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September 2001: Volume 6.8 - Text-Only

DESIEN extends its deepest sympathies to the individuals and families
affected by our recent national tragedies.


UPFRONT - In Light of the Recent Tragedies...
FOCUS - Fight Prejudice through Cultural Sharing via Videoconferencing by Linda
DESIEN - Request for 2002 FOCUS Articles
UW NEWS - GWETC 2001 Registration, Christoph is Syllabus 2001 Speaker, TTT

LINES - September News Highlights
ED - Sweden Will Create a Virtual Institution, University of Toronto Withdraws from
Universitas 21, Taking Classes to the Masses, New York City Tries a Bold Experiment
in Early College
BIZ/GOV/ED - Colleges and Technology Incubators, New Roles for the Classroom
POLICY - Federal Report on Digital Copyright Law, President's Information Technology
Advisory Committee to Meet
TECH/TOOLS - ProjectLearn Web Site Now Available, Unique Approach to Teaching
Science on CD
READS/RESOURCES - No Boundaries for the Journeys of the Mind, IRRODL,
F-Light September 2001
ISSUES/CHALLENGES - Race in Cyberspace
POSITIONS - Indiana University and Flashlight Program, University of Wisconsin-
Platteville, Michigan Technological University

NEW ON THE LIST - Welcome to New Subscribers
FYI - News, Events, Conferences
ENDNOTE - A Time of Terror and Gifts

OCTOBER DESIEN ISSUE FOCUS - IDEAS Portal Web Site: One Online Stop for
Wisconsin's PK-16 Education Community by John Fischer

UPFRONT - In light of our recent national tragedies, it is more evident than ever that we
expand our dialogue about diversity and continue to make concerted efforts to understand
and to appreciate its richness.

The FOCUS article for this month on Cultural Sharing speaks to this issue at a local level
and has implications for national and international organizations in education, government
and business. Linda Albertson, Washington High School, Milwaukee, WI and her colleague
Karla Mullen, Watertown High School, Watertown, WI began their Cultural Sharing
project six years ago. As the years have passed, the project has evolved in interesting and
productive ways that continue to evolve. As Linda says in the article, "The dialogue on race
goes on, and the need for it in this world is greater than ever. (See related article on Race in
Cyberspace in the ISSUES/CHALLENGES section.) Rosemary Lehman


Fight Prejudice through Cultural Sharing via Videoconferencing

Linda Albertson
English/Journalism Teacher, Washington High School, Milwaukee, WI

Race Matters by Cornel West was published in 1993. As he made the talk show circuit to
promote the book, West talked about how in America we need a dialogue on race. He
envisioned a forum in which ethnically diverse members of society would sit down together
and share feelings about each other, with each other.

The idea had already been roaring around in my head at Washington High School in
Milwaukee and in Karla Mullen's at Watertown High School in Watertown, WI. Unknown
to each other, we both were seeing the need for students to learn to appreciate each other's
differences and we both had access to videoconferencing units in our school. A Hi-Mount
Community School teacher in Milwaukee suggested Karla and I meet and put our heads
together. With that, first, by videoconference and, a few months later, in person, Karla and I
met and began to develop what became a six year, and ongoing, dialogue on race or as we
call it, Cultural Sharing, between our two schools and the about 30 different represented

Karla teaches World Studies at Watertown High School about 50 miles west of Milwaukee
to a predominantly white student body of 1600. At Washington High School, I teach English
and Journalism to a very ethnically diverse student population made up of African American,
African, Middle Eastern and Asian students along with a few Hispanics and Native Americans,
also of about 1600. The Cultural Sharing interaction process has evolved over the six years
and been polished as we tried things, assessed and tried other things, but some basic key
elements have remained.

We begin the school year by showing our students, in our own classrooms, the video, "Skin
Deep" about an ethnically diverse group of college students that go on a weekend retreat to
discuss how they experience and feel about their ethnicity. Our students in our individual
classes at both schools write a short 25 word bio poem about themselves. After an introduction
to the videoconferencing technology and appropriate behaviors for its use, our classes meet in
September via videoconference. Fortunately our teaching schedules have allowed for each of our
4 or 5 class times to coincide so as to allow all of our students to have the videoconferencing
experience. Each student makes a relatively large name tag that is easily seen on the camera and
reads his/her bio poem as a way of introduction at the first meeting. >From there our
videoconference interactions, usually 2 or 3 a month, are directed toward sharing, first, school
cultures - events, rules, fads, etc. - and then branch out into discussing societal events and
issues - Elian Gonzales was a big one.

