Handout for Workshop Presentation, "Learning Management Systems

and Cutting-edge issues for Web-based delivery"

& Panel, Technology-driven movement in corporate communication training

Conference on Communication and Culture in the Workplace, Tokyo, 3/24/02

by Steve McCarty, Professor, Kagawa Junior College, Japan; President, World Association for Online Education; Instructional Designer (WebCT), World Bank Global Development Learning Network Partnership with Japan

Web mail: mccarty@mail.goo.ne.jp  【日本語は以下の2ページにあります】


This presentation takes participants into password-protected learning management systems such as WebCT. Participants can see the difference between the student interface and the designer interface where contents are turned into learning experiences.


[ PowerPoint presentation for this workshop: http://waoe.org/president/lms/ibc.files/frame.htm ]


The presentation will suggest prerequisite knowledge or areas to investigate before instructors use such software. For example, the difference in results between being able to write HTML or not will be demonstrated. Audience interaction through questions and comments is most welcome. Some cutting-edge issues in e-learning to consider are:


* Instructional design principles -- adapted to the East Asian learning style -- guide the planning of asynchronous and synchronous communication sessions to foster active learning. To combat the stereotype of solitary distance learning -- anathema to Japanese culture -- online courses should be portrayed as expanding the social and intellectual circle of participants while they are empowered with the 21st Century tools of online communication.

.* Stages in adopting new educational technologies, i.e., the need for hands-on training for staff acceptance

* Marketing issues, i.e., networking to move beyond the captive audience that most successful institutions such as universities have relied upon

* Cross-cultural issues, i.e., differing teacher-student expectations

* Gender issues, i.e., how to ensure a female-friendly environment

* Face-to-face dependence, i.e., overcoming this tendency, especially in a culture where interpersonal closeness is measured in frequency of meetings

* Ensuring positive outcomes, i.e., by widening the students' social circle, facilitating learning according to individual interests and styles, training in ICT technical skills, and expanding career horizons, by means of a highly interactive course design providing an onramp to real life



Blackboard still has a free version - practice creating your own online course:


WebCT - largest market share and user community, from US$7,000 per year:


WebCT tools and the good teaching principles / learning styles they support:


[Online courses entered during the Workshop are password-protected]


World Association for Online Education: http://www.waoe.org/

Global University System Asia-Pacific Framework:


World Bank Global Development Learning Network: http://www.gdln.org/



Essential Sites: http://www.waoe.org/steve/index.html

Online library (an Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library 4-star site):


WebCT for the Language Teacher (Presentation at Ritsumeikan University):


Overcoming Face-to-Face Dependence in Distance Education:

Gender and Cultural Considerations (PowerPoint presentation on the Web):




講演者の和英ホームページ: http://www.waoe.org/steve/j.html

バイリンガリズムと日本学 [日本語バジョン] (「アジア学にとても役立」-

☆☆☆☆ Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library に評価されました)


世界オンライン教育学会 (日本語): http://www.waoe.org/japanese/index.html







WebCT - World Wide Web コースツール (日本語版、名古屋大学)



[ PowerPoint presentation for this workshop on the Web –

mainly screen shots from inside password-protected online courses (view with MS IE): http://waoe.org/president/lms/ibc.files/frame.htm ]