<<October 1, 1999>>

Mr. Myron Nordquist <myron_nordquist@burns.senate.gov>

Greg Cole, Ph.D. <gcole@www.friends-partners.org>

Kimberly K. Obbink <kobbink@montana.edu>

Ben I. Haraguchi <haragucb@aren+fox.com>

Dear Myron:

(1) Many thanks for your msgs (ATTACHMENT I and II).


You were using your email address at the University of Virginia so that
your msg was rejected from our listserve where your other email address
at Senator Burns' office was registered.

(3) I am very delighted to receive your report after talking with Greg.

(4) Kim has already demonstrated a highly successful NetMeeting
videoconferencing through a broadband Internet between the University of
Tampere and Montana State University during our Tampere event,
though it was only the point-to-point mode.

Greg has also conducted his successful videoconferencing with the Moscow
State University and several American universities with MBone which is
multipoint-to-multipoint mode, through his MIRNet broadband Internet.

(5) Therefore, I am sure that your proposed 4 hour videoconferencing between
the University of Virginia and Moscow State University can be done
through the MIRNet broadband Internet via the University of
Tennessee/Knoxville (UTK) without difficulty -- with clear audio and
video. You may schedule it as;

Morning Sessions

University of Virginia: from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Moscow State Univ.: from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Afternoon Sessions

University of Virginia: from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm

Moscow State Univ.: from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

(6) I totally agree with you that the face-to-face mtg between instructors
and students, say, for one week is very important and effective for the
subsequent distance learning.

(7) I also agree with you that the one-time videoconferencing is like the
fire cracker of July 4th so that it has to be made as regular basis.

I can tell you from my experiences of organizing many large scale
videoconferencing that, though the arrangements of setting up
such one-time event is very time and effort consuming, to make it on regular
basis is more challenging -- which we now start undertaking with our
Global University System project.

First of all, you need to decide which courses should be selected for
the regular basis.

Secondly, you need to construct good web teaching materials of the
courses by a team of instructor, programmer and artist, which usually
takes 2 to 3 months at $25,000 to 50,000 cost, according to the person
at the multimedia studio of your University of Virginia.

(8) For your raising a seed money, I would strongly suggest that you should
approach IREX for this project -- see my previous listserve distributions.

You may also consider to approach to the Carnegie Corporation of New
York which funded the IREX program.

(9) My suggestion is that you may invite Harvey Langholtz of the UN
Institute for Training and Research to our Strategic Meeting on Fund
Raising on 10/18th at Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and
subsequently visit IREX together on 10/19th. He may also visit the
Carnegie Corporation of New York on 10/20th with us (Kim, Ben and me)
which arrangement is to be made yet.

(10) Pls feel free to contact me if I can be of any further help to this

Best, Tak

Date: Fri, 01 Oct 1999 12:38:29 -0400
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
From: Myron Nordquist <mnordquist@law5.law.virginia.edu>

I have been in touch with Greg Cole. I outlined the Russian and Chinese
projects and he thinks mirnet will work. More later.

Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 11:42:20 -0400 (EDT)
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To: mnordquist@law5.law.virginia.edu
Cc: utsumi@www.friends-partners.org
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>1. Last week I met at UVA with Harvey Langholtz who directs the program of
>correspondence instruction in peacekeeping operations for the UN Institute
>for Training and Reseach. He is interested in working with us to put
>together a four hour demonstration telecast between Moscow and
>Charlottesville along the lines previously discussed. The point is that the
>demonstration would be under the UN flag.
>2. The content would be jointly agreed between the Russian and US sides with
>UN overall approval. The idea is a direct audio/visual classroom to
>classroom connection between sites at Moscow State University and the
>University of Virginia. We could also offer a link to the UN Peacekeeping
>Operations office at the UN if we want. The US-Russia telecommunication link
>would be provided via MIRNET through our contact, Greg Cole who is at the
>University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
>3. We are seeking seed money to invite the Russian players to UVA for
>approximately one working week to go over all details. The timing I have in
>mind is in January 2000. Once we agree on a good demonstration project, the
>respective players will clear it with whomever they must clear such projects.
>4. The baseline idea is one that I have discussed with most of the relevant
>players at one time or another. The basic idea is two hours of content
>broadcast by the Russian side from Moscow and two hours of equally agreed
>content broadcast from UVA, but now under the overal sponsorship of the
>United Nations. The UN has no money for this, of course.
>5. We hope that one speaker will be LtGen Zolotukhin and that another will
>be a civilian, perhaps one of those Bakthi has identified as one of the
>Russian team members to visit Charlottesville for the planning meeting. On
>the US side, with Russian and UN consent, we would ask a leading expert from
>our Army JAG school to speak for one hour. The person selected would be
>dependent upon the content the parties want to hear...maybe rules of
>engagement or a general topic such as the framework for peacekeeping
>mandates within the Security Council. Anyway, a civilian-maybe Professor
>John Norton Moore-could be the other lecturer for the American team. The
>purpose of the four hour demonstration project is to show that such
>distance educational cooperation is feasible. Greg would arrange for
>simultaneous translation since the Russian side would speak in Russian and
>the American side would speak in English.
>6. Part of the discussions during the planning meeting would be to cover
>what we would do after a successful demonstration of four hours. Clearly no
>one is interested in a one shot deal but we need to take a baby step before
>we can run.
>7. Greg and I will concentrate on trying to raise the $30-50,000 in seed
>money to fund the planning meeting and the demonstration hours, assuming
>that Greg is able to contribute the free four hours to air time. For this we
>are also expecting free content from both the Russians and the Americans. We
>are also assuming nominal cost for the use of physical facilities at Moscow
>State University and the University of Virginia.
>8. Greg will be in Moscow from 13 October to 6 November. I suggest that he
>and Bakthi get together there to further refine this idea and to start
>talking about follow on cooperation.
>9. Tak Utsumi brought Greg and me together. I will be talking with Ben
>Haraguchi at the Foundation to Support the UN to seek if we can recast my
>pending request for seed money to take into account UN sponsorship, if this
>approach appears generally promising after Greg returns from Moscow.
List of Distribution

Mr. Myron Nordquist
Legislative Counsel
U.S. Senator Conrad Burns' Office
187 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2603
Fax: 202-224-8594
Cell: 301-646-8153
804-924-7573 -- at the U. of VA.
Fax: 804-982-2622 -- at the U. of VA.

Greg Cole, Ph.D.
Center for International Networking Initiatives
The University of Tennessee System
2000 Lake Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996
(423) 974-7277
FAX: (423) 974-8022

Kimberly K. Obbink
Burns Telecommunications Center
128 EPS Building,
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3860
Tel: +1-406-994 6550
Fax: +1-406-994 7856

Ben I. Haraguchi
Foundation for the Support of the United Nations (FSUN)
809 United Nations Plaza, Suite 1200
New York, NY 10017
Tel: +1-212-986 8114
Fax: +1-212-986 8131
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