2019 Dialogue for elucidating insights

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Engineering Sciences and Design
Saijo Miki  Ohashi Takumi 
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Intensive ()  
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Course description and aims

To create an innovative idea and commercialization of the idea, we need collaboration among people with different background. A creative idea will not be generated without an insight which comes from the close encounter of diversified opinions. In this class, we present a theory of dialogue which elucidate insights and do the practice of communication. Besides, we will provide an opportunity to do project work for the "creation of a business plan” regarding one theme to let students acquire project management skills. This year, the theme will be "active learning."

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will:
1. Have acquired fundamental knowledge about concept of insights and dialogue and communication.
2.Be able to make sequence of the dialogue to elucidate insights.
3.Have gained experience in project management among people with different backgrounds.
4. Have developed communication and presentation skills.



Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In the first part of this course, the instructor informs students the concept of communication or dialogue skills to elucidate insights and facilitation process for active learning in work place and how they are used in the leading edge educational practices in Japan and abroad. In the latter part, students are allocated to a group with primary school teachers in Ota-ku or business persons in Tokyo and propose a business plan to facilitate active learning in work place or primary schools.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 What is the communication for elucidating insights for creative ideas? What kinds of communication skill sets would be needed for creative ideas? The instructor indicates assignment.
Class 2 Why do we need active learning in workplace or school: The relationship between active learning and creative idea. Methodology and practice of semi-structured interview.
Class 3 What is a feasible and sustainable educational business? Business planning based on the extracted insights.
Class 4 Business design for facilitating active learning in the workplace and school.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Group work and presentation during class and home-work: 50%
Final report: 50%

Related courses

  • ESD.E401 : Participatory Design in Energy Business
  • ESD.D403 : Systems Engineering and Project Management to Realize Large and Complicated Systems
  • ESD.A501 : Engineering Design Project A
  • ESD.A502 : Engineering Design Project B

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)



This is an intensive course scheduled as below;
17th, 24th of June and 1st, 15th of July.
Students are required to confirm the detail by OCW-i.

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