FD Joint Training Program and Thematic Training

Business Overview

Since its establishment in 1995, shortly after its establishment, the University Consortium Kyoto has been promoting FD activities in the Kyoto region together with member schools as an organizational initiative for faculty members to improve and enhance their teaching content and methods.

The FD Joint Training Program and Thematic Training Program is a training program for new teachers, teachers who want to relearn the basics of FD, teachers who are interested in FD, and staff working in FD-related departments. In FY2023, we will implement a program aimed at acquiring skills and knowledge in areas such as IR and report guidance, seminar and laboratory management, first-year education, lesson design, and class practice.

In addition, a video of the lecture will be distributed for “Basic Knowledge of FD”. This video was created for new teachers, but it is also useful for those who are already teaching.

In FY2023, a total of five training programs other than “Basic Knowledge of FD” will be held online (Zoom).
* The schedule and contents of the program are subject to change before the start of application.

All five programs will also be available on-demand for a limited time.
* On-demand video will be released only to those who apply for each session.
* Due to problems during distribution, the recorded video may not be available. Thank you for your understanding.

Outline of the event

In FY2023, the program will be conducted with the following contents.

time program Date and time Application Period
1 IR Struggle – How to Utilize IR Thinking in the Classroom? - September 13 (Wed)
August 4 (Fri) ~ September 5 (Tue)
2 What to think about in the report assignment
– Balancing basic confirmation and generative AI –
Saturday, October 14
September 6 (Wed) ~ October 7 (Sat)
3 Thinking about seminar and laboratory management November 10 (Fri)
October 3 (Tue) ~ November 2 (Thu)
4 Thinking about first-year education unique to universities
~An example of the practice of one university~
Tuesday, January 16, 2024
December 5 (Tue) 10:00~
Saturday, January 6, 2024, 5:00 p.m.
5 Personal Writing for Students’ Self-Development
~The Importance of Cultivating Awareness from Self to Others and the World~
Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Tuesday, January 23, 2024 ~ Saturday, February 24, 2024

Common to each time

Faculty and staff of universities and junior colleges
*Limited to those who can use Zoom
* Full-time or part-time, and the number of years of work does not matter
* Employees who are interested in FD are also eligible (regardless of number of years of work experience)
Online (via Zoom)
Participation Fee:
Faculty and staff of the University Consortium Kyoto member schools: Free For those other than those listed on the left: 1,000 yen (tax included, advance payment required)
* The deadline for payment of the participation fee is as described in the details of each session. Please note that if payment of the participation fee cannot be confirmed within the deadline, the application will be invalid.
If it is difficult to make a payment on time, please contact us as soon as possible using the contact information indicated on the invoice.
*Please note that if you cancel after paying the participation fee, no refund will be given.
About 30 people per time (first-come, first-served basis)
University Consortium Kyoto


  • On the day of the event, please participate from a computer or tablet device that has a stable connection to the Internet.
    * For workshop-type programs, please refrain from participating from smartphones.
  • For workshop-style programs, we recommend that you turn on your video microphone.
  • Please refrain from recording or recording by participants. Please observe it strictly.

Part 1: IR Struggle – How to Utilize IR Thinking in Classes? –

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 13:30~15:30
Lectures and workshops (using Zoom)
Akiaki Totsugu (Lecturer, Faculty of Letters, Otani University)
Masayuki Nakagawa (Assistant Professor, Faculty of International Tourism Studies, Heian Jogakuin University)
Makoto Takahashi (Associate Professor, Faculty of Sociology, Otani University)

The importance of IR is emphasized from the perspective of academic management and internal quality assurance at universities. Various universities are making advanced efforts, but IR initiatives are often slow to progress at smaller universities or universities that do not have researchers specializing in higher education. In addition, there is a strong image that IR initiatives are carried out by a specific department and are not relevant to individual class management, but if you use the perspective of IR, it may lead to the improvement of classes. In this training, we will understand the position of IR in university education based on the case of Otani University, and consider ways to improve classes from the perspective of collecting and analyzing data within IR.

2nd What to think about in the report assignment
– Balancing basic confirmation and generative AI –

Saturday, October 14, 2023 13:30~15:40
*The end time is subject to change depending on the progress.
Workshop type (using Zoom)
Noriya Kachiki (Associate Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, Ryukoku University)
Yuya Hoshi (Full-time Lecturer, Department of Culture and Arts, Ikebo Junior College)
Kenji Shimamura (Supervisor, Writing Support Center, Ryukoku University)

With the advent of generative AI such as Chat GPT and Google’s Brad, I think the foundation of presenting students with the task of thinking and writing like a report is being shaken. In this training, I would like to use the situation in the preamble as an opportunity to confirm and consider the following. First, let’s review what to think about when presenting a report assignment from an academic writing perspective. After that, we will consider how to deal with generative AI. In the situations where we are considering, we would like to use this as an opportunity to share how to deal with generative AI through a free exchange of opinions.

