NITOGURI Shin Tokyo Gakugei University, I.S.U., Associate Professor, 留学生センター, 助教授 (70208255)
KADOKURA Masami Yokohama National University, Intl.Student Center, Professor, 留学生センター, 教授 (80127753)
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¥7,200,000 (Direct Cost : ¥7,200,000)
Fiscal Year 2000 : ¥3,000,000 (Direct Cost : ¥3,000,000)
Fiscal Year 1999 : ¥1,300,000 (Direct Cost : ¥1,300,000)
Fiscal Year 1998 : ¥2,900,000 (Direct Cost : ¥2,900,000)
In order to effectively promote short-term international study exchange, the aim of our research was to build a system for potential short-term exchange students to study information about Japanese society, before embarking on their exchange program, using multimedia learning materials. Central to this purpose, the educational CD-ROM,'Contemporary Japanese Society' has been developed.
In 1998 we presented a trial version, with themes such as 'The Rubbish Problem', 'Housing Problems' and 'A Cashless Society', at various universities in Oceania and obtained the views of teachers and students in those universities.
Based on this feedback from off-shore, and trials at educational institutions in Japan, in 1999 we made a CD-ROM with the themes 'The Changing Status of Women', 'The Education System', 'Lifelong Study and Volunteer Work', 'Japan : Earthquake Country' and in 2000 'Mobile Phones', and 'Viewing Japanese Society Through Things : Vending Machines ; Bento Lunch Boxes ; 100 Yen Shops ; Anti-Bacterial Products ; Cartoon Character Merchandise' were the themes used.
In 1998 and 1999, due to the limitations of the multimedia production software (Intelligent Pad), special software was required to view the CD-ROM, making it to some extent inconvenient. Therefore, in 2000 the format was changed to HTML, making operation of the materials easier.
Using the HTML format, these versions of 'Contemporary Japanese Society' can be placed on a website and be used as a multimedia databank by Japanese students and teachers around the world. At the same time we will be able to obtain feedback as to how to further improve the materials.