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Dec041998

91 - amazon.com Enters Training Distribution Field

1. amazon.com Enters Training Distribution Field. We were intrigued to see a press release yesterday announcing the entry of amazon.com (the on-line bookstore) into the distribution field for training products and services. GK Intelligent Systems Inc. (GKI) said Amazon.com agreed to sell its Around The Web In 80 Minutes Internet training software. GK Intelligent said the training software teaches Web navigation techniques, while adjusting to the user's skill level.

The corporate profile on them is: "GK Intelligent Systems Inc., with headquarters in Houston, Texas, is developing intelligent training software that dynamically adapts to the learning styles and abilities of individual users. The company is creating products to meet the education and information needs of consumers, corporate training managers and executive decision-makers."

This is an intriguing expansion of the distribution channels for learning.

2. Learning Quotation: One of our readers, Lou Gonzalez, from Florida Power and Light, submitted this learning quotation. Keep the quotes coming to emasie@masie.com:

"It is by teaching that we teach ourselves, by relating that we observe, by affirming that we examine, by showing that we look, by writing that we think, by pumping that we draw water into the well."
- Henri-Fredric Amiel

3 Problem Solution Sessions Content Posted: Dozens of brainstorming sessions are now posted on our site, covering topics for dealing with vendors to getting support for training. These are the first wave of the content from TechLearn '98, which we are making available for the readership of Trends. Check it out at:

http://www.techlearn98.com/pc98/guide/pssr.htm

Much more to follow in the days ahead. Keep checking our website at http://www.techlearn.com

4. Dissertation Writers Wanted: There are a number of key research questions that must be tackled in the years ahead, looking at how technology and learning can be leveraged for the greatest impact. The MASIE Center is volunteering to work with a small group of Ph.D. candidates to help them focus their dissertations on strategic research questions, to gain access to corporate learning settings for data collection and to disseminate the findings to an international audience. If you are a student or faculty member interested in this project, please send an email to emasie@masie.com The Center will donate time and resources to support vital research in this
area.

5. A Conversation Piece: How Does the Mouse Change Reading? When you are in a conversation with family or colleagues this weekend, ask them how the use of a mouse might change how they read or digest text. Does it make us more selective, more targeted, more distracted or less tolerant.

Mark the Dates: We have set the dates for TechLearn '99: October 31 to November 3, 1999 in Orlando, Florida. There are already 530 registrations for next year. If you want to pay with 1998 dollars, please contact our office at 800-98-MASIE.

Several spaces still available in The Road to On-Line Learning LAB and Seminar: Saratoga Springs, NY (December 14 and 15th) http://www.masie.com or 800-98-MASIE

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