We held the Japan/US Collaborative Project-Based Learning (PBL) Courses Workshop.
At the Japan/US Collaborative Project-Based Learning (PBL) Courses Workshop held from June 23rd through 27th, we invited 13 instructors from U.S. universities to campus and engaged in discussion and examination on the PBL course that is scheduled for offering in the next academic year.
In this PBL course, each participating university will set its own unique subject that is relevant to the local community, for which the students will be encouraged to identify the issues and come up with the solutions from their own perspectives through the coursework that involves field studies in both Japan and the U.S.
By having the students from Japan and the U.S. work on the projects in combined teams, the course will endow them with abilities such as negotiation/coordination skills, analytical/integration skills, problem-solving, and leadership skills.
The PBL subjects set for the universities
- Oregon State University: “Developing Resilient Rural Communities in Japan and the United States”
- Dickinson College: “Living Well in Later Life”
- San Francisco State University: “Marketing and Branding in Tourism”
- University of Utah: “Disaster and Crisis Management”
- University of California, Berkeley: “International Migration, Transnational Family, and Community Building”
- University of Illinois: “Adaptivity of Foreign Children in Schools”
The workshop was held as an integral part of the Japan-U.S. FCA (Faculty Collaboration Arena) activities, for which all instructors that are engaged in the PBL courses came together to have discussion on the Collaborative PBL courses.
In addition, the workshop participants engaged in active discussion and shared information on the unique educational programs that were offered at each university, so that it could be used as a reference for future PBL courses.
June 23rd (Sat)
- Daisen City: Visited urban redevelopment sites, attended the community revitalization event “Doyadate Waiwai Hiroba,” and toured Hanabian (a tourist attraction sponsored by Omagari Fireworks Contest)
- Semboku City: Visited the little Kyoto of the Tohoku region “Kakunodate” and third-sector-operated Nairiku Jukan Railway
- Kitaakita City: Visited the Matagi Museum and Nekko Matagi community
June 24th (Sun)
- Odate City: Visited the timber processor “Odate Magewappa Taiken Kobo”
- Noshiro City: Visited Kikusui Shuzo (a sake warehouse inside an old tunnel)
- Ogata Village: Visited the Polder Museum
- Oga City: Visited the Namahage Museum, Oga Shinzan Denshokan
June 25th (Mon)
- Presentation on the outline of the Re-Inventing Japan Project and Japan-U.S. Collaborative PBL
- Information on the PBL courses being planned by each university
- Overview of Akita Prefecture and Yurihonjo City
- Presentation on the framework of Collaborative PBL, Q&A
June 26th (Tue)
- Tour of Yurihonjo City (Oregon State University, Dickinson College, San Francisco State University, University of Utah)
- Visited elementary and junior high schools in Akita City (University of Illinois)
June 27th (Wed)
- Discussion and presentation of the PBL syllabus (draft) by each university
- Review of the future schedule