Karla and I exchange, via fax or eMail, a copy of our class lists. As our interactions get going,
we begin a student eMail letter writing exchange. We give class credit for the letters and at
both locations the letters are fed into the teacher's eMail account and printed out and distributed
by the other teacher. Karla's World Studies classes cover religions and cultures of the world, so
where ever possible, when I have students that know about or represent those groups, the format
of the videoconference will be those students answering questions from Karla's students. Their
sharing then is provided for the other students in my classes, as well. Some of best sessions
have been explanations, complete with dress and cultural icons, by Islamic, African and Hmong

The culminating activities are the exchange of field trips to each other's school. Washington
High visits Watertown in early December. Watertown visits Washington in early April. The
in-person exchanges are the greatest! Students are paired or grouped. (They usually find their
own partners from the connections established through the videoconferencing experiences or
through ice-breaking activities.) They attend classes with each other, create projects, provide
performances of their skills and talents and assess their experiences.

In the fall of 2000, Washington students were able to work on an art project with Watertown
students in the Watertown art rooms during the field trip. Everyone stopped by the art room
and spray painted their names on a large canvas on which were sprayed words from Dr.
Martin Luther King. The canvas was then split in half and one half was displayed at each

After a welcome presentation, (in April of 2001, I had 27 different languages represented at
Washington. Those students made banners and welcomed our guests in each of those
languages. The brightly colored banners were then displayed around the school) and morning
class visitations, students usually come together for a cultural sharing group entertainment time.
Watertown students may present band, choir and vocal group presentations, a cutting from the
school play, a martial arts demonstration, etc. Washington students may present a Gospel Choir
group sing along, Creative Movement dancers, break dancers, drummers' group, Asian dancers,
etc. Washington's Human Relations teacher, Agnes Williams and dance teacher, Shirley Gilbert,
lent strong support to all of the activities, along with the entire staff at each school as they made
rooms available, welcomed students to their classes, etc.

Lunch, which follows the presentations, is pizza and soda eaten in the paired groups, paid for
by contributions from each student and funds added by the schools. Before the buses leave to
take students back to their home schools, the closing activity is some form of Talk Back with
the whole group assembled in an auditorium or gymnasium. Students react to the experiences
and reflect on the value of it.

For three years of the Cultural Sharing interaction, the two schools have produced a joint
newspaper called the Purgold/Gosling named for the mascot of each school. Six pages in
length, it carried student stories about the joint activities, individual school cultures and student
created graphics. Karla and I found that other schools were interested in our exchange and we
were invited to present it at the National Council of Teachers of English convention in
Milwaukee in the fall of 2000 and at the leadership conference that followed.

The exchanges have grown at our individual schools, too. This year four teachers will be
involved from the English and social studies department s at each school. Our plan for the
year's activities include commemoration of Hispanic Month in October and the Anti-
Defamation League's "Close the Door on Hate" initiative. A Watertown American Studies
teacher, Natalie Neinheis, has written a grant asking for funds to allow us to produce our own
"Skin Deep" video.

The dialogue on race goes on, and the need for it in this world is greater than ever.

(For more information you can reach Linda at:


DESIEN is seeking manuscripts for consideration for the 2002 FOCUS articles. Articles
should be no longer than 1 1/2 pages in length, single-spaced. They should be sent
electronically as an attached Word document to:

We're looking for articles that address: 1) policy issues; 2) the organization and administration
of distance learning; 3) the development and application of new distance education training
programs, short courses, long courses and degree programs; 4) examples of the use of
"blended technologies;" 5) distance education case studies; 6) the management and support
of distance education, continuing education programs and services; 7) distance education
assessment and 8) research in any of these areas. Our subscribers come from organizations
of: K-12, higher education, government, non-profits and the private sector.

