The Open University of Japan


Higher Education for All

Teaching and Learning

1. Broadcast Lecture Courses- Two Credit per Course

(A) Broadcast Lectures (TV, Radio and Internet)

OUJ offers broadcast lectures in a series of 15 times (45 minutes per lecture) in each semester through television and radio. In case you miss a lecture for some reasons, you are able to review it through DVDs or CDs provided at a study center. Most of the television lectures and all of the radio lectures are also made available through the Internet.

(B) Textbooks

The OUJ courses are designed to be studied through both broadcast lectures and textbooks which are specially written for each of the courses by the OUJ academic staffs and/or other experts in the given field. Some of the textbooks are highly valued by the general public and even after termination of the courses; some are revised with a fresh look and sold as the “OUJ Book Series”.

(C)Student Assessment

  • Mid-Term Assignment

After the 8th week of the broadcast lecture courses, the students are required to complete the mid-term assignment. The assignment is originally paper-based, but the online version is also available as an option to those students who wish to complete the assignment online. Completing the assignment is one of the requirements before taking the final exam at the end of the semester.

  • Final Examination

At the end of the 15th week of broadcast lecture courses, the students are required to sit on final exams which are carried out in their registered Study Centers. Those students who pass the exams will be granted credits.

2. Face-to-Face Courses (Schooling) - One Credit per Course

Classroom sessions, known as "schooling", along with broadcast lectures, are pivotal in teaching and learning at OUJ. These sessions cover a wide range of subjects' characteristic to the Faculty of Liberal Arts. In addition to usual lectures and hands-on experiments, the class sessions sometimes include a variety of formats such as fieldworks and on-site observation visits.

Classroom sessions are usually designed, planned and held at the Study Centers throughout the country. The Study Centers in each locale not only offer general courses but courses in distinctive subjects unique to the given region such as history and culture, industry, nature, and so on. Furthermore, several Study Centers collaborate with nearby universities and research facilities to offer such courses.

3. Online Courses – One or Two Credits per Course

For the first time in the history of the university, full online courses are offered in 2016. Those online courses utilize the learning management system, Moodle, to deliver video lectures as well as reading materials online so that students can view those lecture videos and read related materials at anytime and anywhere. Online quizzes given at the end of each session test students’ understanding of the materials and students can get immediate feedback after taking those quizzes. In addition, students can ask questions directly to the instructors and also participate in online forums to discuss materials with other students. Those courses are created by course teams that include the instructor(s), instructional designers, production crews, and a program manager. OUJ is planning to significantly expand the line-up of online courses in coming years. Student learning activities and assessment methods in those online courses will be designed according to the objective of each course.

4. Online Student Administration System and Campus Network Homepage

The registered students are able to check their academic records, to enroll in classes, as well as to keep up to date with other sorts of matters through the online student administration system called "System WAKABA". With this system, students are able to manage their own course of study.

On the other hand, OUJ’s website called "Campus Network Homepage" is open to the students to support their learning. Through this website, students are able to access to necessary information such as announcements from OUJ and its study centers, reference information for their learning and broadcast lectures delivered on the Internet anytime and anywhere, and other than that, students are able to communicate with their tutors interactively through "Inquiry Box".

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