How university teachers design their courses: Analysis of a basic survey targeting university teachers

Fumiko Konno, Takashi Mitsuishi

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Abstract

This paper reports findings from a study that is investigating university teachers' approaches to designing courses. In order to develop and offer effective and practical ICT tools or training programs for Professional Development (Faculty Development), it is important to know about the actual approaches and factors that influence how university teachers design courses. To clarify the above points, the authors conducted a university-wide survey in 2012 targeting faculty members at Tohoku University. Results show that the approaches that teachers take vary between disciplines. Humanities and Social Science teachers tend to be freer to make decisions on setting course content, and there is less influence from departmental decision-making or the course contents of other teachers. In comparison, in Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacology, teachers' approaches are more affected by organizational decision-making and collaborative communication with their colleagues. This is useful information for understanding university teachers' actual approaches and the development of practical support systems or programs for these teachers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference, R10-HTC 2013
Pages292-297
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec 1
Event2013 IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference, R10-HTC 2013 - Sendai, Japan
Duration: 2013 Aug 262013 Aug 29

Publication series

Name2013 IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference, R10-HTC 2013

Other

Other2013 IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference, R10-HTC 2013
CountryJapan
CitySendai
Period13/8/2613/8/29

Keywords

  • course design
  • faculty development
  • instructional design
  • professional development
  • syllabus design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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    Konno, F., & Mitsuishi, T. (2013). How university teachers design their courses: Analysis of a basic survey targeting university teachers. In 2013 IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference, R10-HTC 2013 (pp. 292-297). [6669058] (2013 IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference, R10-HTC 2013). https://doi.org/10.1109/R10-HTC.2013.6669058