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Computer-assisted distance learning. I. Audiographic teleconferencing, interactive satellite broadcasts, and technical Japanese instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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2 Author(s)
Davis, J.L. ; Dept. of Eng. Profession. Dev., Wisconsin Univ., Madison, WI, USA ; Smith, T.W.

The primary mission of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Technical Japanese Program is to train English-speaking scientists and engineers to read technical documents written in Japanese. Semester-long courses in technical Japanese at the basic, intermediate, and advanced levels are now being offered live and interactively to students and professionals throughout the United States. Audiographic teleconferencing employs standard microcomputer hardware and a high quality sound system to share audio and visuals with many people simultaneously. Pictures, text in any writing system, data, and high-resolution graphics are transmitted to participants at multiple, remote locations over ordinary telephone lines. Visuals can be annotated during the class using a graphics tablet. Alternatively, the same computer-generated image can be fed to a satellite and then broadcast throughout the country. Satellite broadcasts, coupled with the use of an audio conferencing system at each receive site, provide another effective method for interactive course delivery to sites beyond the university campus. During the three years in which technical Japanese courses have been delivered via audiographics or satellite to remote sites, student acceptance of the computer-based instructional system has been excellent. In this paper the authors describe the impact of audiographic teleconferencing on the teaching of technical Japanese

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Education, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:37 ,  Issue: 2 )