<<June 10, 2000>>

Mr. Bruce R. Best <bbest@uog9.uog.edu>

Roger Lee Boston <rboston@tenet.edu>

Kimberly K. Obbink <kobbink@montana.edu>

Dear Bruce:

(1) Many thanks for your hard copy letter (ATTACHMENT I).

(2) Your project and workshop are very interesting.

We would certainly be very delighted to work with you on this initiative
-- looking into the future of deploying broadband wireless and satellite
Internet in the Western Pacific region which possibility we discussed
with the people from Hawaii during our Tampere event last August.

(3) During my attendance at the Manaus mini-workshop (*), Roger told me that
he has a bridge which can interface NetMeeting and videoconferencing
units via ISDN.

(*) See;


Pls confirm this.

If affirmative, I can join in your Global Village" pep talk with my Mac
through Internet via Roger's bridge. As soon as I hear Roger's
confirmation, I will let you know.


You may also join in this videoconferencing -- as the extension of
your involvement in the Pacific activities started with your demo
at the PTC in Honolulu, HI last January by the invitation of
Christina Higa of PEACESAT at the University of Hawaii.

(4) Pls retrieve my last listserve distribution "Preparation for Manila
workshop on 10/29th to 31st - June 8, 2000" at

Pls let me know if you can make this workshop in Manila from 10/29th to
31st to discuss further collaboration with your program. If
affirmative, pls send me;

(a) Full official address (title, division, affiliation, mailing
address, phone/fax, email, and URL, etc.) with social security number,

(b) A half to one full page of brief descriptive bio,

(c) A half to one full page description of your possible contribution
to our colleagues in the Philippines through this project, --
including brief descriptions of intended distance learning
courses, how it is to be delivered through narrowband Internet,
etc. This is very important to convince peer group members of the
NSF travel grant program.

I would greatly appreciate it if you can respond to the above at your
earliest convenience, since I am now preparing a NSF travel grant
application which is to be submitted by Kim -- we are way behind its deadline.

Thanks in advance.

Best, Tak


UOG Station * Mangilao, Guam 96923
Tel: (671) 735-2600-4 * Fax: (671) 734-1233

May 25, 2000

Dr. Takeshi Utsumi
43-23 Colden Street
Flushing, NY 11355-3998

Subject: New Regional Distance Education Initiative

0haiyo gozaimasu Dr. Utsumi,

We are pleased to inform you that the University of Guam is launching a new
distance education initiative. This initiative will involve a regional effort
directed towards increasing the availability of educational services to the
people in remote areas of the Western Pacific. It is supported through a grant
from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. We are calling the initiative "Charting
the Future Course of Distance Education in the Western Pacific". The enclosed
brochure provides a more complete description of our distance education initiative.

As a first step to initiate the process, we hope to bring together a small
group of stakeholders (i.e., 10 to 20 people) for a three-day policy forum.
The three-day policy forum will be held on Guam during the period of August
1st through the 3rd.

I am sure you'll agree, distance education holds great promise for all of us
who are involved in development activities across this vast region. The
scheduled policy forum will provide a great opportunity to identify ways and
means of working together for common benefit.

Tak, it would be great if you could be brought in on a video teleconference
(ISDN 128K) for a short "Global Village" pep talk. The best time would be the
morning of August 2nd (August 1st @ 2100-2200 GMT).

If you would like to work with us on this exciting initiative, please contact
our office at (671) 735-2620/1 or email us at bbest@uog9.uog.edu.


Bruce Best
Project Coordinator

A Land Grant Institution Accredited By The Western
Association Of Schools And Colleges

Excerpt from brochure #1

The Project:

Charting the Future Course of Distance Education in the Western Pacific

By: University of Guam
Guam Cooperative Extension, CALS

Under grant support from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation

The Situation

One of the main barriers to social and economic development in the Western
Pacific is people's inability to obtain needed information and knowledge in a
timely and cost effective manner. This problem impacts on both the public and
private sector. Many nurses and other health care practitioner are under
trained and ill equipped to provide even minimal levels of care to people in
need. Teachers working in remote island schools have very limited
opportunities for in-service training. In the private sector, the situation is
no better. Few people possess the know-how needed to start-up and operate a
small business, especially tourism related businesses. Lack of knowledge about
potential markets, sources of financing and human resources stifle small
business enterprise development in the region.

Recent advances in telecommunications and multimedia technologies combined
with a decrease in the cost of those technologies have caused a lot of
interest in using these new technologies for distance education. Less
attention however, has been directed towards examining some of the broader
policy questions that need to be addressed regionally in order to insure
sustainability and equity across the Western Pacific over the next decade.

The Challenge

A more fully rationalized regional framework needs to be created so that the
different colleges and universities in the region can establish their own
distance education policies and implementation strategies in ways that are
both well integrated and allow for seamless interface (regional articulation)
between credit and non-credit DE programs being offered in the regions.

