Center for Meta-Learning

The Center for Meta-Learning (aka CML) promotes, supports and informs the education environment at FUN, encouraging learning of students, staff and community by nurturing an awareness of personal transformative experiences. The Center for Meta-learning is a collection of integrated educational research projects and pragmatic activities at FUN coordinated by knowledgeable practitioners.
To encourage our students in becoming more independent as learners, the Center for Meta-Learning is promoting the adoption of meta-learning: meta-learning is an autonomous process of objective thinking about one’s own performance, applying learning strategies to maximize opportunities to learn, and developing an awareness of one’s transformation. Meta-learning motivates people to consider: What I learn; How I learn; Why I learn.

2007             Establishment of the Preparatory Committee for organizing CML
2008             Establishment of CML (Chair of CML: Professor Noyuri Mima)
2011             Placement of full-time faculty member
2012 – 2013 Chair of CML: Professor Yasuhiro Katagiri
2014 – 2015 Chair of CML: Professor Michael Vallance
2016 – 2017 Chair of CML: Professor Keiji Hirata
2018 –           Chair of CML: Professor Atsuko Tominaga

AY2016-2017 CML Activity Report

AY2017-2018 CML Activity Report

AY2018-2019 CML Activity Report

Core Activities

◆Foundation for Meta-Learning◆

● Peer tutoring center Meta-Learning Lab
Meta-Learning Lab provides peer-tutoring or one-to-one individualized study guidance between tutor (consultant) and tutee (consultor). The purpose of peer-tutoring is to encourage tutees to become an autonomous learner by improving their self-study habits so that they could choose appropriate learning methods.

● Virtual English Program (VEP)
The Virtual English Program is an online content-based course aimed at improving the English language proficiency of first and second year students. In particular, it has been designed to improve students’ reading and listening skills, and enhance their lexical knowledge. Students will have to tackle various online language tasks on a regular basis in order to pass each VEP course.

● Orientation program for new students
The program is held on the last day of the new student orientation. The students learn necessary process for their “course selection”, which is mandatory for them to choose the best-fit course by the end of the year. The program helps students to start their university life with a sense of direction based on their own will.

◆Preparatory Education◆

●Pre-enrolment English and Math Courses for AO and Recommended students
The program is for the prospective students with recommendation or who successfully passed AO examination to help them keep up with university education. The program consists of instruction by correspondence and online course.

◆Supplementary Education◆

● Connections Café
Connections Café is an open space, which provides students opportunities to practice English conversation and learn about different culture.

● Supplementary Lecture for Math
The University provides a remedial class in Math III, Math II, and Math B for the 1st year students as an aid to learn Analysis I and II, which are their requirements.

◆Assessment of Learning◆

● Assessment of students’ English (TOEIC Bridge)
TOEIC Bridge is administered twice a year; once in July for all first year students and once in January for all second year students. The results of the test are used as a measure of the students’ English skills.

Improvement skills of the faculty and staff members as professionals ◆

● Professional Development
Efforts to enhance knowledge and competence among the faculty and staff members of the University regarding educational guidance

● Promote research for improvement of education method
Active allocation of on-campus research expenses for the study on the improvement of education method including active learning, flipped classroom, and fostering of teaching assistants


Staff Members 2017-2018

Chair of CML
Department of
Center for Meta Learning


Atsuko Tominaga
CML MembersCenter for Meta LearningProfessorEdson T. Miyamoto
 Center for Meta LearningProfessorDamian J. Rivers
 Center for Meta LearningAssociate ProfessorAdam Smith
 Center for Meta LearningAssociate ProfessorMichiko Nakamura
 Center for Meta LearningAssociate ProfessorYoshihito Tsuji
 Media ArchitectureProfessorToshio Kawashima
 Media ArchitectureProfessorYoh Shiraishi
 Media ArchitectureProfessorMichael Vallance
 Media ArchitectureAssociate ProfessorAndrew Johnson
 Media ArchitectureAssociate ProfessorDominic Bagenda
 Media ArchitectureAssociate ProfessorPeter Ruthven-Stuart
 Media ArchitectureAssociate ProfessorKei Ito
 Media ArchitectureAssociate ProfessorMasaaki Shirase

Complex Information Science

Associate Professor

Yuich Katori


Noriko Watanabe