2020 Communication B

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Humanities and social science courses
Nakano Tamio 
Class Format
Lecture    (ZOOM)
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Mon1-2(W933)  Thr1-2(W933)  
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Course description and aims

This course facilitate students' ability of face to face communication. Today, facing to a lot of issues, we need to collaborate and co-create. Not only becoming a good speaker and a good listener, but also learning the basic skills of facilitation to create a meaningful dialogue.
This course aims to cultivate live communication and facilitation ability through fun workshop experience.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1)enjoy the creative dialogue even in the first meeting.
2)make a chance to get together and facilitate an playful and effective meeting.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
I had worked for the advertising company for 30 years, and I have facilitated workshops for 25 years. Based on these experiences, I try to raise students' s ability for collaboration and co-creation in this complex age. I would like to nurture the power of dialogue based on listening, expression which can be transmitted, and the practical skill of facilitation to construct good atmosphere to talk and learn each other.


communication, facilitation, dialogue, collaboration, co-creation, workshop

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This course is not one way lecture style but participatory workshop style. In the first half, students experience various kind of communication such as self introduction, interview, dialogue, world cafe etc. In the second half, they learn how to facilitate a small group. In the end each participant facilitate a small group and return feedback each other.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Overview of the course. Reflecting experiences and writing mini report.
Class 2 Introduction of the workshop for communication. Practicing how to listen and talk. Reading the text and writing mini report.
Class 3 Mutual interview. Active listening and writing an article.Introducing a partner to others by using the article. Reflecting experiences and writing mini report.
Class 4 World cafe part one. Experience of large scale dialogue. Reflecting experiences and writing mini report.
Class 5 Reflection of world cafe. Introduction of facilitation. Reading the text and writing mini report.
Class 6 Basic skill 1: Creating the space and the atmosphere. Reflecting experiences and writing mini report.
Class 7 Basic skill 2:Group size, and making good questions. Reflecting experiences and writing mini report.
Class 8 Basic skill 3: Visualizing the process, and program design. Reflecting experiences and writing mini report.
Class 9 Basic skill 4: Reflection of basic skills. What kind of workshop do you want to facilitate? Reflecting experiences and writing mini report.
Class 10 Preparation for Next three practices of the facilitator. Planning the own workshop and designing program.
Class 11 Practice of the facilitator part one. Reflection and Preparation.
Class 12 Practice of the facilitator part two. Reflection and Preparation.
Class 13 Practice of the facilitator part three. Reflection and writing final report.
Class 14 Reflection of the whole process. Reflection on the whole process.


Nakano, Tamio. How to make a collaborative learning community.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Nakano, Tamio. Workshop. Tokyo:Iwanami shoten; ISBN4-00-43710-4
Nakano, Tamio. Facilitation Revolution. Tokyo:Iwanami shoten; ISBN4-00-700069-7
Kawashima, Tadashi and Nakano, Tamio. Entakun Revolution. Tokyo:Mikuni Publishing; ISBN978-4-8403-0714-7

Assessment criteria and methods

Active participation of every classes including home works:70%, Facilitation practice and self and others' evaluation:10%, Final report:20%
Coming late and less concentration will not be accepted.

Related courses

  • LAH.H107 : Communication A

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

Active participation is indispensable. No being late because of the group work.

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