We nurture global engineers and scientists who can contribute to global sustainability.
Implementation of systematic active learning programs and effective assessment of learning outcomes
Overview of the program
Theme 1 Active learning
To foster generic skills such as cognitive, ethical and social abilities by implementing teaching and learning methods that engage learners in active learning.
Theme 2 Fair and effective assessment of learning outcomes
Use the various types of indicators to carry out visualization of learning outcomes and improve the educational content and methods, etc. based on the results of the visualization, in order to aim for improvements in university-wide teaching and learning management or improvements in teaching and learning management in colleges that are made with a view to university-wide improvements.
Based on the founding philosophy of SIT, we encourage independent learning by students and make learning outcomes transparent. Under the organized structures consisting of faculty, staff members, and students, led by the university president, we will introduce systematic active learning, make learning outcomes transparent and secure sufficient self-learning hours, by implementing the following three measures.
Three measures to employ
Objectives of the project
Foster engineers who learn from society and can contribute to society
Nurturing global engineers and scientists who can contribute to global sustainability
1. Design and implementation of four-year systematic and organized active learning programs
We will create learning environments that inspire and motivate students to learn deeper by themselves through experiments, practical training, and PBL (Project/Problem-Based Learning).
PBL based systematic active learning programs have been successfully introduced as the integrated education from undergraduate to post-graduate level. Such programs will be extended to the whole university.
In this project we will build a systematic educational program based on active learning methodology for four academic years.
We will construct a learning management system (LMS)that enables us to promote more interactive learning and thereby to motivate students to learn.
2. Effective assessment of learning outcomes and securing sufficient self-learning hours of students using the PDCA cycle for continuous improvements.
We will increase self-learning hours of students and build a PDCA (plan-docheck-act) cycle to secure self-directed learning environments. First, in the design stage of the education program (Plan) we will prepare the substantial syllabus, and clearly state the target self-learning hours in addition to the specific descriptions of preparation and revision.
In the execution stage (Do), we will promote interactive learning by utilizing e-learning systems, in that learning hours can also be measured.
In the evaluation stage (Check), we will grasp the self-learning hours with the learning portfolio for which students will fill the form and perform self-evaluation based on the rubrics (evaluation criteria for learning outcomes). In the improvement stage (Act) we analyze the portfolios and make improvements using brain-storming type workshops attended by faculty, staff and students.
3. Quality assurance of learning through the establishment of the organization for promoting educational reforms and staff-faculty-student partnership
We will prepare the organization to promote continuous educational reform based on staff-faculty-student partnership.
We will hold university-wide brain-storming workshops for continuous improvements of higher education twice every year We will employ a university-wide PDCA cycle with all the faculty and staff members Furthermore, we will survey the satisfaction of all the students, alumni, and companies, which will be used for further improvements of our education. In addition, PROG (Progress Report On Generic skills) tests will be conducted university-wide to measure soft skills of students.
Based on the data thus acquired, we will make continuous educational improvements
Main Outcomes - Academic year 2018 (Target values)
We consolidate the task force consisting of staff, faculty, and students, in that we place more emphasis on the quality assurance of learning than teaching.
Acceleration Program for University Education Rebuilding (AP)
The educational project proposed by Shibaura Institute of Technology was adopted as "Acceleration Program for University Education Rebuilding (AP)" of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2014.
This program has the objective of supporting advanced initiatives that match the policy direction stated in the Education Rebuilding Implementation Council in order to further promote the university educational reforms. Our proposal was the project to combiner Theme I "active learning" and Theme II "visualization of learning outcomes". 21 projects were selected out of 88 applications.
In this project, based on our founding philosophy to "foster engineers who learn from society and can contribute to society" we have stipulated the fostering of "engineers with problem-solving ability who can contribute to the world (society)" as the educational goal, and will carry out the following initiatives in order to encourage self-directed learning by the students with fair and effective assessment of learning outcomes.