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Wednesday, November 27 • 14:40 - 14:50
OER translation project as a semi-formal educational program in High school in Japan - Supporting the growth of OER translation volunteers (OEAward19)

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Asuka Academy, a non-profit organization founded in 2014, has been dedicated to make the world-class Open Educational Resources (OER) contents available in Japanese through volunteer translation. We also redistribute and promote the quality OER courses in Japan. As of October 2019, we have opened 101 courses including those provided by MIT, UCI, TU Delft, etc. On cumulative basis, the total volume number of learners has grown to 30,704 learners since we started the projects.

Our OER translation has been made possible with the support of by individuals and organizational volunteers in Japan and other countries including the US, New Zealand, and Australia. More than 1,500 volunteers from high schools, universities, corporations, and individuals, have participated in our translation projects.

We found that the key to continuously organize these volunteers is to support them to position the translation projects as a part of their learning journey: intellectual curiosity in the authentic contents, English skill improvement, motivation to study abroad, Creativity Action, and Service (CAS) activities for the International Baccalaureate (IB), collaboration between foreign universities, career advancement, and life-long learning. In particular, more than half of the volunteers are high school students. Some of them have been inspired to study at these foreign universities. Thus, Asuka Academy contributes not only to those who learn through the OER in Japanese but also to those who grow through volunteer translation experiences.

Winners of the 2019 Open Education Award for Excellence: OER Translations


Yoshimi Fukuhara

Asuka Academy

Toru Kishida

Vice President, Asuka Academy

Hisaya Nakamura

Asuka Academy

Masuyo Ando

Asuka Academy

Wednesday November 27, 2019 14:40 - 14:50 CET
BL28 Carassa Dadda (plenary)