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Education Innovator Development Program in the IT Era

Introduction of Past Efforts
The study of instructional systems is centered on instructional design. Based on systematic education and research on instructional systems comprised of information technology, management, and intellectual property rights, the program began in April 2006 to develop high level specialists capable of promoting e-learning. The study of instructional systems began with 15 first-year students selected from among 37 applicants and 22 part-time students as Japan's first graduate school to use e-learning to develop e-learning specialists, and adult students and other students throughout Japan are now studying as first-year and second-year students. The program has already achieved the objective of the revised standards for establishing graduate schools, and aims to set precedence in providing substance to graduate school education.
1. Curriculum design based on the image of students completing the curriculum: systematic curriculum creation that conforms with the objective of human resource development
The competency that students should possess upon completion of the curriculum is disclosed on the website, and the responsibility to achieve the education goal is clarified both internally and externally. In order to form a systematic education curriculum, prerequisite program study is designated, and assignments, which are the condition to earn credits in each subject, are set in direct relation to competency. In these ways, the approach to instructional design is used to develop the education curriculum. In short, the entire curriculum is systematically designed by tracing back from the exit point (image of students who completed the curriculum).
2. Coordination between students who completed the curriculum and certification authorized by industrial groups: ensures compatibility with the human resources demanded through collaboration between industry and academia
When setting the competency and contents of education to develop the human resources demanded by the e-learning industry in collaboration with the Japan e-learning consortium (nonprofit organization), consideration is given to acquiring upon completion of the curriculum the qualifications set by the "e-learning professional certification system" being established by the consortium.
3. Guarantee of the quality of education through collective discussion/inspection: systematic education that contrasts with the apprenticeship system
In order to guarantee the quality of education, review meetings with professors, lesson assistants, and teaching material providers are regularly held to inspect the contents of education. In addition, the syllabus based on guidelines established through collective discussion is realized, along with clear academic record evaluation standards. FD and self-inspection/evaluation mechanisms are included in the education system.
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