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A workshop “Knowledge of Humanities and Social Sciences through Distance Education” (Cultural Variation Cluster)

On Saturday, October 31, Cultural Variation Cluster, Kyushu University Institute for Asian and Oceanian Studies, jointly with the Association for the Study of Political Society (ASPOS) and Department of Library Sciences (LSS), Graduate School of Integrated Frontier Sciences (IFS), held an online workshop entitled “Knowledge of Humanities and Social Sciences through Distance Education”.

In response to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, Japanese universities have been conducting online courses on a trial basis since April 2020. In commemoration of the publication of “Knowledge of Humanities and Social Sciences through Distance Education―Lecture Practices Report of the First Half of 2020” (Lion Academic Publishing), a collection of practical reports on online courses , we invited the editors to present the implementation status and issues of online courses in the humanities, social sciences, and languages.

Dr. Eriko Oshima (Kinjo Gakuin University) first presented on the purpose of the project and explained the editorial policy of comparing and examining case studies while maintaining the diversity of teachers. Next, Dr. Kennosuke Mogi (Tohoku University) introduced the practice of courses in the humanities and social sciences, and discussed the difficulties in forming a “connection” among students, increasing the burden on students, and providing feedback, as well as the know-how of hybrid and online courses that can be used after resuming face-to-face meetings. Dr. Yuto Koizumi (Tokyo Institute of Technology) introduced the practice of language courses, and talked about the compatibility between online courses and active learning and the challenges and dilemmas of turning the screen on/off in online courses (realistic presence in face-to-face classes and privacy issues). In addition, the university raised issues such as the future direction of support for part-time lecturers such as IT equipment and financial support.

In response to the three presentations, Dr. Takao Tagawa (Kyushu University) participated in the discussion, commented from the perspective of information science and educational engineering. We were able to get very interesting suggestions in a wide range of areas, including future challenges in online teaching, the potential of hybrid teaching, technical challenges, privacy issues, and equipment support. After that, we moved on to the question and answer session from the floor, and there were active questions about how to proceed with online classes and how to conduct online classes in the future. The workshop was a success with over 60 participants.

● Association for the Study of Political Society (ASPOS)’s website:http://aspos.web.fc2.com/indexe.html

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