【Report】 On May 18, 2012: Symposium Series 3 "Learning Outcome Assessment"

明治大学  / Meiji University RIIE

Prof. Hideki Eto (Meiji University) Prof. Hideki Eto (Meiji University)

Prof. Etsuko Katsu (Meiji University)Prof. Etsuko Katsu (Meiji University)

Mr. Yoshiyuki Otawa (MEXT)Mr. Yoshiyuki Otawa (MEXT)

Prof. Masahiro Yokota (Meiji University)Prof. Masahiro Yokota (Meiji University)

Prof. Toru Iiyoshi (Kyoto University)Prof. Toru Iiyoshi (Kyoto University)

Ms. Yuko Miyata (Unilever Japan)Ms. Yuko Miyata (Unilever Japan)

Prof. Momoe Waguri (Fukuoka Women's University)Prof. Momoe Waguri (Fukuoka Women's University)

Dr. Darla Deardorff (AIEA / Duke University)Dr. Darla Deardorff (AIEA / Duke University)

Dr. Susan Kahn (Indiana University-Purdue University)Dr. Susan Kahn (Indiana University-Purdue University)

Dr. Beverley Oliver (Deakin University)Dr. Beverley Oliver (Deakin University)

Prof. Shingo Ashizawa (Meiji University)Prof. Shingo Ashizawa (Meiji University)

Mr. Kaoru Sunada (JGAP)Mr. Kaoru Sunada (JGAP)

Presentations by studentsPresentations by students

Panel Discussion (Host: Prof. Kazuhiro Kudo, Dokkyo University)Panel Discussion (Host: Prof. Kazuhiro Kudo, Dokkyo University)

Mr. Kuniaki Sato (MEXT)Mr. Kuniaki Sato (MEXT)

  On May 18, 2012, Meiji University’s Research Institute of International Education (RIIE) held the third in a series of commemorative international symposia to mark the establishment of the Institute. This final commemorative symposium entitled “Learning Outcome Assessment for International Education Programs—Potentials in Effective Use of E-portfolio—” was held at Meiji University’s Academy Hall. The symposium was generously co-sponsored by Asahi Net and supported by the Federation of Japanese Private Colleges and Universities Associations, the United States Embassy, Japan Student Services Organization, and JAFSA: Japan Network for International Education. More than three hundred attended and included faculty, administrators, and staff of higher education institutions as well as researchers and individuals from private businesses from the international education sector. 
  Prof. Etsuko Katsu, a vice president of Meiji University, was given the honor of opening the symposium. Prof. Katsu’s remarks were followed by a congratulatory speech on behalf of all guests from Mr. Yoshiyuki Otawa, an analyst from the Office for International Planning, Higher Education Policy Planning Division, Higher Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Following Mr. Otawa, Dr. Masahiro Yokota, professor from the College of Global Japanese Studies of Meiji University and director of Meiji University’s RIIE, outlined the purpose of today’s symposium.
  The symposium consisted of three interrelated sessions. In the first session, Dr. Toru Iiyoshi, Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education, Kyoto University, and Ms. Yuko Miyata, executive director of Human Resources Division, Unilever Japan, analyzed the applicability of and requirements for global human resources in the higher education and employment sectors. Dr. Iiyoshi offered his insights on “global human resources” in the field of higher education. Ms. Miyata raised as an issue the debate over “global human resources” within industry sector.

  The second session focused on the theme of “Learning Outcome Assessment—Toward Visualizing Students’ Learning” with a specific emphasis on how the study abroad experience affects a student’s career development and its relationship to the quality of global human resources. Dr. Darla Deardorff, a research scholar in education at Duke University and executive director of Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), delivered this session’s keynote address. Dr. Deardorff remarks were followed by presentations centered on ePortfolio, which is being utilized by institutions in the U.S. and Australia. Presenters examined the possible applications of ePortfolio and introduced case studies of the actual operation to visualize the learning outcomes gained through experience in international education programs. As an example of ePortfolio management, Dr. Susan Kahn, director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, spoke on “Evaluation of ePortfolio and Results.” Next, Professor Beverley Oliver, Deakin University, presented “The Potential of ePortfolios in Assuring Graduate Capabilities: An Australian Perspective.” Finally, Shingo Ashizawa, professor of Organization for International Collaboration of Meiji University and vice-director of RIIE, introduced the current operational practices in Japan with his presentation entitled “Towards the practical operation of ePortfolio.”

  In the third session, the potential of ePortfolio was examined. Mr. Kaoru Sunada, a representative of JGAP (the Gap-year Japan), moderated this session comprised of four students who utilized ePortfolio to detail their overseas experiences. The closing panel discussion centered on the theme “Why ePortfolio now?” Prof. Kazuhiro Kudo, assistant professor, Dokkyo University, chaired this session and Shingo Ashizawa moderated the panel discussion. The panel was comprised of the aforementioned presenters as well as Mr. Kuniaki Sato, Office for International Planning, Higher Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Panelists shared their thoughts on what they felt were the essential components of ePortfolio and took questions from the audience.

  Mr. Kimiya Yamamoto, president and CEO of Asahi Net delivered the closing remarks. Following the symposium, a reception with the guest speakers was held Meiji University’s Misao Yashiro and Tatsuo Kishimoto Memorial Halls.

  With the successful completion of this symposium, we extend our sincere appreciation to the participants for their understanding and cooperation.




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