The national financial supported project from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, since 2012

Current Project Overview

plan

This project is the network consisting 19 partner schools and 14 local government institutions. The network organization is based on administration council and seek to Achieve 2goals ; promoting quality assurance of Education and developing the new educational programs for self-regulated learning.To achieve these 2goals, this project create, develop and share the 3 programs; (1) Self-regulated learning. (2)Faculty Development/Staff Development (3) Institutional Research

(1) Learner-Centered Education
“Active learning” is one of the ways to foster the ability of self-regulated learning. However, there are many types of learner centered approaches to conduct active learning such as project based learning, problem learning and so on. To create and develop the program for self-regulated learning, we share each case of active learning which member universities have practiced and discuss the ideal way of active learning.

(2) Learner-Centered Education
The effort and the support to enrich faculty work is critically important for both faculties and staffs (Faculty Development and Staff Development).We share the strategies for improving teaching practice, collaborating with colleagues and create some common guidelines toward the ideal FD/SD.

(3)Institutional Research
Institutional Research is the objective way to evaluate education. We conduct statistical survey to both faculties and students and share the results to evaluate ourselves. We collaborate with external assessment committee to evaluate our performance and also hold a “Student FD conference” to gather opinion from students’ point of view.


Background

Japan is facing serious issues: an unprecedented population challenge that will have social, economic, and political consequences for years to come. The anticipation for higher education has been increasing and students are expected to gain the ability of problem solving, taking action, social communicating and self-regulated learning to work well in the knowledge based society of 21st century. Universities and colleges also have to educate students to become people who have a spirit of enterprise, together with local communities and stake holders, rather than to become people who are well adapted to the times and society, and who are merely obedient. In this situation, institutions of higher education are required to cooperate to maintain the balance in development in the Japanese society.

What can higher education do? What is the role of the educational institution in the changing and unexpected circumstances?

Nowadays, smaller universities, colleges, etc., in Japan compete in increasing student enrolment and being struggled to survive in the    competitive world. However, each smaller university and college plays a part in specialization by function that facilitates the diversity of higher education in the country and they are the key to maintaining and developing local districts. It means the directional movement has been about to change from only a competing relationship to the cooperation relationship.

“Institutional network”, “Cooperation” and “Innovation”. These three are our main concepts. Our project members have decided to create the institutional network to improve by learning from others based on not only competing but also cooperation and creating new ideas.
To solve the problems of modern times, FD/SD activities will be further enhanced, assets that collaborating universities and colleges have developed in their local communities will be used constructively, and dynamic collaboration between universities, colleges, etc., and regions across an extensive area will be promoted.