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Instructional Design
-The true appeal of a "class of encounters"-

Ms. Naoko Ishikawa
3rd year Student at the School of Human Sciences

Instructional Design (hereafter referred to as ID), is an academic discipline dealing in the techniques and science needed for the skilled teaching of a subject. In the case, the meaning of the word "teaching" is not limited to classes at a school, but also includes everyday situations such as teaching work procedures to a subordinate or teaching one's grandfather how to use a cellular phone. In this class, participants study methods regarding how teachers should work with students based on theory from fields such as behavior analysis and cognitive psychology.

I returned to university because I wanted to increase the accuracy of my work, and I encountered this class. During the class of ID, I was shocked to realize that I had been performing my work without applying any sort of theory or methodology. I also became fascinated by the interesting material of the class.

For me, that most interesting aspect was not the contents of the class, but rather the methodology of the class. The class in ID contains a variety of unique concepts designed to encourage students to think and to acquire knowledge and abilities. Furthermore, Professor Chiharu Kogo is very sly and has a humorous way of speaking. For example, she possesses the skill of making difficult terminology from the class seem easy to students.

In this class, classroom-based lessons and on-demand lessons are held in alternating weeks. The on-demand lesson allows students to study theory, and students use Course N@vi to send their answers to assigned problems. During classroom-based lessons, students divide into groups of approximately 6 people and work together to solve problems. During this group work, students engage in lively communication in order to perform tasks such as creating instructions for a game or writing a good speech. The members of the groups are rearranged about 3 times during the semester. Therefore, this class can be called a "class of encounters". However, many of the students are very serious about their class work, and it can be somewhat difficult to get through class if you don't prepare by viewing the on-demand lessons. At the end of classroom-based lessons, a problem is assigned to confirm the students' understanding. Answers are entered into an evaluation sheet called "Daifuku-cho" which functions as a comprehensive list of all answers, and are then submitted to the Professor. The evaluation of problems is performed using a clear standard which assigns 100 points for answers which include terminology and cases used during the class.

This class involves a great deal of work and attendance is also accurately recorded, so it is in no way an "easy course". However, it is certain that students who participate seriously in the class will acquire life-long skills which are useful in actual society.

(Offered by WASEDA WEEKLY)