We are looking for manuscripts that have both theoretical and practical implications for the
field of distance education. If you have any questions about appropriate topics or about
preparing a manuscript, please feel free to e-mail me:

Rosemary Lehman


GWETC 2001 REGISTRATION - Online registration is now available for the Governor's
Wisconsin Educational Technology Conference (GWETC 2001). The conference is
scheduled for Oct 29-31 at the KI Center and Embassy Suites. Green Bay, WI The
program includes: keynote and spotlight speakers, workshops, concurrent presentations,
poster sessions, "birds of a feather" dinner discussions, vendor exhibits and more. For
complete information and to register go to:

CHRISTOPH IS SYLLABUS 2001 SPEAKER - University of Wisconsin-Madison's Kathy
Cristoph, Director of Academic Technology Solutions, will present a keynote address at
Syllabus Fall 2001 in the Boston Area, November 30. Christoph's address, titled "Targeting
the Transformation of Teaching and Learning through Technology," will focus on ways in
which educators can analyze their situations and formulate strategies to target the
transformation in teaching and learning at their institutions. The address will consider
questions such as: What are the driving factors behind technology-based changes in
teaching and learning in higher education? How does institutional culture fit into the picture?
Do we have the necessary resources? Christoph's talk will be one of the many highlights of
the conference, scheduled for November 29-December 2, 2001 in Danvers, MA. For more
conference information and online registration visit:

TTT - The first issue this year's Teaching With Technology Today (TTT) is now available at: and includes:

* What Are the Essential Characteristics of the Successful Online Teacher and Learner?
Discussion facilitated by Jane Kircher, Instructional Design Manager, UWS DotEdu:

* Virtual Issues of Relationship and Community. Discussion facilitated by M. Kayt
Sunwood, Director, UW-Superior Faculty Development Center:

* How Can We Appeal to All Learning Styles in One Online Course? Dialogue facilitated
by Dr. AnnMarie Johnson, Instructional Developer, UW-Oshkosh:

(For more about TTT contact: Tammy Kempfert, UW System at:

LINES - September News Highlights

- Government Web sites were second only to news Web sites in the days immediately
following the Sept 11 attacks. In ranking, the Navy received 205,000 hits per day, the White
House, 162,000 and the Army 137,000. The Federal Emergency Management Agency Web
site activity rose sharply to 88,000 hits per day. Annenberg associate dean, Joe Saltzman,
summarizes: people "hear a lot of information, but feel more comfortable by checking what
they hear on reliable sites." (Reuters, 21 Sept 01)

- SM Consulting, Baltimore, was recently chosen by McGraw-Hill to assist them in
developing computer simulation software for higher ed. These simulations will compliment
college course textbooks and will focus on fostering new levels of collaboration, interaction
and competition. SM Consulting practices in managed services, Web application
development and the support of network operations. For additional information see:

- Realizing that handhelds seem to fit comfortably into the work style of educators and
students in higher education, Palm Inc. has introduced its latest version of the Palm m100
series. The Palm m125 will retail at about $249 and features: "dual expansion" for
software upgrades via "content cards" and hardware modules for add-on collapsible
keyboards, digital cameras and modems. It also offers a faster processor and includes
8MB of RAM. New content cards include: a travel card, a language translator and
three eBooks. Visit for more information.

- Mindful of the fact that our computer communications infrastructures are filled with
security and reliability problems, programs that focus on terrorism are becoming
increasingly important. One such program, Cyber Corps, is a federal pilot initiative organized
by the government to train computer security experts. The National Science Foundation has
contributed $11 million to the program. The program process includes paying students to
study in the program and then having them work for the government as computer security
experts. Participating universities include the: U of Tulsa, Naval Postgraduate School, Purdue
U, Iowa State U, U of Idaho and Carnegie Mellon U. (USA Today, 18 Sept 01)

- "A Virtual Revolution: Trends in the Expansion of Distance Education," recently released
by The American Federation of Teachers, is sharply critical of online education. Reasons
given are that: 1) too many online courses center on teaching a collection of facts; 2) the
traditional faculty role is being "unbundled" by online-course creators and handed off to
technology experts and designers and 3) online education is primarily focused on the
marketplace and downgrade the importance of class time, social interaction and the
development of deep subject knowledge. For the full report go to:

