To enhance academic learning
The NITOBE Portfolio (hereinafter: “the Portfolio”) is a record of a student’s whole process of learning. It consists of self-evaluation by the student, evaluation by teaching staff, and evidence for the evaluations (including the results of the placement test).
- Record of learning in the courses offered by the Nitobe Program for Graduate Students (assignments, reports, evaluation of the assignments and reports, answers in examinations and their evaluation, and other) [Course Portfolio]
- Record of learning in the course at the graduate school to which the student belongs (assignments, reports, evaluation of assignments and reports, answers in examinations and their evaluation, and other)
- Record of research (what papers the student has read, the process of experiments and/or studies, study outcomes, and other)*
- Record of research achievements (presentations at academic conferences, papers submitted, degree thesis (including the process of writing it))
- Record of extracurricular activities
*The graduate school to which the student belongs can add items for research works.
Since the Portfolio visualizes the learning process for students, it can be utilized as a tool for self-evaluation and self-improvement. The Portfolio allows the student’s supervisor in the graduate school to which the student belongs to advise in a more appropriate manner by allowing the supervisor to understand the student’s learning in the course, how the student understood the advice of the supervisor, and the progress of research. The Portfolio will be utilized as basic information for the advisor of the Nitobe Program for Graduate Students in offering counseling on the student’s learning (especially the extent to which the student has acquired the “3+1” Competencies).
Advisors of the Nitobe Program for Graduate Students will offer counseling on the student’s learning (especially the degree to which the student has acquired the “3+1” Competencies) by using the Portfolio. The advisors will also provide the student with appropriate advice so that the student can look objectively at the development of his/her skills by filling in the NITOBE Portfolio form. Students in the Nitobe Program for Graduate Students will receive counseling basically from the same advisor from admission to a graduate school to completion of graduate studies.
The mentor system will allow the students in the Nitobe Program for Graduate Students to interact with people who play active roles in society after the completion of the Program. The system will provide the students with the opportunities described below.
- to think concretely about one’s career path after the completion of graduate studies
- to learn diversity and about the breadth of society, and to broaden one’s mind
- to gain, upon completing the Program, not only a small closed network of alumni but also to gain “a strong global network of specialists with advanced expertise” which crosses the boundaries of age, gender, nationality, area of expertise, occupation and work location
“Interaction with mentors” will be held twice a year. Each mentor will give a lecture on social experiences after completing graduate school studies. In cooperation with students in the Program, mentors will discuss examples of how “3+1” Competencies are useful in society. Mentors will participate in case studies and/or group work. They will communicate social experiences to students through direct dialog. With these activities, the event will help students to foster an awareness of their future careers, to broaden their perspectives and to form a human network. In principle, mentors will be people who have completed the Program. For the time being, however, people who have completed our graduate school programs at Hokkaido University assume the role of mentors.