Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Wharton School Test Drives Development Package. (University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business Utilizes Asymetrix Corp.'s ToolBook 1.5 to Design a Multimedia-Based Information System)to Design (Applications)

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Wharton School Test Drives Development Package. (University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business Utilizes Asymetrix Corp.'s ToolBook 1.5 to Design a Multimedia-Based Information System)to Design (Applications)

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Roughly 50 mid- to senior-level executives entered the Steinberg Conference Center, comprised of about 100 deluxe hotel rooms plus teaching facilities. They were in town to attend the' Advanced 'Management Program, a five-week seminar hosted by the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

'After settling in for their stay, they noticed one item in their assigned rooms that seemed somewhat out of place--an IBM PS/2 Model 80 computer. With interests piqued, slowly these professionals, turned on their machines.

What greeted them was a multimedia-based, hypertext information system. When accessing the first module, each participant was surprised to find his or her own face smiling back from the screen. Along with their own scanned. photo and small biography were those of the other session attendees, plus a file on the Wharton School faculty members teaching the program.

The second module served as a concierge, displaying a map of Philadelphia and listings of local restaurants, upcoming sports events and other information to acquaint the executives with their new surroundings. Next was an overview of the Wharton School background reference information about the campus' structure and history.

Lastly, the session's class schedule was posted in electronic format, offering a quick reference for those without their seminar notebook. A description of the Advanced Management Program course, then an event breakdown by week and day were provided.

* Getting Their Feet Wet

The above scenario took place last year, a product of the Wharton School's decision to "get its feet wet" with ToolBook Version 1.5 for Windows, an application development program from Asymetrix Corp. in Bellevue, Wash.

Michael Eleey and Kendall Whitehouse, director and associate director, respectively, of the Academic Technology Services Department at Wharton School, worked with IBM Corp,, who had been selected to develop the Advanced Management Program Executive Information System. Their primary intent was to increase their familiarity with ToolBook before embarking on several other academic projects.

ToolBook was pre-loaded, along with Windows 3.0, on an IBM PS/2 Model 80 computer equipped with 8MB of RAM and a 120MB hard drive. Also used for development purposes was an IBM Model P75 portable computer with a 400MB hard drive.,

Wharton had chosen ToolBook and the Windows platform for many reasons, the primary one being its accessibility to the majority of instructors. …

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