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FD Joint Training Program and Thematic Training

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Since its founding in 1995, the University Consortium Kyoto has been promoting faculty development activities in the Kyoto region together with member universities as a systematic effort to help faculty improve and enhance their teaching content and methods.

This “FD Joint Training Program/Theme-Specific Training” is a training program aimed at newly appointed faculty, faculty who want to relearn the basics of FD, faculty who are interested in FD, and staff working in FD-related departments. In 2023, we will be implementing programs aimed at acquiring skills and knowledge in areas such as IR, report guidance, seminar and laboratory management, first-year education, and lesson design and practice.

In addition, we will distribute a video lecture on “Basic knowledge of FD.” This video was created for new faculty members, but it will also be useful for those who are already teaching.

In 2023, all five training programs except for “Fundamentals of FD” will be held online (Zoom).
*The dates and content of programs before applications begin may be subject to change.

All five programs will be available on demand for a limited time.
*On-demand footage will only be available to those who have applied for each program.
*Due to issues during distribution, recorded footage may not be available. Thank you for your understanding.

Event Outline

The following will be implemented in 2023:

times program Date and time Application period
1 IR Struggles: How to use IR thinking in classes? September 13 (Wednesday)
August 4 (Gold) ~ September 5 (Fire)
2 Things to consider when writing a report
: Basic checks and the balance with generative AI
October 14th (Sat)
September 6 (Water) ~ October 7 (Sat)
3 Thinking about seminar and laboratory management November 10 (Friday)
October 3rd (Tue) – November 2nd (Thu)
4 Considering a university’s own first-year education
: Taking one university’s practice as an example
January 16, 2024 (Tuesday)
December 5 (Fire) 10:00 ~
January 6, 2024 (Sat) 17:00
5 Personal writing to promote students’ self-development
: The importance of cultivating awareness from self to others to the world
March 5, 2024 (Tuesday)
January 23, 2024 (Fire) ~ February 24, 2024 (Earth)

Common to all sessions

Faculty and staff of universities and junior colleges
*Only those who can use Zoom *
Full-time or part-time, and length of employment does not matter
*Also applies to staff who are interested in FD (years of work experience does not matter)
Online (using Zoom)
entry fee:
Faculty and staff of member universities of the University Consortium Kyoto: Free All others: 1,000 yen (tax included, prepayment required )
*The deadline for payment of the participation fee is as stated in the details for each session. Please note that if payment of the participation fee cannot be confirmed within the deadline, your application will be invalid. If you are unable to pay within
the deadline, please contact the contact information listed on the invoice as soon as possible.

* Please note that no refunds will be given if you cancel after payment of the participation fee.
Approximately 30 people per session (first come, first served)
Sponsored by:
The Consortium of Universities, Kyoto


  • On the day of the event, please participate using a PC, tablet, or other device with a stable internet connection.
    *Please refrain from participating in workshop-type programs using a smartphone.
  • For workshop-style programs, we recommend that you turn on your video and microphone.
  • Participants are not permitted to record or record the event. Please adhere to this rule.

Part 1: IR Struggle – How to apply IR thinking to classes? –

September 13, 2023 (Wednesday) 13:30-15:30
Event format:
Lectures and workshops (using Zoom)
Mr. Akiaki Toji (Lecturer, Faculty of Letters, Otani University)
Mr. Masayuki Nakagawa (Assistant Professor, Faculty of International Tourism, Heian Jogakuin University)
Makoto Takahashi (Associate Professor, Faculty of Sociology, Otani University)

The importance of IR is emphasized from the perspective of educational management and internal quality assurance at universities. Although advanced initiatives are being undertaken at various universities, IR initiatives often do not progress well at small universities or at universities without researchers specializing in higher education. There is also a strong image that IR initiatives are undertaken by specific departments and have little relevance to the management of individual classes, but utilizing the perspective of IR can lead to improvements in classes. In this training, based on the example of Otani University, participants will understand the position of IR in university education and consider methods to improve classes from the perspective of collecting and analyzing data within IR.

Part 2: What to consider when writing a report
 : Basic checks and how to balance them with generative AI

Saturday, October 14, 2023 13:30-15:40
*End time may change depending on progress.
Event format:
Workshop type (using Zoom)
Mr. Toshiya Kayagi (Associate Professor, Faculty of Management, Ryukoku University)
Mr. Yuya Hoshi (Full-time Lecturer, Department of Cultural Arts, Ikenobo Junior College)
Kenji Shimamura (Supervisor, Writing Support Center, Ryukoku University)

With the emergence of generative AI, such as Chat GPT and Google’s Brad, the foundation of presenting students with assignments that require them to think and write, such as reports, seems to be shaking. In this training, we would like to use the situation described above as an opportunity to confirm and consider the following. First, we will confirm what should be considered when presenting a report assignment from the perspective of academic writing. After that, we will consider how to deal with generative AI. In the process of consideration, we would like to use this opportunity to share ways of dealing with generative AI through a free exchange of opinions.

