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.

History

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 Placement of full-time faculty member
2014-2015 Chair of CML: Professor Michael Vallance
2016-2017 Chair of CML: Professor Keiji Hirata
2018- Chair of CML: Professor Keiji Hirata

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

  Department of    
Chair of CML Center for Meta Learning Professor Atsuko Tominaga
CML Members Center for Meta Learning Professor Edson T. Miyamoto
  Center for Meta Learning Professor Damian J. Rivers
  Center for Meta Learning Associate Professor Adam Smith
  Center for Meta Learning Associate Professor Michiko Nakamura
  Center for Meta Learning Associate Professor Yoshihito Tsuji
  Media Architecture Professor Toshio Kawashima
  Media Architecture Professor Yoh Shiraishi
  Media Architecture Professor Michael Vallance
  Media Architecture Associate Professor Andrew Johnson
  Media Architecture Associate Professor Dominic Bagenda
  Media Architecture Associate Professor Peter Ruthven-Stuart
  Media Architecture Associate Professor Kei Ito
  Media Architecture Associate Professor Masaaki Shirase
  Complex Information Science Associate Professor Yuich Katori
    Coordinator Noriko Watanabe