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Faculty Development Meeting at the Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Kitakyushu [August 3, 2013]

Faculty Development Meeting at the Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Kitakyushu


Ms. Etsu Inaba, Senior Advisor of IIST's Human Resource Development Department was invited to hold a session at the Faculty Development (FD) Meeting of Kitakyushu Business School. FD refers to various efforts made to improve the teaching content and methods of university faculty, so as to enhance the educational effects. Ms. Inaba discussed the topic on effective use of case and class management skills for business school education.

Dates: August 3 (Saturday), 2013

Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Kitakyushu (Professional Degree Program)
7F Meeting Room, Main Building, Kitagata Campus, University of Kitakyushu

Ms. Etsu Inaba, Senior Adviser, Human Resource Development Department
Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)


Titled "Effective Use of Case and Class Management for Business School Education," Ms. Inaba spoke for 90 minutes. She started off the session by introducing the example of case method at Harvard Business School, which pioneered the method, describing the case method as a way of learning "how to deal with problems without answers" and as a form of participant-centered learning.

The four talking points were (1) types of cases, (2) case method for business school education, (3) case writing, and (4) the activities of the Case Center Japan. In order to deepen understanding of the ways to adopt case method on a school wide level, the speaker put emphasis on "curriculum development using cases" and "class management with case method."

The participants showed a great deal of interest in the topic of "case writing." As well as sharing practical points to consider for writing a discussion case and ways to convert from a case study to a case for discussion, the speaker added the topic of case writing efforts for course design. The participants seemed to have acquired a new understanding about not only teaching with case materials but also new ways of learning from the process of case writing itself.

After the initial talk, the speaker and the participants exchanged their views on case method for 30 minutes in a Q&A session. The participants discussed how they have been using cases in their own classes. They also freely shared their opinions about the teaching method with each other. They gained a better understanding of challenges toward case method in their school.

Lecture by Ms. Etsu Inaba

Lecture by Ms. Etsu Inaba

Human Resource Development Dept.

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