Proceedings of The International Conference on Advanced Research in Education
Educational Effects of International Team-Based Learning at Hokkaido University, Japan
Ken Saito, Hirofumi Tani, Shotaro Imai, Kaori Kuribayashi-Shigetomi, Teruyuki Tsuji
Hokkaido University, Japan, has an international postgraduate programme called Nitobe School. One of the main features of this programme is that it accepts a wide range of both international and Japanese students belonging to various departments. This programme includes a course on the basics of team-based learning, in which the students learn mainly about team building and management, facilitation, project management, and presentation. After completion of this course in 2016, we conducted a survey to grasp the students’ self-evaluation of their skill development. We found a tendency that both the Japanese and international students recognised the improvement in their team building and managing skills. Further, on the one hand,the Japanese students thought facilitation skills were the most useful, on the other hand, the international students believed team building and managing skills to be the most useful.Furthermore, both the Japanese and international students put project management skills as the second-most useful skills. Our study will help us understand the students’ ways of thinking and their attitudes and provide us basic data for improving the curricula.
Keywords: Active learning, Facilitation, Postgraduate, Project management, Team building.