GLOSAS/USA

Memorandum

Date: August 25, 1994
To: Electronic Colleagues
From: Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D.
Subject: Video tape of "Global Lecture Hall" videoconference on 7/7th

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Dear Electronic Colleagues:

(1) GLH on 7/7th:

A video tape of our "Global Lecture Hall" (GLH) (TM) videoconference on "Compare and Evaluate Available Technologies: Learning Through Using" is now available. The GLH was held at the occasion of The First International Conference on Distance Education in Russia (which was taken place in Moscow) with the theme of "Distance Learning and New Technologies in Education." The University of Tennessee in Knoxville (UTK) hosted our videoconferencing center to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the university.

In spite of some technical glitches, the GLH was full of exciting demonstrations of the most advanced, cutting-edge desktop videoconferencing technologies to indicate the future direction of global electronic distance education exchange, which is one of the most important uses of the Global Information Infrastructure (GII). The demonstrations were greatly appreciated by viewers around the world.

The report of this event complied the results of our evaluation and comparison of various delivery systems basing on our premises, technical glitches encountered, comments and reports received from around the world.

(2) Greetings:

  1. Opening remark by Dr. Takeshi Utsumi, President of Global University/USA
  2. Greetings by Mr. Colin N. Power, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO/Paris
  3. Greetings by Dr. Alexander D. Ivannikov, First Vice President, Association of International Education (from Moscow)
  4. Mr. James W. Hall, Vice Chancellor for Educational Technology, State University of New York System Office (from Moscow)
  5. Greetings by President Joseph E. Johnson, The University of Tennessee
  6. Greetings by Chancellor William T. Snyder, The University of Tennessee
  7. Greetings by Dr. Glen Hall, Dean of the College of Agriculture, The University of Tennessee
  8. Greetings by Dr. Michael G. Moore, Editor of The American Journal of Distance Education (from Moscow)
  9. Greetings by Professor David A. Johnson, Former President of Fulbright Association, The University of Tennessee
  10. Greetings by Dr. Peter T. Knight, Chief of Pilot Electronic Media Center, The World Bank (from Moscow)
  11. Greetings by Dr. Vladimir L. Uskov, The ICDED-94 Programme Coordinator, Director, AICAD Center, Moscow State Technical University n.a. Bauman (from Moscow)

(3) Demonstrations:

a. Demonstration of "Friends and Partners" World Wide Web (WWW) Server:

By Mr. Greg Cole of UTK and Ms. Natasha Bulashova, Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganisms, Russian Academy of Sciences, Pushchino, Russia, -- mixed media (text, graphics, image, audio, and video) information exchange via Internet, as integrating information from all of the best Internet-based tools and utilities -- Listservers, Gophers, WAIS databases, FTP archives, etc. -- a forerunner of asynchronous, "Just-In-Time," individualized education.

b. Demonstration of CU-SeeMe via Internet:

By Mr. Richard Cogger of Cornell Univ., Prof. Jose Brenes of the Univ. of Costa Rica, Prof. Marc Eisenstadt of the Open Univ. in U.K., Mr. Allyn J. Radford of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, -- a black and white video (10 to 15 frame per second [fps]) with Macintosh - also audio conferencing with MAVEN via Internet.

Albeit crude video quality yet, this showed readily available videoconference among educational communities around the world with TCP/IP oriented Internet, even including passive participation of Warsaw Univ. in Poland, without use of satellite nor dish antenna -- and even without use of overseas telephone calls. It could be of a strong interest to K-12 educators.

c. Demonstration of MBONE via Internet:

By Messrs Mike McCann, Donald Paul Brutzman, and Mike Macedonia of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, -- text, graphics, image, whiteboard, audio, and video (1 to 3 fps) via 200 Kbps bandwidth -- with scientific visualizations of a global circulation model for ocean currents.

d. Demonstration of ShowMe via Ethernet LAN of UTK:

By Mr. Greg Cole of UTK and his student -- text, graphics, image, whiteboard, audio, and video (near 30 fps).

e. Demonstration of ShareView via Plain Old Telephone (POT):

By Mr. Jim Miller of SYNECTICS -- text, graphics, image, whiteboard, audio, and video (10 to 15 fps) via 9.6 Kbps bandwidth. Video of instructor, handwriting in color on an electronic whiteboard, freeze-frame exchange, image/graphic with annotation, dynamic graphic presentation by real-time execution of an application program/simulation model, etc., were demonstrated in windows on computer screen at both sites. They were seeing each other while discussing the subject matter through the same POT line.

ShareView videoconferencing with inexpensive equipment and telecommunication line can be very valuable in developing countries where Internet (with TCP/IP node) has not been well established yet.

f. Demonstration of "Multimedia of America (MMOA)" (TM):

Interconnection of two ShareView units via terrestrial POT was demonstrated by Mr. Timothy Cook of Nebraska Educational TV and students of Niles High School in Michigan at Governors State University. Each of them uplinked analog signals which were downlinked at the UTK to produce two split screens side-by-side. Teaching on Japanese Kanji brush stroke sequences was demonstrated on whiteboard of ShareView units.

These demonstrations are toward the development of a one-to-many, receive-only multimedia system via inexpensive narrow-band channel of satellite (i.e., our MMOA project), for those students in rural and remote areas where there is no Internet node yet.

(4) Should you be interested in viewing the video tape, please fill out the attached form and send back to me with your check or a purchasing order number.

Best, Tak


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Video Tape
of
"Global Lecture Hall" (GLH) (TM)
for
"COMPARE AND EVALUATE AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGIES: LEARNING THROUGH USING"
at the occasion of
The First International Conference on Distance Education in Russia
Moscow, Russia
Thursday, July 7, 1994
Originated at
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN

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(A) [ ] Non-profit organization:

(i) Pre-college level:
[ ] GLOSAS/USA member.........................................U.S.$55.00
[ ] Non GLOSAS/USA member..........................................75.00
(ii) College and university level up:
[ ] GLOSAS/USA member..............................................75.00
[ ] Non GLOSAS/USA member.........................................100.00

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[ ] Non GLOSAS/USA member.........................................200.00


(C) Full report in hard copy (60 pages)..................................25.00

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(B) Full report.......................................................________

(C) Shipping and handling.............................................________

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Enclosed is my (our) check made payable to "GLOSAS/USA" for the video tape of GLH on July 7, 1994.

Total enclosed:......................................................$________


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[ ] Please bill me using the Purchase Order Number:___________________________
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[ ] Please send me a purchasing form of the video tape of GLH on 8/21/1993.
[ ] Please send me a purchasing form of the video tape of GLH on 10/6/1993.


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* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D.*
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