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2022年02月14日

[19th UTokyo FFP] Course Information & Application

*UTokyo FFP is conducted in Japanese. For an English course (UTokyo Global FFDP), please click here.

Classes start on April 14th, 2022.

Apply from here (Due: Monday, April 11th, 09:00 AM)

・Observers from other institutions are welcomed.
・A briefing session on UTokyo FFP on Friday, April 8th, 17:00-18:30


 

What Is “The University of Tokyo Future Faculty Program” (UTokyo FFP)?

“The University of Tokyo Future Faculty Program” (UTokyo FFP) commenced in AY2013 for acquiring skills and knowledge related to teaching at university. It is aimed at graduate students, postdocs, and faculty/staff members affiliated with the University of Tokyo who aim to become faculty members.

The quality enhancement of education at universities is a crucial issue. In recent years, there has been a shift toward student-centric education and active learning class styles. These classroom approaches require educators, besides being knowledgeable experts, to act as facilitators able to spur learning; this makes it necessary for educators to acquire these skills. UTokyo FFP helps acquire such knowledge and skills in a systematic and effective way.

UTokyo FFP is a half-yearly program, also offered as a Common Graduate Course titled “Teaching Development in Higher Education.” Participants can enhance their practical teaching skills by learning about active learning in an interactive way with other learners across diverse research fields.

 

The features of UTokyo FFP are as follows:

Of those who completed the course so far, 98% responded that their participation in UTokyo FFP was fulfilling (“very fulfilling” or “fulfilling”). Thirty percent of the applicants found out about the program through “an introduction by the alumni.”

・Interactions across diverse fields
The participants come from diverse academic fields. Interaction with graduate students and faculty/staff members from unfamiliar fields would certainly inspire you to reflect on your own education and research.

・Issue of an official certificate
On completion of the program, participants receive an official UTokyo FFP transcript signed by the director of the Center for Research and Development of Higher Education. You can attach the transcript to an application document to display your teaching experience when you apply for academic posts.

・Academic credits (two credits) of “Teaching Development in Higher Education” on completion of the course
UTokyo FFP is also offered as a Common Graduate Course titled “Teaching Development in Higher Education.” Since it is a regular course of the university, participants can receive academic credits (two credits) within the allowances stipulated by the program of each graduate school they belong to.

・An alumni network
After completing the course, participants can join an alumni network (a Google Group), to exchange information on voluntary workshops, events, and job opportunities (part-time lecturer, etc.).

*The classes of UTokyo FFP were filmed and published at UTokyo OpenCourseWare (UTokyo OCW). Click here to watch the videos.


Advantages of taking UTokyo FFP

◯ An official certificate will be issued which you can attach to an application document for academic posts.
◯ Graduate students can earn academic credits (two credits).
◯ You can access a network regarding research/employment information.
◯ You can interact with participants coming from diverse academic fields.


Course Information

  • Instructor and staff
    Kayoko Kurita (Professor), Wonhwa Park (Assistant Professor), Osami Nabeta (Research Support Staff)
  • Qualifications
    Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty/staff members at the University of Tokyo
    Those who are affiliated with other universities can join the program as observers.
  • Schedule
    S Semester <S1/S2 Term> AY2022
    Thursday course: Periods 3–4 (13:00–16:40)
    Friday course: Periods 3–4 (13:00–16:40)
    Total: 8 days for each course
    (Note that the classes are held every other week, in principle.)
    *Please refer to the syllabus for the detailed schedule.
    (Please make sure to read the syllabus before application.)
  • Capacity
    25 participants for each class
    (If the number of applicants exceeds the prescribed limit, selection will be made.)
  • Location
    Thursday course: live/online
    Friday course: live/online
    *The 19th UTokyo FFP will be conducted online, adhering to the COVID-19 safety protocols.

<Structure>

  • DAY 1 Introduction
    Icebreaking by sharing what inspired each participant to take the course, present situation of higher education, research presentations (1-min self-introduction), and self-analysis and peer-reviewing of research presentations.
  • DAY 2 Class Design
    Significance of class design, goals and objectives of a class, ADDIE model, active learning, motivation, and creating a class design sheet.
  • DAY 3 Evaluation
    Significance of evaluation, evaluation methods, evaluation of evaluation, creating a rubric, and exercises in evaluating with rubrics.
  • DAY 4 Syllabus and Course Design
    Significance of a syllabus, setting goals and objectives, course design, and creating a graphic syllabus.
  • DAY 5 Exercise in Giving Feedback on Lectures & Summary
    Exercise in giving feedback on lectures for microteaching, and poster tour for sharing what the participants have learned so far.
  • DAY 6 Refining the Lectures for Microteaching
    Microteaching session (1) and examination of the lectures for further refinement.
  • DAY 7 Microteaching Session
    Microteaching session (2) and examination of the lectures.
  • DAY 8 Envisioning Your Career Path by Creating a SAP Chart
    Creating a Structured Academic Portfolio (SAP) chart.

How to Take the Course

<Qualifications>
・UTokyo FFP is open to those affiliated with the University of Tokyo as regular graduate students, postdocs, or faculty/staff members. There are no requirements to enroll in this course, but please note that you cannot complete the course in case you are absent for more than two out of eight days.
・Please carefully read the program overview and the syllabus and follow the application steps. We also offer an observer (auditor) category for those outside the University. If you wish to join the program as an observer, please read the description below for more details.

<Application Schedule>
・The application schedule is as follows:
1. Join a briefing session on UTokyo FFP (as necessary).
2. Complete the application form.
3. Selections will be made based on the information in the application form.
4. The successful applicants will be notified of the results.
5. UTokyo FFP starts.

・A Briefing Session on UTokyo FFP
We conduct a briefing session on UTokyo FFP preceding every application period. Those who would like to know more about the program are recommended to participate in this session. Participation in the briefing session does not affect selection.

・Application Form
Applications to UTokyo FFP are invited twice a year, in March and September. Please fill in the application form if you would like to participate in the program. Selections will be made based on the information filled in the form, and you will be notified of the results before the program begins.

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・Pre-application
The application form will be unavailable after the closure of the application period. If you wish to receive notifications on the next official application period of UTokyo FFP, please sign up for pre-application. Pre-application does not affect selection.

・Observer System
Although UTokyo FFP is provided to affiliates of the University of Tokyo, we accept a few participants from other institutes as observers. Participants in this category must attend all classes and reply to the questionnaire at the end. If you wish to join the program as an observer, please fill in the application form and input “Application for the status of observer” in the “Message” section provided at the bottom of the form.


Classes start on April 14th, 2022.

Apply from here (Due: Monday, April 11th, 09:00 AM)

・Observers from other institutions are welcomed.
・A briefing session on UTokyo FFP on Friday, April 8th, 17:00-18:30

・Information
If you would like to know more about the program and other related events, please contact us using the inquiry form.


 

Related Information

UTokyo OCW: UTokyo Future Faculty Program

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