[Federal Register: March 29, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 61)]
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Web-Based Education Commission; Hearing and Meeting

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Education.

ACTION: Notice of hearing and meeting.


SUMMARY: This notice announces the next hearing and meeting of the Web-
based Education Commission. Notice of this meeting is required under
Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Difficulties in
scheduling the meeting caused delay in publishing this notice. This
document is intended to notify the general public of their opportunity
to attend this hearing and meeting.

DATES: The hearing and meeting will be held on April 7, 2000, from 8:00
a.m.-2:00 p.m.

LOCATION: The hearing and meeting will be held at Sun Microsystems,
Inc., 10 Network Circle, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David S. Byer, Executive Director,
Web-based Education Commission, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K
Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006-8533. Telephone: (202) 502-7561. Fax:
(202) 502-7873. Email: david__byer@ed.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Web-based Education Commission is
authorized by Title VIII, Part J of the Higher Education Act Amendments
of 1998, as amended by the Fiscal 2000 Appropriations Act for the
Departments of Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education, and
Related Agencies. The Commission is required to conduct a thorough
study to assess the critical pedagogical and policy issues affecting
the creation and use of web-based and other technology-mediated content
and learning strategies to transform and improve teaching and
achievement at the K-12 and postsecondary education levels. The
Commission must issue a final report to the President and the Congress,
not later than 12 months after the first meeting of the commission,
which occurred November 16-17, 1999. The final report will contain a
detailed statement of the Commission's findings and conclusions, as
well as recommendations.
    The purpose of the April 7 hearing will be to capture the
perspectives of the nation's top business, government and education
leaders who are located in the Silicon Valley. These experts will
explore the potential of digital technologies for empowering learners
of all ages and in all environments. Testimony will be received on the
following issues: (1) Using the Internet to transform learning: past
educational challenges and new opportunities; (2) applying lessons from
e business: what have we learned? what is transportable to education?;
(3) identifying barriers to achieving the vision of the Internet for
learning and offering solutions; and (4) moving from the ``digital
divide'' to ``digital opportunity.'' The testimony received will be
used by the members of the Commission to help in the development of its
policy recommendations.
    The hearing and meeting are open to the general public. Records are
kept of all Commission proceeding and are available for public
inspection at the office of the Web-Based Education Commission, Room
8091, 1990 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006-8533 from the hours of
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Assistance to Individuals With Disabilities at the Hearing

    The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. If
you will need an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting
(e.g., interpreting services, assisted listening device or materials in
an alternate format) should notify the contact person listed in this
notice at least two weeks before the scheduled meeting date. Although
the Department will attempt to meet a request received after that date,
the requested auxiliary aid or service may not be available because of
insufficient time to arrange it.

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    Dated: March 23, 2000.
A. Lee Fritschler,
Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 00-7694 Filed 3-28-00; 8:45 am]