1. Learning Management System
The Learning Management System (LMS) stimulates educational activity and supports the following:
- Class outline creation/management
- Handout publication
- Assignment/test publication
- Communication between teachers and students outside classes
The Office also assists students and teachers via the LMS support desk and user orientation sessions, provides connection for the remote lecture system/automatic lecture recording system and the LMS, and supports the production of videos and other educational materials.
2. Remote lecture system/automatic lecture recording system
The remote lecture system and automatic lecture recording system promote collaboration with other universities domestically and internationally, and support the implementation of advanced educational methods (e.g., active learning). The systems are provided in several classrooms, and remote lectures/lecture recording can be started in line with a pre-arranged schedule. Remote lectures can also be recorded in classrooms with both systems, and the resulting video can be distributed automatically to students via the LMS.
3. Open Course Ware (TSUKUBA OCW)
The Office operates Open Course Ware (OCW) programs to provide information on the University of Tsukuba’s educational and research activities to people outside the university. System operation is focused on increased output of video-based educational materials.
4. Media services
Support for the editing, conversion, presentation and distribution of educational and research content in various formats is provided to accommodate today’s rich variety of multi-media content. Multi-media devices (e.g., recording cameras and editing devices) are also managed and operated. The university has built up a significant digital archive of valuable video recorded since its establishment.
Educational Cloud Infrastructure
Advanced e-learning activities (e.g., those conducted using the Zenkoku Ganpro e-learning cloud) are promoted at the University of Tsukuba. Infrastructure improvement is conducted on an ongoing basis to support the integration of various e-learning systems in a cloud infrastructure. Accordingly, management streamlining and enhanced collaboration among organizations are promoted. Efforts are also made to improve learning efficiency by strengthening recording/distribution functions and increasing output of video-based educational materials.