A review on the Kikan-education, which is the reconstructed education system of the Kyushu University and was introduced in 2014, is given. In particular, details of Kikan-Education Seminar and Interdisciplinary Collaborative Learning of Social Issues are given.
Current status and future perspectives of hydrogen energy technologies are explained, indicating the importance of energy-related engineering education, based on our experiences in Department of Hydrogen Energy Systems, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University.
This paper describes a novel creative educational program by introducing precision polishing technology for an introductive education in mechanical engineering. The program is composed of group discussion, polishing experiment, evaluation of surface roughness and presentation. The glass-polishing experiments were conducted by students and the polishing characteristics of cerium oxide abrasives and originally-mixed abrasives were examined and compared. The student group proposed the originally-mixed abrasives that can achieve higher polishing characteristics than cerium oxide to reduce the use of rare-earth materials. The result of survey answered by students revealed that the proposed educational program succeed in increasing the interest in mechanical engineering and the motivation of learning of students, and also in stimulating intellectual curiosity of students.
We held a meeting for discussing the nuclear power at National Institute of Technology Hiroshima College. The participants in the meeting were students, the local people who live around the college, experts on nuclear power plants and the teachers. The main subject was “Is the energy for Japan OK?” . At the beginning of this meeting, one of the experts had a lecture. Then the participants were divided into 3 groups to hold discussions on 3 different topics respectively. After having the discussions, the students made presentations of what they discussed. In this paper, we mention the difference in thoughts between the students and the local people and consider the effect of the meeting on the students.
Question function of the Moodle e-learning can be utilized to formative tests and proactive training. We have developed a software QuEdit to support good question creation easy and efficient. This tool induces the input of the question to facilitate the creation of question containing figure for enhancing learning motivation. In the introduction to the information education lesson of the first year of the university, effect on motivation to solve was suggested. This paper describes the decision of the design guidelines of QuEdit and the lesson practice.
A study process to obtain a qualification has a profound effect to enhance learning of one’ s particular field. In this paper, we propose a method encourage students to obtain the qualification of Type II electrical worker in National College of Technology. Results of questionnaire survey and hearing investigation have confirmed a large positive effect on students’ mental health, especially for the adolescent students who had low confidence in their Engineering skill. In addition, this paper discusses the influence of the modification in the entrance exam system as of this year.
We performed a trial of education of ionizing radiation, using interactive electronic books, measurement of ionizing radiation and production of a simple cloud chamber at junior high school. The interactive electronic book was composed of an interpretive article of basic knowledge of radiation, video of cloud chamber, galleries, and interactive widgets of many exercises. In junior high school, using the electronic book, we were teaching about key properties of ionizing radiation. From the results of a student questionnaire given after the trial, about 90-100% of the junior high school students had acquired basic knowledge of the subject, about 90-100% thought the great fear of radiation have been dispelled. And a lot of junior high school students interested in the technology of ionizing radiation and the effects of ionizing radiation on the human body.
A new educational program is required to show students how to study high level, specific technology through analysis and its various considerations. Lessons on power electronics using a circuit simulation tool and active learning methods were planned, and applied in the classroom. Students, individually, used simulation and measurement tools to solve problems by analyzing circuits and calculated current waveforms. An appropriate facilitator by the teacher made students eager and mutually supportive of one another. Surveys on the lecture showed that 90% of the students participated actively, and their reports showed the effectiveness of the lectures due to the deep understanding of the content when using simulation tools.