Session 3: Thinking about seminar and laboratory management

Friday, November 10, 2023 18:30~20:30
*The end time is subject to change depending on the progress.
Lectures and workshops (using Zoom)
Tomoaki Koyama (Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Kyoto University of Advanced Science)
Kosuke Shoji (Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Kyoto University of Advanced Science)
Kohiro Ogino (Professor, Faculty of Information Science and Technology, Kyoto Sangyo University)

We planned this event as an opportunity for university students to exchange information and learn from each other on how to use the knowledge they have learned in university lectures to conduct surveys and research activities more effectively in seminars and laboratories. One lecturer from each of the sciences and humanities will be invited to give a lecture on how to run seminars and laboratories. After that, we divide into small groups and discuss concerns and ideas regarding how to manage seminars and laboratories, and finally share them with the entire group. We would like to make it a fun meeting where you can have fun discussing seminar and laboratory management with all the participants’ Mr./Ms..

Lecture 4: Thinking about first-year education unique to universities
~An example of the practice of one university~

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 18:00~20:00
*Start and end times are subject to change.
Workshop type (using Zoom)
Ikuko Takao (Assistant Professor, Student Practice Support Center, Kyoto University of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences)
Riho Matsuse (Lecturer, Department of Global Tourism, Faculty of International Contribution, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies)
Takashi Sakamoto (Associate Professor, Department of Basic Sciences, Kyoto University of Pharmaceutical Sciences)

First-year education is expected to ensure a smooth transition from high school to university and strengthen motivation to learn. In recent years, the number of students who are unable to adapt to university learning has been increasing due to the acceleration of social changes such as the further progress of information technology, and the accompanying diversification of the academic abilities and learning skills of those who enroll. For this reason, it is necessary to think about the design of learning in first-year education based on an accurate understanding of the problems that current students face in learning.
In this training, lecturers who have been involved in the construction of first-year education at universities will give lectures on their efforts to date, and then exchange information with each other, so that they can think about the perspectives and methods necessary to build their own first-year education.

Session 5: Personal Writing to Promote Students’ Self-Formation
~The Importance of Cultivating Awareness from Self to Others and the World~

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 18:30~20:30
*The end time is subject to change depending on the progress.
Workshop type (discussion method) (using Zoom)
Chieko Hayashi (Professor, Department of Fundamental Sciences, Kyoto Institute of Technology)
Yuko Negishi (Associate Professor, Faculty of Contemporary Home Economics, Kyoto Kacho University)
Mina Tani (Professor, Center for Educational Development, Tezukayama University)

They do not actively participate in classes, are not good at expressing their thoughts, are less interested in what they are interested in, and have difficulty finding a theme for their report or graduation research independently…….
Such students’ attitudes tend to be criticized for simple reasons, such as “low motivation to learn” and “lack of habit of thinking for oneself on a daily basis.” However, for example, even if you have been trained to write a conventional essay in your pre-university education, you may not have the opportunity to take the time to reflect on your own feelings and experiences, or you may not have others to respond to them, or you may simply not know how to express yourself in the first place.
Through the teaching practice of personal writing (PW), Ms. Mina Tani, the instructor of this training, has guided the students to reflect on themselves, express themselves to others, and learn how to express themselves and learn diverse perspectives on things by receiving criticism from their classmates. The students said that their PW experience led them to understand themselves and others, as well as the theme of their graduation thesis, their future way of life, and their values. We hope that you will gain hints from his practical research that can be an important stepping stone to professional education.

Implementation Report

This year, we have decided to conduct on-demand streaming on a trial basis for lecture-type programs, and to adopt a format that allows students to learn at any time, and for group work-type programs, we have decided to hold all five sessions online. The content of the video distribution was “FD Basic Knowledge,” and the group-work program was “IR,” “Report Guidance (AIChat),” “Seminar/Laboratory Management (Small-Group Guidance),” “First-Year Education,” and “Lesson Design and Lesson Practice,” and 166 people from all over Japan participated.
In the participant questionnaire, 95.3% of the respondents answered “satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” on average for all five sessions.
In the free statement, he said, “The content of the lecture given by the professor about the actual experience of IR was helpful, and in addition, it was a useful time to discuss the current situation and issues of each university directly with the professors and staff of other universities.” (1st) “Through the preparation of the report, we were able to discuss the relationship with generative AI and the ideal form of education” (2nd session), “Because we were able to hear the very specific ingenuity of one of the lecturers regarding seminar management.” (Session 3): “I was able to actually see the textbooks for first-year education at other universities and hear the stories behind the creation of them, and I was able to share the difficulties of the workshop. There are many issues that cannot be resolved, but I hope that sharing the issues will lead to cross-sectional collaboration.” (4th session), “I understood very well the connection between self-formation and writing, and when I think about the students I have taught, I strongly feel the importance of it.” (5th session), and both faculty and staff were able to provide training that will serve as a reference for improving the university’s educational activities, including classes, in the future through new learning and awareness.
In the next fiscal year, we will continue to explore themes and times that are in high demand for participants, and in particular, we will consider securing participants from member schools.


University Consortium Kyoto FD Project
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