Interactive teaching

Interactive teaching is a way of teaching that aims to draw out, support, and encourage proactive study from learners by emphasizing educational communication between learners and between learners and teachers.

Interactive teaching activities

We have set up an online course based on the UTokyo FFP. People unrelated to our University can also take this course, and to date we have welcomed over 24,000 participants. In terms of related events, we hold flip classroom-style workshops of different sizes (from 20 people to 300 people), which are highly rated both inside and outside the University.

The online content is offered via the JREC-IN Portal(*1) and Fisdom(*2). Our activity is also described in the following publications: 

・Kurita, K., & Japan Center for Educational Research and Innovation (JCERI). (2017). Interactive teaching: Active learning wo unagasu jugyōdukuri

[Interactive teaching: Designing classes that promote active learning]. Kawai Publishing. (*3)
・Kurita , K. & Nakamura, N. (2021). Interactive teaching jissen-hen 1: Manabi wo unagasu jugyōsekkei: class design no sahō to jitsurei
[Interactive teaching practice 1: Class design that promotes learning: class design methods and cases]. Kawai Publishing. (*4)

*1 The JREC-IN Portal is a “Career support portal site for all researchers and research staff who are pioneering innovation.”
JREC-IN Portal It is managed by the Japan Science and Technology Agency.

*2 Fisdom: Platform operated by Fujitsu Japan Limited

*3 A book for “learning how to teach” based on the content of the online course “Interactive Teaching” with additional information
*4 A book that introduces the activities of the “Interactive Teaching Academy” and elaborates on class design methods through examples

Features of UTokyo FD interactive teaching

Interactive teaching activities
1. The videos of the “Interactive Teaching” program are available on the UTokyo FD website.

*Please note that the program is conducted in Japanese.
Faculty Development, The University of Tokyo (FD, The University of Tokyo)


2.If you would like to learn the contents by taking a course, please access Coursera, which allows you to acquire skills and earn your degree online from universities and companies worldwide.
Interactive Teaching | Coursera
Please note that you will be charged a fee for obtaining a certificate of completion. Otherwise, all the contents are available for free. Please check the website below for details.
Interactive Teaching is available on Coursera – Center for Research and Development of Higher Education, The University of Tokyo (*in Japanese)


3.The online course is also available on JREC-IN Portal website.
  (Please refer to *1 above for details.)

  • This course offers valuable information and learning about teaching in an interactive manner.
  • This program helps you learn about the basic knowledge and skills essential to “teaching,” such as class design methods, course design methods, active learning strategies, and evaluation methods. You can learn at your own pace.
  • This program is not only for graduate students and faculty members, but also for all the people who are involved in “teaching,” such as teachers of elementary and secondary schools and those who are in charge of corporate education.

Examples of interactive teaching programs

Interactive Teaching course is available free of charge on Coursera and JREC-IN Portal.

Interactive Teaching | Coursera
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  • Interactive Lectures: Active Learning
  • Active Learning Techniques
  • Science of Learning
  • Course Design
  • Syllabus Design
  • Evaluation to Encourage Learning
  • Considering a Career Path of Faculty 1
  • Considering a Career Path by Using Portfolios