Dear Friends, Since January of this year till about now, we at Birkbeck College, UK have been running what we believe is the first global multimedia course on the World Wide Web. Conceived by Peter Murray-Rust, and run in collaboration with the Virtual School of Natural Sciences of the Globewide Network Academy, we have just held our end-of-course virtual party in BioMOO, and will soon be awarding Certificates of Participation. This was a free, un-accredited experiment, with 250 students originally registering from 26 countries. At the end we have retained about 70 or 80 active participants. Just about everything has been conducted in public cyberspace, with collaborative contributions, and freely available shareware catering for most popular platforms, and all the material delivered by the World Wide Web. Hyper-archived email discussion lists also played a large part; students have been given assignments; operated in groups; undertaken web-based projects; we've used chemical/MIME-activation of client-side applications (molecular viewers), we've developed a collaborative hyperglossary, and lots more. During Spring we've been fully occupied with organisation and matters related to the Course, but we're hoping to make a showing at the Virtual Conference, and expect to find an interested audience. Please take a look at our site with a graphical browser at URL http://www.cryst.bbk.ac.uk/PPS/index.htm and then we can conduct an informed discussion later. Salutations, & Best Regards, Alan Mills at Birkbeck, for vsns-pps, firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.cryst.bbk.ac.uk/personal/a_mills.htm PS Wouldn't it be convenient if these conference discussions were hyperarchived so they could be browsed on the Web?