another look at EduML as a way of exchanging information. We'll keep you informed of any developments in this area."

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