Questions to be answered include:

* How to insure what uniform quality standards should be put in place and
how to insure that they are being followed?

* How to generate the money needed to deliver high quality programs?

* How to avoid duplication, promote collaboration, and encourage
competition all at the same time?

The Objectives

* To provide key stakeholders from both the public and private sector, as
well as high level public officials, with an opportunity to formulate a
regional policy agenda and framework for action. The focus of this
effort will be designed to help ensure that future distance education
initiatives in the region are delivered in ways that are both
sustainable and equitable.

* To facilitate the establishment of collaborative networks and working
groups involving representatives from key stakeholder groups (i.e.,
education, public health, tourism, etc.) along with their counterparts
from the different post secondary education institutions serving the
region for the purpose of promoting greater symmetry in distance
education program design and delivery.

* To identify and train a cadre of course designers, technical support
personnel and subject matter resource people from across the region in
an effort to equip them with the knowledge and skills needed for
effective course packaging and delivery via distance education.

The Budget

<<June 10, 2000>> Omitted here by T. Utsumi,

What's going to take place?


A Policy seminar will be conducted, bringing together key stakeholders and
senior public officials from across the pacific region. The purpose will be to
formulate a regional framework for conducting distance learning activities in
the region in a sustainable manner.


Monthly teleconferences will be conducted to help distance education program
managers from across the region in designing and conducting high quality
distance learning activities in their respective jurisdictions. DE specialists
will be available for consultation during these over the air teleconferences.


An on-site workshop will be conducted for a select group of program managers
and course instructors. Those selected will be provided with an opportunity to
learn about state-of-the art approaches to distance learning curriculum
design, course packaging and instructional techniques.

The Schedule:

Regional Policy Forum: August 1st to 3rd, 2000

DE Management Seminars September 2000 to April 2001

(via PEACESAT teleconference):

DE instructors training: March 2001

Excerpt from brochure #2

A Regional Policy Forum

Charting the Future Course of Distance Education in the Western Pacific"

August 1-3, 2000

Partially supported, through a Grant from the Sasakawa Pacific Island Nations Fund (SPINF)


All across the region, people are showing interest in distance education as a
vehicle for learning. Increased regional collaboration is becoming necessary
to insure sustainability at the jurisdictional level. Issues associated with
course articulation between institutions, quality control and revenue sharing
all need to be addressed within a regional context. The real challenge is to
create the right balance between what makes sense regionally while at the same
time ensuring local autonomy, control and support for different jurisdictional
level distance education agendas and priorities.

This policy forum has been organized to provide leaders from across the region
with an opportunity to formulate recommendations and suggestions for how to
address these issues and others. By so doing the participants in this forum
will be able to make a real contribution to charting the future course of
distance education in the region over the next five to ten years.


A diverse group of stakeholders from both the public and private sector will
be invited to participate in this high level policy forum. Senior
representatives from the different post secondary educational institutions
serving the region as well as others from the public health and education
communities in the different jurisdictions are encouraged to participate.
Regional stakeholders from the private sector with interests in human resource
development within the banking, hotel, transportation and energy sectors are
also asked to participate.


* A clearer picture will emerge regarding commonalities and differences in
circumstance, philosophy and availability of resources to support
distance education from one jurisdiction to the next.

* A broad based policy framework will be developed during the forum. This
framework will serve as a common reference point for leaders and key
stakeholders to formulate specific policies and performance criteria
intended for use in determining how distance education is to be viewed
and utilized in their respective jurisdictions.

List of Distribution

Mr. Bruce R. Best
Research Associate
Station Manager
Telecommunication and Distance Education Operation
Center for Continuing Education & Outreach Programs
University of Guam
Box 5278 UOG Station
Mangilao, Guam 96923
Fax: 011-671-734-8377<<04/22/1994>>for short msg

Roger Lee Boston
Rockwell Chair/Instructor
Distance Education/Technology Center
Houston Community College System
4310 Dunlavy Street
P.O.Box 7849
Houston, Texas 77006
Tel: +1-713-718 5224
Fax: +1-713-718 5301
boston_r@hccs.cc.tx.us (secondary)

Kimberly K. Obbink
Burns Telecommunications Center and Extended Studies
128 EPS Building,
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3860
Tel: +1-406-994 6550
Fax: +1-406-994 7856
* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E., Chairman, GLOSAS/USA *
* (GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the U.S.A.) *
* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education *
* Founder of CAADE *
* (Consortium for Affordable and Accessible Distance Education) *
* President Emeritus and V.P. for Technology and Coordination of *
* Global University System (GUS) *
* 43-23 Colden Street, Flushing, NY 11355-3998, U.S.A. *
* Tel: 718-939-0928; Fax: 718-939-0656 (day time only--prefer email) *
* Email: utsumi@columbia.edu; Tax Exempt ID: 11-2999676 *
* http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/ *

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