About JMOOC

MOO-chan

Hi-moo! I’m Moo-chan, and I’m a baby star.
When I grow up, I want to become a big sun like my Daddy and be useful to society.
So I’ve decided to use JMOOC to help me learn!

Professor Fujiyama

Hello, my name is Fujiyama.
You may know me as Mt. Fuji, but now I’m a professor.
Why don’t you come and learn with me? I hope we can be friends.

About JMOOC

MOO-chan

Moo-moo, first of all what is a JMOOC?

Professor Fujiyama

JMOOC is pronounced “jay-mook.” It is a term used for Japan’s MOOC (or MOOCs).

JMOOC Japan Massive Open Online Courses

In 2012 America launched a number of MOOCs, or free and publicly accessible online courses where one can receive a certificate of completion if he or she satisfies the course requirements. It’s an educational service that is rapidly spreading across the globe, and it has the potential to radicalize how higher education is administered.

Moo-chan

Moo, but the MOOCs in America are all taught in English. That makes it pretty hard.

Professor Fujiyama

There are a lot of people in Japan and in other non-English speaking countries who share your concern—so much so that French, Spanish, and Chinese-speaking countries have set up their own MOOC services that serve their own language and cultural spheres.
The Japan Open Online Education Promotion Council (or the JMOOC for short) is an organization that was formed in 2013 with the cooperation of Japanese universities and businesses that aims to spread and magnify Japanese MOOCs throughout the country.
It offered its first three courses in April of 2014, and it plans to offer even more courses in the future.

About JMOOC’s Official Platforms (gacco, OpenLearning, Japan and OUJ MOOC)

gaccoOpenLearning,JapanOUJ MOOC

Professor Fujiyama

gacco, OpenLearningJapan, and OUJ MOOC are JMOOC’s official platforms.
gacco is offered by NTT Docomo and NTT Knowledge Square, OpenLearningJapan is offered by NetLearning, and OUJ MOOC is offerend by the Open University of Japan.
JMOOC will be the internet portal that utilizes these multiple platforms.

Moo-chan

Hmm, moo, so even I can take the courses? But, moo, I don’t have any money…

Professor Fujiyama

Whether you are a student, a homemaker, or a senior citizen, if you have the right motivation and take the courses in the right environment, all of these courses are free.
However, depending on the course, there may be cases where flipped learning is involved and where certain fees may be applied.

Course Formats

Professor Fujiyama

Let’s take a look at an actual course format.

an actual course format

Each week will be equal to a standard class credit. You will be required to watch 5-10 course lectures each week. Each lecture is shown in a video lasting about 10 minutes, and upon completing each video you will be required to take a quiz to test your knowledge. There will be 5-10 such sets each week you take the course. Upon completing a week’s worth of learning, you will get that week’s assignment, which you will have to turn in before the submission deadline. That is what a week’s worth of coursework involves.
If you are taking a month-long course, it will last four weeks, and you will complete that course by turning in the cumulative and comprehensive assignment at the end! When the weeks’ and cumulative assignments are scored and you have fulfilled the requirements, you will get a certificate of completion.
You can study wherever you like, and if you have any questions or discussions you would like to raise relating to your study, you can always use the online message board.

Professor Fujiyama

If you wish to have discussions with other students, you can set up meet-ups on the message board and call other students to join, or you can join meet-ups that other students have set up.
You can exchange comments and opinions with other students related to things you don’t understand in the course and deepen your knowledge about the course material. This way you and the other students can teach each other.

Moo-chan

Moo-hoo! I can take classes wherever and whenever I want! It looks like I’ll have fun discussing course subjects with everyone!

Professor Fujiyama

With some courses, you will be able to engage in face-to-face flip learning with the professor giving the lectures in the videos.

What is face-to-face learning?

It is a blend of online classes and face-to-face learning.

With face-to-face learning, first you watch the videos and turn in assignments in your online course and build up your basic knowledge.
Later you attend a face-to-face classroom where the professor will provide more detailed information and where you can engage in classroom discussions with other students in order to deepen and apply your knowledge of the subject in question.

Face-to-face Learning

Flipped Learning

From Choosing a Course to Getting Your Certificate of Completion

Professor Fujiyama

Let’s see what type of learning you’ll receive with JMOOC.

the start of the course

We will begin accepting registrations a few months prior to the start of the course. Look through our list of classes offered to see which one you would like to take. Once the course starts, you watch the lecture videos and turn in the weekly assignments. If you earned enough total points to pass the course, you will then be issued a certificate of completion (current plan: via an electronic file format).

Moo-chan

Moo, moo, moo. It looks kind of hard, but if I have the right motivation I know I can do it! I’ll give it my all!

JMOOC’s Vision for the Future

Expansion of Courses

In order to serve the various educational needs of numerous learners, it will be necessary to offer equally numerous and various courses. In order for that to happen, we are looking for the participation of numerous universities, regardless of whether they are national, public, or private universities, and have each of them offer the best courses they have available. Later, we plan to have corporations offer hands-on learning curricula and practical science courses. We are working hard to bring you various and multifaceted courses right at your fingertips, so expect great things.

Strengthening Our Cooperation With Businesses

We are pushing forward with this project with the hopes that businesses use individual track records achieved on JMOOC as part of their HR evaluations when considering new hires or appointments. Beginning with ASEAN countries in particular, overseas businesses and corporations that are developing manufacturing bases are already starting to utilize MOOCs when it comes to training local employees and hiring them.

International Cooperation

Beginning in the year 2013, regions all around the world are offering MOOCs rooted in their own languages and cultures within their linguistic and cultural spheres. Not only are we coordinating and dialoging with businesspeople in offering improved and more globally-based MOOCs, we at JMOOC are also planning to take our project across the globe.

Translated by Conyac