ERIC Number: ED431403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Viable Global Networked Learning. JSRI Occasional Paper No. 23. Latino Studies Series.
Arias, Armando A., Jr.
This paper discusses an innovative paradigm for looking at computer mediated/networked teaching, learning, and research known as BESTNET (Binational English and Spanish Telecommunications Network). BESTNET is functionally defined as an international community of universities and institutions linked by common educational goals and processes, computers, and telecommunications. BESTNET is conceptually designed as a virtual integrated educational system for learning and teaching across geographic spaces, i.e., from one campus to another, nationally/globally. Currently, the project involves over 7,000 culturally and linguistically diverse groups of students from over a dozen institutions in the United States, Mexico, and other globally specific regions. Following an overview and description of the BESTNET design, the paper discusses the growing need for multimedia computer global network communications, related developments with translation technologies, and the adaptive infrastructure of BESTNET. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Networks, Computer System Design, Cooperative Programs, Educational Environment, English, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Higher Education, Innovation, Institutional Cooperation, International Communication, Models, Multilingual Materials, Multimedia Materials, Postsecondary Education, Spanish, Translation, Virtual Universities
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Julian Samora Research Inst.
Identifiers - Location: Mexico