<<June 21, 2000>>

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

Roger Lee Boston <rboston@tenet.edu>

Kimberly K. Obbink <kobbink@montana.edu>

Rafael Bozeman Rodriguez <rbrsat@pworld.net.ph>

Rafael Bozeman Rodriguez <paeling@doctor.com>

Dear Bruce:

(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).

(2) Pls retrieve Distance learning activities in the Western Pacific region
- June 10, 2000" at <http://www.friends-partners.org/~utsumi/gu-l/mid-2000/index.html>.

(a) As mentioned in it, I am very delighted to present my greeting via
videoconferencing during your very interested workshop (ATTACHMENT I).

(b) However, since I don't have an expensive videoconferencing unit
via ISDN line, I can only participate it if you can kindly use
NetMeeting via your 128 Kbps Internet through a bridge at Roger
Boston's college -- ATTACHMENT II.

(c) Since Roger loaned me his 8x8, I can present my greeting via his
bridge to your audiences, if you can connect with his bridge with
your NetMeeting via your 128 Kbps Internet.

I would suggest that you test your connection with his
bridge prior to your workshop.

Dear Roger:

If Bruce wants to use his Polycom via 128 Kbps ISDN line,
can he connect with your bridge, also? If so, pls inform
Bruce and test its connection.

(d) I would suggest that you have Roger Boston present his distance
learning experience (if he agrees) with NetMeeting via Internet.

Pls send me all of the materials and information produced during your
workshop -- since they would be very valuable to our future workshops,
including the one in Manila, Philippines on October 29-31, 2000.

Dear Ralph:

Pls make Bruce's workshop as a good reference to the design of
your workshop in Manila.

(3) Pls retrieve my last listserve distribution "Preparation for Manila
workshop on 10/29th to 31st - June 8, 2000" at <http://www.friends-partners.org/~utsumi/gu-l/mid-2000/index.html>.

Pls let me know if you can make this workshop in Manila from 10/29th to
31st to discuss further collaboration with your program at your earliest
convenience. 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

From: "Bruce Best" <bbest@uog9.uog.edu>
To: "Tak Utsumi" <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Subject: Fw: D.E. Regional Policy Forum
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 11:18:45 +1000

We are still awaiting a response.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Best <bbest@uog9.uog.edu>
To: Tak Utsumi <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Cc: Bruce R. Best <bbest@kuentos.guam.net>
Date: Thursday, June 15, 2000 12:45 PM
Subject: D.E. Regional Policy Forum

Hafa adai Dr. Utsumi,

As you are already aware, we are having a D.E. Regional Policy Forum on
August 1st-3rd, 2000. We would like to have you as a guest speaker and
give a 15 minute presentation on the future of distance education on a
regional and global scale.

We have tentatively scheduled you for GMT Tuesday August 1st between
2130-2200. Please see attached agenda.

We anxiously await your response.

Thank you,
Verna Marquez
Technical Assistant

Regional Policy Forum:

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

Design Paper

August 1, 2000 through August 3, 2000
Ladera Towers
Mangilao, Guam

Location: Ladera Towers, Mangilao Guam


Alfred Capelle
College of the Marshall Islands, Majuro,
Republic of the Marshall Island

Kalwin Kephas
Campus Director
College of Micronesia, COM-Kosrae
Campus, Kosrae State, FSM

Sue Moses
College of Micronesia, COM-National
Campus, Federated States of Micronesia

Spensin James
Vice President of Instructional Affairs
College of Micronesia, COM-National
Campus, Federated States of Micronesia

Kangichy Welle
Director of Education
Department of Education
Chuuk State
Federated States of Micronesia

Henry Falan
Director of Education
Department of Education, Yap State
Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)

Patrick Tellei
Palau Community College
Republic of Palau

Herominiano delo Santos
Guam Community College, Mangilao, Guam

University of Guam, Mangilao Guam

Dates: August 1 through August 3, 2000


* 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.


Tuesday, August 1, 2000

The focus for the day #1:

During the first day of the policy forum, activities will revolve around
reaching a regional consensus about the overall vision and goals to be
achieved relative to distance education. Within this context, efforts will
also be made to identify prevailing situational factors that represent
barriers and opportunities, which need to be addressed.

Schedule and Agenda:

7:30 am 8:30 am Continental Breakfast,

8:15 am 8:45 am Registration

8:45 am 9:00 am Welcome, introductions, review of schedule, expected
deliverable and available support services

Bruce Best, Manager PEACESAT, University of Guam

9:00 am 10:00 am Opening Address

(Dr. Robert Underwood, Guam Delegate, United States Congress)

Arrangements are still being made through Dr.
Underwood's Office for him to address the forum via a
video conference link from his Office in Washington D.C.

