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Welcome to the English language home page of Professor Steve McCarty in Japan, President of the World Association for Online Education (WAOE) from 1998-2007. From April 2004: full Professor at Osaka Jogakuin College.

To visit Steve's Japanese language home page, just click on the lantern to the left, then please return to this page. There are family photos taken in Japan at a Web page at the University of Seville. From 2006: Video blog.
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Biographical Sketch

Steve McCarty, born in Boston, specialized in Asia (B.A.) and then Japan (M.A.) at the University of Hawaii. He lives in Osaka with his wife Chisato and two teen-aged sons in local schools. A rare foreign full Professor in Japan since 1993, Steve has taught English as a Foreign Language in Mac, Windows and Language Labs. Since 1983 he has been nationally active in the Japan Association for Language Teaching, including the highest appointed office representing all research groups. In 1996 he organized a colloquium on cross-cultural communication at the University of Hong Kong Knowledge and Discourse Conference. In 1997, 2001 and 2005 his multilingual online library of publications was given a 4-star rating "very useful for research" by the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library based at the Australian National University. His electronic text initiative with Japanese and European collaboration in the late 1990s includes an online guidebook to Shikoku in 5 languages. From 1997 to 1998 he wrote a series on computing in Asia for Humanist, based at London University. In 1998 he delivered the opening Keynote Address of the Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference based at the University of Hawaii. That year he also presented in Japanese on distance education at Kyushu Institute of Technology, at a conference session broadcast by two-way satellite to 15 universities. In 1998 he was also elected President of the World Association for Online Education, an NPO registered in California, then re-elected every two years until 2007. From 1999-2003 he assisted the Global University System, a UNESCO-recognized NGO, as a Webmaster and translator. In 1999 his research on Japanese-English bilingualism and biculturalism appeared in a Japanese language collection of papers by a major linguistics publisher. His article on online education in Japan then appeared in the most widely read educational technology magazine Educom (now EDUCAUSE) Review. In 2000 Steve's 3 articles on Japan and many of his photos appeared in an encyclopedia of religion. He was a winner of the UNESCO International Haiku Contest on Cultural Diversity for the World Culture Report, and was designated an Asia Expert by the Asia Society in the U.S. He also made a Japanese-English Website for mobile phones in 2000, and by 2002 his Practical English students were making both Web and mobile homepages. His chapter in Japanese on distance education and advanced English appeared in a textbook on Internet literacy published in 2001. In late 2001 and early 2002 he made videoconference presentations on the WebCT learning management system and East Asian distance education issues at Ritsumeikan University and Osaka Prefectural University. During 2002-2003 he operated WebCT as the Instructional Designer in the Japan Consulting Group for the World Bank Global Development Learning Network Partnership with Japan. In 2003 the East Asia Global Distance Education Net at the Open University of Hong Kong, supported by the World Bank and the Commonwealth of Learning, made available some of Steve's papers in Japanese and English. In 2003 he started the blog Intercultural Literacy. In April 2004 he moved from Kagawa Junior College on the island of Shikoku to Osaka Jogakuin College. In 2005 he started the podcasting blog or spoken library Japancasting. In 2006 he podcast the lectures of a semester class through the Coursecasting Bilingual Education site. With WAOE colleagues in six countries he published chapters on Global Online Education and Global Virtual Organizations in The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments, then authored the chapter "Theorizing and Realizing the Globalized Classroom" in Globalized e-Learning Cultural Challenges. In March 2007 he gave the opening keynote address at the Wireless Ready conference in Nagoya, simultaneously in the 3D virtual world Second Life. Six of Steve's Websites have been linked from the Stanford J-Guide (Japan WWW Virtual Library), and five have been rated 4-star research sites by the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library based at the Australian National University (please see Bilingualism and Japanology below to access the whole online library).

Academic Commitments

Osaka Jogakuin College, Japan (from April 2004)

IT Reform and e-Learning Committees
Vocabulary Development Committee
Integrated Units materials writing

Kagawa Junior College, Japan (1985-2004)

Editorial Committee Member
International Relations Committee Member

Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT):

Founder, Matsuyama Chapter, 1983 & Ehime Summer Seminar for secondary schoolteachers, 1984. Matsuyama Chapter President, 1984. Later, Kagawa Chapter President for three years.

Active in the Bilingualism research group (a National SIG) from 1985-99 and Chair for three years. 1997-2004 Website Editor.