- "The Third Shift," a recent report by the American Association of University Women
states that women face far more challenges in taking distance-education courses than men.
Based on online interviews with 500 students, (462 were women,) reasons cited were:
1) classes add another shift to a woman's workday, between homemaking and child care;
2) the classes are often costly and 3) about 1/3 of the women are focused on degrees and
careers, not enrichment. In addition to soon being made available for purchase, a seminar
about the report will be given at George Mason University. More information is available


calls for the creation of a nationwide virtual university. The bill, expected to be passed by
the end of 2001, would earmark $20 million for the undertaking, which would combine the
online courses of several state universities. The Net University would open in the fall and
initially enroll 2,350 students. Students would be able to attend any institution in the project,
and coursework taken at any institution would be accepted by all network members. Sweden
has 39 state universities, most of which offer online courses. Each university will decide
whether it will take part in the network. Education at the virtual university will be completely
free for students, the same as at conventional state universities. (Chronicle of Higher
Education Online, 20 Sept 01 - Edupage 21 Sept 01. Visit Edupage at:

University of Toronto has withdrawn from Universitas 21 after the consortium announced
plans to develop online degree programs in partnership with Thomson Learning.
Universitas 21's initial mandate was to encourage international university collaboration.
University of Toronto President Robert Birgeneau says the university withdrew from the
consortium to protect the value of its degrees and to avoid fettering any future online
initiatives of its own. For more see: (NETWORKING ISSN
1206-9450, vol. 5 #4, 19 Sept 01. For the NETWORKING Web site see:

TAKING CLASSES TO THE MASSES - Many universities that made sizable investments
in eLearning programs are discovering that the concept has yet to live up to its hype.
Fathom, Columbia University's $30 million, for-profit online education initiative, has not
caught on, despite the dedication of chief executive Ann Kirschner to take "classes to the
masses." Columbia is shifting its tactics by offering its target consumers shorter, cheaper
courses. Yet some progress has been made. Hundreds of local universities and community
colleges have found success by gradually offering online courses to students on a non-profit
basis. Such colleges account for 98% of online courses, according to Alfred P. Sloan
Foundation program officer A. Frank Mayadas. Whereas top universities with for-profit
efforts are offering courses taught by star faculty and enhanced by flashy, costly
technology, nonprofit schools are doing well because they offer a high degree of interactivity
between teachers and students. (Washington Post Magazine, 16 Sept 01 - Edupage 19 Sept.
01. For the NETWORKING Web site see:

the last two years of high school were the first two years of college? And what if they were
free? According to a recent report in the New York Times, the New York City Board of
Education believes this might be a solution to many problems that students and their families
face as they make the transition to higher education. Its experimental Bard High School
Early College, which opened last week in Brooklyn in partnership with Bard College, is
designed to test this hypothesis. The 260 students admitted out of thousands who applied will
not have to take SATs or SAT prep classes this year. They will not need to take high school
advanced placement classes. And their parents will not need to spend as much as $60,000 in
tuition and expenses for the first two years of college. These students will simply begin Bard's
freshman liberal arts curriculum based on independent thinking, writing and class discussion.
On successful completion of their two-year course of studies, they will be eligible to receive
a Bard Associate degree and to transfer to a college or university of their choice. But will
these students be emotionally and intellectually ready for the demands of the final years of
college? And will higher education institutions, already under budgetary pressure, be ready
to accept them? Read more at:
(E-NEWS FROM UCEA #47 17 Sept 01. Visit the UCEA Web site at:


Council recently hosted a conference for representatives from several area colleges to discuss
their goals as technology incubators, in an effort to "positively impact economic development
across the state, region and nation." The discussants included top research universities in the
Washington, DC area that are promoting technology transfer between themselves and private
technology companies. According to those attending, many technology projects are the result
of the entrepreneurial spirit of the student and faculty. Some of the ventures noted were
NeuralStem, Digene and Martek Biosciences. (Washington Post, 21 Sept 01)