10:00 am 10:30 am Presentations (Majuro, Kosrae and Pohnpei)

"The State of Things in the States -- Learning at a
Distance, Barriers and Opportunities in the Region"

10:30 am 10:45 am Morning Break

10:45 am- 11:30 pm Presentations (Chuuk, Yap and Palau, Guam)

The state of things in the States, Learning at a
Distance Barriers and Opportunities in the region"

11:30 am 12:00 pm Reaction Comments -- Policy implications drawn from
the above referenced information

Comments by Dr. Ted Christensen George Washington University.

12:00 pm 1:00 pm Lunch Break

1:00 pm 1:45 pm Presentation Distance Education in the Pacific
Where we've been; Where we are; and Where we're
headed? (Speaker yet to be identified)

1:45 pm 3:00 pm Group Discussion #1 Distance education needs and
goals that are common across the region

A preliminary needs and goals paper will be generated
during this discussion session.

The participants will be provided an opportunity to
articulate what they believe to be the Main Goals
regarding distance education that should be worked on
over the next five to ten years. In a sense, this will
be designed as a "Visioning" session.

3:00 pm 3:15 pm Afternoon Break

During this break, the participant's comments will be
summarized and organized into Working Document #1.
This working document will be reproduced and ready for
follow-up discussions by the start of the 3:15 pm session.

3:15 pm 4:15 pm Group Discussion #1 (continued) -- Review and
refinement of the draft "Needs and Goals Working Document"

4:15 pm 4:45 pm Comments and Observations by the off-island resource
person -- Dr. Ted Christensen

Dr. Christensen will be asked to tie the different
threads dealt with during the day into some semblance
of fabric and to set the stage for the next days discussions.

4:45 pm Adjournment for the day

6:30 pm 8:30 am Welcome Reception for participants and guests at the
Ladera Tower Lanai

Wednesday , August 2, 2000

The focus for day #2:

During the second day of the Policy Forum, activities will center on the
examination of future option. Participants will be exposed to the "World of
Tomorrow". They will be provided an opportunity to learn about different
technical innovations that are on the horizon, which may have relevancy in
this region. In addition, different collaboration and institutional linkage
models will be explored as vehicles for delivering formal courses and
extension outreach activities to pacific island residents. By the end of the
Day #2, it is also hoped that a series of policy recommendations will be drafted.

Schedule and Agenda

Concerning exposure to the "World of Tomorrow"

7:00 am 8:30 am Videoconference -- (House #6 PEACESAT or Ladera)

The future of distance education around the world
regarding technology, programs, and instruction. What
the experts in the field think is on the global horizon?

8:30 am 9:00 am Return to Ladera Towers/Break

9:00 am 9:45 am Current status of DE in the Pacific Different sector
prospective (Education, Health, Technology)

* Dr. John Kofel, Executive Director, Pacific
Regional Education Laboratory (PREL), Honolulu, Hawaii
* Dr. Kent A. Reinker, Chief of Staff, Shriner's
Children's Hospital, Honolulu, Hawaii
* Dr. Norman Okamura, Communications Specialist,
Social Sciences Research Institute, University of Hawaii

9:45 am 10:45 am Group Discussion #2 Devising a Recipe for Success
creating custom DE solutions tailored to our needs and
goals in the Western Pacific (Note: A second working
documented will be generated during this discussion
session.) Special attention will be directed towards:
1) equity of access, 2) financial sustainability and
3) quality assurance.

10:45 am 11:00 am Morning Break

During the break, the participant's comments will be
summarized and organized into Working Document #2.
This Working Document will be reproduced and ready for
follow-up discussions by the start of the 11:15 am

11:00 am 11:15 am Comments & Observations

During this brief session, Dr Christensen will be
tasked with helping the participants focus on the most
important and critical areas that need to be addressed
through a regional policy framework that relate to the
topics discussed above.

11:15 am 12:15 noon Group Discussion #3 Our Policy Options what are
they, implications and priorities (Note: A preliminary
position paper will be generated during this session)

The participants will have an opportunity to
prioritize and reach consensus about some of the
important elements that that should be included as a
part of a regional distance education policy framework
that are designed to capitalize on the global distance
education trends alluded to during the videoconference
and earlier panel discussion.

