May 17, 2017

The 1st Faculty Luncheon

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The 1st Faculty Luncheon was held today. Handouts are available at the bottom of this post.
Here is the summary and a preview of our next event.

There were nine participants from various schools and departments.

1) Today’s Topic
Today’s topic was “Motivation.”
We explained the research findings of learning from the perspectives of “expectancy,” “value,” and “environment” as an introduction to the discussion.

2) Sharing of Participants’ Concerns
Participants’ specific concerns related to students’ motivation came out as follows:
“Students don’t come to meetings for classes and laboratories.”
“Those students who found a job in the private sector seem less motivated in their research activities.”
“It is difficult to motivate students in classes that involve practical activities.”

3) Discussion among Participants
Participants discussed how to solve the above concerns by using mini-lectures, first in pairs, then with the whole members.
The following perspectives came out of the discussion:
“Raise the expectancy of success by providing small steps in the class to achieve the goal.”
“Clarify the value gained by publishing papers and engaging in research to the students.”

4) References
The following are the references for today’s topic:

・Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M. W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M. C., & Norman, M. K. (2010). How learning works: Seven research-based principles for smart teaching. John Wiley & Sons.
The book gives a detailed explanation of motivation.

・Kurita, K., & Japan Center for Educational Research and Innovation (JCERI) (Eds.). (2017). Interactive teaching [Interactive teaching]. Kawai Publishing.
It is a book based on a MOOC course “Interactive Teaching.” The chapter “Learning Sciences” refers to motivation. Please also check the following video clip. (WEEK 3: Learning Sciences)

Since the event was highly appreciated, we are planning to hold the next faculty luncheon.
Details are to be announced, but the next luncheon is temporarily scheduled for Wednesday, June 21st, from 12:10–13:00.
The main topic will be, again, “motivation.” We would like to deepen the discussion by focusing on the points we could not discuss well enough in today’s luncheon.
We look forward to your participation.



May 17 2017_The 1st Faculty Luncheon