Center for Higher Education StudiesWaseda University

About the Center

Overview

Purpose of Establishment

Mission

The Waseda University Center for Higher Education Studies was established on February 1, 2014. The Center’s mission, in compliance with the university’s philosophy, is to support research into higher education as well as the planning, promotion, development and implementation of teaching methods in order to promote autonomous and sustainable university reforms that contribute to improving the quality of education, research and management at the university.

Activities of the Center

In order to achieve this mission, the Center engages in the following activities:

  • Research and investigation into higher education, including entrance examinations, at Waseda University
  • Ongoing assessment and examination of Waseda University’s role in society and its educational impact
  • Promotion of autonomous university reforms and support for self-inspection and self-assessment at Waseda University
  • Collection, analysis and provision of various data related to education and management at Waseda University
  • Research, development and promotion of teaching methods based on ICT and distance learning
  • Research, development and promotion of other pioneering teaching methods
  • Planning and promotion of projects related to the development of academic staff’s teaching skills
  • Planning, development and operation of workshops and training programs aimed at improving lessons
  • Making educational content available to the general public
  • Handling copyright related procedures in relation to the creation of lesson content and management of lesson content copyrights
  • Implementation of joint programs with educational and research organizations and companies, both in Japan and abroad
  • Publication and communication to the wider public of the Center’s activities and activity results
  • Research, education and survey consignments
  • Any other matters necessary to achieve the Center’s goals

Activity Details

The Center for Higher Education Studies includes two departments: the Center for Higher Education Research (CHER) and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT). These departments carry out the activities described below. An execution plan is formulated every year and activities are implemented accordingly.

Center for Higher Education Research (CHER)

  • Research and investigation into higher education, including entrance examinations, at Waseda University
  • Ongoing assessment and examination of Waseda University’s role in society and educational impact
  • Promotion of autonomous university reform and support for self-inspection and self-assessment at Waseda University
  • Collection, analysis and provision of various data related to education and management at Waseda University
  • Publication and communication to the wider public of the Center’s activities and activity results
  • Research, education and survey consignments

Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT)

  • Research, development and promotion of teaching methods based on ICT and distance learning
  • Research, development and promotion of other pioneering teaching methods
  • Planning and promotion of projects related to the development of the academic staff’s teaching skills
  • Planning, development and operation of workshops and training programs aimed at improving lessons
  • Making educational content available to the general public
  • Handling copyright related procedures in relation to the creation of lesson content and management of lesson content copyrights
  • Implementation of joint programs with educational and research organizations and companies, both in Japan and abroad
  • Publication and communication to the wider public of the Center’s activities and activity results
  • Research, education and survey consignments

Execution Plan for Academic Year 2015

1) Research into higher education

  • Carry out research based on the action plan formulated in the Academic Year 2014.
    In the Academic Year 2015, priority will be given to: “research into educational management” and “surveying and researching student-related trends” (including students sitting entrance examinations, currently enrolled students, and alumni). A symposium will be held with the aim of communicating research results and providing information.

2) Strengthening the IR (Institutional Research) function

  • Construct an IR promotion system in order to strengthen the IR function at Waseda University. Specifically, after clarifying the future direction for IR at Waseda University, build a system to achieve these goals in partnership with various related parties. Formulate operational guidelines for the IR system (integrated DWH and analytical tools, etc.), and then launch full-scale operation.
    Examine the specifications for a “fact book” and prepare a system for the ongoing aggregation and disclosure of facts.

3) Research, development and promulgation of new teaching methods

  • Set out a clear definition of what is meant by an “interactive problem finding and solving style of education” and draft a “manual for introduction” that provides specific examples of implementation. Work in partnership with the University of Washington (UW) on a joint program to promote the effective utilization of ICT tools and blended lessons that utilize on-demand content (“flipped lessons”).
    (Related to Core Strategy 4 in Waseda Vision 150)

4) Measurement and improvement of educational impact

  • In addition to improving the response rate to students’ lesson questionnaires and the level of disclosure for students who take courses, share information about case studies relating to the effective use of questionnaire results and increase the desire to improve lessons across the university. Establish a working group under the guidance of the Committee on Research and Development into Methods of Education, and promote the examination of improvements to students’ lesson questionnaires, including a review of the standard question items, etc. At the same time, analyze study logs obtained from LMS and elsewhere, and examine more effective teaching methods and materials.

5) Planning and promotion of projects related to teaching skills development (FD/SD)

  • Celebrate teachers who have practiced outstanding education and promote the promulgation and development of their teaching methods and innovation (Teaching Award and e-Teaching Award). Develop and promote an FD program as part of the joint program with the University of Washington (UW). Promote the development and examination of educational programs for TAs (including pre-FD), data analysis training for teachers (SD), and the like.

6) Disclosure of educational and learning content

  • Regarding the recording and disclosure of filmed lectures, enhance university studio facilities and develop content through the full-scale operation of automatic recording systems. Promote the visualization of education by promoting initiatives such as lesson-viewing. Host lectures at JMOOC and overseas MOOCs in order to display Waseda University’s outstanding lesson content broadly both in Japan and overseas, in addition to analyzing learner data and providing feedback that contributes to improvements in education at Waseda University.

(Related to Core Strategy 3 in the Waseda Vision 150)

7) Communication to society and publication of the Center’s activities and results

  • In addition to promoting active PR via the website, SNS, and the like, the Center shall host symposiums several times a year in order to communicate to people both at the university and beyond the activities and results of the Center’s work and to provide a forum for discussion. Publish a “Center for Higher Education Studies White Paper ” (provisional name) compiling the results of the Center’s work over the course of a year.

 

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