Online learning environment offering lectures and materials mainly to Kyoto University students


KoALA (Kyoto University Online for Augmented Learning Activities) is Kyoto University's SPOC (Small Private Online Courses) platform launched in 2018.

KoALA is partially similar to MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in that they both offer lecture videos and assignments online. However, KoALA is still different from MOOCs. In addition to English, it also contains Japanese language in its setting, and it is aimed to be mainly used by Kyoto University students. Faculty members and students can use their specified account (SPS-/ECS-) IDs to log into KoALA. This makes the registration process easy and enables instructors to keep tabs on each student's learning status.

KoALA also enables instructors to set up blended learning (e.g. flipped classroom) environment. Recently, educational practices using similar systems have been reported by other universities, not only domestically, but also across the globe.
KoALA is used by Kyoto University students as well as other learners, depending on how the instructor defines the audience.

Click here to learn the differences between KoALA (SPOC) and MOOCs, OCW, PandA (LMS).

Using KoALA


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KoALA for High School Students

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KoALA Courses(For High School Students)

Advantages of Using KoALA

  • Instructors can set up blended learning environments for a flipped classroom and class preparations and reviews.
  • Part of class materials can be provided through KoALA, such as a lecture video or an assignment.
  • Class content is created and provided in Japanese as well as English.
  • Once class content is developed, all instructors have to do is make addition and modification if necessary.
  • Instructors can keep track of students' learning progress on a real-time basis, both individually as well as collectively.

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