Outline of the Education Improvement Promotion Office
Toyota National College of Technology has established the Educational Improvement Promotion Office to promote educational improvement and improve the qualifications of teachers (FD: Faculty Development). The Education Improvement Promotion Office is an organization under the direct control of the principal, and consists of one director (faculty member), two general department faculty members, five specialized department faculty members (one in each department), and one full-time administrative staff.
Main tasks of educational support
The Education Improvement Promotion Office
- Planning and drafting of educational improvement plans
- Measures to implement the Educational Improvement Plan
- Evaluation and restructuring of educational improvement plans
- Improvement of faculty qualifications
- Retention of grading materials, etc. related to receiving accreditation and examinations through external organizational evaluations, etc. collected by each department, etc.
My job is to show improvement items to faculty members and propose improvement measures to various committees at Toyota National College of Technology.
Implementation status of educational improvement work
1. Improvement of the qualifications of teachers
- Class Evaluation Questionnaire
We have been conducting class evaluation questionnaires by students for all subjects since the 12th academic year. Evaluation items include students’ level of understanding, interests, confirmation of faculty comprehension, class preparation, and enthusiasm. The evaluation results are disclosed to faculty members and students on campus.
FD Symposium and FD Seminar
FD symposiums have been held 1~2 times a year since the 17th academic year, in which our teachers provide topics related to educational improvement. Since FY20, it has been held every other year along with FD seminars. We also asked professors invited from outside to give lectures. Topics covered include:
|FY Reiwa 2||FD Symposium||Effects and challenges of BYOD implementation
|Heisei 31||FD Seminar||Utilization of Microsoft Teams for business and student guidance (Office 365 course intermediate)
|FD Small Seminar||TOYOTA Round-Talk
|Heisei 30||FD Symposium||
|Heisei 29||FD Seminar||Case reports and discussions on class management using ICT devices
-Survey system using Office 365
|Heisei 28||FD Symposium||
|FD Small Seminar||
|Heisei 27||FD Small Seminar||
|Heisei 26||FD Seminar||Based on the opinions of the dialogue meeting with students
|Heisei 25||FD Symposium||
|Heisei 24||FD Seminar||
|Heisei 23||FD Symposium||
|Heisei 22||FD Seminar||
|Heisei 21||FD Symposium||
|Heisei 20||FD Seminar||
|Heisei 19||FD Symposium||
|Heisei 18||FD Symposium||
|Heisei 17||FD Symposium||
- Open Week
Since the 18th academic year, we have been holding a class open week in either spring or autumn, where teachers visit each other’s classes. During this period, all classes (except when there are safety issues) are open to the public. Although it is not sponsored by the Education Improvement Promotion Office, a class visit week for parents is also held during the autumn school festival. And in FY24, the public period was set to 2 weeks, and from FY25, it was set to a total of 4 weeks of 2 weeks for both spring and autumn.
- Teaching method support tool for young teachers
We are developing a teaching method support tool for young teachers with little teaching experience. It has been operated on a trial basis since FY20.
2. Inspection and evaluation of education
- Checking the contents of the syllabus
We check course outlines, grading methods, class content, and achievement targets, and request corrections if necessary.
- Questionnaire for graduates and corporate universities
In order to have our school’s education evaluated externally, we have been asking for a questionnaire every year to graduates who have been five years after graduation since the 12th academic year, and we ask for a questionnaire to companies that have been conducted since the same year and a questionnaire to universities conducted from the 22nd academic year every three years.
3. Collection and storage of educational materials
We keep copies of books, class records, test answers, and assignments for use as evidence materials for third-party evaluations by JABEE (Institute for Japan Engineer Accreditation) and accreditation agencies, as well as materials for improving teachers’ classes.
4. Proposals for improving education
- Introduction of external evaluation (introduction of TOEIC)
- Introduction of extensive English reading classes
- Learning guidance that does not allow you to get an F rating