Working on the Senior Thesis

I am not sure how common this is in the other universities but here, our students have to write a final senior thesis before they can graduate. Of course, in English. This year I got some students who, for different reasons, could not take their first class on how to write their thesis. As usual most of them were assigned to me, so teaching this class what good for two reasons: first, students have to learn the basics before writing Read More …

Online Security Presentation

It was a rainy Sunday yesterday and there I was, in downtown Miyazaki, to do a presentation about online security. This is not my usual type of talk, and to be honest, it was quite challenging. The audience was small (less than 20 people) with ages ranging from 20 to 60 (as far as I can tell). I was not really sure about how much the attendees knew about technology so creating the presentation made me a little bit nervous. Read More …

Open Campus

And we did it. July 19th was our open campus, and although we are all suffering from the coronavirus pandemic, it was nice to see so many high school students joining us. Of course, precautions were taken to make sure everyone had an enjoyable experience while keeping the coronavirus away. Students, staff and faculty were using alcohol on their hands when entering and leaving the rooms; Everyone were using masks at all times and instructors were offered face-shields (in addition Read More …

The New ARC Program

Since the beginning of this semester we are starting a new program for our Academic Resource Center (ARC) in which students get assistance with homework and some guidance studying for the TOEIC test. April was a little slow due to book purchases and setting up of computer and printers, but in May we saw some students visiting the ARC regularly and asking assistance from our TA (who has been hired with the main duty of conducting this program). Well, last Read More …

Too busy to be true

Tomorrow is our 21st graduation ceremony and today everyone is very busy preparing and rehearsing for tomorrow. Also, we will have TC certificates handled to students in a small ceremony and later, thesis highest honors certificates. Of course these are not the only things going on. Today students will be trying the gowns and filling up an exit survey among other things. I am sure a lot of people will be crying tomorrow, so I hope I can write a Read More …

Yumenavi @ Fukuoka

This Saturday I am going to participate for the second time in the Yumenavi event for high-school students. This time I will be in Fukuoka talking about ICT and Liberal Arts. Although the connection might not be obvious for some people, I hope students can get the idea and hopefully they will get interested about learning and thinking in English.

Conference on Global Higher Education

Beginning of June, me and Debra presented at the “The Third Annual Conference on Global Higher Education at Lakeland College Japan”. It was nice to be in a conference again and exchange ideas with other scholars. More pleasant was the fact that I was presenting about something that is having an impact on our students and actually working in practice, not only theory. [display-posts tag=”moodle” image_size=”thumbnail”] This time, I was showing how active learning and critical thinking are achieved through Read More …