updated 4/24/98

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Global Education

GLOBAL LEARN DAY--THE MISSION:

On October 10 and 11, 1998, we will host Global Learn Day II, a worldwide
Event (240 participating countries) with these Missions:

	* To firmly establish the second Sunday of October as a day to
celebrate learning in every corner of the globe; and

	* To bring together, in cyberspace,the leaders of distance
education, training, conferencing, Internet technology and public service
for the purpose of extending education to every corner of the globe; to
improve its content by way of the new technology tools; and to pave the way
for substantial cost reductions in its delivery.

AS AN EXPEDITION- A ROUND THE WORLD VOYAGE:

GLDII will open in Guam, hosted by the Governor of Guam.  Then, our
Clipper, the Franklin, shall sail westward with 70 minute stops in each of
these 21 "ports": New Zealand, Japan, China, India, Abu Dhabi, South
Africa, Egypt, Russia, France, England, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Canada,
Maine, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, California, finally "dropping anchor" in
Hawaii.  At each Port there will be real time audio and real time video
presentations from and between each port, viewrs around the world and
presentations speakers.   Passengers can come aboard our Clipper, for free,
and need travel no further than their nearest ordinary computer with a 14.4
modem and a late version Explorer or Netscape browser.

200 PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES:

In addition to our Clipper visiting 21 ports, we will also have a World
Chat Room, where individuals from more than 200 countries will be "on call"
to answer questions about concerns in each of those 200 (plus) countries.

AS AN EXHIBITION:

We will exhibit
	- more than 100,000 courses now available from hundreds of
accredited universities worlwide
	-more than one hundred universities that offer full degree programs
without ever stepping foot on the campus
	-dozens of post graduate degree programs, both masters and
doctorate, available without ever setting foot on the campus.

AS AN EXPERIMENT:

We will use leading edge technology to Webcast this event so that it can be
viewed by anyone with a recent version Netscape or Explorer browser, an
ordinary computer and a 14.4 modem. We have the capacity to hold this Event
so that as many as 100,000 viewers may interactively participate.  Never
before has there been an Internet conference with this kind of global
audience participation.


AS A CONFERENCE OUR FIVE MASTED CLIPPER HAS FIVE GREAT PANELS:

Five Panels have been formed, each Chaired by an exceptional individual.
These are the Panels and the persons in the Crow's Nest of each Mast:-

English as a Second Language-
	-And the worldwide opportunities that teaching ESL presents
	-Chair, Mr. Duane Flowers <dpf@ns0.wcsnet.or.jp>
Access & Disabilities-
	-New Ramps with New Tools.  No one gets left behind
	-Chair, Dr. Norm Coombs <nrcgsh@rit.edu>
K-1 to K-99-
	-Lifetime learning is what the 21st Century is all about
	-Chair, Dr. Cliff Layton <layton@rogersu.edu>
Appropriate Technology-
	-Affordable Access is what this is all about
	-Chair, Mr. Roger Boston <rboston@tenet.edu>
Globalization-
	-High octane discussions about education, business and politics
	-Chair, Dr. John McLaughlin <johnmc@esu.edu>

Additionally, substantial breakout discussion will be held about virtual
conferencing and virtual project management, lead by the organizers of this
extraordinary Event.


WHY THIS DATE:

It is not for nothing that Global Learn Day II is held on the landing
anniversary of the great Navigator, Columbus.  It is not for nothing we
have on our print materials: "Out to do for education what Columbus did for
exploration".  The Theme of GLD-II is:  A Return Voyage to the New World of
Distance Education and All of Its Promise.  We say it will be remembered as
much for the content of the presenters and the opportunities it will expose
as it will for the (leading edge) technology methods that enable it to be
webcast to every corner of the globe.

HARBINGER AND CATALYST OF THE FUTURE:

This will be a convincing demonstration of the power of the Internet and
the changes it will bring.  Will universities survive the change?  Will the
prices of education and training drop?  What impact will globalization have
on education delivery?  What methods are there to make access to the Web
affordable to the six billion who are *not* on line?  Can India, Indonesia,
China, Nigeria, Brazil use their use their huge populations to leapfrog
themselves into the first world by way of the knowledge revolution?  Who
will be the winners?  Who will be the losers?  How can *I* find out
more????

All of this will be discussed during the 28 hour non-stop Conference, both
on the Clipper as it visits the 21 Ports and by way of breakout sessions
where the leadership of education, technology and public service will all
gather.


WOULD YOU LIKE TO PRESENT?

For more information about the content of this year's event, please contact
our Program's Chair, Dr. John McLaughlin johnmc@esu.edu

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT LAST YEAR'S INAUGURAL GLOBAL LEARN DAY

Please visit http://www.bfranklin.edu/archive.

IF YOU WISH TO BE A KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

For those who wish to be a Keynote Speaker, please contact Linda Riddell,
Director, Publicity <LLR@cbord.com>.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR CORPORATION TO BE INVOLVED:

We seek corporate sponsors who wish to partner with us in this Landmark
Event, especially those which wish to brand their corporation as a leader
in education and technology.  Please contact our Director of Corporate
Sales, Terry Redding <terry@oltraining.com>.

IF YOU WISH TO VOLUNTEER AS CREW ON THE CLIPPER:

We seek additional volunteers to help in publicity, web design,
connectivity, and data management.  Please contact Linda Riddell 
<LLR@cbord.com>.

FOR THOSE WILLING TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO GLD2 THROUGH HOSTING:

Distance education via the internet is limited those who already have access
to the internet. Many who need this information and who should consider 
using this technology require assistance in the form of information or 
sharing physical access.  Please click here for more information about 
becoming a volunteer GLD2 hosting site.
 
FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN THE FRANKLIN KNOWLEDGE CORPS:

We are especially interested in developing native English language speakers
who either now reside outside of North America/Australia/UK or those who
would like to work abroad.  For more information, please write the the
Director of the Corps, Mr. Glenn Groulx, <groulx@idirect.com>.

FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR GLD-II LISTSERVE
please contact <webmaster@rogers.edu>.

You will automatically be receiving additional information about Global
Learn Day II.

Thank you again for your interest.  Please feel free to contact me directly
at any time.

	      John W. Hibbs <hibbs@bfranklin.edu>
       Benjamin Franklin Institute of Global Education
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