Joint research by Associate Professor Keiji Emi of Kyoto University of Information Studies (KCGI) and part-time lecturer of KCGI and Prof. Shinzo Kobayashi of the Vegetable Planet Association won the IMS Japan Award.Dr. Emi and Kobayashi have researched and developed a learning method that enables even beginners to efficiently learn craftsmanship skills in farming using the latest wearable cameras and drone cameras, which are the latest ICT equipment. We applied for the IMS Japan Award sponsored by the Japan IMS Association (Secretariat: Chuo-ku, Tokyo) as a “practice of blended learning for next-generation agricultural human resource development”.In this study, a learning material was created from a video recorded by a skilled person wearing a wearable camera on the side of the head while explaining the work, and a video of the team work recorded from a bird's-eye view with a drone camera. It is a learning method that can acquire skills efficiently by learning with this teaching material and then moving to the field work on the farm.This learning method also takes advantage of the advantages of two learning processes: the effect of individual passive (passive) learning through e-learning and the effect of active learning that can provide feedback from experts in the field. It was also studied as a practical example of "Blended Learning" (Blended Learning).
Prof. Emi and Kobayashi's IMS Japan Award was announced in the e-Learning Award 2017 Forum (October 25-27, 2017, held in Tokyo).This award was established to commemorate the establishment of the Japan IMS Association.The Japan IMS Association is a member of the US organization IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc. (IMS-GLC, established in 1997) that promotes the development, dissemination, and standardization of ICT that can be used in educational businesses worldwide. The IMS Japan Award is given to an example of the development and proposal of progressive educational use of ICT at an association established in 2016 to spread.Both professors received the right to participate in the Learning Impact Award (LIA) held by IMS-GLC in Baltimore, Maryland, USA in May next year.Next, we will challenge to win the highest level “Platinum Medal” in this world competition.