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Wednesday, April 25 • 10:45 - 11:10
OER translation project as a semi-formal educational program in High school in Japan

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In Japan OpenCourseWare has been distributed since its launching in 2005 as simultaneous project of six major universities. In 2006 JOCW was established as one of first regional OCW organization and it grew up as a nation-wide consortium with twenty-two universities as its peak time. Nowadays it shrank to sixteen universities but member universities still continue to open up their lecture contents. Most of those contents have been provided in Japanese but those seem to be not enough for self-learning materials in terms of richness. On other hand huge amount of OER contents are provided from various universities all over the world. Most of them are distributed in mostly in English. For ordinal Japanese learners it is very difficult to learn subjects in English. In case of MIT OCW, many courses have been distributed in various languages after translation under support of translation affiliate organizations. In Japan we established the non-profit organization, named Asuka Academy in order to distribute world quality OER after translation to Japanese by volunteer translators in 2014. So far we have distributed fifty-four translated courses including several whole size OCW courses from MIT, UCI and TU Delft and various small chunk of educational materials from Open University of UK, MIT K12 content and AFP world academic archives.
Recently some organization have provided organizational translation support. In case of high school project Hiroo Gakuen, who is private junior and senior highschool in Tokyo launched translation project as a semi formal educational program in the school. This joint activity won the award from the minister of education, culture, science and sports in Japan as a part of e-Learning Award 2017.


Yoshimi Fukuhara

Asuka Academy

Toru Kishida

Vice President, Asuka Academy

Wednesday April 25, 2018 10:45 - 11:10 CEST
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