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August 2009 - September 2010
SIT Graduate Institute
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In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic created disruption in many of the institutions we regularly rely on, including universities. While disruption may often bring with it a myriad of possible pitfalls, it affords potential opportunities for change and development by reflecting on and modifying practices. In this article, a group of learning advisors and...
Advising in language learning (ALL) or learning advising is a field that promotes the fostering of learner autonomy of students. Learner autonomy is defined in a number of ways, two definitions that are used commonly in the field are, “a capacity––for detachment, critical reflection, decision-making, and independent action” (Little, 1991, p. 4) and...
In this short article, we propose that education could benefit greatly if students and teachers were tuned into the biopsychosocial parts of our holistic well-being, which is considered to be autonomy supportive, as a prerequisite of learning. Thus far, education has largely operated on a bias toward cognitive processes as the sole meaningful contr...
Advisors acknowledge that their words are powerful. On the one hand, they potentially influence a learner’s action if he or she is not confident enough to make his or her own decision. Thus, the degree of directiveness is a concern that they pay attention to in advising dialogues. On the other hand, advisors often encounter the situation where they...
Learning is a life-long activity which neither begins nor ends with a learner’s time in formal educational environments. Many learners, however, have difficulty efficiently managing their own learning processes, and this includes knowledgably selecting effective learning materials, particularly in skill-focused areas such as within language learnin...
In the 2017-2018 academic year, the Self-Access Learning Center, Kanda University of International Studies moved into a new purpose-built building. This new building has afforded many opportunities to rethink the place of resources in the center, as well as what constitutes resources and how we can facilitate their use. The move has also presented...
This paper is a prospectus, reflecting on an elective course at Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS) and the opportunities it affords for both students and the institution. The course is centered on both language learner development and learner development at large, using massive open online courses (MOOCs) as an opportunity for experie...
Self-access learning environments traditionally received only rudimentary treatment and attention compared to classrooms as many educators presumed that it was a teacher and the instructional models, methods, and approaches that were the greatest mediators in learning. In recent decades, self-access centers and subsequently other self-access learni...
Testing is a vital part of the learning process that teachers and curriculum designers can use to motivate students to study, help them monitor their progress, and guide their pre- and posttest learning activities. Successfully implemented testing should therefore have a positive washback effect on students’ learning activities in these areas. To g...
Many good video games embody a myriad of good teaching and learning principles which can and should be wholeheartedly applied in classroom settings. Special attention should be paid to the connection between learning and identity, and how we can facilitate the development of good learners in particular.
Students often value the feedback and opinions of their peers more than learning advisers when it comes to the selection of valuable learning materials for students self-development. This project aims at creating an app that can create a two-way link between students, enabling at-a-glance understanding of what others think of materials, and the ability to leave feedback, with minimal barriers to entry.
As we at my current institution prepare to move into a new building, we have the chance to understand more about how individual users and communities use the current SALC (Self-Access Learning Centre), including features that they find to be either help or hindrance. This information can inform how we choose to develop the new SALC from around the time of its inception while it is still a “blank slate” of sorts. Further, the information we gather may serve as a sort of baseline by which we can evaluate whether some of our actions and interventions have had the desired effect. In these ways, the study can also aid both the initial and long-term development of our new SALC so as to make it as effective a space as possible for learning and development of individuals and groups.