MOST

An online system enabling university faculty members to share their educational practices with one another

Outline

MOST (Mutual Online System for Teaching & Learning) is a website that enables communities of instructors to share knowledge, experience, and know-how on improvement of education and teaching practice. Any visitor to the site can browse the collection of more than 250 examples of teaching practice and FD (Faculty Development). Moreover, those registering with the site can create and publish multi-media portfolios of their own activities.
Multimedia portfolios (known as Snapshots) are created using the online KEEP Toolkit. Templates are available for a variety of purposes, such as courses, curriculum, and FD. Users can negotiate the system intuitively to produce Snapshots with ease.
The Snapshots produced can be shared either with the general public or on a limited basis within a certain community of instructors.

MOSTreasure

This site enables small ideas, know-how, and tips on teaching of the type that all university instructors can offer to be converted into online content without difficulty and shared in instructor communities. One feature of the site is the ease of use for most instructors: when creating content, instructors temporarily remove themselves from the context of teaching practice and work beyond the confines of their academic discipline and organizational affiliation. Instructors can post reports on their implementation of the content created, enabling exchange of information and sharing of new ideas.

MOST Galaxy

MOST GALAXY is a gallery that showcases distinctive Snapshots (portfolios of teaching practice and FD initiatives) created by MOST users using the KEEP Toolkit on a program-by-program basis.
As of January 31, 2017, there are seven programs in total--Organizational FD Portfolio (Kansai FD Association), Course Portfolio, MOST Fellows, SOTL Case Study, Class/Course Improvement, Organizational FD Activities, and Online Open Classes--introducing numerous initiatives in teaching improvement and their outcomes in a format tailored to scale and purpose. Cases studies include FD pursued by the university as a whole; activities by individual faculties/departments; trailblazing course improvement activities by individual instructors; cross-university FD; and projects at the Carnegie Foundation in the United States, the birthplace of Snapshots (translated into Japanese).
Instructors thinking about how to run their classes next semester, and those looking for hints and starting points for class design, are encouraged to browse the Snapshots publically available in MOST GALAXY.

Advantages of Using MOST

  • The use of templates in the creation of Snapshots on teaching improvement and FD initiatives enables objective consideration and reflection on one's own activities. For example, the Course Portfolio template provides a list of questions for consideration in relation to a specific curricular course, which when answered leads to the creation of a Snapshot.
  • By using the same template, multiple instructors can engage in comparison and discussion across different courses. There are even cases where whole departments have created Snapshots and used them as resources for revision of the curriculum.
  • By updating their Snapshots periodically, instructors can easily trace changes over time in their teaching practice and educational improvement activities. This makes it simpler to identify points for future improvement.

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