At Teikyo University, a private university in the Itabashi ward of Tokyo, Japan with four main campuses and enrollment of about 24,000 students, faculty used to teach classes the traditional way – a professor in front of the class lecturing while students take notes.
“But we found some problems with this approach. Some students tend to become passive. And some active students get bored at lecture. So we changed this approach with the flipped classroom,” said Professor Hiroyoshi Watanabe.
The university introduced Mediasite into two campuses starting in 2012. At the Itabashi campus, which has faculties of medicine, pharmaceutical science and medical technology, 42 classrooms are equipped with fully-automated lecture capture using Mediasite. Students watch lecture videos from computer rooms on campus. Viewership of these lectures exceeds 15,000 each month, and the Mediasite presentations are stored and managed on the Mediasite EX Server.
The Utsunomiya campus, which is focused on science and engineering, economics and medical technology, has integrated Mediasite with the learning management system Blackboard for self-regulated courses, allowing students to learn at their own pace.
Flipped instruction is now a popular form of teaching and learning on campus. Faculty pre-record their lectures via Mediasite for students to watch before class, leaving class time for collaborations and in-depth discussions. Students work through their assignments and online tests in class to check their understanding, and teachers work individually with the students.
With the success of Mediasite on these two campuses, adding Mediasite to the remaining sites – Hachioji and Fukuoka – is being considered.