Former national officer representing all of JALT's research groups (National SIGs), and columnist in English and Japanese for its monthly magazine The Language Teacher.

From August 2006: Steve also belongs to TESOL and IATEFL.

Teaching in the Community Colleges (TCC):

TCC-L Advisory Board Member (1996-97).
First Annual TCC Online Conference (1996) Presenter.
Second Annual TCC Online Conference (1997) Presentations Committee Chair.
Third Annual TCC Online Conference (1998) Opening Keynote Presenter.
Fourth Annual TCC Online Conference (1999) Participant.
Fifth Annual TCC Online Conference (April 2000) International & Multicultural Issues Writing Team Chair & Help Desk conference staff.


Since March 1998: This Website is now trilingual with French and English-Japanese guidebooks to Shikoku, the Japanese island of pilgrims and exiles. Since March 1999: University of Seville librarian J.C. Rodriguez-Santos has translated the guidebook into Spanish. And Geert Drieghe at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium has translated it into Dutch. 1999-2000: With Prof. Roberto Mueller in Brazil, Steve made a Year 2000 Web Greeting in 20 languages from all over the world. 2005-2006: Produced a podcast in English, Japanese and Chinese, some bilingual podcasts and a presentation on e-learning in Japanese.

Links to Highlights

1997-98: invited to write a series "Gleanings from Pacific Asia" for Humanist (London University) on Computing in the Humanities advances in Asia and the Pacific. Some articles in the series can be selected at an Ohio State University Asian Studies electronic newsletter article.

Since 1997: Website Editor maintaining the Japan Association for Language Teaching Bilingualism National SIG Home Page and an information page for the Japan Journal of Multilingualism and Multiculturalism.

Since early 1998: The Global Shikoku Internet Project, a local volunteer multilingual electronic text initiative. Non-Japanese can learn about Japan while local people learn how to express their culture in foreign languages. Project progress is reported in Japanese and English.

7 April 1998: Keynote address at the Third Annual Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference: "Voluntaristic Online Education and the Future with Japan." This keynote address proposed founding the World Association for Online Education (WAOE, pronounced "wow-ee"). In November 1998 the State of California recognized WAOE as a non-profit organization. Affiliated electronic journal at New York University. As of July 1999 WAOE was approaching 1,000 participants in 50 countries. 2000: Membership dues abolished. 2003-2006: Hosted at Portland State University as an international public service.

1999-2000: "Steve McCarty's East-West Perspectives from Japan" monthly column in The Education Companion Newsletter, based in New York City.

From 1999-2003: Assisting the Global University System for Japan and Japanese, and Webmaster for the Asia-Pacific.

September 2003-November 2004: Editor of Papyrus News (University of California). See notice in English or Japanese.

Since May 2003: Intercultural Literacy blog

Since July 2005: Japancasting spoken library (podcasting blog)

April-July 2006: Coursecasting Bilingual Education (podcasting lectures of an upper division English for Professional Purposes class)

August 2006: Podcasting, Coursecasting and Web 2.0 Technologies for Research Podcasting in EFL wiki

Since September 2006: YouTube Educational Group

Bilingualism and Japanology

Encouraged by the workaholic Japanese lifestyle, Steve has endeavored to reach the Japanese-reading public. His research has combined bilingualism with Japanology. Then with the advent of the Web he has worked to turn online education into a new professional discipline. He has made originally print publications available online along with electronic publications. The results so far are an English and a fuller Japanese-annotated version listing over 200 selected publications and Websites. This online library has received a 4-star rating, very useful for research, from the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library in 1997, 2001 and 2005. It is fully described at the Duke University East Asia Collection Website under Japanese Linguistics. The Japan WWW Virtual Library at Stanford University has included links under Japanese Language and Culture to both the English and Japanese versions. Please see the Bilingualism and Japanology Intersection.

The Bilingual Haiku Scroll

Japanese, romanized and English versions of haiku previously published in Japan by Steve McCarty, with a brief explanation of the nature of haiku and how these poems were composed. There is a shortcut link to view the Chinese characters even if your Web browser does not support the Japanese language. The U.S. government Center for the Advancement of Language Learning made a link under Japanese Language Learning Resources: "Bilingual Haiku Scroll. A collection of haiku, conceived and written in Japanese, and presented bilingually for linguistic comparison. [Shift-JIS fonts]." Humanities classes in the U.S. and EFL classes in Japan are reportedly using it. You can also enjoy the aesthetics of the Japanese-style graphics and the philosophy behind the colorful nature symbolism in the Bilingual Haiku Scroll.

