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ERIC Number: ED429504
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 12
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International Distance Education: The Digital Communities Project.
Howard-Vital, Michelle R.; Rosenkoetter, Marlene
This paper describes the participation of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) in the virtual university component of the Digital Communities Project in Japan. It examines the characteristics of an experimental, international, distance-learning collaboration and explores the politics and practicalities related to international outreach and global collaborations. It stresses that quality international distance education collaborations must be linked to the political, technological, social, and economic context of the distinct countries involved. The paper recounts the origins of the Digital Communities Project in Japan and the university's decision to collaborate with a Japanese industry group and four Japanese universities to identify the cultural, political, and quality issues surrounding distance education on an international scale. The importance of recognizing and working within cultural differences is stressed. Three courses were developed for the demonstration project: Network Multimedia; Japanese Cinema and Cultural Comparison; and Nursing in the United States and Japan. Fifty-seven Japanese and 19 UNCW students registered for the courses in fall 1998. A variety of technologies, including electronic mail, discussion forum software, and software for student assessments, were utilized. Feedback from participating institutions was gathered and plans for a pilot project with five courses in fall 2000 are underway. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan