IT Happens : April 2004
Monthly News Notice of IT Happenings
Issue - 34


Feature Of The Month

Computer-simulated men and women are talking back to trainees at the FBI, the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection and other agencies to help them improve their interviewing techniques.

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., developed the Mike Simmen simulation the FBI used.
SIMmersion's simulations are built using the expressions and body movements of live actors. Their responses to different situations were captured and programmed into the software. The trainee uses earphones and a microphone to interact with the simulation and, depending on what the trainee says, the simulation will react a certain way.

"The character is always different," Olsen said. "You'll never have the same discussion twice." The Marine Corps uses SIMmersion technology to teach recruiters how to assess a potential recruit and persuade the person to join. The customs bureau uses SIMmersion simulations to teach agents how to identify smugglers or terrorists by the subtle clues they might give during questioning.
"By taking the end user through the steps of an actual situation, there's a better chance the student will learn from the process."



Regarding the tendency of entrepreneurs to take undue risk: 
“Simply think your way through before you pay your way through.”

- Dr. Rajiv Tandon-

Personality Of The Month

As one associated with about 300 start-ups in 30 years, Dr Rajiv Tandon, An IITan initiated several ventures including a large firm that was acquired by General Motors for $1 billion. In the year 2001, Learning Byte, a company floated by him, was acquired by 
Digital Think.

Earlier Dr. Tandon also led the development of the famous Authorware software, that he later sold to Macromedia. Authorware is considered as the milestone in electronic authoring softwares. Later, Dr Tandon went on to float Adayana, which then acquired Trina Systems, yet another custom-developer of e-learning systems and content. 

His company is in the process of interacting with IITs and other active organizations in the area for content development and is engaged with large corporations like Wipro, Tata Motors for various e-learning inputs.

IT Snippets
E-Learning For All Including Those With Disabilities

ATutor is an Open Source Web-based Learning Content Management System (LCMS) designed with accessibility and adaptability in mind. Educators can quickly assemble, package, and redistribute Web-based instructional content, and conduct their courses online. Students learn in an adaptive learning environment.

ATutor is the first fully inclusive LCMS, complying with the W3C accessibility specifications at the AA+ level, allowing access to all potential learners, instructors, and administrators, including those with disabilities

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Software For Writers

StyleWriter teaches one to write in the style of top authors and journalists by checking every document for thousands of style and English usage faults. 

This can be done by simply clicking the StyleWriter button in Microsoft Word's or WordPerfect's toolbar to launch a check for the common faults and bad habits found in writing. Trimming the excess words, simplifying and clarifying one’s style, checking for good English usage becomes easy with StyleWriter.

StyleWriter encourages the clearest style so your reader concentrates and acts on your message rather than struggles to understand what you want to say. It also helps to write in the clear English style by identifying words and phrases in writing that get in the way of clarity and poor style. 

One improve’s one’s grammar if one writes clearly and concisely, using shorter sentences and active verbs. StyleWriter constantly encourages one to adopt this clear style and forces one to read their work. Thus, many grammar mistakes in one’s writing will disappear as one rework’s one’s original text.


Web Watch

The above mentioned website gives information about e-learning for the Fortune 1000. It also gives information about consulting services, cutting-edge simulations, custom online course development, and a scalable technology platform with on-demand delivery. 

The site also gives information about developing and delivering compelling, results-oriented, custom e-learning solutions that enable people to perform better. The online learning solutions directly impact job performance by teaching the precise skills and knowledge employees need on the job. 
The architecture of the website consists of four main components. Interactive custom courses and innovative realistic simulations complete with coaches, customers, and real decision-making. 

Information of consultants who can help your company design, implement, and market your 
e-learning strategy company-wide. An on-demand platform which is instant-on, with no capital investment or IT infrastructure needed from our customers. 

The DigitalThink platform is open and standards-compliant and can easily integrate with Learning Management Systems, ERP, CRM, e-commerce, or HR systems

IT Humour

10 Golden Rules For Writers

1. Verbs HAS to agree with their subjects.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.
4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
5. Be more or less specific.
6. Parenthetical remarks ( however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.
7. Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
8. No sentence fragments.
9. Don’t use no double negatives.
10. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out or mispeld something.

IT Quiz

    1.    What is Knowledge Management (KM)? 

     2.   What is Clear Type technology for Fonts ?

IT Quiz Solutions

  1. KM is a newly emerging, interdisciplinary business model dealing with all aspects of knowledge within the context of the firm, including knowledge creation, codification, sharing, and how these activities promote learning and innovation. In practice, KM encompasses both technological tools and organizational routines in overlapping parts. 
  2. Clear Type is a method to render TrueType fonts so that they are less fuzzy on an LCD screen. This involves realizing that each pixel on such a screen is composed of three sub-'pixels', the RGB components. Clear type technology is often used for E-books for fatigue-free book viewing. Clear Type happens to be Microsoft’s brand name for this (patented) idea.