September 27, 2004

Issue No. 66

Table of Contents

Highlights and Features

Grokker at Stanford
CourseWork-Fall 2004
File-Sharing Myths
File-Sharing Resources
IT Open House October 28
Tech Help for Faculty
Essential SU Software
Desktop Computer Security
Security Self-Help Tool
Wireless Access-SU Visitors
SULAIR Home Page Update
SU Course Support Web Site copy

Library Resources

SULAIR Image Collections
SKIL Tutorial Enhanced
Scholars Workshops for Fall
Social Science Data
Literary Studies Database
New Lane Library Web Site
Firing Line TV Program
ArcGIS 9 Available
SSRC Past Events Online
BIOSIS Changes
HighWire Press-New Journals
EuroNews Web Site

Computing News

Accessible Web Pages
AFS Disk Quota Increased
Online Lecture Assessment
Teaching with Technology
Resources for SU Webmasters
ATS Program-New Projects
ATL Project Showcase
Spam Deletion Tool
ITSS Training Services
Training Registration
HelpSU Streamlined
New Webmail Is Here
Printing in Sweet Hall
Sweet Hall Consulting
Mac OS X Migration
PeopleSoft System Upgraded
Bookstore Computer Store
Courselets for SU Community
Sundial Calendar Changes
TeamSpace in Meyer Library
Meyer Classrooms
Meyer Tech Desk Update
Technology Help on Web

Courselet Portfolio Available for the Stanford Community

Stanford faculty would like to assume that the students who sign up for their courses have learned certain basic material. Experienced instructors know, however, that many students have not had the prerequisite courses, have taken them several years ago, or simply did not develop a deep enough understanding of the basic concepts to use them in the current course.

There are several options for dealing with students who are not as prepared as the instructor would like. Professors or their TAs can spend time going over this material in class or during office hours. They can recommend books, courses, or other materials and hope for the best. Or they can create a custom tutorial, tailored specifically for their students' needs, that students can access online and work through at their own pace.

This latter option is what the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD) calls a courselet, a self-contained, integrated set of learning materials designed as a custom tutorial and offered online in support of Stanford engineering, science and engineering management courses.

All courselets:

Available to all Stanford faculty, staff, and students, courselets cover a wide range of subject matter including: Bioinformatics, Complex Numbers, Device Physics, Drug Development, Electrical Engineering, Math and Statistics, Nanomaterial Design, Oncology, and more. For the complete list and details about each courselet, see the web at:

To view an online demonstration of a courselet, visit:

Stanford Center for Professional Development
The Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD) collaborates with School of Engineering faculty and other Stanford University departments to deliver over 10,000 hours annually of academic graduate education and professional education short courses for engineers, scientists, technology professionals, and managers in industry. Courses are delivered via the Stanford Instructional Television Network and Stanford Online, as well as on campus. For more information, visit the web at or call (650)725-3000.