Implementation of an international web-based PSI course: A case study

Yusuke Morita*, Jean Kenne, Akinori Nishihara, Minoru Nakayama, Billy V. Koen

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An international Web-based Personalized System of Instruction (PSI) course has been implemented as a pilot study between the United States and Japan. Totally, 22 Japanese students participated in the authentic programming course as non-credit students via the Internet. Students from both countries could use the same learning management system, automatic test submission system, and application server. 10 Japanese students who completed the course answered a six-category questionnaire prepared to investigate the level of motivation, difficulty of contents, communication media, proctors, sense of presence, and learning mode. As a result, they exhibited strong motivation to study abroad and dependence on the proctors who supported their learning on site. However, two issues were recorded: First, since Japanese students were non-credit participants in the course, other incentives to motivate their participation were found necessary. Second, some initial network communication trouble to access the Application Server frustrated the Japanese students. These represent but a few of relevant issues pertaining to cross cultural instructional systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
Event36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2006 Oct 282006 Oct 31

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Conference36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Higher education
  • International
  • Personalized System of Instruction (PSI)
  • Web-based course

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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