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James Shimabukuro
Associate Professor of English
University of Hawaii-Kapiolani Community College

James N. Shimabukuro is an associate professor of English at Kapi'olani Community College, which is part of the University of Hawaii (UH) system. He completed his EdD in 1986 at UH Manoa. He has been teaching composition at Kapi'olani for over 20 years and was one of the first to offer completely online classes in the UH system.

His article, "How to Survive in an Online Class: Guidelines for Students," has been used, wholly or in part, by instructors at a number of colleges, including San Diego Community College District Online, Kentucky Virtual University, University of Manitoba, Murdoch University, Foothill College, Colorado Education Online, University of Colorado at Denver, Governors State University, City College of San Francisco, Delta College, Pikes Peak Community College, and Waubonsee Community College.

He is founder of the annual Teaching in the Community Colleges (TCC) Online Conference, a completely virtual professional development event. In 1997, he received an Innovation of the Year Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College for his work with the conference. He has written two Technology Source articles on the subject of online conferences. "What Is an Online Conference?" has been used as a resource by the TCC Online Conference, by the Illinois Online Conference, and by Glendale Community College. "The Evolving Virtual Conference" grew out of a keynote presented at the GATE 2000 International Virtual Conference, which brought together professional educators from six European countries: UK, Italy, Finland, Spain, France, and Greece. Another article, "How to Get the Most Out of an Online Conference," has been used by the TCC Online Conference, the University of Calgary, and the Illinois Online Conference.

His latest article for The Technology Source, "Rising Stars in Virtual Education: A Peek into 2010," is based on a two-decade-long fascination with computers and firsthand experiences in virtual conferences, electronic publishing, and online teaching. It has been used as a resource by publications and instructors at a number of colleges, including the University of Houston, University of Canberra, Western Carolina University, University of Illinois at Springfield, Concordia College, City University of Hong Kong, George Mason University, Paradise Valley Community College, University of Sheffield, and University of Leicester. It has also been used by organizations such as the UNESCO Asian Regional Office, Scottish Further Education ICT, Sapio Institute, and e-Learning Centre.

He contributed two chapters, "CMC and Writing Instruction: A Future Scenario" and "Stimulating Learning with Electronic Guest Lecturing," to Computer-Mediated Communications and the Online Classroom (Hampton Press, 1995). In spring 1998, he chaired Northern Arizona University's Web98 ("In the Footsteps of Web Pioneers") Virtual Session.

In fall 2002, in addition to his completely online classes, he began experimenting with hybrid learning, which combines face-to-face and online activities. He currently splits his time between teaching and serving as editor to Kapi'olani's student services department web development team. He has been invited to deliver a keynote address at the Ninth Annual Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference, April 20-22, 2004. The conference theme is "Surfing the Broadband Wave: The Shape of Things to Come."

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// Technology Source Articles
  • Rising Stars in Virtual Education: A Peek into 2010
    // Vision, November/December 2002
  • The Evolving Virtual Conference: Implications for Professional Networking
    // Vision, September/October 2000
  • What is an Online Conference?
    // Case Studies, January/February 2000