A Framework for the Development of Mobile Learners in Japan

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Kevin M. Watson, Nagoya University of Commerce and Business; Grant S. Agawa, Nagoya University of Commerce and Business


Currently, a global problem in education and business is the need for integrated university programs which address student academic studies while concomitantly mentoring practical employability skills. This paper illustrates one such program that attempts to meet that goal. The program was designed to provide students with practical tiered tasks that foster personal development, research skills, and employability skills via mentorship and advising. The final outcome was to foster mobile learners. The structure of this curriculum is based upon the theory of communities of practice in addition to the approaches of workshopping and differentiated instruction. Teacher-supported student learning outcomes, linked to assessment measures, guide students through self-development stages towards graduation and through skills development for entry into the workplace. This program is in its 3rd year of implementation. Overall, this integrated curriculum allows teachers to work closely with students, producing mobile learners within society.