Session 8 のご報告 (Report)

Session 8「超短期留学による留学者数拡大と効果検証の取り組み」
Outcome Verification of a Super-Short-term Overseas Program

山中 司 (立命館大学)
久保田 敬三 (JTB)

立命館大学にて実施している超短期留学プログラム「Global Fieldwork Project」は、学生が申し込みやすい“安近短”をコンセプトとしたアジアで現地の学生バディとフィールドワークを行う1週間のプログラムです。

Comments from the Instructors
Tsukasa Yamanaka (Ritsumeikan University)
Keizo Kubota (JTB Corp)

This session was attended by 89 participants over two days, which indicates the high level of interest in short-term study abroad.

The Global Fieldwork Project, a super-short-term study abroad program offered at Ritsumeikan University, is a week-long program in which students conduct fieldwork with local student buddies in Asia under the concept of "cheap, near and short term" which is easy to apply for.

Short-term programs are often seen as a way to increase the number of students studying abroad, and their effectiveness is often questioned. Over the past two years, Ritsumeikan University and JTB have been exploring, through a series of discussions and implementations, how to increase the effectiveness of the program, how to keep students motivated after studying abroad, and how to create a program that is more beneficial to students. Through these discussions and implementations, we have tried to find a way to increase the effectiveness of the program for students, and to make the students' valuable experiences more meaningful and memorable, by combining such things as "improving pre & post lectures," "verbalizing the students' experiences with workbooks and questionnaires," and "conducting objective assessment tests and providing feedback." Using a variety of materials and data, we explained that universities need to use their wisdom and ingenuity to ensure that the program does not end up a temporal event for them.

After the lecture, participants asked many questions, such as "What should we pay attention to in terms of grouping students?" and "What are the factors for selecting assessments?" In a subsequent questionnaire, some participants commented that they were able to realize that even short-term training programs can be effective by devising ways to make them effective, and that the lecture was helpful in implementing short-term programs.

We hope that the number of students using short term programs will increase with the idea that everything is for the benefit of the students. We hope that this session will help the universities across the country to develop their own short-term programs.