12:15 pm 1:30 pm Lunch Break

Over the lunch hour the output from discussion session
#3 will be summarized and organized into Working
Document #3. This working document will be reproduced
distributed to the participants

Luncheon Speaker, "Looking to the Future The role of
distance education in higher education" -- Dr. Peter
McGagrath, President, National Association of State
Universities and Land-Grants Collages (NASULGC)

Concerning Possible Linkage and Collaboration Models

1:30 pm 2:15 pm Panel Presentations Institutional collaboration and
partnerships Issues, opportunities and challenges
for the Pacific (Panel members yet to be selected)

This presentation will be designed to stimulate
discussion amongst the participants about different
ways their respective institutions can collaborate
with one another across the region as well as with
other institutions outside the region.

2:15 pm 3:15 pm Group Discussion #4 Working together to tackle the
tough issues (i.e., 1) articulation, 2) cost and
revenue sharing, 3) quality control, etc)

(Note: A preliminary position paper including
suggested policy recommendations will be generated
during this discussion session)

3:15 pm 3:30 pm Afternoon Break

During this break, the participant's comments will be
summarized and organized into working document #4.
This working document will be reproduced and ready for
follow-up discussions by the start of the 3:30 pm session.

3:15 pm 3:30 pm Comments and Observations

During this brief session, the resource person will
highlight and elaborate about some of the issues and
challenges associated with establishing institutional
linkages and forging working partnerships between
institutions that need to be addressed through some
kind of regional policy framework.

3:30 pm 4:30 pm Discussion Session #5 Putting it all together and
deciding what to include and exclude from the plenary

During this session, efforts will be made to integrate
key points included in the four preliminary working
papers and to use them as the basis for preparing a
composite document.

Depending on the information generated during the
previous four group discussion sessions, it may be
useful to ask the participants to subdivide into
smaller working teams during this 5th and final group
discussion period. Each team will be asked to draft
one or more policy recommendations designed to address
a particular set of issues or challenges identified
previously generated working documents.

4:30 pm 5:00 pm Report Back Reaching consensus concerning a regional
distance education policy framework for the Pacific.

The participants will be asked to select from among
themselves a smaller "Writing Team" who will be
responsible for assembling a final plenary report from
the forum.

5:00 pm Adjournment for the day

During the evening hours, a secretarial pool and a
media specialist will be available to assist the
participants in preparing a draft plenary report. This
plenary report will include the summary documents
generated during the initial four group discussion
sessions as well as the proposed policy
recommendations developed by the participants during
the 5th discussion session.

Thursday, August 3, 2000

8:30 am 9:30 am Presentation of draft recommendations

Members of the Writing Team will present the different
recommendations that they have developed for inclusion
as a part of the Plenary Report. This "give-and-take"
session will be designed to provide an opportunity for
all the participants to offer suggestions as
refinements to the recommendations being presented.

9:30 am 9:45 am Comments & Observations

9:45 am 10:15 am Presentation/Discussion Next steps and schedule of
events under the SPINF Project Moving towards
implementation, Where do we go from here?

Members of the writing team will spend a few minutes
making final adjustments and modifications to the
recommendations and suggestions included as a part of
the Plenary Report.

10:15 am 10:30 am Morning Break

10:30 am 11:30 am Presentation of the Plenary Report

11:30 am 12:00 noon Closing Comments -- <Name>

12:00 noon Adjournment

12:30 pm 1:30 pm Lunch

Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 17:07:19 -0700
From: Roger Boston <rboston@tenet.edu>
To: JIMMSL@aol.com, utsumi@columbia.edu, jpelton@seas.gwu.edu,
ptknight@attglobal.net, Uli.Knirsch@intelsat.int
Subject: Re: "Rescue Iridium" workshop on 6/20th

The bridge is now configured for a three way 8x8 to Internet connection for
Tuesday's Irridium Meetings.

NET MEETING: swc1.hccs.cc.tx.us is the ILS server, LOG IN to this
H.324/ 8x8: 713 523 6905 Automatic answer,
at the three beeps, key in 0 8 5 3 # and then Press
'1' at the prompt to engage the video,
All parties will have audio and video of the others.
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

Rafael Bozeman Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Former President of Trinity College of Quezon City
Trustee member of the St. Luke College of Medicine
#7 Visayas Avenue, VASRA
1128 Quezon City, Philippines
Cedllphone: 0918-880-2799
Pager: 1481-792171
Powerpage: 633-3333
paeling@doctor.com -- while in the US frm 5/28/00 to 7/15/00.
* 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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