ERIC Number: EJ745838
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: N/A
Sharing Educational Resources Worldwide: An Interview with Shimizu Yasutaka
Oblinger, Diana G.
EDUCAUSE Review, v41 n4 p44,46-48 Jul-Aug 2006
Shimizu Yasutaka is President of the National Institute of Multimedia Education (NIME) and Professor Emeritus at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. After meeting with Shimizu in December 2005 in Washington, D.C., and in January 2006 in Tokyo, Japan, EDUCAUSE Vice President Diana G. Oblinger asked him some questions about NIME, about IT in Japanese colleges and universities, and about issues facing higher education worldwide. Among the topics discussed were: (1) the history of NIME and its goals in serving Japan's changing educational needs; (2) how NIME defines and guarantees quality in online learning as compared to other countries; and (3) NIME's proactivity in investigating the kinds of graduates needed by high-tech businesses and the competencies that companies require of them. Yasutaka, while impressed with the activities of EDUCAUSE, states that establishing a similar type of organization in Japan would be difficult, and that what NIME seeks is to engage in sharing the results of its research and development with other countries and to consider areas of joint development.
Descriptors: Interviews, Educational Resources, Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Educational Needs, Distance Education, Educational Quality
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Japan