Invitation to Membership in GLOSAS

The GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the U.S.A. (GLOSAS/USA) is a publicly supported, non-profit, educational service organization. All contributions and membership fees are tax deductible. Reduction of membership fees for those who contribute "in-kind" services is available.

Its ultimate goal is to establish a Globally Distributed Decision Support System with distributed interactive computer gaming simulation system, for problem analysis, policy formulation and assessment, to be used for training of would-be decision makers in conflict resolution, crisis management, and negotiation with win-win cooperation. This is to be done with integrated use of distributed computer conferencing, databases and simulation systems among various countries. Several system will be interconnected to form a global neural computer network [a term coined by Utsumi in 1981]. The total system will act as a single system with parallel processing of those subsystems in individual countries. Here each game player with his submodel and database corresponds to a neuron, an Internet node to a synapsis, and the Internet the nerves of a global brain.

Over the past two decades GLOSAS/USA played a major pioneering role in making possible the extension of the U.S. data communication networks to other countries, particularly to Japan, and the deregulation of Japanese telecommunication policies for the use of email and computer-mediated conferencing (CMC) (thanks to a help from the Late Commerce Secretary Malcom Baldrige), which were emulated by many other countries (now over 75 with Internet access and 150 with email). GLOSAS has also conducted a number of "Global Lecture Hall (GLH)" videoconferences employing various inexpensive media accessible to the less developed countries, originating at different university campuses in the U.S., but spanning the globe. These demonstrations have helped build a network of leaders in the global electronic distance education movement.

Global (electronic) University (GU) (TM) consortium, a divisional activity of GLOSAS/USA, seeks to improve the quality and availability of international educational exchange through the use of telecommunication and information technologies. GU's main activity is to achieve global electronic education across national boundaries by developing a cooperative infrastructure, so as to enlarge and expand the present exchange of educational courses into a worldwide system. GU will provide underserved people of the developing countries with access to the educational excellence available from all the world's finest sources. Students could access the sources with a far greater variety of educational philosophies, courses and instructional styles than they could ever encounter on a single campus. This is "the 21st century version of the Fulbright exchange program."

GLOSAS recently established a Consortium for the Advancement of Affordable Distance Education (CAADE). CAADE will develop and demonstrate a new high-performance electronic communications infrastructure which integrate the power of inexpensive Computer-Mediated Multimedia Systems (CMMS) via low-cost Plain Old Telephone Services (POTS), and multichanneled Direct Digital Broadcasting Satellite (DDBS), in combination with highly interactive and individualized feedback and exchange/sharing of ideas/information with the use of innovative Computer-Mediated Multimedia Conferencing System (CMMCS) via low-to-medium speed terrestrial Internet and various wireless telecommunications. The technologies are designed to develop critical thinking skills, problem solving, and collaboration experience. The result will be improved and reformed education instruction for the underserved population in the U.S. and around the world. This approach will also help to take bandwidth pressures off the now-overburdened Internet.

Global (electronic) University is an evolutionary concept with no global precedent. GU attempts to provide cooperative, experiential learning opportunities on the widest possible scale and for the purpose of fostering peace and sustainable development. GU has already gained wide support of prominent educational institutions, information technology specialists and industry in many countries. The time is ripe for global electronic distance education.

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