Are Japanese universities ready to embrace online learning? Micro-, meso- and macro-levels of analysis

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Co-organised by Lingnan University School of Graduate Studies, Institute of Policy Studies, and Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership

Event Title

Global Higher Education Webinar Series : COVID-19 and Global Higher Education

Document Type

Public Seminar




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.





Additional Information

Dr. Insung Jung is a professor at the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, Japan. She has edited and authored several books with scholars from various parts of the world, including: “Distance and blended learning in Asia” (2009, Routledge), “Quality, quality assurance and accreditation in distance education and e-learning: Models, policies and research” (2011, Routledge),""Quality assurance in distance education and e-learning: Challenges and solutions from Asia"" (2012, Sage Publications), “Online learner competencies: Knowledge, skills and attitudes for successful learning in online and blended settings” (2013, Information Age Publishing),""Culture and online learning: Global perspectives and research"" (2014, Stylus), “Liberal arts education and colleges in East Asia: Possibilities and challenges in the global age” (2016, Springer) and “Open and distance education theory revisited: Implications for the digital era” (2019, Springer).

She has served as a consultant and advisor in open and distance learning/e-learning to numerous national and international institutions, including: UNESCO’s Open and Distance Learning Initiative for Higher Education Knowledge Base, World Bank’s Human Development Network, the APEC ICT Human Capacity Building and Facilitation of Human Resources Exchange, Asia Development Bank Institute, World Bank’s GDLN project in Korea, the Committees of several Korean Ministries and higher education institutions; the judging committee for NHK’s Japan Prize, and the executive board of the International Development Research Centre-sponsored Openness and Quality in DE in Asia project. Recently, she was the leader of the “Future Liberal Arts Colleges (FLAC)” project and the “Design and Implementation of a New Faculty Orientation Program for Liberal Arts Education” funded by the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia. Currently, she is serving as a leader of Global Research Network for Liberal Arts Education and a chief editor of SpringerBriefs series in “Open and Distance Education” and Springer book series in “Crossing Cultures: Liberal Learning for a World in Flux”. She is also editor, editorial board member and reviewer of numerous international and domestic journals. (Homepage: http://epiaget.com)

Prof. Insung Jung (23 Nov.).pdf (828 kB)

Recommended Citation

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/