Are Japanese universities ready to embrace online learning? Micro-, meso- and macro-levels of analysis
Co-organised by Lingnan University School of Graduate Studies, Institute of Policy Studies, and Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership
Global Higher Education Webinar Series : COVID-19 and Global Higher Education
14:00 - 15:30
Although many believe that Japan has a high level of online learning and digital literacy skills, studies show that Japanese universities have not embraced e-transformation as readily or comprehensively as their overseas counterparts, and thus lag behind in the adoption of online learning and technology innovations. With the declaration of the state of emergency across 47 prefectures in Japan between early April and early May 2020, many Japanese universities, after a few weeks of delay, began to offer emergency online teaching. When emergency online teaching was first announced, faculty members who were generally not familiar with online technology use in teaching were in a complete panic and spent a great deal of time in getting trained and preparing lectures. This presentation will examine Japanese universities’ responses to Covid-19 and discuss prospects of online education in Japanese higher education based on the analysis of faculty readiness, institutional infrastructure and national policy.
Jung, I. (2020, November). Are Japanese universities ready to embrace online learning? Micro-, meso- and macro-levels of analysis [Video podcast]. Presented at Global Higher Education Webinar Series: COVID-19 and Global Higher Education. Retrieved from https://commons.ln.edu.hk/videos/850/