2020 Seminar on Humanities(Facilitating dialogue, collaboration, and bliss)2

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Humanities and social science courses
Nakano Tamio 
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Media-enhanced courses
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Intensive (H111)  
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Course description and aims

This year it will be a online by zoom. Let's explore the new way of participatory learning community by online in this era.
The instructor wants to develop a learning community on the topic of "creating a collaborative learning community, and following each one's bliss", in pursuit of broad growth as a unique human being on this planet.
We read some classic books carefully together. And there are two things to learn through the experience. The first is holistic care skills. The instructor will cultivate students' mindfulness to regulate their body, breathing, and mind to concentrate on the here and now.The other is the technique for creating a participation space that facilitates workshops and constructive dialogue.

Student learning outcomes

Students will learn the skill and mind of facilitation, and the human nature and society through ages by reading books.
Students will learn the basic techniques of mindfulness for caring their own body, breathing, and mind, such that they can live not in the past or future, but in the here and now, with awareness.
Students will learn to facilitate the creation of a constructive space in which honest, enjoyable conversations can be had.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
I worked for a big advertising company for 30 years. I studied Organizational Development and Transformation in Master course, and began to practice workshops and facilitation in the fields of business, administration, NPOs, and education. And I had a lot of journey over the world. I would like to integrate these experiences and aim to create a collaborative learning community.


Collaborative learning community. Workshop. Facilitation.
Body, Mind, Spirit. Mindfulness. Following one's bliss. Narive American Story.

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Based on each one's reading text, a small team facilitate the collaborative learning experience in turns.
The instructor does not give one-way lectures, but rather fosters an interactive learning community.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Two consecutive 100-minute sessions are held every Wednesday afternoon. LAH.H153, LAH.H355, LAH.H357 will be held together. Detailed schedule will be determined at the orientation.  Capacity is 12 students. Orientation: Oct. 7th 1420-1600, on zoom. Please contact. Schedule:10/7、14、21、28、11/4、11、18、12/9、16、23、1/6、13、20、1/27 Time:1235−1415 Preparation for the presentation. Preparation for facilitating learning workshop.


Nakano, Tamio. How to make a collaborative learning community.
Paula Underwood. The Walking People: A Native American Oral History

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Nakano, Tamio. Workshop
Nakano, Tamio. Joyful practice.
Other materials will be provided as needed.

Assessment criteria and methods

Active participation 70%, Final report 30%
(Late in not allowed because of group work.)

Related courses

  • LAH.H253 : Seminar on Humanities(Facilitating dialogue, collaboration, and bliss)1
  • LAH.H355 : Seminar on Humanities(Culture, Society and Humanity)5
  • LAH.H357 : Seminar on Humanities(Facilitating dialogue, collaboration, and bliss)5

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

Students should be interested in Liberal Arts and expanding humanity, creating participation spaces, and want to play the role of a facilitator.

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