Part 3: Thinking about seminar and laboratory management

Friday, November 10, 2023, 18:30-20:30
*End time may change depending on progress.
Event format:
Lectures and workshops (using Zoom)
Tomoaki Koyama (Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Kyoto University of Advanced Science)
Kosuke Kaji (Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Kyoto University of Advanced Science)
Kodai Ogino (Professor, Faculty of Information Science and Technology, Kyoto Sangyo University)

This event was planned as an opportunity for university students to exchange information and learn from each other about more effective methods of conducting “seminars and laboratories,” classes in which students utilize the knowledge they have learned in university lectures to conduct surveys and research activities. We will invite one lecturer each from the sciences and humanities to give a talk on how to run a seminar or laboratory. After that, participants will split into small groups to discuss their concerns and ideas about how to run a seminar or laboratory, and ultimately share these with the entire group. We hope to make this an event where participants can have an enjoyable discussion about running a seminar or laboratory.

Part 4: Thinking about university-specific first-year education
 : Using one university’s practice as an example

Tuesday, January 16, 2024, 18:00-20:00
*Start and end times may be subject to change.
Event format:
Workshop type (using Zoom)
Ms. Ikuko Takao (Assistant Professor, Student Training Support Center, Kyoto Pharmaceutical University)
Ms. Riho Matsuse (Lecturer, Department of Global Tourism, Faculty of International Contribution, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies)
Takashi Sakamoto (Associate Professor, Department of Basic Science, Kyoto Pharmaceutical University)

First-year education is expected to facilitate a smooth transition from high school to university and strengthen motivation to learn. In recent years, with the accelerating changes in society due to the further advancement of information technology and the accompanying diversification of the academic abilities and learning skills of new students, the number of students who are unable to adapt to university learning is increasing. Therefore, it is necessary to consider the design of first-year education after accurately understanding what problems current students have in their learning. In this training, we will have lectures by lecturers who have been involved
in the construction of first-year education at universities about their efforts so far, and then participants will exchange information with each other, providing an opportunity to think about the perspectives and methods necessary to construct a university’s own unique first-year education.

Part 5: Personal writing promotes students’ self-development
 : The importance of cultivating awareness from the self to others and the world

Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 18:30-20:30
*End time may change depending on progress.
Event format:
Workshop type (discussion style) (using Zoom)
Ms. Chieko Hayashi (Professor, Department of Fundamental Sciences, Kyoto Institute of Technology)
Ms. Yuko Negishi (Associate Professor, Department of Contemporary Home Economics, Kyoto Kacho University)
Mina Tani (Professor, Tezukayama University Center for University-wide Educational Development)

Students who do not actively participate in class, are not good at expressing their thoughts, have little interest, and have difficulty independently finding topics for reports or graduation research… Such students’ attitudes are often criticized for easy reasons such as “low motivation to learn
” and “lack of the habit of thinking for oneself on a daily basis.” However, for example, even if students were trained to write standard essays in their pre-university education, they may not have had the opportunity to look closely at and express their own feelings and experiences, or there may not be others who respond to them, or they may simply not know how to express themselves in the first place.
Through her educational practice of personal writing (PW), the instructor of this training, Tani Mina, has led students to reflect on themselves, express themselves to others, and receive criticism from their classmates to learn how to express themselves and to learn diverse perspectives on things. The students said that their experience with PW led them to understand themselves and others, or to themes for their graduation thesis, their future way of life, and their values. We hope that everyone will gain hints from her practical research that can serve as an important stepping stone to specialized education.

Implementation Report

 This year, lecture-type programs were trialed as on-demand distribution, allowing students to learn at any time, while all five group work-type programs were held online. The video content covered “FD Basics,” while the group work-type programs covered themes such as “IR,” “Report Guidance (AIChat),” “Seminar/Laboratory Management (Small Group Guidance),” “First-Year Education,” and “Class Design/Practice.” A total of 166 people from across the country participated. In the participant survey, participants were asked
 about their level of satisfaction with their participation, with an average of 95.3% choosing “Satisfied” or “Somewhat Satisfied” across all five sessions, earning high marks.
 In the free-form comments, participants shared their impressions such as, “The lecture from the professor on his experience with IR was very informative. In addition, it was a useful time to be able to discuss the current situation and issues of each university directly with professors and staff from other universities” (1st session), “Through writing the report, we were able to discuss the relationship with generative AI and even what education should be like” (2nd session), “Because we were able to hear very specific ideas about how one of the lecturers runs his seminar” (3rd session), “We were able to actually see the first-year textbook from another university and hear the inside story of how it was created, and we were able to share the difficulties. In the workshop that followed, we heard about the situation at other universities, which gave us an opportunity to think again about the issues at our university. There are many issues that are difficult to solve, but I hope that sharing these issues will lead to cross-sectional collaboration” (4th session), and “I really understood the connection between self-development and writing. Also, when I think about the students I have taught, I feel that it is very important” (5th session). Through new learning and realizations, both faculty and staff were able to participate in the training, which will serve as a reference for improving the university’s educational activities, including classes, in the future.
 For next year, we will continue to explore the themes and time slots that are in high demand among participants, and will continue to consider ways to secure participants, especially from member schools.

Contact Information

Consortium of Universities Kyoto, Public Interest Foundation FD Project Contact
TEL: 075-353-9163 FAX: 075-353-9101
Campus Plaza Kyoto, Nishinotoin-dori Shiokoji-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8216
*Reception hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9:00-17:00 (excluding New Year holidays)

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