The Center is a facility for collaborative education and research within our university. We aim to support improvements in the quality of the University of Tokyo’s education and research, as well as the development of our university’s global education innovation. To accomplish this, we are promoting the following projects.
OpenCourseWare (OCW) refers to activities that make courses and relevant information regularly provided at universities and other institutions available to the public free of charge online. The University of Tokyo began these activities in 2005, and since then has provided materials and videos from regular lectures that are offered with the University’s educational programs to people outside the University free of charge.
The UTokyo eLF shares education and research content with people inside and outside our University, and encourages people to use it as educational material. This online learning management system doesn’t just share lecture videos and materials, it also makes it possible to manage users and to give short tests, evaluate them and add up the results, and more.
UTokyo TV makes videos of events available to the general public free of charge. These events include extension courses held at the University of Tokyo, open campus days, and a variety of symposiums and workshops.
UTokyo TV also shares videos of training and similar content that can be viewed only by students and faculty members of the University of Tokyo.
MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) are courses shared on the Internet that people can take inexpensively or free of charge. Participants come from all over the world, and carry out their studies using class videos, online tests, and other methods.
UTokyo offered two courses via Coursera as the first trial in Japan, and is now offering courses via Coursera and edX.
The University of Tokyo has set out the following philosophy for faculty development:
“To carry out faculty development on multiple levels and with multiple participants (including individual faculty members, university departments, and university colleges), acknowledging that this is an on-going and organization-wide effort aiming for a superior learning environment and the creating of learning opportunities, given our status as a globally recognized leading university.”
Since the 2013 academic year, we have run a program with the objective of helping graduate students who aim to become university teachers gain skills and knowledge, especially those relating to teaching in a university. This half-semester program focuses on the Common Graduate Course “Teaching Development in Higher Education,” and provides an environment for graduate students to build up a network that transcends their field of specialism as they study using an active learning style.
UTokyo Faculty Development (FD) in English encompasses the group of initiatives offered in English by the Center for Research and Development of Higher Education aiming to support the educational development of those who teach or aim to teach at university level. These initiatives, at present, involve two main programs focused on the development of teaching competences.
We have offered Interactive Teaching, an online FD program, since 2014. It is a project to contribute to society, carried out with the support and cooperation of the Japan Center for Educational Research and Innovation. This program is made up of practical content that helps improve participants’ teaching abilities, and was taken by over 7,000 people both inside and outside of the university in the 2014 academic year.
We offer individual discussions about teaching, including reviewing class designs, syllabi, and curriculums, starting new programs, and more.
We are ready to receive questions about topics such as improving syllabi, how to adopt new classroom methods, and FD training at any time.
This Catalogue is a system that aims to enable users to look at all of the University of Tokyo’s undergraduate and graduate courses (more than 10,000), or search for a course and discover how subjects are related to each other.
UTokyo navi is a service that integrates and delivers information about a variety of events held by University of Tokyo departments and institutes. In addition to information about educational events, it also provides content that helps to make people’s lives on campus even fuller, including recommending locations in and outside of the university, and introducing internal university services.
These language programs aim to ensure that the active skills (writing, reading) needed for globalization are more than just simple communication tools—our goal is for participants to gain logical construction of thought and speech and to hold discussions on the same level as a native speaker.