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International Symposium:
"How MOOC Evolves University Education"

Wed. Dec 09 2015 Inamori Hall, Shirankaikan, Kyoto University

The international symposium, entitled "How MOOC Evolves University Education" 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 December 9, 2015. This symposium welcomed Ms. Kathy Pugh, the Vice President of Education Services at edX as the keynote speaker.

Overview

Since 2012, or what is referred to as "the year of MOOC," the number of MOOC participants has been increasing around the world. This prompts us to reconsider how higher education should be. Among Japanese universities, Kyoto University joined edX for the first time and has been delivering online courses since May 2013.
In this symposium, Ms. Kathy Pugh delivered a speech on MOOC related international trends and initiatives. Subsequently, information and opinion with regard to the overview of Kyoto University's MOOC-related efforts, analysis of MOOC learners' data, instances of specific practices, and the future outlook of education utilizing MOOC were exchanged.

President's MOOC "Evolution of the Human Sociality" Live!

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President Juichi Yamagiwa

The symposium was scheduled immediately following "President's MOOC 'Evolution of Human Sociality' Live!"; a spin-off event from the MOOC "Evolution of the Human Sociality" offered by President Juichi Yamagiwa.

For more details about President's MOOC event, click here.

Summary of this Symposium

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President Juichi Yamagiwa (Click here to watch the video.)

The symposium began with greetings from President Yamagiwa, after he concluded his MOOC event. The President explained about his motivations for launching MOOCs, his experience as an instructor, and his expectations that this initiative would help improve the quality of education at Kyoto University.

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Ms. Kathy Pugh (Click here to watch the video.)

In her keynote lecture, entitled "The Past and Future of MOOCs: "What have we done and where are we going?," Ms. Pugh introduced the recent spread of MOOC offered all over the world and new attempts by edX such as MIT's MicroMasters Program and Arizona State University's "Global Freshman Academy," which is a first-year undergraduate education program through MOOC. With regard to the open source MOOC platform from edX, which is called "Open edX," she stated that: it is significant that it is used on a number of sites around the world. She also expressed her hope that edX continues providing better courses with its partner institutions.

In a panel discussion which was held later in the symposium, five faculty members who involved in the MOOC production in Kyoto University (Associate Professor Hiroyuki Sakai of Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education, Professor Ryo Yamada of Graduate School of Medicine, Associate Professor Tetsushi Ito of Graduate School of Science, Associate Professor Yutaka Yamauchi of Graduate School of Management, and Associate Professor Mana Taguchi of Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education) provided presentations on an overview of MOOC initiatives at the university, case studies, and the results from data analysis. Based on these presentations, opinions were exchanged with regard to future prospect and expectations, including floor participants as well.

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Associate Professor Hiroyuki Sakai (Click here to watch the video.)

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Professor Ryo Yamada (Click here to watch the video.)

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Associate Professor Tetsushi Ito (Click here to watch the video.)

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Associate Professor Yutaka Yamauchi (Click here to watch the video.)

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Associate Professor Mana Taguchi (Click here to watch the video of panel discussion.)

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Stage (Click here to watch the video of discussion.)

Program

14:45  Opening Remarks
Toru Iiyoshi (Professor and Director, Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education, Kyoto University)

14:50  University President's Greeting
Juichi Yamagiwa (President, Kyoto University)

15:00  Keynote Lecture
Kathy Pugh (Vice President of Education Services at edX)
"The Past and Future of MOOCs: What have we done and where are we going?"

15:40  Panel Discussion
Moderator: Toru Iiyoshi

15:40  Explnation of Aim: Toru Iiyoshi

15:45  KyotoUx Today
Hiroyuki Sakai (Associate Professor, Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education, Kyoto University)

15:55  Profile of "Introduction to Statistical Method for Gene Mapping"
Ryo Yamada (Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University)

16:05  Profile of "Fun with Prime Numbers: The Mysterious World of Mathematics"
Tetsushi Ito (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University)

16:20  Profile of "Culture of Services: New Perspective to Customer Relations"
Yutaka Yamauchi (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University)

16:35  Analysis of Student Questionnaires and Learning Data
Mana Taguchi (Associate Professor, Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education, Kyoto University)

16:50  Discussion

- Click here to watch OCW content for this symposium.