Frequently Asked Questions
Please refer to the Knowledge
Base article on the Asymetrix (ToolBook) website.
Q. As a lecturer, I would like to use parts of the MATTER site in lecture demonstrations. However, I don't want to risk the embarrassment of a bad/failed Internet connection or server failure during the lecture. Is there anything I can do?
A. The best solution is to "cache" your favourite pages prior to the lecture and then work offline. To do this:
IMPORTANT NOTE: The cached files are NOT kept indefinitely on the machine. If possible, carry out the above procedure within a day or so of the scheduled lecture.
A. We get many requests on this subject. At present we are unable to offer this type of service for a number of reasons.
A. Materials Science on CD-ROM version 2.1, released in January 1998 is the final release of this title. Since that time, all new MATTER titles have been developed for on-line delivery.
Q. Why can UK universities get a site licence for Materials Science on CD-ROM for just £50, while non-UK universities have to pay the full site licence fee?
A. Although this pricing might at first seem discriminatory, there is an important issue about the way the development of Materials Science on CD-ROM version 2.1 financed.
MATTER was originally funded by the 4 UK Higher Education Funding Councils under the TLTP programme (Teaching and Learning Technology Programme). TLTP funding was "top-sliced" from the overall UK universities budget - in effect, each UK university made a significant financial contribution to MATTER (in effect about £1,600 per university).
Because of this, MATTER is obliged under the terms of our TLTP funding to provide the software AT COST (e.g. £50) to all UK HEIs.
As universities outside the UK did not contribute to the initial development costs, it is only fair that they pay a higher price than their UK counterparts. Even at £800 for a 40 user licence, a non-UK university is getting the software for less than half the real cost borne by its UK counterpart.
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