Proposed Tokyo Conference Activities

Initial Outlines from Dr. Takeshi Utsumi

Duration of workshop: Total 5 days.

1. First day: telelearning and telemedicine demonstrations

a. Telelearning demonstrations with videoconferencing via broadband Internet with advanced use (e.g., 3D animation, VRML, Java application program, etc.) of web teaching materials in PowerPoint style presentations,

b. Same as above, but with asynchronous computer mediated conferencing systems with occasional use of simultaneous audio and/or video conferencing via narrow band Internet,

c. Telemedicine demonstrations of echocardiography with portable echo machines via broadband Internet between Japan and the US,

d. Same as above, but with PictureTel via ISDN (at 384 Kbps) among Manila, Tokyo, American Samoa, Norway,

e. Presentations of advanced telemedicine teaching materials, e.g., virtual reality model of a human heart which can realistically respond to a touch on a computer screen, 3D human body model for telemedicine education, 3D frog and/or insect model for biology education, etc.

The purpose of these demonstrations is to show how important and vital it is to have broadband Internet for the future of telelearning and telemedicine -- validating our quest to establish a global broadband digital satellite Internet network around the world.

2. Second day

a. Morning:

Opening ceremony with greetings (live or videotaped) from dignitaries of the Japanese government, international organizations and consortiums in the Asia/Pacific and African regions, and presentations about the Global University System.

b. Afternoon:

Presentations about advanced infrastructure / delivery systems and practices for distance learning and telemedicine.

c. Evening:

Sightseeing; reception and presentation at a Japanese industry.

3. Third day

a. Morning:

Session keynote speech, one presentation by a delegate on telelearning in Japan, and brainstorming to identify needs.

b. Afternoon:

Session keynote speech, one presentation by a delegate on telemedicine in Japan, and brainstorming on infrastructure and delivery system issues.

c. Joint dinner with a keynote speaker.

4. Fourth day

a. Morning:

Session keynote speech, one presentation by a delegate on telelearning in the Asia/Pacific region, and brainstorming on institutionalization.

b. Afternoon:

Session keynote speech, one presentation by a delegate on telelearning in Africa, and brainstorming on administration.

c. Evening: Entertainment.

5. Fifth day

a. Morning:

Session keynote speech, one presentation by a delegate on telemedicine in the Asia/Pacific region, and brainstorming -- general discussion.

b. Afternoon:

Session keynote speech, one presentation by a delegate on telemedicine in Africa, and brainstorming -- summary and conclusion.

c. Closing remarks with farewell party.

Expected number of attendees

1. 25 from Asia/Pacific region,

2. 25 from Africa region,

3. 25 from North and South America and Europe,

4. 12 from Japanese telelearning field,

5. 12 from Japanese telemedicine field,

6. 25 from Japanese governmental agencies and industries,

Total: about 125 to 150.

During the brainstorming sessions, they will be split into two groups for the Asia/Pacific and African regions.

Technical requirements

1. Required rooms:

a. One large auditorium for gathering by all attendees,

b. Two rooms for each group's brainstorming.

2. Audio/visual and telecommunications for each room:

a. Large black (or white) boards,

b. Two large projector screens; one for web and the other for videoconferencing,

c. One transparency overhead projector,

d. One overhead camera (optional),

e. Microphones (at least one, depending on the size of the room),

f. One speaker,

g. One large TV monitor,

h. Two PCs (and, if possible, one Power Mac) which are to be connected to the Internet,

i. One PictureTel (or similar) unit with one ISDN line at 384 Kbps,

j. One broadband Internet connection (at least 4 Mbps and preferably at 10 Mbps without much congestion),

k. One ordinary telephone line (to be connected directly to an outside switching board) -- this is to be with a 56 Kbps dial-up modem for backup,

l. One mobil telephone,

m. One printer.

Outcome

1. A feasibility study and action plan for the Asia/Pacific operation, centering around the University of the Philippines Open University in Manila as the first phase project,

2. A draft of a pilot project proposal for the African operation.


[Exact dates and venue are to be announced. For details of the 1999 Workshop in Finland, see the Conference Program | Documents

Edited by Steve McCarty, updated on 17 January 2003
Kagawa Junior College, Japan
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