NEW ROLES FOR THE CLASSROOM - According to Elliott Masie, the classroom is not
dead! Rather the classroom is a different type of experience and can be a great approach to
learning delivery when:

- The learning activity involves discussion or live role modeling.
- The learning target is a motor skill that requires the use of equipment.
- The audience is small and it is easier and cheaper to put a subject matter expert with a
learner, than to produce a digital learning module that will be used by just a few people.
- The content requires intense concentration for an extended period of time, which may not
be available at the workplace.
- The event is a ritual or landmark event that will signal a major benchmark or promotion
in one's work history.
- The learning activity is linked to a social objective to meet and work with colleagues or
- The bulk of the content is gained from a Socratic dialogue with fellow learners.
- The subject matter is not appropriate to an online experience.
- As a strong learner/manager preference or a change of pace.

While there is a significant increase in the use of eLearning and Blended Learning, there has
not been the death or demise of the classroom. There are changes in the classroom world:

- Shorter duration classes.
- Use of pre-class and post-class learning via technology.
- Developing Communities of Learning or Practice surrounding the class.
- Targeting of classroom learning via Learning Management Systems.
- Use of simulation and other eLearning resources in class. (TechLearn TRENDS, #215
4 Sept 01. Visit the Masie Web site at:


report recommends against revising copyright law to assure that libraries and consumers can
lend and archive software and other electronic material they purchase. The Copyright Office
is required to issue the report to Congress so that lawmakers can decide whether there are
holes or flaws in the digital-copyright law that need to be fixed. The report concludes that the
1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which updated copyright law for a digital environment, has not significantly undermined what is known as the first-sale doctrine. The doctrine
allows purchasers of books, CDs and software to give them away or sell them. The Copyright
Office report recommended revising the digital-copyright law to ensure that temporary "buffer"
files made while broadcasting videos or music on the Internet should be exempt from
infringement liability and extra royalty fees. The office also advised that the law be clarified to
say that back-up copies of electronic data are prohibited from distribution under the first-sale
doctrine. (Syllabus-News, Resources and Trends, 4 Sept 01. See the Syllabus Web site at:

The President's Information Technology Advisory Committee, formerly the Presidential
Advisory Committee on High Performance Computing and Communications, Information
Technology and the Next Generation Internet, will meet in Arlington, VA the week of Sept 24
at the National Science Foundation. The agenda includes reports from the Committee's
discovery/review subcommittees on scalable information infrastructure, high-end computing,
software, socioeconomic and workforce issues. For further information, visit the National
Coordination Office for Computing, Information and Communications at:
(Syllabus e-News, Resources and Trends,18 Sept 18 01. See the Syllabus Web site at:


PROJECTLEARN WEB SITE NOW AVAILABLE - ProjectLearn is a valuable resource for
using a project approach to integrating technology into the curriculum. This subscription Web
site provides a framework for developing successful projects, making it an indispensable
resource for building technology projects in the classroom. The site offers information to
guide all grade levels and subject areas through the process of having students create
technology-infused curriculum projects, including instructional strategies, a resource library
and line masters. ProjectLearn classroom will be of interest to both educators and staff
development professionals. Visit: For more
information and a tour see the main Web site: (News4Educators,
26 Sept 01)

Mudd College, provides a unique approach to teaching science. Funded by the National Science
Foundation, with a $136,000 grant, the CD is appropriate for introductory biology, cell biology,
genetics and cancer biology courses, as well as high school biology. The CD is designed to be
goal-based, with stem cell simulation, and teaches the stem cell cycle. "StemLab, an Environment
for Learning," lets students self-pace and make decisions to learn about how cells divide, grow
and change. A multimedia simulation, leads student students to apply stem cell research in a
very practical way to create therapies for a spectrum of medical problems. Students are directed
to text, graphics, animations and a pronunciation guide by hypertext links. The CD is being
offered by the Mona Group. For complete information see:


