UQ-KU Education Forum 2020
Through a grant from Kyushu University’s (KU) new enhanced education program (NEEP), the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Agriculture at Kyushu University dispatched young faculty members to the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2018 and 2019. In 2019 and 2020, faculty development workshops were conducted at KU, including the visit of 2 faculty members from UQ in 2019. The first was entitled “New Teaching Approaches in STEM Education through english-medium instruction”. The 2nd was held online due to the coronavirus pandemic, and was held for 2 days on the 10th and 11th of December, 2020 called the “UQ-Education Forum 2020 − Teaching effectively in the time of COVID-19”. Many faculty members from both universities attended.
On the first day (10th December), representative faculty members from both sides first introduced their university’s education efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. From KU, Professor Satoko Fukahori, vice president of the university education innovation initiative and deputy director of the office of institutional research at KU made a presentation entitled “Moving towards a learning systems paradigm with and beyond COVID-19”. After this, Professor Lydia Kavanagh from UQ, deputy associate dean academic at the faculty of science and academic lead and project manager at the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) talked about “Responses to COVID-19: evaluation of student performance and issues”. After this, two faculty members from the UQ Faculty of Science presented case studies of the latest educational practices during the “with-corona” era. First, Lecturer Sara Herke made a presentation entitled “Teaching large classes in flexible mode” about hybrid large classes. After that, Prof. Jack Wang introduced an example of his lesson on the methodology of building experimental skills using a video library.
On the 2nd day (11th December), Professor Kazuhiro Nogita of the Faculty of Mechanical and Mining of UQ first described the activities of the “UQ-KU Research and Education Exchange Project”, aimed at strengthening research and educational cooperation between UQ and KU, and international research between Australia and Japan more generally. After that, examples of educational practice were introduced by 4 faculty members from both universities. First, from Kyushu University, Professor Satoshi Watanabe from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Professor Satoko Fukahori reported on “Assessment of Program Level Learning Outcomes” regarding program-level educational practices in the department of mechanical engineering in the faculty of engineering. Lecturer Joel Corney also made a presentation entitled “Teaching laboratories online in physics” about the teaching of online physics experiments. Associate professor James Cannon of the faculty of mechanical engineering then introduced his practical experience of online lessons in his talk entitled “Teaching Technical Subjects Online”. After that, an online exchange meeting called “Opportunities for collaboration” was held with the participation of UQ and KU faculty members.
Similar to last year, faculty members from departments outside the Faculty of Agriculture and Engineering also participated from KU, and lively questions were held on both days. Through this forum, there was an opportunity to learn about new educational methods in anticipation of the after-corona era. NEEP will reach its end this year, however we will continue to promote projects to improve the quality of education, in collaboration with UQ.