Activities in 2013

We held a workshop on the PBL courses.
January 12th, 2014

To share the result of the PBL courses offered in the 2013 academic year and have discussions on the future PBL courses, we invited the collaborating instructors from the U.S. universities and held a workshop.

Presentation by the instructors

Presentation by the instructors

The instructors and students who partook in GSP376 (jointly offered with Oregon State University), ECN376 (jointly offered with San Francisco State University) and INT231 (offered by AIU) gave reports on their respective courses and answered questions by the instructors who will be teaching the PBL courses in the future.

Presentation by the students

Presentation by the students

While the supervising instructors of the PBL courses addressed issues such as the challenge of recruiting students for the course depending on whether credits can be counted toward completion of their majors and the extra burden of preparing field activities that require travels between Japan and the U.S., a number of positive opinions were expressed about the bright potential of collaborative education programs. These include the educational effectiveness of the PBL courses that emphasize the learning process of the students and global awareness nurtured through comparatively studying the cultural differences between Japan and the U.S., etc.

Active Q&A session took place

Active Q&A session took place

Although the initial two-day schedule of the workshop was reduced to a day due to inclement weather, the event still enabled the instructors from Japan and the U.S. to come together and review how best to administer the PBL courses in the future.

Presentation materials
Reference
  • Date and time: January 12th (Sun), 2014, 9:30-16:00
  • Venue: Akita Atorion Multi-Purpose Hall (2-3-8 Nakadori, Akita City)
We held a seminar on the PBL courses, to which Dr. Heidrun Maurer, Assistant Professor (Maastricht University, the Netherlands)
October 22nd, 2013

We held a seminar on the PBL courses, to which Dr. Heidrun Maurer, Assistant Professor (Maastricht University, the Netherlands), who was visiting Akita International University for a special lecture was invited as a lecturer.

Dr. Heidrun Maurer

Dr. Heidrun Maurer

In a lecture titled “Effective management of PBL courses for the best outcome,” Dr. Maurer, talked about how to effectively administer the PBL courses, drawing from her own experiences, as she mainly discussed the difference between the learning being “problem-based” and “project-based.”

Active exchange of opinions took place with the instructors

Active exchange of opinions took place with the instructors

During the seminar, there was a series of active discussions between the lecturer and the instructors, and especially the PBL instructors from the University-made in-depth inquiries on pedagogic details.

Reference
  • Date and time: October 22nd (Tue), 2013, 15:00-16:30
  • Venue: Classroom D204 (2nd floor of Building D, AIU)
  • Lecturer: Dr. Heidrun Maurer (Maastricht University, the Netherlands)