Ubiquity: An ACM IT Magazine and Forum, vol. 2, issue 27, 11-17 Sept 01

What makes the new technologies worth embracing? Why should institutions of higher
education undertake the major investments that are involved? What makes the Internet more
than just the latest in a long chain of technological innovations - including radio and television -
that have fallen short of inflated expectations in the realm of advanced learning?" Tripathi's
essay is a preview from a forthcoming anthology on digital education. The article is available
on the Web at: (CIT INFOBITS #39
ISSN 1521-9275, Sept 01. Visit the CIT INFOBITS Web site at:

IRRODL - The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL)
is a refereed electronic journal dedicated to the advancement of theory, research and practice
of open and distance education worldwide. More important, this rigorous academic journal
provides research and insights relevant to distance educators around the world, and it is offered
free of charge. No single country or geographic region is given priority over another in this
journal. The scope is the worldwide landscape of open and distance learning. In the current
edition of IRRODL, explore the many voices of open and distance education perspectives
from Australia, Spain, Korea, Canada, China, Bahrain and the Middle East. Also included are
conference notes, book reviews and news from around the world. Share your research,
insights and opinions with fellow academics and colleagues around the world by submitting
your work for publication in future issues of IRRODL. For access to this free journal go to:

F-LIGHT SEPT 2001 - offers three case studies on Transformative Assessment through
interviews with leaders at three institutions, the University of Central Florida, Mount Royal
College (Calgary, Canada) and Washington State University. The interviews suggest several
lessons about the transformative use of assessment: 1) "transformation" may be a misnomer,
to the people involved the issue is educational improvement and usually a relatively specific
improvement; 2) because technology is a tool, the improvement theme itself may not even be
explicitly technology-related; 3) the assessment effort gains power when it is integrally
related to other means of advancing the improvement rather than being seen as an add-on,
and 4) this integral relationship is essential. For the full article see: (F-LIGHT, 4 Sept 01)


RACE IN CYBERSPACE - A new focus is emerging concerning issues of race on the
Internet. The thinking has been that race does not exist on the Internet. Academic scholars,
however, are seeing this thinking as both untrue and potentially harmful, actually bringing
about a feeling of "default whiteness" online. According to university professor, Kali Tal,
University of Arizona humanities professor, people who want to be recognized as part of
a minority race are actually singled out if they bring it up. Assistant professor of English at
Sonoma State University and coeditor of "Race in Cyberspace," Lisa Nakamura, believes
that race on the Internet should not be ignored but recognized, citing online chats and
Multi-User-Dungeons (MUDs) as particularly troubling in this regard. Racial minorities
may actually be offended by a chat room member who thinks they are white. Then, if they
identify their race, they may be seen as flaunting it. A conference, called "Race in Digital
Space" is being planned by scholars to address this issue of race on the Internet and will
be held at MIT in the spring. (Chronicle of Higher Education Online, 21 Sept 01. For the
Chronicle Web site go to:


-INDIANA UNIVERSITY and the FLASHLIGHT PROGRAM - are seeking a new staff
member who will work half-time for each on studies of educational uses of technology.
For complete information on this position, see:

- UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-PLATTEVILLE - is recruiting for a Coordinator
of its online Project Management program. Details about the position, application deadline
and other information can be found at:

- MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY'S Educational Technology Services -
invites applications for the position of Media Specialist. The successful candidate will
manage and operate educational technology systems to support distance learning plus other
campus needs and be a key member of the team. Systems include video studio(s), video
streaming, electronic display system, videotape duplicating and other technologies. The
Complete job description is available at:

NEW ON THE LIST - Welcome to new subscribers - Joan Harris, Linda Wilkinson,
Alexey Zapevalin, Rhonda Deeg, Mark Millard, M. Vorndam, Kevin Davies, Don Doherty,
Marina Mcisaac, James Gruwald, Richard Head, Judith Regina-Whiteley, Edie Delaglio,
Hillard Gastfriend, Kara Williams, Helene Conlon, Walter Degeneras, Harold Foley,
Theodore Radlin and Joesph Freeman.

