About students and horses

Oh my… it looks like a joke, but the last time I posted something here was… an year ago!!! I (and everyone else around me) have been very busy preparing for the new academic year. A new curriculum, graduate school prep, and of course all the normal work that we do at the college everyday running in parallel. It is really interesting how life happens and, suddenly, posting on my personal page looses its priority. In 2021 I worked really Read More …

2020広島韓国Forum

Today was forum day in Hiroshima together with Prof. Yasutomi and Prof. Hong. With topics ranging from the Korean Peninsula to the relationship of Asian countries with the U.S., I was surrounded by political scientists. As the Dean of Faculty, I was invited to do the opening speech (which was great, by the way). It was nice to be around so many scholars again. Of course, with masks and social distancing.

2nd year students’ orientation

Today it was the first orientation session before the semester starts. Second year students came to campus, in the big auditorium, and we had many people from the administration speaking to them. Of course today’s main menu was the explanation about the study abroad program. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we were unable to send our second year students to their abroad program, and almost all students were waiting for the announcements in order to know what is going to Read More …

From online to face-to-face

Last Monday was the first day we had first year students on campus for face-to-face classes this semester. I was quite pleasant to see so many new faces and a vivid campus. One not so pleasant surprise was to see how much some students have to catch up. Because of the online classes, some students are not taking it seriously, and as a result, have not done the practice homework I have assigned since the beginning of the semester. It Read More …

One month with Zoom

Isn’t it amazing? one month has already passed since we started classes online using Zoom. I would love to have time and put everything we have learned and experienced in a paper, or some sort of tutorial so other people could learn and avoid making the same mistakes. Yes, maybe that is the way to go: a Zoom best practices in online education. Well, not sure if this idea will fly, but definitely enjoying the experience.

Second year of the ARC program

One month into the new year, and students are already making use of the ARC. Our assistant is working hard on the new TOEIC workshops and the schedule should be available soon by email to all students. For more information about the program, here is the official page: https://www.mic.ac.jp/student/ARC  

After Golden Week…

… we will have tests!!! That is he bad news for all my students in the first year (Intro to ICT), and in the upper division (Algorithms). This year we are having a holiday for 9 days straight, and I want to make sure students do not forget about the first 4 weeks, otherwise we will loose too much time on reviewing content. I believe (and I hope), that because we have a test after the holidays, everyone will study Read More …