Transitioning From Classroom-based to Remote Teaching for Adult Learners in Japan

Conference: The Asian Conference on Education (ACE2021)
Title: Transitioning From Classroom-based to Remote Teaching for Adult Learners in Japan
Stream: Adult, Lifelong & Distance Learning
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Justin Sanders, Temple University, Japan Campus, Japan


This presentation explores the lessons learned through the transition to remote teaching at one of Japan’s largest international programs for adult learners. Early 2020 forced educational institutions around the world to quickly implement Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT) and adopt various forms of online education. Though the long-term impact remains to be seen, millions of students have quickly transitioned to unfamiliar learning platforms. However, relatively less attention has been paid to how this has affected adult learners in professional and continuing education programs. This presentation chronicles one program’s journey through the rapid training of instructors in online instructional design, implementation of a new learning management system, and addressing a very wide array of student needs. Japan has some of the lowest levels of technology and internet literacy among all OECD countries, and there were significant challenges in preparing adults to access online learning. The session will go on to compare student demographic and feedback data from those taking online and in-person courses. By better understanding who can access online education, and what their needs and preferences are, we can better tailor the online experience as well as work towards breaking down barriers to access among groups that are not able to easily transition to remote learning.

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