This paper discusses both results and potentials of applying a BRD method of lecture proposed by Uda to scientific lectures. The results are very successful and also evaluations by students are satisfactory. Fifty percents of the students say that they can concentrate to lectures under the method. This effect can be explain using spare capacity model in the field of psychology, which is often used to explain human abilities of doing two jobs simultaneously. Eighty percents of the students also hope continuing the BRD method. One of issues to be discussed later is developing a new assessment method suitable to the BRD method. One of hopeful candidates would be a portfolio method.
This paper reports trials to record all possible lectures and to deliver on demand the recorded video contents in the Department of Information Systems at Tottori University of Environmental Studies. Main features of the efforts by the department are summarized as follows : (1) Every possible lecture is recorded and delivered on demand. (2) The activity is done at reasonable initial and running costs. (3) Voluntary students and teachers work together as technical and management staff without university staff. For the fiscal years 2004 and 2005, more than 1000 lectures, each of which lasted 90 minutes were recorded successfully, and the total running cost was less than 2-million yen, including the maintenance cost and payment. In this paper, we describe how we realized the three features, and analyze the details of the costs.
In this study, I describe the attempt to deepen understanding of tribology lectures by combining them with experiments. Over 90% of students responded that they had gained a deeper understanding from lectures combined with experiments involving three types of handmade experimental devices than from lectures alone. This finding confirms the effectiveness of combining lectures with experiments
A JABEE educational program must be regularly improved in educational methods and educational environment. For the purpose, the program must establish a system that enhances students' understanding of class work, promoting students' enthusiasm to learn, while coping with students' requests. The mechanical engineering departments of Kogakuin University have established a portfolio system to support students from entrance to graduation. Specifically the portfolios on students' learning and life are continuously maintained, and students' ledgers are arranged and updated. Furthermore, a system, by which students can assess their own level of achievement against the program's learning and educational objectives, is also introduced. The achievement level can be checked from various viewpoints so that students could improve their learning plans.
Engineering ethics has been focused in the field of engineering education since the introduction of accreditation system of engineering education. In this paper, contents of the subject of engineering history are examined and discussed from the viewpoints of education of engineering ethics through a practical case of civil engineering history in a college. For the first step, codes of engineering ethics regulated in various engineering organizations are analyzed and the common contents are extracted to set the requirements for the education of engineering ethics. Then contents of the subject of engineering history are examined according to the requirements. Finally, conditions of engineering history for engineering ethics are discussed.
Recently, IT (Information Technology) have rapidly revolved and penetrated into the usual human life, with such as the household appliances and the mobile devices. Considering this strong change of social environment, what technology is introduced to satisfy the present educational needs and how to develop the teaching system is very important. Then in this paper, we describe the developed web-teaching material that links Xport, an embedded device server, with the control system using microcontroller technology. In the classes, we have implemented the lessons that utilize this system in the following subjects : programming technology, hardware technology, electronic circuit and practical training. Furthermore, because of high availability of the developed system through internet, it is also useful for the education on science and technical arts in general high schools or in junior high schools as well as in technical high schools.
Based on the case-method, an exercise using debate is proposed for practical education in engineering ethics. The exercise is performed as a group-work composed of discussion and debate. This paper describes design concepts and discusses the methodology of the group-work for enhancing educational effects based on the result of a questionnaire. The author proposes a feasible model plan for implementation of two debates in 90-minute class : five minutes allotted for constructive and rebuttal speeches, four minutes for cross examinations, and eight minutes for preparation time. The adequate number of group members and the minimum required time of discussion are also proposed.
This paper is the second one detailing the findings of a questionnaire survey administered to gauge respondents' awareness of engineering ethics. The survey was carried out with the cooperation of Japanese, South Korean, and Chinese universities as well as a number of Japanese corporations. Our findings indicate that while students and company employees alike generally exhibit an appetite for learning about engineering ethics, South Korean and Chinese students have adopted a posture that is more conducive to such study than their Japanese counterparts. We also discovered a number of other differences rooted in students' nationality. Engineering ethics content seems to receive little attention in corporate training programs. Small and medium size companies in particular may not be addressing questions of engineering ethics in an aggressive manner.
This paper looks at a variety of influences which impact the development of engineering-ethical awareness, according to a survey carried out by the authors. Through various academic and professional programs, it is possible to develop a broad awareness of engineering. This can stand the practitioner in good stead for real life situations that may occur throughout one's professional career by providing solid guiding principles to work with. The research shows that JABEE educational programs are an effective method of raising the engineering-ethical consciousness of students. The research concludes that there are also some distinct differences between JABEE and non-JABEE classes. Furthermore the research indicates that the positive attitudes of instructors toward teaching ethics may have an influence in the responses of students in JABEE programs.