Revised schedules of GLH in October

Tak Utsumi (utsumi@solar.rtd.utk.edu)
Mon, 18 Sep 1995 21:30:32 -0400 (EDT)




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
September 18, 1995 TAKESHI UTSUMI
Chairman, GLOSAS/USA
718-939-0928

REVISED SCHEDULES

"Global Lecture Hall (GLH)" (TM)
(multipoint-to-multipoint multimedia interactive videoconference)
for
"AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE GLOBAL ELECTRONIC DISTANCE EDUCATION"
on the occasion of
The VIth International Conference on Distance Education:
"TECHNOLOGY AND DISTANCE EDUCATION: SHARING EXPERIENCES AROUND THE WORLD"
Universidad Estatal a Distancia
San Jose, Costa Rica
October 25, 1995
9:00 to 12:00 (Costa Rica Time)
10:00 to 13:00 (Eastern Time/U.S.A.)
15:00 to 18:00 (GMT)
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DELIVERY AND RANGE:

(a) U.S. Domsat (Ku-band): North America
(b) INTELSAT (C-band): Central and South America, the Caribbean
(c) INTELSAT-K (Ku-band): Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Scandi-
navia, Baltic, Ukraine, Western Russia, Medi-
terranean, etc.
(d) INTELSAT (C-band): Africa
(e) Internet: Around the world with CU-SeeMe (first priori-
ty to overseas users, total 25) and MBone
(CU-SeeMe participants need to access its
specified reflector, and call into an audio
bridge at our videoconference center at the
Ohio University.)
(f) ISDN: Around the world with PictureTel, etc.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULES (Costa Rica Time):

8:00 am Start testing
9:00 am Opening remark; Dr. Takeshi Utsumi, Chairman of GLOSAS/USA,
President of Global University/USA (from Athens, OH)
9:05 am Greetings; Dr. Don Flournoy, Director of Institute for Telecom-
munications Studies, Ohio University (from Athens, OH)
9:10 am Demonstration of the Multicast Backbone (MBone) (text, graph-
ics, image, whiteboard, audio, and video) via Internet with a
new video tool named 'vic' which will deliver high-quality live
video to viewers using H261 encoding. This will also include
recent uses of the MBone for distance learning, such as "Learn-
ing to Learn: Future of Science and Engineering." A "MBone
Unplugged" rig, a combined standard video gear, an inexpensive
Indy workstation, wireless microphones and a wireless bridge to
create a mobile Internet-based MBone station, will also be
shown. If time allows, a practice session will be provided to
MBone participants; Dr. Don Brutzman, U.S. Naval Postgraduate
School (from Monterey, CA)
9:30 am Greetings; Mr. Charles Fox, Director of WORLDNET Television and
Film Service, U.S. Information Agency (from Washington, D.C.)
9:35 am Demonstration of simulated asynchronous computer-mediated
multimedia conferencing (CMMCS) with FORUM via Internet between
two geographically separated sites (Fort Worth or Canyon, TX)
in a brief academic exercise involving epilepsy. "Student" and

