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Activity Reports

OUJ TIEC International Symposium (27 Nov. 2015)

OUJ TIEC International Symposium co-hosted by JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) was held in Tokyo on the 27th of November 2015 on the theme: “Assessment of Learning in the 21st Century’’. In the keynote speech titled “Learning Analytics: In their own words’’, Professor Belinda Tynan from UK presented a holistic approach to learning analytics and showed how it can benefit the students with a willingness to learn. Practical examples and approaches on assessment of learning were introduced by the four distinguished speakers from Japan, USA, Australia and Malaysia. The symposium indicated that the methods and quality of assessment of learning would greatly affect the quality of online education.

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2015 OUJ International Symposium (13 Feb. 2015)

OUJ International Symposium 2015 (OJIS2015) was held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan under the theme of “Impacts of ICT on Supporting Students with Disabilities in Higher Education”. 4 distinguished speakers were invited from the USA, UK and Japan and their practical research and experiences were shared with the participants. From their point of view, sharing information between not only the student and support staff but also professors and technical staff is important and will ameliorate the disability support.

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2014 OUJ International Symposium (7 Feb. 2014)

OUJ held its annual international symposium (OJIS2014) at Makuhari International Training Center, on Friday, February 7, 2014. The theme of the symposium this year was “Global Trends of Online Teaching and Learning” and a total of 180 people attended the symposium. The symposium speakers included Sir John Daniel (Education Master, Beijing DeTao Masters Academy / Former Vice-Chancellor, the Open University, UK), Prof. Grace Alfonso (Chancellor, University of the Philippines Open University), Mr. Andrew Law (The Director of Open Media, The Open University, UK), Prof. Jan Herrington (Professor, Murdoch University), and Prof. Yoichi Okabe (President, The Open University of Japan). The panel discussion followed the invited talks by speakers mentioned above and various aspects of online teaching and learning were discussed. The symposium concluded that online teaching and learning would be very promising in transforming higher education and we now live in a very exciting time to witness such transformation.

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The 5th OUJ, OUC, KNOU International Seminar (5 Sep. 2013)

OUJ organized the 5th OUJ, OUC, KNOU International Seminar. This year OUC was unable to participate due to the unexpected circumstances and 4 delegates from Korea participated in the event. The topics were chosen 2 for each by OUJ and KNOU under the main theme of "Quality Improvement in Open University Education", which we would like to learn from the other university. Active discussions were made on the topics of "Responding to Aging Societies", "Learning Support System for students", "Learning Material Production System" and "Online Lectures". The seminar ended with fruitful success.

The 26th AAOU Annual Conference (16-18 Oct. 2012)

OUJ hosted the 26th Annual Conference of Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. The main theme of the conference was “Expanding the frontiers of Knowledge through Open and Distance Learning in Changing Societies,” and six scholars and policy makers in the field delivered keynote and plenary speeches. In the parallel sessions, over 100 participants presented their papers on one of the eight sub-themes. About 300 participants from 22 countries and regions attended this conference. A special session titled “Crisis and Risk Management” was also held to present what has been learned from the great east Japan earthquake of March 11, 2011. In addition, OUJ campus tours were organized for participants to visit our facilities of the TV recording studios, the master control room and the Chiba study center.

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