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 and Institutional Research (CHEIR) 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 and Institutional Research (CHEIR)

  • 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

AY2020 Goals and Objectives

1. Higher Education Research
・Support the need-based creation of guidelines regarding the establishment of learning objectives by each school and graduate school.
・Provide support regarding the formulation of the visualization of learning objectives and achievements for each school and graduate school as needed.
・Provide support regarding the visualization of learning objectives and achievements for each school and graduate school as needed.
・Support the establishment of assessment policies at the institute level and the establishment of assessment policies of each school and graduate school as needed.
・Support the formulation of assessment policies at the institute level and the establishment of assessment policies of each school and graduate school as needed.
・Support towards the realization of the internal quality assurance cycle of each school and graduate school.
・Assessment policy: Internal university policy prescribing the level of quality to be aimed for and achieved and the detailed implementation methods regarding the assessment of student learning achievements.

2. Enhancement of IR Functions
・Promote IR based on the results of university-wide complete internal surveys, and examine policy implementation and improvement proposals for each Faculty’s education and research based on the results and considerations of said analysis.
・Ascertain the current status of education and research of each school and graduate school and submit proposals regarding the future directions of improvement based on evidence gained from the analysis of various data.
・Examine past history and data of student life surveys and prepare for the future implementation of complete surveys.
・Examine the survey questions and results of past student life survey and prepare for the future implementation of complete surveys.
・Promote the implementation of BI* tools and explore ways to improve the efficiency of data management and analysis.
・Review past alumni surveys and conduct the 3rd alumni survey.
・Examine the analysis results of past two alumni surveys and conduct the 3rd alumni survey.
*BI: Abbreviation of Business Intelligence. Refers to utilizing the results of analyzing large volumes of data accumulated on a daily basis in decision making.

3. Research, Development and Promotion of New Teaching Methods
・Conduct Center for Higher Education Projects (hereinafter referred to as “PJ”)(Statistics Module Implementation PJ, Research and Development of Leadership Development PJ, Regional Cooperation PJ, EMI*1PJ) according to the research plans, and newly launch an Academic Ethics and Research Integrity PJ.
・Actively utilize various media within and outside the university in in sharing Good Practice and Tips which may be used as reference when implementing interactive problem finding and solving styles of education from both soft and hard aspects.
・Promote the university-wide use of the new Learning Management System (LMS) Waseda Moodle, and explore Good Practices for interactive problem finding and solving styles of education and collect examples of utilizing similar systems withint and outside Japan.
・Implement in-person or online Advanced TA development programs. Enrich said programs through methods such as collecting examples from within and outside of Japan or TA conferences.
・Contribute to the implementation of interactive problem finding and solving style of education utilizing ICT tools in education through conducting academia-industry collaboration cafés in cooperation with DCC*2 member corporations. Also, examine new models of collaboration with DCC member corporations. In addition, plan and manage DCC at the Center and examine the activity details of the 8th project.
(Related to Core Strategy 4 of Waseda Vision 150)

4. Assessment and Improvement of Educational Effects
・Implement online student course surveys through a new system package. Also, examine policies for the improvement of student course survey answer rates and the public sharing of the results of conducted student course surveys.
・Examine implementable methods of student course surveys regarding exercise and small size courses, which are currently not surveyed, in order to improve the implementation rate of student course surveys.
・Analyze TA surveys to evaluate the Advanced TA system, and improve the content of the assessment surveys as well as reevaluate the criteria of courses qualifying for Advanced TA placement. Also, examine the promotion of transitioning from Course TAs to Advanced TAs.

5. Planning and Promotion of Affairs Related to FD
・Open CTLT which provides services related to FD or ICT user consultations, and seek to further enrich CTLT division affairs. Also, support the smooth management of distance learning.
・Implement the Teaching Award and e-Teaching Award for the purpose of promoting the sharing and dissemination of teaching methods and creative efforts to realize the transition to an interactive problem finding and solving style of education and the reduction of faculty workload through the use of ICT by awarding faculty who have conducted outstanding education. Aim to expand participating departments for the Teaching Award, and reexamine the method of entry and increase the number of entries for the e-Teaching Award.
・Improve FD participation rates by creating content for FD (i.e. utilizing the LMS) and showing it at faculty meetings or through on-demand streaming.
・Regarding mutual class observations, seek to increase the number of participating courses while also establishing a system for realizing smooth management.
・In regards to overseas dispatch type FD programs, promote participation from new faculty hired within 5 years and tenured faculty members through joint programs with the University of Queensland and the University of Washington. Also, provide online programs and workshops beforehand and promote a systematic program.
(Related to Core Strategy 4 of Waseda Vision 150)

6. Sharing of Educational and Learning Content
・Promote the utilization of tools which enable individuals to create video content (Contents Creation Studio etc.) in order to respond to the increasing needs of distance learning.
・Promote the excellent educational content Waseda University in and outside of Japan through the hosting of MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) and promote the utilization of content created for MOOCs. Examine the serialization of the Center for Japanese Language’s basic Japanese language series and business lectures and provision as a program. Conduct analysis of learner history or survey data.
・Provide in-university support regarding changes to copyright laws and construct support systems for content creation.
・Examine potential solutions for the English translation of syllabuses as part of the educational quality assurance.
・Promote the use of MyPortfolio for extracurricular activities or job searching in collaborations with the Waseda Vision 150 “Increasing Human Competency” workgroup or the Student Affairs division.
・Add a “Revers Lookup” menu to the Waseda University Online Tour website which allows visitors to search for schools based on their fields of interest, and improve the website.
(Related to Core Strategy 3 of Waseda Vision 150)

7. Public Dissemination and Promotion of the Center’s Activities and Achievements
・Share information regarding the Center’s activities and research results on the website or SNS as appropriate.
・Host numerous forums jointly with DCC partner corporations with themes regarding the Center’s endeavors or other higher education-related topics.

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