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TechLearn Trends A New On-Line Update from The MASIE Center
Issue #2 November 21, 1997 Written by Elliott Masie

WEARABLES and a COOL GIFT I got one of the coolest gadgets in the mail yesterday. I wasn't allowed to touch it last night, as it was my wife's birthday. But, this morning I opened up the box and out came REX. This is a very SMALL device. In fact, it is the size of a PCMCIA card, about the size of a business card. It has a very clear LCD screen and can store and display your entire personal organizer. Want to synchronize it, just pop it into the slot on your laptop, or hook it up to a serial port holder, and in a few seconds it has your entire schedule, to do list and phone book. It is what is called a wearble. Developed by Franklin and Borland. This is a very cool gift. Available for about $129. Check it out at Implications for on-line learning are enormous. Imagine that you could download an entire course onto this chip based device and keep it in your pocket.
ANDERSON SOFT TEACH SOLD BY ITC Another sale within the training marketplace. ITC Learning Corp. (ITC) (NASDAQ ITCC) announced today that it has sold its Anderson Soft-Teach division (Anderson) to an investor group headed by Bette Tomaszewicz, a twenty year training industry veteran, for cash and debt totaling $4,950,000. This divestiture is part of a strategic move to position ITC as a broad-based distributor of an expanded line of multimedia training products acquired through evolving strategic alliances. The new products will include topics such as the art of customer service, leadership, financial skills, and others in the "soft skills" area, which make up 75% of the training market today. Complete press release available at

TechLearn 1998 Dates Announced November 15 to 18, 1998 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Registrations now being accepted at 800-98-MASIE and

MASIE Center Program The Road to On-Line Learning LAB & Seminar January 12 & 13, 1998 Saratoga Springs, NY Web Site Special discount for MASIE Center Members. Space is limited, so register early.


TechLearn Trends: A New On-Line Update from The MASIE Center
Issue #1: November 19, 1997

Welcome to TechLearn Trends. This will be an on-going web and email based free resource focusing on the intersection of technology and learning. We will be providing perspectives on new approaches to learning and reviews of emerging technologies. Trends in the technical training marketplace will also be covered. Abstracts of articles will be provided via email with several links to complete articles and resources on the internet.

AUDIBLE.COM: Check out this new gadget that takes your corporate intranet on the road. Simple concept: 1) create an audio file with learning, training or product information; 2) download it to your PC; 3) transfer it to this small (2" x 4") handheld device; and 4) listen to it with headphones or on the FM radio of your car while commuting. We have been experimenting with this device, which retails for under $200 and see it as the first in a genre of specialized intranet devices. Web Site:

IMPACT OF ON-LINE LEARNING ON CLASSROOM MARKETPLACE: Read our new column in Computer Reseller News focused on the impact of the on-line learning trend on demand for classroom learning and the marketplace. Complete article at: MASIE Center Program: The Road to On-Line Learning LAB & Seminar: January 12 & 13, 1998 Saratoga Springs, NY Web Site: Special discount for MASIE Center Members. Space is limited, so register early.
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