Enhancing the specialized learning support framework with the establishment of the new Center for Teaching and Learning, and making support easier.
In order for each and every student to become a global citizen, they must be provided with high-quality education and a learning support system that can respond to their various needs and issues. ICU has already established a number of specialized support offices to aid students in a variety of ways. These include the Academic Planning Center (currently Academic Planning Support), which helps students as they formulate their plans of study, the Writing Support Desk (WSD), which provides advice on writing papers and reports, and the Special Needs Support Services (SNSS) office, which provides learning support for students with special needs.
The learning support framework was further enhanced with the consolidation of the functions these offices provide in 2015 and the establishment of the Center for Teaching and Learning. This Center will make it easier for students to obtain support, and, as all of a student's needs and issues can be responded to in a single place, ICU will be able to provide increased support that better meets their needs in a more timely way.
Increased utilization of ICT to improve educational quality
The Center for Teaching and Learning will increase the use of information and communications technology (ICT) to improve educational quality more than ever before. ICU is enhancing on-campus study space and content not only in the classroom environment but for self and group study as well, and providing support for its use.
For example, ICU-TV will broadcast a variety of video-based guidance for classes and studying, seminars, and other video content for on-campus viewers. It can be used in a broad variety of ways. It allows students to confirm content they may have missed in class, it can serve as a reference in selecting a major and formulating a study plan, and help students confirm information for guidance programs they may not have been able to participate in.
The system also allows students to learn lecture content in advance to save limited class time for discussion and group work, making it possible for students to learn in a more active way.
Learning support has been enhanced with the use of IT.
In October 2015, we launched a dedicated ICU-TV site for on-campus viewers, which students can use for lecture preparation and review and as an important source of information when selecting subjects and choosing majors.
For our Open Course Ware (OCW), which makes the content of classes available for viewers off campus, in addition to regular classes, we now also record special lectures delivered by prominent invited guest lecturers.
Students are able to use these resources in various ways, such as watching lectures, briefings, workshops and seminars on ICU-TV and using OCW to prepare for and review classes. They can also combine them with learning software to use dictionaries, sound, and subtitles. These resources are providing assistance for students with learning difficulties, too. In addition to providing learning support for ICU students, through OCW, we are sharing knowledge and making educational content publicly available to high school students and others who live far from campus, including overseas.
In 2019, a video platform that can be linked to the study management system was introduced, and mechanisms were established for the promotion of flipped classrooms and effective online classes. This has made it possible to provide more flexible learning styles, such as allowing students to study the course content ahead of class to provide more class time for discussions and dialogue through group work and using videos for lecture preparation and review.
We have commenced proof-reading support for students writing their senior thesis in English
To provide students with writing support, we have started offering assistance with proofreading of graduation theses written in English from the 2016 academic year.
This service can be delivered in two ways, either through face-to-face support or by e-mail. The benefits for students are the opportunity not only to have their English corrected but also to remedy any bad habits in their English writing. It also benefits the supervising faculty by enabling them to concentrate on providing guidance on the actual content of the thesis itself.
In the 2019 academic year, in-person proof-reading support was expanded to include regular class assignments as well as senior theses.