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International Symposium:
"Advancing Higher Education in the Age of MOOC"

Mon. Jan 19 2015 Inamori Hall, Shirankaikan, Kyoto University

The 90th international symposium, entitled "Advancing Higher Education in the Age of MOOC" and hosted by the Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education, was held in Inamori Hall of Shiran Kaikan at Kyoto University on January 19, 2015. This symposium, in which 87 people from inside and outside the campus participated, welcomed Professor Robert A. Lue, Faculty Director of HarvardX and the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University.

Overview

In recent years, while there is a growing interest in the use of MOOC and OCW in higher education, Japanese universities don't always have comprehensive systems to support such educational development. Thus, there is an urgent need to create such capacity. This symposium gives an overview of Harvard University's pioneering initiatives, their outcomes, and the status of educational reform and faculty development efforts in Japanese universities. In this symposium, concrete measures for educational innovation and educational improvement were explored and possibilities and challenges were actively discussed.

Session 1

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Professor Robert A. Lue (Click here to watch the video.)

In his keynote lecture entitled "The Digital Evolution of the University," Professor Lue stated that Harvard University has achieved certain results in educational improvement and educational reform through online and on-campus education. With regard to MOOC, he explained that it is not merely limited to online environment, but it is also beneficial to regular university education.

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Professor Toru Iiyoshi (Click here to watch the video.)

Next, Professor Toru Iiyoshi of Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education introduced MOOC related efforts at Kyoto University in his lecture titled "New Possibilities of Educational Innovation and Teaching and Learning Support at Kyoto University." Mainly focusing on the previous year's MOOC "Chemistry of Life," he also explained about various attempts to promote learners' participation, the viewpoints of course improvement in the future, and their significance.

Session 2

In the next session, Professor Michihiko Minoh of the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies at Kyoto University made specific suggestions about maintaining on-campus system environment as well as collecting learners' data and its use and application for personalized education. Professor Haruo Takemura of Osaka University introduced extensive efforts by the Teaching and Learning Support Center at Osaka University, such as the FD program and its activities as well as MOOC production.

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Professor Michihiko Minoh (Click here to watch the video.)

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Professor Haruo Takemura (Click here to watch the video.)

Session 3

In the panel discussion, which was offered after the lectures and moderated by Professor Kayo Matsushita of Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education at Kyoto University, an active question and answer session was held with the floor participants.

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Professor Kayo Matsushita (Click here to watch the video of the summary of topics by Professor Matsushita.)

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Venue (Click here to watch the video of panel discussion.)


Program

【Session 1】

13:30  Opening Remarks
Masao Kitano (Executive Vice-President for Education, Kyoto University)

13:35  Keynote Lecture
Robert A. Lue (Faculty Director, HarvardX and of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University)
"The Digital Evolution of the University"

14:35  Lecture
Toru Iiyoshi (Professor and Director, Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education, Kyoto University)
"New Possibilities of Educational Innovation and Teaching and Learning Support at Kyoto University"

【Session 2】

15:20  Topic Presentation
Michihiko Minoh (Professor, Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies, Kyoto University)
Haruo Takemura (Director of Project Planning and Development, Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Osaka University / Director, Teaching and Learning Support Center, Osaka University / Professor, Cybermedia Center, Osaka University)

【Session 3】

15:50  Panel Discussion
Moderator: Kayo Matsushita (Professor, Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education, Kyoto University)
Panelists: Robert A. Lue, Toru Iiyoshi, Michihiko Minoh, Haruo Takemura

- Click here to watch OCW content for this symposium.