Inukshuk Internet has begun sending rejection letters to unsuccessful applicants to its learning fund in Alberta and Ontario (CNM, Feb.4/05). The company notes to one unsuccessful production company that: most of the projects that were not recommended for funding were "unsuccessful for one or more of the following reasons:
"the project would not have resulted in the development of multimedia and feature-rich content or services;
"the project did not demonstrate or facilitate a transition from contemporary to emerging technologies;
"the project was not learner-focused or did not meet a clearly identifiable learner need;
"the project did not promote or facilitate a move towards use of broadband for delivery of learning programs or services; or,
"most of the funding requested would have gone to the acquisition of bandwidth, hardware, software or operational expenses instead of to the development of multimedia and feature-rich content, which was the focus of the 2004 Call for Proposals."
Asked when winners might be announced for the program, a spokesperson for Rogers Communications Inc., parent company to Inukshuk, writes to Canadian NEW MEDIA: "Once our agreements with all teams in a given province are in place, we will issue a public statement in that province. We expect to be in a position to begin to make these announcements before the end of May."
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