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A Survey of the Efforts toward Enhancing Faculty Development in Japan

Yoshikazu Takenaka
Osaka University, 1-2 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka, 565-0871, Japan

Abstract—The purpose of this study is to determine the features of Japanese universities’ Faculty Development (FD) programs and services. Two features of Japanese universities’ FD programs and services were observed. First, there were some flagship FD centers, which provided not only representative FD programs and services, but also pioneering ones, such as the Student Consulting on Teaching (SCOT) program, and the “Faculty Developer” training program. Moreover, they provided these programs for members of both their own and other universities. Second, they used Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to increase the number of users, and distributing learning materials in advance and discussing and sharing ideas thoroughly in face-to-face sessions. They also use e-learning programs provided by external organizations to provide FD resources effectively.
Index Terms—faculty development, joint usage/education center, ICT usage

Cite: Yoshikazu Takenaka, "A Survey of the Efforts toward Enhancing Faculty Development in Japan," International Journal of Learning and Teaching, Vol. 4, No. 4, pp. 340-344, December 2018. doi: 10.18178/ijlt.4.4.340-344