An Experiment of Innovation Education in a Japanese University


A knowledge-based society is urging universities to change education. There are three factors to consider for this change: student-centered learning, rapid change of specialization, and the power of group work. Although Asian students study hard and earn good scores in paper tests, their learning is often solitary and passive. This is a serious issue in a knowledge-based society where innovation requires inner motivation, a strong commitment, and cooperation. Seven professors worked together for experimental innovation courses at Kanazawa University in 2019 to develop an innovative mind. This presentation will discuss the two of the four courses, how students changed, and their implication for the higher education in the future.
In the first course, the students made a simple business proposal and learned how to develop their ideas through the interaction with other students. In the second course, the students made an effort to put their ideas into reality by making prototypes with cardboard and Styrofoam.
In this type of education, learning is different in three ways. First, students find their topics based on their curiosity and social needs. Second, they try to find their answers in groups with a series of exchanges. Third, they find knowledge and skills by themselves after fully understanding their necessities. Although this is a simple experiment, it is a beginning to transform learning at the university.

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Keiichiro Yoshinaga, Kanazawa University, Japan

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Conference: CHER-HongKong2019
Stream: Questing for innovation and entrepreneurship: Curriculum design and student learning

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