CRET is a non-profit organization with the purpose of conducting research and development on new educational tests that will be demanded in the future as well as on the basic design of these.
Dr. Kanji Akahori
President of JAPET / President of ICT CONNECT 21
Professor Emeritus of Tokyo Institute of Technology
Up to the present day, he has worked as a senior high school teacher in Shizuoka, a lecturer and associate professor of Tokyo Gakugei University, and then an assistant professor and professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology. During his career, he has also served as a guest professor at The Open University of Japan and the UN University Institute of Advanced Studies, etc.
Invitation to Educational Technology, JustSystems, 2002
Instructional Designs as the Basics of Classes, Japan Audio-Visual Education Association, 2004
The Methods and Actualities of Class Designs, Koryosha, 2009
Classes for Information Morals that Nurture Communication Skills, JustSystems, 2010, and others
Today, more people recognize that the concepts of “testing” and “learning” are not independent from each other, but are in fact linked. Indeed, people learn in such a way that while solving questions, they find the solution and say, “That’s it.” During tests also, while solving problems, they underline important terms, write down some notes or comments, or in some cases even draw red lines. This is not really very different from what they would do in their usual learning. The latest reference books or digital learning materials use various pieces of information besides texts, such as illustrations and cartoons. In this aspect, if we use computer-based testing, not only such illustrations but also animations or videos can be included in tests. As such, we are trying to expand our concept of testing, and are working for the advancement of testing technology in a range of research from basic to applied and practical research.
The following are the main topics of our research:
1. Basic research
This relates to media, tests, and learning. This includes, for example, comparisons between paper-based and computer-based testing, research regarding the impacts on recognition given by papers, PCs, and other media, research on annotation and note-taking, and research on the effects of using illustrations and cartoons in testing.
2. Applied research
This includes the development of digital learning materials and supports to distance learning based on the basic research.
3. Practical research
This is practical research that uses digital learning materials or tests targeting educational facilities from elementary schools to universities.
Exploring the potentials of language learning with a MOOC
The International Conference of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) was held from March 2 to 6, 2015, in Las Vegas. We made a presentation at the conference, and I would like to share the outline with you. This study investigated the potential for English language learning using Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). These courses are an epoch-making inve...
Report on a Presentation at the 2015 1st Workshop of the Japan Society for Educational Technology (JSET): Study Support Environment and Data Analysis/General
"The Effect of Question Methods in Quizzes Using Smartphones on Percentage of Correct Answers and Response Time"
On February 28, 2015, I participated in a workshop of the Japan Society for Educational Technology held at Kyushu University (Hakozaki Campus). I delivered a presentation titled "The Effect of Question Methods in Quizzes Using Smartphones on Percentage of Correct Answers and Response Time." To provide the background of this research, there is a need to improve the quality of infor...
Report on the Participating ASCD Conference
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) hosted a large event with seminars and exhibitions mainly for grade-school teachers at a convention center in Philadelphia in the United States. This was an event at which Kenichi Arai and Kanji Akahori participated. The following is a summary of the presentations we participated in. 1) Homework Just like in ...
Report on Observation of a Korean Elementary School which introduced Digitalized Textbooks
I visited Dongmak Elementary School in Jinsen, Korea. Jinsen is a port town located on the outskirts of Seoul. Dongmak Elementary School is known for its specialized education for gifted children. The school philosophy is to promote both study and sport. In 2007, Dongmak Elementary School introduced experimental classroom teaching using digitalized textbooks for students who requested to try...
Catching a Glimpse of the Education Community in America
Kanji Akahori, Ph.D., CRET Board of Directors I had an opportunity to participate in two conventions held by the U.S. academic societies of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in March and June 2012. The ASCD and ISTE are academic societies that are aimed more at teaching staff in sc...
This laboratory conducts research on test evaluation and analysis. We also perform joint research and exchange programs with overseas testing research institutes.
This laboratory conducts research and development into testing approaches that measure communication skills, teamwork skills, and social skills, etc.
Dr. Atsushi Aikawa
Faculty of Human Sciences,
University of Tsukuba
Ph.D. in Psychology