Lectures (University-Wide Education and Joint Education with Graduate Schools)
QREC Lectures (on 30 subjects: 15 in the first semester, 14 in the second semester,of which 19 are continuing and 10 are new. 1 subjects don’t commence in 2016.)
Any student at Kyushu University is welcome to take any of the courses in this curriculum as their minor. As shown in the above chart, the QREC curriculum is designed so that students can learn entrepreneurial skills by taking a step-by-step approach, from “Basics” to “Practice.” First of all, it is important for students to become aware of the problems surrounding each of them as well as their own interests respectively. The next steps are for them to solve their problems, to enhance their creativity to generate ideas (“Idea Generation”), to get to know the target market to formulate strategies (“Marketing/Strategy”), to raise funds (”Finance”), and then to recruit and get together with peers to utilize group dynamics to expand their activities as an organization (“Organization/Group Dynamics”). QREC offers various courses so that students can acquire the knowledge and skills (“Knowledge/Tools”) necessary to achieve their goals, to integrate them (“Integration”), and then to put their ideas into practice.
At QREC, under the concept of “making the students” ideas take shape, we foster active learners who will be able to make an impact inside and outside Japan, and promote the challenge of creating innovative businesses.
There are several steps allowing them to learn through action-based experiences, with each stage providing challenging opportunities.
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Taking Education into the Digital Age
[Remote Learning Implemented] (7 subjects offered in 2016)
Kyushu University offers a campus-wide study support system for the convenience of the students and to assure that they opportunities to take classes. Using this system, QREC has instituted one additional lecture course on video that is broadcast simultaneously to the four campuses in Ito, Ohashi, Chikushi, and Hospital, making a total of seven subjects that are implemented in distance education.
[Expansion of use of the e-Learning system, Kyushu University］
The Web network that Kyushu University introduced in the autumn of 2011 was used for early adoption of Blackboard learning assistance system, and QREC supports it for all courses.
Student attendance cards, questionnaires, and syllabuses and lecture materials for each lecture are being shared among faculty members and the students taking the courses.
[Enhancement of the QREC Website］
The menu format was changed to make it easier to deliver information necessary for students.
New Educational Methodologies
The majority of QREC courses do not follow the format of one-way reception of the instructor’s lectures, but rather incorporate lectures in a participatory format (workshop style) that involves two-way dialogue with instructors, group discussion, and
opportunities for students to give presentations. Class sessions are all 180 minutes long, taking two consecutive periods, and they are organized to get students accustomed to thinking and acting for themselves.
[Lectures by Businesspersons]
QREC offers many lectures by business people who are active in the real world (as well as entrepreneurs, people who are active on the industry-government-university front). In addition to classroom lectures, these invited speakers talk to students from their experience as business people or otherwise give lectures rooted in reality. This is done to advance student understanding. In addition to the Entrepreneurship Semminar, Global Seminar and so on, in 2014 academic year, QREC invited more than 60 guest lecturers to Kyushu University for workshops and other special events.
Many of the class sessions in Entrepreneurship Management I and II, which are positioned as basic courses, as well as workshop sessions, make use of cases so that students can learn real information and study realistic models. Some of the cases are presented in the English language.
[Project-Based Learning (PBL)]
QREC is increasing the number of courses that use the PBL approach for learning by doing in small groups. This method is used in lectures that are placed on the practice-oriented side of the QREC curriculum as well as in a variety of educational projects so that students will not simply receive lecture contents as knowledge, but will learn about how ideas and technologies take on actual form as specific values in the real world. （Applicable courses in the 2014 academic year. Social Entrepreneurship, Global PBL Program, Design Innovation PBL Program collaborated with Industry, Strategic Design Thinking, Design Thinking.）
【Educational Evaluation Questionnaires for Students】
QREC takes part in the questionnaires on university-wide education implemented by the University’s Educational Affairs Department. In order to improve the quality of QREC lectures by means of the PDCA cycle, the Center also implements educational evaluation questionnaires for students from its own unique perspective in all QREC courses.
【Assessment Meeting Held for Educational Evaluation by Students】
In order to obtain the opinions and evaluations of students that cannot be covered by questionnaires alone, student assessment meetings have been expanded to two annually.
【Start on Development of Educational Assessment and Analysis System】
Work has begun on development of a system to analyze correlations between questionnaire contents collected from students enrolled in QREC courses, their grades, and their affiliated departments. The system will also check on requirements for issuance of certificates, etc., to increase administrative efficiency. Development is scheduled to end and use of the system to begin in the first half of the 2014 academic year.