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"teacher" will interact with some instruction on the mechanisms
of epilepsy and provide each other with in-context links to
World Wide Web sites that contain useful reference material on
epilepsy. Their videos will be seen in two split screens side-
by-side which will be sent via satellite; Dr. Bill Klemm, Texas
A&M University, (from Austin, TX)
9:55 am Intermission
10:00 am Greetings with PictureTel via digital switched service; Dr.
Tapio Varis of the University of Art & Design (Former Rector of
the U.N. University for Peace in Costa Rica and Executive
Advisor of GLOSAS/USA) (from Telecom Finland in Helsinki)
10:05 am Greetings; President Robert Glidden of Ohio University (from
Athens, OH)
10:08 am Greetings; Rector Dr. Celedonio Ramirez of the Universidad
Estatal a Distancia (from San Jose, Costa Rica)
10:11 am Greetings; Dr. Colin Power, Assistant to Director General for
Education or Dr. Frederico Mayor, Director General of UNESCO
(from UNESCO/Paris headquarters)
10:20 am Greetings; Dr. Armando Vargas Araya (Regional Director for
Latin America and the Caribbean of INMARSAT, former Minister of
Communication of Costa Rica, former Secretary General of Ulcra
(KLa.Am radio/tv organization)) (from INMARSAT/London Headquar-
ters)
10:23 am Demonstration of nurse training course exchange with the use of
portable dish antenna connection of ShareView (with text,
graphics, image, whiteboard, audio, and video (10 to 15 fps) at
9.6 Kbps) via INMARSAT in two-way, interactive mode between
Ohio University and Costa Rica conference site; Professor Jose
Brenes of the University of Costa Rica, Dr. Kathleen
Rose-Grippa of Ohio University and Mr. Jim Miller of SYNECTICS,
Inc.
10:53 am Greetings with PictureTel via digital switched service; Dr.
Alexander Schure (former Chancellor of University Federation)
(from Fort Lauderdale, FL)
10:57 am Greetings; Dr. Eugenia Flores, President of the Costa Rica
Academy of Science (from San Jose, Costa Rica)
11:00 am Presentation of Global SchoolHouse project with CU-SeeMe (black
and white video (10 to 15 frame per second [fps]) with Macin-
tosh and IBM compatible machines), including MAVEN audio
conference and slide window via Internet; Mr. George Brett,
Director of the Clearinghouse for Networked Information Discov-
ery and Retrieval (CNIDR) (from Research Triangle Park, NC)
11:15 am Demonstration of KarlNet's 2 Mbps wireless telecom with multi-
platform, multi-protocol BeingThere (TM) conferencing and
collaboration software (document and application sharing with
high quality audio and full color video) via Internet and/or
POTS; Dr. Doug Karl, Director of Networking and Communications,
Ohio State University (from Columbus, OH) and Mr. Cartwright
Reed, President of Intelligence at Large, Inc. (from Philadel-
phia, PA)
11:35 am Presentation of Global Telecommunications University project;
Dr. Renato Cortinovis, Training Officer of Human Resource
Development Division of the International Telecommunications
Union (ITU) (from Buenos Aires, Argentina)
11:55 am Closing remark; Dr. Takeshi Utsumi

This GLH will also connect with a major public seminar "Center for
Global Connections" in Helsinki, Finland, to celebrate the 50th anniversary
of the United Nations, which has been organized by The Finnish UN Associa-
tion, The Helsinki University, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, Telecom
Finland, etc.

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OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSES:

Every GLH is an experiment in previously unexplored combinations of
technologies. The objective is threefold: [1] to test the hybrid configu-
rations of various technologies, [2] to offer the participants a stage for
meeting at a distance and gaining confidence in using novel means of
communication -- an opportunity for hands-on "collaborative experiential
learning" about the technologies and their applications, and [3] to gain
knowledge of the different participants countries regulatory environment
that have thus far made sophisticated electronic distance education (EDE)
inaccessible to them. Many less developed countries are without good
analog voice-grade telephone networks, and hence without Internet access.
Subsequently, use of electronic distance education, though an economic
advantage to them, is not realized. Therefore, the purposes of the GLH are
[1] to have participants view and compare various advanced (yet affordable)
delivery systems with technical and economical pros and cons, [2] to
stimulate educators and decision-makers in the less developed countries to
foster global electronic distance education. These demonstrations have
helped build a network of leaders in the global electronic distance
education movement.

PARTICIPATION:

The computer screen will be uplinked for worldwide broadcast. If you
have a satellite downlink facility and our satellite foot-prints cover your
area, you can receive our satellite signal. You can also participate with
your personal computer and/or workstation which are directly connected to
TCP/IP oriented Internet without use of satellite nor dish antenna.
Other than participation fee (*), all participants have to be
responsible for the costs of (1) down/uplinking from/to satellites; (2)
telephone call to a videoconference center at the Ohio University for Q&A;
and (3) sending fax to the center for backstage coordination. (*: Under
regulation, fee of participants with INTELSAT satellite will be waved, but
they are encouraged to donate to GLOSAS/USA.)
Please contact Takeshi Utsumi for registration form. Registrants
will then receive instructions for participation.
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* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D. *
* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education *
* Founder of CAADE *
* (Consortium for Affordable and Accessible Distance Education) *
* President, Global University in the U.S.A. (GU/USA) *
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