C S S C    N E W S L E T T E R                                                                                                                                                                                     Vol 1  No 12                                                October 20, 1993   TABLE OF CONTENTS  1.0  Help needed...third party software...what platforms?  2.0  License Manager information ... keeping it current  3.0  LMX update  4.0  Alphas on the Internet  5.0  WHAT PRESIDENTS NEED TO KNOW...about the Impact of Networking on Campus  6.0  Calls received by SCACAD, SCADM and SCSYS for July/August/Sept 1993  1.0  Help needed...third party software...what platforms?       The Support Center is trying to put together a list of all Digital       and third party software that can run on the VMS, Alpha, OSF/1 and       Ultrix platforms.       We need your help on third party software.  If you know what       platform(s) your third party software can run on or can contact       vendors to ask this information, would you please send that       information to SCACAD@SNYBSCVA.  We will announce what software       has been reviewed by other campuses, as it comes in, so that your       efforts aren't duplicated.       We would appreciate this information back within the next two weeks.  2.0  License Manager information ... keeping it current       In order to keep the License Manager information current       (responsible person, address, telephone numbers, network address,       etc.), we need the LMs to verify their own information, as currently       listed on the LM profile file.  Recently, we noticed that we had       conflicting telephone numbers.  You can easily see what we have by       having the SCxxxLM person get into their SCxxxLM account on the       SBSCVA machine and use the following two options to verify the data.                2 Verify Tape mailing address                3 Verify Network copy mailing information       It would be of great benefit to the Support Center to have current       information.  Thanks.  3.0  LMX update       LMX Available to SUNY Campuses and Community Colleges       The Learning Management Expert system (LMX), officially know as       POISE-CIS, from Campus America, Inc. is available at considerable       savings from the standard pricing to all SUNY Campuses and Community       Colleges through contract #CM00276.  The cost of LMX involves both       a license fee and an annual maintenance fee.  The license fee is       based on FTE's and can be either a "Departmental" license which       permits any three faculty to use LMX with their students or a "site"       license which, of course, lets ALL faculty use LMX.  A "site"       license is automatically granted upon the purchase of two       departmental licenses prior to July 1, 1995 or the purchase of three       departmental licenses after that date.  The exact cost of a license       for a particular campus can be obtained by contacting Jack Pope at       SUNY Canton - POPEJR@SNYCANVA.  The annual maintenance fee depends       on the number of participating campuses but is estimated to be       approximately $3,000.  Once the appropriate fee has been paid, LMX       will be available via GETSOFTWARE from the CSSC.       Jack Pope will be providing the support for LMX.  He will answer       questions by e-mail or phone and welcomes visitors to Canton for an       extended look at LMX.  Jack can also be available for on-site       assistance with installation and setup or faculty training.  This       service, however, requires that the host campus cover Jack's       expenses and reimburse Canton for his time at $350/day.       LMX is a state of the art curriculum development and learning       management system developed from experience in sound educational       practice and research into curriculum and instructional design.  Its       basic functions involve using a computer to:       -store curriculum outlines and support materials       -evaluate and control learner progress       -maintain and analyze data on learner performance       -maintain and analyze data on instructional effectiveness       Several benefits realized through effective implementation of LMX       are listed below.  It is critical to recognize that these advantages       will be attained only with through planning and ongoing management.       LMX suggests a framework for curriculum development:       -expedites the cycle of design, develop, evaluate and revise       -advises the developer to fully define curriculum structure and content       -links questions, resources and activities to learning objectives       LMX suggests several means for evaluating aspects of the curriculum:       -includes a library of taxonomies for classifying objectives,        questions, resources and activities       -enables the developer to apply his or her own criteria to evaluate and        qualify the curriculum       LMX manages delivery of curriculum outlines and objectives to       learners:       -organizes the curriculum into a course map with which the learner can        interact.       -gives the course designer flexibility in selecting modes of delivery        and learner assessment       LMX directs learners to suitable resources at the right time:       -based on the learner's status in the course, provides an inventory        of diverse resources appropriate to the current course work       -enables the learner to select resources best suited to his or her        personal learning style       LMX maintains complete records of self-directed learning activities:       -instructor is freed from doing paper-based evaluation, diagnosis and        tracking       -learners assume responsibility for the learning process using        preferred resources and activities to meet common goals       LMX tracks learners in self-paced programs:       -learners can proceed art their own speed; instructor is always aware        of individuals' status       LMX maintains complete records on all types of learner evaluation:       -any combination of system-scored, instructor evaluated or learner        evaluated assessment can be maintained in the student record       LMX identifies learners in need of remedial help:       -a learner must consult with the instructor as soon as he or she is        having difficulty       LMX identifies deficiencies in the curriculum or its supporting       resources and learning activities:       -reporting reveals weaknesses such as a need to insert enabling        objectives, inadequate resources, poor questions       The necessary resources are:       -a VAX host running VMS version 5.4 or higher       -the installed LMX software (10,000 - 30,000 blocks disk space        depending on options chosen)       -2 megabytes of physical memory       -VT200 or 300 series terminals or equivalent emulation recommended        a queued or attached printer required for hardcopy output of reports,        study guides, lesson plans and assessments.       -to support (optional) print graphics, one of the following laser        printers is needed - Digital LN series (queued or attached) or HP        Laserjet II or III (queued only).  The public domain LATEX document        processing system is installed as part of the LMX installation to allow        for production of printer ready graphics files.       Planning is underway, in conjunction with the Training Center, in       Syracuse to provide some introductory seminars and workshops.  The       possibility of a curricular development institute during the summer       of 1994 is also being explored.       Anyone who wishes more about LMX, its costs or its implementation       should contact Jack Pope at Canton - POPEJR@SNYCANVA OR       (315)386-7150  4.0  Alphas on the Internet                   ALPHA AXP SYSTEM AVAILABLE ON INTERNET             Application Developers Able to Test, Qualify or Port          UNIX Software; Others Able to Evaluate Alpha AXP Computing       MAYNARD, Mass. -- October 18, 1993 -- Digital Equipment Corporation       has placed on the Internet a DEC 4000 AXP system running the DEC       OSF/1 UNIX operating system, enabling users to evaluate the Alpha       AXP architecture and test the functionality of the supporting       operating systems, compilers, tools, and utilities.  An average of 50       new users per day have registered for accounts on the system.       "When people buy a car or a PC, they go to their local dealership to       test drive it, to see if it meets their needs.  We believe that       people looking at an Alpha AXP system should have the same       opportunity," said Gail Grant, program manager for the Internet       Alpha AXP systems.  "This program gives users the opportunity to try       out the system from their own desks, running their own code."       The Alpha AXP system is running version 1.3 of the DEC OSF/1       operating system and new versions of compilers and layered software.       This month Digital expects to connect a similar DEC 4000 AXP system       running the OpenVMS AXP operating system.       The Internet links more than 1.7 million host computers on 11,000       networks in 127 countries and is tied into most public and private       electronic messaging services, expanding the user population able to       exchange electronic mail to about 15 million people.       The system is doubling annually in users, networks, hosts, and       traffic. In connecting these systems to the Internet, Digital has       ensured the systems comply with all relevant regulations.       To register for an account, Internet users should telnet or rlogin       to axposf.pa.dec.com (Internet address:, log in as       axpguest (no password), and answer a qualifying questionnaire. Users       are asked to read and comply with all rules for machine       usage/restrictions.       System management questions should be sent to root@axposf.pa.dec.com       and questions about the overall program should be sent to Gail Grant       at grant@pa.dec.com.       Digital Equipment Corporation is the world's leader in open       client/server solutions from personal computing to integrated       worldwide information systems.  Digital's Alpha AXP platforms,       storage, networking, software and services, together with industry-       focused solutions from business partners, help organizations compete       and win in today's global marketplace.                                         Karen Quatromoni                                         Alpha AXP Public Relations                                         508/264-5358                                         karen.quatromoni@mlo.mts.dec.com  5.0  WHAT PRESIDENTS NEED TO KNOW...about the Impact of Networking on Campus       This is the name of an excellent document produced from the Higher       Education Information Resources Alliance of ARL, CAUSE and EDUCOM.       To get this document send your email message to                            HEIRAES@CAUSE.COLORADO.EDU       And in the body of the message type                            GET HEIRA.ES3  6.0  Calls received by SCACAD, SCADM and SCSYS for July/August/Sept 1993                               Vendor              Vendor              Vendor                        July   Support  /  August  Support  /   Sept   Support       SCACAD       17    3 - DSN        16    5 - DSN       24    4 - DSN       SCADM        62   13 - Oracle     39   14 - Oracle    35    8 - Oracle       SCSYS       204    0             315    0            169    0                                                                                         Editor:  Betty Spencer                                                                                                     SCACAD@SNYBSCVA

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