Towards an Efficient Education at the University of Aizu
By Mohamed Hamada, Assistant Professor of Language Processing Systems Lab
The 21st century is the era of technology and telecommunication, this
requires high qualified professional personnel. Thus education comes to
play a central rule in this era.
Education in the 21st century should also make use of the new technologies.
The University of Aizu (UA), as a leading university in Fukushima area and
as an international standard university, focus on developing its education
process. For this purpose the software department established a working
group (members are: M Hamada (chairman), H. Kanda, S. Sedukhin, K. Otsuyama,
J. Shin) to enhance a Friendly Lecture Program (FLP) within the university.
The idea of Friendly Lecture Program is to merge the human power and new
technologies in order to achieve the best method of teaching in lectures
and to enable the students to gain knowledge in an efficient way. After
several meetings and discussions among the FLP members, several proposals
were introduced. Among these proposals were:
The first proposal gives UA professors the chance to look to up-to-date
state of art in education technologies. The second one enables professors
to learn from each others different teaching styles and techniques. While
others merge the technologies to the education process, enable the students
to gain better understanding and motivate their creativity.
- Organizing an annual (2-to-3 day) training course
for ``advances in teaching methods" . To be organized by the university of
Aizu in cooperation with other educational institutes and/or the ministry
- Declaring ``open door" lectures: each professor declares his lecture(s)
as ``open door" lecture(s) for any one who is interested to attend the lecture.
- Using interactive multimedia materials whenever possible, such as:
video, audio, animated software, etc.
- Creating a (unified) web site for each course including: syllabus,
handouts, exercises, OHP slides, links to related materials and so on.
- Introducing an elective course to train the students for external
Information Technology test.