Koto-tsukuri: Education at the Interface


The move to online was a serious disruptor. We reflect here on almost three years of fully online educational work at university level in a science-based curriculum in Japan. Presented as a workshop at the conference, participants experienced a real-time deployment of a class management system put together with low-code tools. Initial setup was to log in, interact, and see an automatically generated dashboard that visualises the workshop’s progress. The technology is one kind of “interface”. A second and more important “interface” is the motivation behind the approach. The full paper describes how a move to online classes based on the presented low-code system increased student-student and teacher-student interactions and also the interaction of both student and teachers with the learning environment. We discuss how the Japanese concept of koto-tsukuri was part of the motivation and framing of the work. The paper also presents evidence showing a significant increase in student satisfaction corresponding to the introduction of these ideas. This is done using data from a university-wide assessment tool that asks students to identify all classes that are in the top 10 percent of those they have ever taken. The average rating based on this instrument increased around twofold between 2019 and 2022. For the workshop, participants were told that they should come prepared to think, to interact, and to physically do a few things.

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Ian Frank, Future University Hakodate, Japan

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Conference: ACE2022
Stream: Teaching Experiences

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To cite this article:
Frank I. (2023) Koto-tsukuri: Education at the Interface ISSN: 2186-5892 The Asian Conference on Education 2022: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2186-5892.2023.72
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2186-5892.2023.72

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