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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.

Collaboration between the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Agriculture “Faculty development for STEM education in English” (2019)

The Faculty of Engineering at Kyushu University (KU) together with the University of Queensland (UQ) have been engaged in the University of Queensland-Kyushu University Research and Education Exchange Project (“UQ-KU project”), coordinated by Prof. Kazuhiro Nogita of the UQ Mechanical and Mining Engineering department. Since 2015, students from KU have had the opportunity to spend several weeks at UQ through the “Q2PEC” program, and since 2017 the UQ-JPIE (University of Queensland-Japan Program for Industry Experience) has been implemented for UQ students visiting KU. In addition, in cooperation with the Faculty of Agriculture, young faculty have been dispatched to the University of Queensland for educational training since 2018, with the support of the New Education Enhancement Program (NEEP). Continuing the two-year NEEP program, a teacher training expert was invited from UQ to participate in the “Faculty Development for STEM Education in English” workshop on the 17th and 18th of December, 2019.

The first day of the workshop on the 17th of December was divided into two parts: “Teaching and learning in higher education in Australia” and “Extending the horizons of English medium instruction”. It was an opportunity to review the teaching methods for interactive lessons in English. Although it was a workshop on STEM education, in addition to the faculty members of the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Agriculture, faculty members of various other departments participated, including lively questions and discussion between the presenters and participants. It was an opportunity for participating teachers to learn various ideas that could be used for future education.

Prof. Kazuhiro Nogita

 

Prof. Lydia Kavanagh

 

Mr. Pablo Riveros

 

Dr. Fiona Wiebusch

 

In the morning of the 2nd day (18th of December), a workshop entitled “New Approaches in STEM Education”, titled “How to flip a classroom and land on your feet” was held by Prof. Lydia Kavanagh, a leading professor of blended learning for STEM subjects in a large classrooms with extensive experience at UQ. The workshop itself was an example of blended and active learning. UQ, with support from the Office of Learning and Education (OLT) of the Australian Ministry of Education, implemented a flipped classroom education development project specialising in science and technology from 2012 to 2017, and Professor Kavanagh was one of the main faculty members of the project. It was a very valuable opportunity for the attending faculty members to receive guidance directly from one of UQ’s leading educators.

In the afternoon, follow-up training was conducted for teachers who participated in education training at UQ in 2018 and 2019. Participating teachers were able to look back at the training they received then and acquire new knowledge and skills for conducting interactive classes in English. In addition, each teacher set goals for how to use what they learned in future classes.

The Faculty of Agriculture and the Faculty of Engineering of Kyushu University were selected for the Internationalisation Development Project “Global 30” in 2010, and opened English-language bachelor courses ahead of other universities. Going forward, through such opportunities such as this faculty development workshop, we will continue to study to develop high-quality faculty members who can engage in world-level education practises.

The 2nd New Enhanced Education Program young faculty visit to the University of Queensland

The Faculty of Engineering at Kyushu University in cooperation with the Faculty of Agriculture, has been supported by the two-year New Enhanced Education Program (NEEP) since 2018, and has conducted overseas training for young teachers at the University of Queensland, Australia. Taking place on the St. Lucia campus in 2019, faculty members from the Faculty of Agriculture and Faculty of Engineering spent 5 days from the 16th to 20th of September at the University of Queensland. Continuing from last year, the purpose of this training was to help faculty learn how to teach STEM subjects interactively in English, and to learn about the latest teaching methods such as blended learning using ICT at the University of Queensland.

On the first day of the program, a workshop was held by UQ Mechanical and Mining Engineering faculty and hosted by the UQ-KU Project (University of Queensland-Kyushu University Research and Education Exchange; coordinator: Prof. Kazuhiro Nokita). Discussion between university teachers took place.

In the afternoon of each day, interactive lectures in English were conducted with the cooperation of the Institute for Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE) and the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI). Intensive training was held.

During this training, two other lecture tours in the morning and a workshop entitled “A Blended Approach to Teaching and Learning” was held by staff of ITaLI.

On the last day, all participating faculty members conducted a micro-teaching model lecture, utilising what they had learned in the training, and then a certificate of completion was presented by Dr. Fiona Wiebusch; the senior teacher in charge of the curriculum. This was followed by a small party to celebrate completion.

Although it was a short five-day training, in a limited amount of time the faculty were able to learn many techniques for conducting interactive classes in English. According to the questionnaire after returning to Japan, they were very satisfied with the training content, and many respondents wanted to use what they learned immediately after returning to class the following semester at KU.

The 1st New Enhanced Education Program young faculty visit to the University of Queensland

From September the 17th to the 21st, 2018, the first New English Education Program conducted its first overseas training program for young academics at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia at the St. Lucia campus. A total of 12 academics took part, from the School of Agriculture (4) and School of Engineering (8).

The aim of the training was to master English-language interactive teaching of STEM subjects and learn more about the latest teaching techniques in use at the University of Queensland. This included lectures and hands-on experience of blended classrooms utilising information technology and other cutting-edge educational methods. The program was supported by the UQ-KU project (the University of Queensland – Kyushu University research and education exchange program; co-ordinator: Prof. Kazuhiro Nogita), the Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE) and Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI). With this support the academics were able to experience high-quality training.

On the first day at UQ there was a welcome party at the school of mechanical & mining engineering, then every afternoon there were intensive classes on two-way communication style teaching. During the mornings visits to view two lectures at UQ were arranged, as well as a workshop from ITaLI faculty entitled “A blended approach to teaching and learning” and other demonstrations about cutting-edge e-learning methodologies from the Centre for eLearning Innovations and Partnerships in Science and Engineering (eLIPSE). On the final day all 12 academics were given the opportunity to demonstrate what they had learned by conducting a demonstration lesson.

Other areas of education training ongoing in partnership with the University of Queensland include the Q2PEC program, running since 2015, where Japanese students have the opportunity to stay at UQ for English-language training, and the University of Queensland-Japan Program for Industry Experience (UQ-JPIE), where UQ students visit Kyushu University and nearby industry, providing a wide range of opportunities for international exchange.