Webbed MOO Home Room

Steve's Webbed MOO or WOO Home Room made in 1996 is a Multi-user chat room domain for meeting people in real-time via telnet to a host computer at California State University, Northridge. While the home room functions as a meeting place, a pearl hunt adventure off the coast of Japan was also created, which can be experienced with a Web browser, starting from URL <>. Then for the last three digits /321 substitute the following numbers or simply click on them in this order and continually come back to this page: /635, /533, /531, /532, then /311.

To meet someone in real time at The Pearl Dive, one easy way is to go to URL: <>. Then click on "To telnet to DaMOO."

Then type:
connect guest (pressing the return key after every entry).
Then type:
@go #321
and you should be welcomed into The Pearl Dive.

You can arrange to meet Steve McCarty at a certain time by e-mail to:
<>. In that case enter the MOO by typing:
connect guest
Then simply type:
@join Steve
Start speaking in the MOO with a quotation mark: " ...
(then press the return key; no need for end quotes).
To find out who is in what MOO rooms, type:
For more instructions on doing things in the MOO, type:

How to conduct academic conferences entirely online

For those who may wish to investigate the use of a MOO, or synchronous plus asynchronous communication, to conduct academic conferences entirely online, see "Opening the Conference Gates to K-12 and Worldwide Educators" in The Well Connected Educator (February 1997), sponsored by Global SchoolNet, Microsoft Corp., and the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Web Chat Events

The World Without Borders chat facility based in California hosted the first ever Web Chat Bonenkai Year-End Party for Steve's Practical English class in December of 1998 and 1999 with participants in North America and Japan.

WAOE conducted a world culture festival from 10-16 February 1999. Steve's Web chat sessions were on the Japanese Doll Festival and Ask about Asian Cultures.

Again at World Without Borders on 24 February 2000, Steve was the first to be interviewed in Keiko Schneider's SenseiOnline seminar series, discussing his "CULTURAL LIBERATION: East-West Biculturalism for a New Century."

On 5 July 2001, World Association for Online Education (WAOE) Annual Members' Meeting real-time discussions were held in the MetaCollege course management system, hosted by Keiko Schneider in New Mexico, Begum Ibrahim in Malaysia, and Sakura Suzuki, Mariko Tokoro, and Steve McCarty in Japan.

On 17 July 2002, hosted "WAOE - the Future of Universities" discussion at the TappedIn MOO with former Yale University Dean Parker Rossman. See the transcript.

On 20 January 2004, WAOE officers in the U.S., England and Japan held an audioconference with Horizon Live software, sharing the designer interface to push presentations while speaking, with a chat function, whiteboard and other features demonstrated (see below).

Virtual Learning Environments

In 1998 Steve was invited to visit a graduate school class in teaching online at the University of Maryland to discuss cross-cultural issues in a WebCT environment.

In 1999 he joined WAOE colleagues from several countries in a Blackboard environment to discuss international collaboration.

A 1999 WAOE Directors' Meeting was also held in the QuickTeam virtual organization environment instead of the usual Web Board.

In 2000 with the WAOE Online Educator Development Committee, Steve tried Embanet and then selected MetaCollege to provide a free Online Educator Development Practicum for WAOE members. Thanks to affiliates like Child Research Net in Tokyo, WAOE membership dues could be abolished at the Annual Members' Meeting (AMM2001) held online.

In 2001 WAOE started paying for a MetaCollege Advanced Site. Steve's Online Educator Development Practicum at MetaCollege, free for WAOE members, was used mostly for asynchronous discussions at AMM2000, and for synchronous discussions at AMM2001. Members were also invited to experience a WebCT college course in Vancouver.

In July, 2001, Steve joined Japan's Advanced Learning Infrastructure Consortium, which functions in Japanese. He had started studying the Japanese version of WebCT in 2000 and became a quality assurance tester of WebCT 3.6(j) in July, 2001. He is building a course in Japanese on Interactive Basic English Composition.

A small research team in Tokyo that invited Steve for his knowledge of WebCT and distance education received a grant from the World Bank over such giants as NTT and Mitsubishi. From January 2002 to August 2003 Steve used the WebCT administrator and designer interfaces as the Instructional Designer for the Global Development Learning Network Partnership with Japan.

Updated 27 March 2007

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