授業報告（その２：教員からのメッセージ） / UTD-Toyo Online Joint Class #2: Message from Instructors
教員からのメッセージ（東洋大学国際学部国際地域学科 芦沢真五）/ Message from Toyo （Shingo Ashizawa)
First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to Professor Carie King from UTD for kindly agreeing to conduct the online collaborative class. While many Toyo students were not able to study abroad due to the pandemic, they were able to learn a lot and broaden their perspectives through joint projects with UTD students.
教員からのメッセージ（テキサス大学ダラス校）/ Message from UT Dallas (Dr. Carie King)
The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) welcomes international students—27% of our undergraduate students and 43% of our graduate students. However, UT Dallas seeks to strengthen its offerings for US students to learn about other cultures, engage with students in other nations, and travel to new locations. UT Dallas students need to improve their intercultural competence and expand their understanding of being a “global citizen,” part of UT Dallas’s Mission Statement.
We began to plan to study abroad in Japan in October 2019, but COVID-19 paused our plans. Considering travel limitations, we shifted our plans to Summer 2021 and then, because of the postponed Olympics and continued COVID-19, we began to think creatively about how to connect with Japanese students. We were delighted to connect with Ashizawa Sensei at Toyo. We were excited to establish plans for a COIL—to provide an international experience for our students. Toyo’s partnership allowed me to offer an international experience to my students. The students reported that the experience was more than they expected.
The COIL program with Toyo allowed UT Dallas students to meet, engage, and collaborate on a cultural project to learn about how students in Japan and the US differ and share interests. Students engaged during class meetings, through small group and large group instruction and interaction, and outside class meetings (via a Class2Class portal and communication tools of their choice—GroupMe, WeChat, Dischord, etc.) to become acquainted, research together, and practice their presentation before their collaborative delivery.
We look forward to repeating the virtual study abroad and to expand the program and bring students to Toyo.