INIAD educational systems
―Traditional lecture hall classrooms
- Traditional Japanese universities, particularly private and liberal arts universities, primarily used a "lecture" format where the teacher would unilaterally impart knowledge to the students.
- For such lecture style, lecture halls were an efficient way to accommodate larger numbers of students.
- However, with the teacher merely imparting knowledge in a one-sided manner and the students only receiving it, there was no "networking" between them.
―Education for a new era which combines network and campus-based learning
- INIAD specifically stresses the importance of "gathering in the same place" because of the network era.
- The knowledge is received through "MOOCs", an online educational system.
- Students can watch the lectures through a browser at any time, from anywhere, and as many times as they wish until they understand the material, and they can check their level of comprehension through exercises.
- In contrast, activities which cannot be performed over the network are conducted on campus.
- In concrete terms, the students engage in discussion-based classes focusing on debates with the teachers and other students as well as hands-on practice to promote the assimilation and mastery of the knowledge acquired through the online educational system.
―Use of many small classrooms
- Discussion-based classes do not work with large numbers of students. So the INIAD classrooms consist of many small classrooms.
- There are also many small team rooms, which can be used for various purposes such as a hub for team projects which start from Junior year or as offices for companies founded on campus.
- Even as the Net becomes mainstream, face-to-face communication is still important.
- The Media Center located in a public area on the first floor of INIAD is a space which focuses on facilitating face-to-face communication by providing media functions that cannot be implemented over the Net.
- For example, there is a meeting space where a small number of students can gather to communicate while viewing the same large screen.
- The meeting spaces have various types of interiors, which changes the mood of the students and stimulates creative thinking.
- A good balance of distance from other teams produces serendipity (pleasant surprises) and multiplies ideas.
- There is also a small-scale theater space to hold small seminars and discussions.
- Conversely, there are many personal spaces with a moderate sense of freedom which allow students to be alone while simultaneously sensing the presence of other people around them.
- When students get tired of the creative process, there is a cafe space nearby. Students can refresh themselves with delicious drink and desserts.
- The space adjacent to the Media Center is a public area designed for students and other people to gather and meet.
- The space is equipped with exhibition furniture such as stands and large screen projectors to support panel, full-scale real demonstrations, and projector exhibitions.
- It can be used for exhibitions for on-campus lectures, student projects, product announcements for campus startups as well as various events such as university festivals.
Architectural equipment, interior, producing overall architecture
Professor of the Graduate School, the University of Tokyo. Head of the Committee to Promote the Establishment of the Faculty of Information Networking for Innovation and Design. The advocate and leader of the "TRON" project to build and disseminate the computer architecture for creating the IoT society.
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