Explanation and Concept Visualization of PBL

Explanation and Concept Visualization of PBL

PBL (Project-based Learning) is incorporated in the Maple Program MDR course (Directed Research and Reading). Here students take a closer look at city they live in: the city of Minoh. The goal of these learning activities is to gain a broad understanding of the city’s nature, history, culture and society and thereby discover what is “typical of Minoh”. Students discuss their discoveries in group and present their findings in an adequate way. In the Maple Program, international students work together in group in search of what is “typical of Minoh” and present their findings by way of a presentation.

As visualized below, the PBL activities are based on several connections. First of all, the connection between the past and the future, and Japan and foreign countries. The connection between the past and the future is visible in the accumulation of learning efforts; building on the findings of previous students, the current and future students continue the search for what is “typical of Minoh”. The connection between Japan and foreign countries lies in the comparisons students make between Japan and their home country or region, looking at Japan from the viewpoint of a foreign student.

Furthermore, there is also the connection between our center (CJLC) and Osaka University's Center for the Study of Co* Design, and between the university and the region and companies. The activities are made possible thanks to the cooperation of Minoh volunteer tourist guides, the Minoh Park Management Office, and the professors at Osaka University's Center for the Study of Co* Design. They give advice to students to help them with the preparation of their presentations. Several companies attend the presentation session, and make the presentation more meaningful by giving comments and asking questions at the end. In this way, our students attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the regional society, and their learning activities receive warm support.

The aim of the PBL activities is for students to learn more about Minoh’s nature, history, culture and society, based on the different connections, and to share what they discover as being “typical of Minoh”. We look forward to seeing how rich our students’ ideas are and how they collaborate with others during these learning activities.