November 14, 2015
The “Interactive Teaching” course began on November 19th, 2014, and by February 2016 (1st–3rd period) it had welcomed over 20,000 registrants from 43 countries.
Students’ ages ranged from teens to eighties and their occupations and specializations were not restricted to graduate students and university faculty, but included elementary and junior high school teachers, those working with human-resource development in private companies, and those training and educating the next generation in the fields of medicine and care for the elderly, among others.
After a selection process, a maximum of twenty applicants participated in a “real-time session” (a face-to-face class). The online students, with ages ranging from twenties to fifties, created a space for sharing expertise in many fields and learning together.
Although I didn’t have any basic knowledge, I enjoyed the weekly classes. I was able to reflect on the environments I’ve been in and the teaching I’ve done. In the future, through trial and error, I really want to provide better education and better medical treatment.
(A female graduate student in her twenties from Kanagawa)
(A female graduate student in her forties from Tokyo)
(A female full-time university lecturer in her thirties from Ishikawa)
(A male full-time university lecturer in his thirties from Aichi)
(A female full-time lecturer in her fifties from Fukuoka)
(A female full-time university lecturer in her fifties from Kanagawa)
(A female part-time university lecturer in her forties from Fukuoka)
(A male high school teacher in his twenties from Kyoto)
This was a great opportunity. Without a doubt, this was a turning point for me.
(A female high school teacher in her forties from Saitama)
(A female high school teacher in her forties from the US)
I wrote this in the final paper as well, but thanks to this course I can now incorporate active learning into my own teaching. It only lasted a few weeks, but it had an impact on all of the students, and the progress was also made visible in figures. I’m truly grateful. I will make sure to use videos from the course at other training sessions.
(A male high school teacher in his fifties from Tokyo)
(A male university librarian in his thirties from Yamagata)
(A female university student support worker in her forties from Hiroshima)
(A self-employed/independent female in her thirties from Tokyo)
(A male regular employee in his forties from Ishikawa)
(A female contract/temporary employee in her thirties from Kanagawa)
Mr. Maekawa Shūichi
(Teacher at Meikō Academy Junior and Senior High Schools)My course experience was full of ups and downs. My second-term work schedule was very busy, making me worry about whether I could continue. During the first week I had a lot of time, but in the second week I had a lot of work and didn’t get around to taking the test. I heard that Monday was the deadline for the third week, so I began working on it in the morning until the deadline at 9:00. In week 4, I misclicked and only got one question correct… But it was at this point that I really got going, and I scored perfectly from week 5 through to week 8. Excluding the 1-point deduction on the first final paper, I received perfect scores for the second and third papers, giving me a final score of 77. I was so amazed with the wonderful course design, which introduced me to a stream of education! As expected, what I must work on is consolidating what I learn. Just watching the videos wasn’t enough so, when I was writing the papers, I realized how much of the previous learning points I had forgotten. I recommend taking notes and making a portfolio so that you can review them.
Ms. Matsumura Kayo
(University staff)I don’t have a smartphone, so I watched the classes on my home PC after work and on weekends. When I was very busy, I could catch up by watching two weeks’ worth during consecutive holidays. It was very helpful that I could go back and rewatch any part that I found interesting or difficult as many times as I needed. My interest grew by debating with the other students and asking them questions on the discussion board. I had just begun helping out at the university and had started learning about active learning, so I was excited to take part in this course because I could immediately put into practice what I learned about speaking style, the importance of revising, and how to design lessons.
Mr. Kobayashi Yasushi
(Associate professor in the Division of Science Education, Miyagi University of Education)Teachers of all ages have always wished for the growth of their students. Wanting to take part in that excitement, I participated in “Interactive Teaching.” Making use of the rewind and stop functions, I could take part in the eight-week online course “as if I were actually there!” The “state of learning” in Japan is in the midst of a drastic change. As we are also seeking to make changes to the “state of teachers,” we should acknowledge the unchanging stance of teachers, that of the constantly learning teacher. The essence of active learning is the student growing to become a “person central to learning.” Thinking about these things is the reason why I am practicing “Interactive Teaching” at a teacher-development site.
Mr. Higuchi Takashi
Regardless of specialization or occupation, there is always a need to raise the next generation, meaning that we must also get involved in “teaching.” In business today, it seems that it is becoming rarer for one person to complete the full workload and more common to build teams of people with different strengths to yield results on a project-by-project basis.
The content of the course was aimed at everyone who has some connection to “teaching.” It was extremely easy to understand and full of useful content. It made full use of the merits of online lecturing by allowing teachers and students to “learn together” while, concurrently, visualizing the content and providing students with an awareness of and lessons about the necessity of conversation skills, etc. In the future, I want to apply what I have learnt in the course when “accurately conveying my own experiences.”
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