Frequently Asked Questions

Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)

What does the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) do?

As its name suggests, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) supports learning and teaching. To support learning, CTL offers academic planning support (support related to choosing courses and majors), writing support, and other support related to learning. To support teaching, CTL is involved in faculty development and, among other things, provides assistance for utilizing ICT in the classroom. CTL is also responsible for analyzing and utilizing results from the Teaching Effectiveness Survey, Exit Survey for Graduating Students, Student Engagement Survey, etc., to improve the learning environment and the education that ICU offers.

I have a question about PCs, Wi-Fi, software, etc. Can CTL help me?

Please contact the Helpdesk. (CTL is unable to respond to inquiries about PCs, Wi-Fi, software, etc.) 

Academic Planning Support

What should I do if I wish to speak with ICU Brothers and Sisters (IBS)?

To speak with IBS, come to Othmer Library 1F at any time between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on weekdays. You can also make an appointment to see IBS.

Can I make an appointment to see Academic Planning Support staff or ICU Brothers and Sisters?

Yes. Please click here for details.

Writing Support

What sort of things can the Writing Support Desk (WSD) help me with?

Please feel free to use WSD at any time when you have anything that you would like to discuss about your assignments or papers. Tutors can help you at all stages of your writing process. They can also provide help with planning your essay — you do not have to have anything written down.

What is the difference between Academic English Support (Proofreading) and the Writing Support Desk?

At the Writing Support Desk, you can discuss anything related to your assignments or papers. You do not even have to have anything written down. However, Writing Support Desk tutors do not proofread or edit.
At Academic English Support (Proofreading), you can have your senior thesis or MA thesis proofread. This service is only available for theses written in English. Through proofreading and one-to-one sessions, Academic English Support proofreaders will help you to accurately express what you would like to say.

I would like to use Academic English Support (Proofreading). How do I submit my document for proofreading?

Please go to the Academic English Support (Proofreading) website. Click on the “Apply from here” button to upload your document. Academic English Support (Proofreading) is primarily a proofreading service for senior theses; therefore, it is only offered from November to the end of January (for those graduating in March) and from April to the end of May (for those graduating in June).

What is the difference between “proofreading that includes a session with the proofreader” and “proofreading via e-mail”?

In both “proofreading that includes a session with the proofreader” and “proofreading via e-mail,” a proofreader will proofread and add comments to a student’s document. Both services are for theses written in English.
“Proofreading that includes a session with the proofreader” additionally includes a 30-minute session with the proofreader who proofread the student’s document. In the session, the proofreader will explain the changes that were made. The proofreader will also ask questions as necessary to determine what the student was trying to say and will suggest expressions that are appropriate.
“Proofreading via e-mail” is only offered during peak periods (December and January).

What sort of things can the tutorials help me with?

The tutorials are designed to help students to improve their individual  learning environments. In the tutorial sessions, students will discuss the difficulties that they are experiencing in their studies with a tutor and will work together with a tutor to find solutions to their problems. Students using this service will attend tutorial sessions over a term. An appointment is required to use this service; please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning if you are interested. 

Special Needs Support

What should I do if I wish to receive support?

Please come to the Special Needs Support Services (SNSS) office in the first instance. SNSS staff will speak with you to find out about the difficulties that you are experiencing and will discuss with you the possible accommodations that could be provided. 

FD/Class Preparation

How do I upload the syllabus for my course?

Please log in toicuMAP and click on the syllabus edit icon of your course to enter/edit the syllabus for your course.

Where can I find the syllabus guidelines?

The syllabus guidelines can be found on the “Syllabus Guidelines ” page of the CTL website.

Where can I access past syllabi?

There is a link to “Syllabus / Course Offerings” on the “For Students” and “For Faculty & Staff” pages of ICU Portal (internal access only).

From outside ICU, syllabi may be accessed from here.

What is the FD Newsletter?

As part of our Faculty Development efforts, we publish an online FD Newsletter twice a year.

ICT Support

What can I do with Moodle?

Moodle can be used to upload course materials, contact students, create/submit assignments and quizzes, manage grades, etc.
Please see this page for details.

What should I do if I wish to learn how to use Moodle? 

Basic instructions on how to use Moodle are available on this page. If you have any other questions, please email us at ctl@icu.ac.jp or come to Othmer Library 1F (office hours: 9:00-12:00/13:00-16:00).

What should I do if I wish to use Google Classroom?

Only faculty and staff can sign up for Google Classroom. For instructions on how to sign up, please see this page

What should I do if my division/office wishes to record a seminar?

The Helpdesk loans cameras; please make a reservation through the “Reserving Equipment” page.
We also recommend the use of iPads for recording short lectures or presentations. Please see this page for details.

Can I borrow cameras or recording equipment from CTL?

CTL does not loan cameras or recording equipment. You can borrow cameras or IC recorders  from the Helpdesk; please make a reservation through the “Reserving Equipment” page.

What should I do if I wish to make a video available to the campus community?

We recommend that you upload the video to ICU-TV (internal website).
Please see this page for details. 

What should I do if I wish to make a video available to the public?

ICU has a website for making videos available to the public called ICU OpenCourseWare (http://ocw.icu.ac.jp/). Videos of classes, the Startup Program, Open Campus, etc., may be made available to the public on this website.
For other videos, please utilize websites operated by divisions/offices/research institutes, SNSs (e.g., Facebook), etc.

What should I do if I wish to make available to the pubic a video that I have taken?

This depends on how much you wish to restrict access.
For example, if you wish to share a video with a group of students/faculty/staff, share it on Google Drive. If you wish to share a video with students enrolled in your course, use Moodle.
Please see this page for details.

If I wish to record a lecture and make it publicly available, do I need to obtain permission from the speaker?

Essentially, to record lectures and make them available on the internet, you need to obtain permission from the speaker. CTL uses a consent form that looks like the one below. Please feel free to change the contents and use it for your purposes.
Please see this page for details.

What should I do if I would like CTL to film an event?

At CTL, we do not accept requests to film events.
CTL records classes, the Startup Program, Open Campus, etc., for the purpose of making them available on OCW.

Surveys

Where can I see the Teaching Effectiveness Survey (TES) results?

The statistical results of the Teaching Effectiveness Survey (TES), together with comments from the course instructor, are available for viewing on ICU’s intranet.  

What should I do if I wish to view students’ comments that were provided in the TES?

Students’ comments are available for viewing in the Center for Teaching and Learning (Othmer Library 1F). Please ask a member of staff at the Center for Teaching and Learning.

How is the TES conducted? 

Please see this page. *internal access only

Where can I see the results of the Exit Survey for Graduating Students and the Student Engagement Survey?

The results of the Exit Survey for Graduating Students are available here. The results of the Student Engagement Survey are available here. *faculty and staff only

How are the results of the Exit Survey for Graduating Students and the Student Engagement Survey utilized?

The information that we obtain through the Exit Survey for Graduating Students and the Student Engagement Survey is used as an invaluable resource for clarifying the issues that ICU needs to address and considering how the quality of the education that ICU provides and ICU’s services can be improved. In the past, the results that we obtained through these surveys have led to the timetable being revised, the Wi-Fi environment being improved, a major information website being set up, and so on.