2019年1月22日 1 22, 2019 EVENT REPORT Symposium

[Symposium] Spotlight II: Shining a light on innovative teaching practice at the University of Tokyo

Tuesday, January 22 2019
17:00 - 18:30

KIBER314
Komaba Campus, The University of Tokyo



Spotlight II: Shining a light on innovative teaching practice at the University of Tokyo

These presentations will be an an overview of UTokyo's special university-wide, undergraduate program Global Education for Innovation and Leadership (GEfIL) established in 2015, its objectives and curriculum. It will also discuss some of the results achieved so far and the challenges.

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ー How do we Promote Active Learning?ー
by Profs. Yuki Ohara and Lui Yoshida
(Komaba Center for Educational Excellence, UTokyo)


To promote the ideal form of liberal education at the University of Tokyo, the Division ofActive Learning and Teaching (DALT) has been supporting faculties to incorporatevarious types of active learning pedagogy into their classes. Our activities include optimization of learningenvironments, assignment of technical TAs, dissemination of teaching tips through consultation, seminars/workshops and original booklets, as well as developing a model for active-learning-based classes. Thesession will begin by providing general information about the division’s activities particularly at Komaba Active Learning Studio (KALS), a classroom studio specially designed to maximize the effect of active learning with the use of ICT devices. As one ofthe division’s new activities where students and faculty members collaborate to developweb services that are used in classes, we will also introduce the KALS Project, its productand process of development.
―Training in English Medium Instruction ―
by Dr. Sho Shimoyamada
(Center for Research and Development of Higher Education, UTokyo)


Given the increased globalisation of higher education, the number of courses taught in English is increasing in Japanese universities. Consequently, there is a growing demand for training in teaching academic subjects through the medium of English, i.e. English Medium Instruction (EMI). This talk will sketch out how training in EMI is planned, conducted and evaluated by Professional and Global Educators’ Community (PAGE), a project of the Center for Research and Development of Higher Education. Launched in 2016, PAGE has developed a massive open online course (MOOC) called UTokyo English Academia and has organised offline workshops on EMI training. The MOOC and the workshops are blended so that they complement each other. A process through which this blended pedagogy has been improved and evaluated will be explained. An intended outcome of this talk is to draw a comparison between PAGE and other globalisation-related initiatives in the University, thereby laying the groundwork for future collaboration.
DateTuesday, January 22, 2019  17:00 - 18:30
PlaceKIBER, 3rd Floor, Room 314 - Komaba Campus, The University of Tokyo
EligibilityAll faculty, staff and students welcome!
Capacity40
LanguageEnglish
RegistrationRegistration encouraged here and walk-in welcome.
InquiriesGlobal Faculty Development (GFD) committee
Email: gfd-tokyo [at] adm.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp

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A poster made by KALS:

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Report by Alexander Taniguchi-Wiegman (Department of Interdisciplinary Sciences, Undergraduate Student and GFD Research Assistant, UTokyo)

This workshop saw the attendance of 20 professors and students, affiliated throughout a variety of disciplines.

Promoting Active Learning, Profs. Yuki Ohara and Lui Yoshida

Prof. Ohara gave an overview of the establishment, development, and current usage of the Komaba Active Learning Studio (KALS). Established in 2007, KALS is an open-learning space made to encourage the principles of active learning. To this end, the professors give the students scenario-based assignments, and the room itself is often re-arranged to accommodate the interactive and ICT activities. Professors also have an opportunity to catch up with the actions of the learning studio through their publication, AL NEWSLETTER. More importantly, the newsletter gives KALS and active teaching methods more publicity through the University and hopes to encourage professors from faculties outside of the Arts and Sciences, Komaba to consider an Active Learning approach to their teaching styles.

The second half of the presentation was an interactive active learning session led by Prof. Yoshida. He discovered that a tool typically used in commercial conferences, Slido, was useful for fielding questions from his students. It allows various sorting and filtering functions and can run in the background, while the presentation is given. Perhaps one of the most useful features was the 'like' function: where if others had the same question, they would press the like button to make the ranking of the question climb to the top. In his 'science student' courses, the students wanted a real-time chat app for asking each other the questions directly, so a few volunteered to make an app on Heroku platform. This app is currently in beta, but it is very versatile - hosting formatted programming code snippets, images of scientific models, and text in one place. The conclusion reached was that Slido would be a better app for the 'humanities courses' while the in-production app would be more suited for 'science students.' The active learning 'example' was quite enjoyable for all the participants and some professors (judging by their questions) seemed eager to learn more about the platforms, in hopes of testing them in their courses.

Training in English Medium Instruction, Dr. Sho Shimoyamada

Dr. Shimoyamada introduced his project for training professors to teach in English. He points out that while there aren't many courses (nor professors teaching) in English, the University itself desires to hold such classes in its future. For example, UTokyo currently focuses on making Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) similar to the style of MIT and Stanford. He then introduces us to UTokyo's (primarily Japanese) MOOC offerings - UTokyo.TV (who is filming this symposium today, for upload later), and the world-facing MOOC offerings on Coursera in English. Inspired by this success, Dr. Shimoyamada created a hybrid MOOC for preparing post-graduates, PhDs, and even professors for teaching in English: UTokyo-EA. He invited some of the participants with six weeks of progress in the MOOC for a weekend, in-person training to improve their vocabulary range, word tempo, and confidence. While vocabulary usage saw little movement from these in-person training (as compared to the MOOC-only group), in its first two years the program has already produced a couple of thousand graduates. Hopefully, the program will give a push towards globalization of education by training and inspiring confidence to future professors across many Japanese Universities.

Further Reading

Various web pages on the University of Tokyo and other sites provide further information, as indicated below:
* AL Newsletter (PDF downloads, in Japanese):
http://dalt.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/download (scroll to the section 'ALニュースレター' at the bottom)

* Coursera MOOCs offered by UTokyo:
https://www.coursera.org/utokyo

* Komaba Active Learning Studio (KALS):
http://www.kals.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/english/index.html
 
* Slido:
https://www.sli.do/

* UTokyo English Academia (EA):
https://utokyo-ea.com

* UTokyo.TV:
http://todai.tv

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