FYI - News, Events, Conferences

- TECHLEARN 2001, scheduled for October 28-31 in Orlando, FL, will offer a special
pre-conference workshop on Sunday morning October 28, "Rethinking Learning in
Difficult Times." This session will be an interactive, three-hour planning briefing for
organizations developing strategies to cope with the current difficult times that we all face.
Benchmarking based procedures that will be presented/discussed include: 1) Learning and
Training During Staff Reductions; 2) eLearning When Investments are Difficult; 3) Digital
Collaboration as an Imperative; 4) Blended Learning Models for Difficult Times and
5) Budgeting for Tighter Times. These issues will be discussed frankly by Elliott Masie
and participants will have an opportunity to assess how their organizations are responding
to the current difficulties compared with similar groups. Each participant will complete a
planning grid to reflect current and ideal strategies for addressing these hard issues.
For information about TechLearn and the various pre-conference workshops go to:

- GWETC 2001 - Online registration is now available for the 9th Governor's Wisconsin
Educational Technology Conference (GWETC 2001). The conference is scheduled for Oct
29-31 at the KI Center and Embassy Suites. Green Bay, WI The program includes: keynote
and spotlight speakers, workshops, concurrent presentations, poster sessions, "birds of a
feather" dinner discussions, vendor exhibits and more. For complete information and to
register go to:

- WCET - the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications 13th Annual
Conference (WCET) will take place at the Coeur d'Alene Resort in Idaho on Oct 31-Nov 3,
2001. The conference focuses on policy, practices and services for eLearners in higher
education. Registration materials and the entire program can be found online at:

- The SLOAN-C International Conference on Online Learning will be held Nov 16-18, 2001
in Orlando, FL at the Rosen Centre Hotel. Tracks include: Emerging Standards of Excellence
for: Faculty Development, Online Technology, Learning and Pedagogy and Assessment and
Evaluation. For complete information go to:

- The SYLLABUS fall 2001 conference, "Next Steps: Moving Forward with Campus IT,"
is set for Nov 29-Dec 2, 2001 in Danvers, MA. Online registration is available at:

- ED-MEDIA 2002, a World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and
Telecommunications will be held: June 24-29, 2002 in Denver, CO The submission deadline
for presentation is Oct 29, 2001 The conference is organized by the Association for the
Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). For more information see:

ENDNOTE - A TIME OF TERROR AND GIFTS - My husband and I and my younger
brother and his wife were in the small town of Vaga, Norway when the Sept 11 attack took
place. We saw the terror on Norwegian television, interpreted by our restaurant host. It was
a strange experience to be far from home, to have the majority of our news in a language we
were not totally familiar with, and except for our small group of four, to be among relative
strangers. Yet, the kindness these strangers showed us throughout our trip were

The host who told us about the attack, refused to take a tip, asking only for our hands in
friendship People who heard us speak English in Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen, walked
up to us spontaneously to tell us how sorry they were for us and for America. The cab driver
who drove us to the airport for departure on Sept 17 refused to take the fare. He said that
this was his "gift to us."

As we begin to recover, with increased attentiveness to the new world we are living in, at
the forefront of my mind will be the kindness we were shown when we were far from
home. (Rosemary Lehman)

In "A Time For Gifts", Stephen Jay Gould, a professor of zoology at Harvard, and author
of "Questioning the Millennium," conveyed a similar perspective. Gould says, "The patterns
of human history mix decency and depravity in equal measure. We often assume, therefore,
that such a fine balance of results must emerge from societies made of decent and depraved
people in equal numbers. But we need to expose and celebrate the fallacy of this conclusion
so that, in this moment of crisis, we may reaffirm an essential truth too easily forgotten, and
regain some crucial comfort too readily forgone. Good and kind people outnumber all
others by thousands to one. The tragedy of human history lies in the enormous potential
for destruction in rare acts of evil, not in the high frequency of evil people. Complex
systems can only be built step by step, whereas destruction requires but an instant. Thus,
in what I like to call the Great Asymmetry, every spectacular incident of evil will be
balanced by 10,000 acts of kindness, too often unnoted and invisible as the 'ordinary'
efforts of a vast majority." I would like to note and make visible the acts of kindness we
were shown and encourage you to read Gould's entire article at:

OCTOBER DESIEN ISSUE FOCUS - IDEAS Portal Web Site: One Online Stop for
Wisconsin's PK-16 Education Community by John Fischer

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