Research Focus: My research projects are focused on designing task-based language learning (TBLL) tools for technical writing in educational settings, especially in an EFL context. These projects emphasize on the design of assessment tools for computer science majors in technical and business writing courses. Besides, I am also focusing on the use of graphic organizers for comprehending complex procedural text in computer science context. My research focuses on understanding procedural information design and technical writing genres in the context of usability testing methods. Current Kakenhi Research: This 3D Printing and Digital Storytelling (DST) research is a 3-year project on designing undergraduate and graduate courses during which students will design and 3D print tiny amulets (omamuri) and mascots (yurakyura) for key chains, bags, shoes, mobile phones, car and sport accessories etc; and script, video-record and deliver persuasive English sales presentations about their 3D printed products for web-based archiving, sales and distribution. We will use 3D printing of amulets and DST to connect students to the new wave of open-source and "do-it-yourself" product design, creation and presentation. 3D printing represents the 3rd industrial revolution in manufacturing while DST is widely used for university-based technology courses. These additive manufacturing based projects will promote enterpreneurship, active task-based language learning, develop project management skills and English technical writing and information design expertise. These projects will promote active language learning situations to meet the educational needs of computer science students as follows:
- establishment of a collaborative 3D printing and DST English context in a micro-factory scenario, |TAB|
- promotion of technical writing and oral presentation skills in English to develop international skills, |TAB|
- group workflow activities for integrating writing, critical thinking and active learning (Bean, 2011), |TAB|
- developing a production workflow for 3D printing (Horvath, 2014) and DST requirements, |TAB|
- incremental sequencing of tasks and/or skills (instructional and document design), and |TAB|
- fostering student individual and group responsibility in their learning. |TAB|
- encouraging project management skills with hands-on in-class additive manufacturing.