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This intensive practicum for University of Tsukuba graduate students majoring in English education will be conducted in a computer classroom connected to the Internet. As the Ministry of Education (MEXT) emphasizes both computer literacy and developing "Japanese with English abilities" as young as possible, course participants will gain readiness to apply Internet information and communication technologies to their future English as a Foreign Language classes in Japan. The course aims for an understanding of the discipline of online education: its basic parameters, concepts, trends and issues, globally as well as in Japan. Online educator skills will also be developed through hands-on training in the WebCT learning management system based at Portland State University in Oregon. Demonstrating one of the advantages of online education, there will be expert participation in the course from abroad through the Internet. … The practicum will be evaluated by short writings submitted and class participation. Classes will be mostly in English, with some Japanese resources and questions welcome.

Appendix 2: Translation of the graduate students’ report in Japanese Translations and added clarifications in brackets by the author

Theory and Practice of Online Education, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., February 16-20, 2004

2/16 First Day PC and projector setup plus student logins took about an hour. 10:00 Activities Prof. Iwasaki introduced Prof. McCarty. Students introduced themselves, where they are from, their interests, and experience with computers (for what purposes, using what programs). With a view to gathering reference materials for the final essay, Prof. McCarty explained how to take screen shots and paste them into Word documents. Impressions Nearly all the participants had only experienced e-mail, Word and Excel, etc. [probably also Web-surfing], so it was our first time to make a home page, chat, audioconference, and more.

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