In recent years, institutions of higher education have engaged in various projects aiming to address the rising importance of “industry-university cooperation” and “community-university cooperation.” These concepts hold that a school ‘s collaboration with external experts in research activities will yield a value-added education, and such collaborative projects have proved beneficial in the field of engineering education. With this in mind, the authors oversaw a number of collaborative projects with industry and public institutions (museums, etc.) , seeking to promote research activities in education. In this paper, we outline our approach to industry-university cooperation and its educational effects through an analysis of a questionnaire administered immediately prior to the 2014 and 2015 graduations. The results were encouraging, as most students held favorable opinions of the collaborative projects, citing the clarifications of the respective positions of engineering and industry and clarity of objectives as the major benefits. We can, then, discern another positive effect of collaborative projects such as the ones conducted during the course of this study, specifically that of raising students ‘ motivation. Furthermore, the collaborative projects can improve student ‘s presentation and communication abilities through the several discussions with the collaborative partners and checking each other ‘s work in the laboratory.
The graphing calculator can be used as a data collection device. Connection protocols with more than 50 kinds of sensors are incorporated as standard in it. By using the graphing calculator as a platform of engineering experiments, the students can concentrate at the original purpose of engineering experiments without being bothered by various procedures of sensor connection. In this paper, we consider educational effects in using the graphing calculator as a platform of engineering experiment and show that general-purpose sensor can be connected to the graphing calculator through the development of near-infrared spectrometer.
This paper describes the action to facilitate self-learning of the students in a fundamental mathematic class and considers its effectiveness. Furthermore, it is proposed an active teaching-and-learning environmental model obtained by being visualized through the class practice for making the passive learning-attitude of the students active. The proposed model illustrates the process to lead the students to learn on their own. Factors that inhibit self-learning at home are listed, here. It is emphatically discussed that the improvement of fundamental literacies for working persons is important for reducing those disincentives and for acquiring the mathematical knowledge.
This study deals with a science school for elementary school students. This school has been held on each summer holiday in three years since 2013, and aimed at learning in dynamics. Although several science experiments have been carried out in the science education of elementary school, most of them have been had their answers ready beforehand. However, it is well-known that one of the pleasure of science is discovering the answer by oneself. Therefore, this school tried to make children challenge the exercise of non-unique answer in the experiments in dynamics such as a vibration phenomenon to obtain the pleasure of discovering the answer by themselves. In this paper, the attempts and effectiveness of this science school for three years are reported.
In M2M systems, sensors, gateways and servers on the cloud are interconnected with networks, through which data are acquired, received, and transmitted automatically to provide various services. Composition elements of the M2M system technology belong to the science and engineering category from viewpoints of education of engineers in the ICT field. However, if composition elements of the M2M system can be configured easily and used for education, students of the liberal arts might construct M2M prototype systems. Students are then expected to create ideas related to specialized fields of the liberal arts using experience obtained the construction. Creation of ideas enables the expansion of application areas of each specialized field, even involving those which are distantly related to the ICT field. This paper proposes an educational curriculum to aim at construction of an M2M prototype system that can be achieved even by students of the liberal arts, and to aim at the creation and dissemination of ideas. In this research, we applied the curriculum to lecture for students of child education and childcare courses, and evaluated the effects.
Scala is a multi-paradigm programming language that integrates features of both object-oriented and functional programming, and has a high productivity of software development. But the complexity of the specification is difficult to learning. We developed a generation system of learning sequence for enhancing learning efficiency of Scala, and have achieved the creation of the study book as a result of using the system ‘s output. In this paper, we discuss about the method of sequence generation for the complex knowledge structure, and describes the construction of the study book and the possibility of efficient learning by the learning of prior knowledge beforehand.