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 …
Two good news in one day
Today I got two surprises, both of them academic ones. The first one was a package from the SUTLF team. My paper from the 2017 conference was selected for publication in a book. No big deal, except that only 4 papers were selected. I feel really honored and happy for their selection. The second one was an evaluation copy of a book I am co-authoring. I haven’t got the evaluation copy myself, but the publisher was distributing it during the Read More …
First classes DONE.
The first classes o the ICT course were done already. Wow, it was really exciting to enter the classroom again and see the new faces. Unfortunately, due to the size of the computer classroom, I got two huge classes. A big change from the small classroom sizes I had last year. The good part is that I got an assistant this year, and he is really working hard. This makes a huge difference because he also helps me keeping control Read More …
Social environment of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the U.S. and Japan (自閉症スペクトラム患者の社会的環境についてアメリカと日本における比較)
Abstract: This paper will write about what the Autism Spectrum is, and will introduce how the symptoms of the disorder influence on the patients in the society that they are belonged to. Especially, quality of life, social institutions and coping skills regarding Autism Spectrum are deeply focused. By researching the circumstance of both Japan and United States, this paper will look for methods for making the life of people with the Autism Spectrum in Japan better. 要旨: この卒論は、近年耳にするようになってきた自閉症スペクトラムとは何か、そしてその症状を抱える患者たちは今日の社会においてどのような環境の中で生活を送っているのかということを中心に述べている。特に、生活、制度、そして彼らと障害との付き合い方について日本とアメリカにける比較をし、問題点、解決策について述べている。
English Skills Workshops
This Friday we will have the first session of the English Skills Workshops for 1st year students. Although not mandatory, I am requiring almost all my advisees to attend it and I will keep a record of their attendance. This is another way we are trying to improve students’ skills and it is really important that they attend it.
Radar charts everywhere!!!
It is normal to provide students with feedback every time they submit an assignment. Still, some students (sometimes) do not understand where they need to improve. To address this issue, I have been handing out mid-semester reports to all my students and the easiest way for them to understand it to stick a radar chart in it. Yes, I know we can do it with a spreadsheet software, but I wanted something that would be generic enough that I can Read More …
August’s Open Campus
This coming August we have another Open Campus. This time, I am doing a lesson about Mathematics. Yes, I know… it might not be a popular lesson. Anyway, I am giving it a try.
Mapping course objectives and CT
I am not sure it is possible… yet, but lately I have been thinking that there must be a way to map my course objectives with critical thinking. The Bloom’s Taxonomy comes to mind… now the questions is, can a (easy to understand) mapping be done? Today I found a document from the West University of Florida which tries to educate instructors on how to write effective learning objectives. It looks like a place to start. The document can be Read More …
Introduction to Global Citizenship
Today I decided to start preparing for the “Introduction to Global Citizenship” course starting next semester. The course will have 17 classes from which 9 will be taught by me, and 8 by other 2 teachers. As a “shared” course, I will be teaching 4 classes to each of the other 2 sections. Introduction classes (3) Shared classes (4) Shared classes (4) Shared classes (4) Review classes (2) “Preparing” is not really the term I should have used since I Read More …
Senior Thesis time
We are already in “senior thesis” time. Students running around asking professors to be their advisors and professors trying to avoid some students. I am lucky (somehow) because students generally do not like technology or believe (erroneously) that it is too difficult. Anyway, I put a page together for the few students I am advising: http://portfolio.miyazaki-mic.ac.jp/mahara/view/view.php?id=1284 Hopefully the contents will be useful.