The education innovations that we should focus our efforts on throughout the university, across every department of the University Education Innovation Initiative (UEII) and every bureau and department, has been assigned the status of "projects to promote education innovation" and we will promote the strategic improvement of quality in education.
The following are the projects to promote education innovation that have been adopted.
Develop and implement a university-wide teaching assistant (TA) education program and promote the Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFFP) (AY2018-AY2021)
To further improve teaching skills at Kyushu University, we must build settings for fine-tuned instruction on teaching that increases the number of educators, by providing places for education to improve the teaching and instruction skills of exceptional graduate and undergraduate students, and allowing the students who have received this education to participate in teaching settings as TAs or similar roles. In addition, it is absolutely essential to improve the teaching skills of new instructors. Therefore, this project aims to: (1) redevelop the TA system; (2) provide education programs to improve TAs' teaching and instruction skills; (3) establish an effective operating method for the TA system; and develop and implement (4) PFFP and (5) programs for newly employed faculty and administrative staff and non-Japanese instructors to improve their teaching skills in order to raise the base level of teaching skills at Kyushu University.
Develop methods to measure instructors' teaching activities and teaching skills (AY2018-AY2021)
Teaching skills are one of the core job functions expected of university instructors; efforts aimed at advancing those skills (faculty development, FD) are required and have been implemented. However, methods to gain information about the current state and changes in the kinds of teaching activities university instructors develop and how their teaching skills change through FD, etc., have not yet been firmly established. This project conducts research to investigate assessment methods for university instructors' teaching activities and teaching skills that are operative in universities in Japan and other countries and organizes their outcomes and issues; thereafter, a method suited to Kyushu University is developed and proposed.
Practical research on handling a quarterly system throughout Kyushu University (AY2018-AY2021)
Kyushu University has adopted a four-term system as a means of reforming the university into a global site for international education and research that produces global human resources. This project verifies the educational effects of quarterly courses and semester courses, investigates the academic calendars of major universities in Japan and other countries, and provides information and makes proposals that contribute to a consideration of the optimal quarterly system for each faculty and department in order to support and encourage each section's transition to a four-term system. In addition, we will consider and propose course structures and quarterly systems that make it possible to secure research time for instructors (reduce their teaching burden), while encouraging students to study abroad and receive training outside the university independently, based on surveys of the entire university's teaching resources (instructors, classrooms).
Strengthen functions of M2B (Mitsuba) system and promote data use (2018-2021)
Improve the functions and usability of the M2B system, our online teaching support tool, promote its use in KIKAN education and specialized education throughout the university, and develop revolutionary teaching methods by analyzing and feeding back the educational Big Data collected from the university-wide use of the system.
QFC project (Kyushu University Future Creators project) (AY2018-AY2021)
Promoting high school-university collaborations in universities as an effort in contributing to achieving reform of connections between high schools and universities is predicted to be increasingly important, and working to develop model cases of high school-university collaborations is important as the core of this project, which searches for a guide and a direction to reform of connections between high schools and universities for Kyushu University.
This project comprises functions as an organization to promote collaboration between high schools and universities while achieving the following objectives: (1) strategic promotion of Kyushu University's high school-university collaborations; (2) achieving an organization structure as a self-funding project; (3) integrating the existing high school-university collaborations that Kyushu University conducts separately in bureaus and departments, etc., and interconnecting the collaborating organizations; and (4) expanding collaborations based on an organized, strategic initiative plan for high school-university collaborations.
Promotion of active learning by integrative management of learning resources and by development of interactive electronic teaching materials (AY2018-AY2021)
In this project, we promote the education that uses lecture videos and interactive electronic teaching materials of ICT like 3D CG, through the PDCA (plan-do-check-act) cycle. We visualize educational activities that adopt electronic teaching materials based on a fact-finding survey (check), formulate promotion plans and targets (plan) and put them into practice (do). We always conduct surveys and researches to improve the education (act). We also promote collaborations between high schools and the university and the sharing of knowledge through the production and publication of MOOCs, videos presenting representative researchers, and interactive electronic teaching materials. We collaborate closely with the Innovation Center for Educational Resource and carry out this project through the center's activities.
Verify educational outcomes based on stakeholder surveys (AY2018-AY2021)
Clarifying and verifying educational targets and learning outcomes, and ongoing education improvement and reform based on these, are essential elements for the construction of an internal quality assurance system. In these circumstances, there is a global trend toward gathering opinions broadly from stakeholders involved with universities and making improvements based on them. However, Kyushu University has not established a mechanism to conduct regular, systematic, ongoing stakeholder surveys. Therefore, this project aims to construct a regular stakeholder survey system by designing and trialing a survey to regularly check the desires of stakeholders on the university's learning outcomes.
Develop career education subjects aimed at producing advanced human resources (AY2018-AY2021)
To foster human resources capable of responding to the diverse demands of society, highly creative human resources who create new industries, other practical kinds of human resources, and universities are being required to develop and implement educational programs. The Career Support Department conducted a university-wide survey on career education, investigated programs implemented by other universities, and drafted proposals for new courses in AY2018, and has been providing career education to respond to these wishes in cooperation with the schools, departments, and majors from AY2019. By doing so, Kyushu University is fundamentally strengthening its function of educating practical human resources.