SALC December Bulletin

In our December SALC bulletin, we would like to give you an update on our research activities and also let you know about some of the events and activities coming up in the coming weeks.

RILAE (Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education) summary of activities:

  1. We have welcomed the following guests to KUIS to do invited talks this year:

      • Naoko Aoko, Osaka University
      • Masuko Miyahara, International Christian University, Tokyo
      • Christina Gkonou, University of Essex, UK
      • Hayo Reinders, Unitec, New Zealand
      • John Augeri, Isle de France Digital University, Paris, France
      • Paul Moore, University of Queensland, Australia
      • Ellie Law, University of Hong Kong
      • Adelia Peña Clavel, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico
  1. We held a free online event “LAb Session” related to evaluating learner autonomy on Thursday 16th November. Invited international speakers presented in addition to KUIS colleagues.

  1. We started a peer reviewed journal Relay Journal. The (temporary) website is here (there is an open call for papers with a January 10th deadline)

  2. We started a RILAE Facebook group to continue discussions about learner autonomy research (please join!)

  3. We established eight research clusters and are involved in several interesting projects

  4. We have started offering Learning Advisor Education courses. 10 teachers from Turkey came to KUIS for one week in November to participate in 5 days of workshops to successfully complete Course 1. Courses 2, 3 and 4 will be held online. Details of our courses can be found on our (temporary) website

SALC events and learning communities

Please check our website for details of daily events in the SALC. Everyone is welcome! Some highlights:

  • Tuesday lunchtime study buddies

  • Wednesday lunchtime discussion group

  • TED talks

  • Workshops related to culture / study abroad

  • Christmas-themed tea party on 22nd December (4-5pm)

Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL conference)

The SALC is proud to be hosting the upcoming annual JASAL conference on Saturday December 16th. The programme and registration details are available online.

All of the events will be held in KUIS 8, but you need to be registered to participate.

Best wishes on behalf of the SALC team,

Jo Mynard

SALC Director

Online event 16th November: Evaluating learner autonomy

You are warmly invited to attend an online event organised by the Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education (RILAE) on November 16th on the theme of evaluating learner autonomy. We are calling it a ‘LAb session’ and it is the first of (hopefully) many more. As this is the first one, it is somewhat experimental, but do drop in and support us. We will also record it so you can listen later.

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Online LAb Session 1: Evaluating autonomous language learning

The aim of the online LAb Sessions is to facilitate the global exchange of research and best practice on autonomy in language education. [read more about the LAb sessions]

LAb Session 1: Evaluating autonomous language learning

Abstracts and schedule:
Date: November 16th, 2017
Time: 3pm-5pm Tokyo time streamed live and recorded
Theme: Evaluating autonomous language learning
Location: Online via GoToMeeting  [ / access code: 380-901-797  
Featured speakers: Carol J. Everhard, (formerly) Aristotle University, Greece; Maria Giovanna Tassinari, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany; Ellie Law, University of Hong Kong; Paul Moore, University of Queensland, Australia.
Other speakers: Michael Burke, Huw Davies, Curtis Edlin, Satoko Watkins, Kanda University of International Studies
Moderators: Hayo Reinders, Unitec, New Zealand; Jo Mynard, Kanda University of International Studies, Japan Continue reading

Guest presentation: John Augeri, October 19th

Slideshow Visual Design Principles: Communicating and Presenting in a Visual Way

John Augeri, Paris Île-de-France Digital University

October 19, 12.15 – 1.00, The Stage, KUIS 8


Nowadays, academic and corporate presentations make an intensive use of slideshows. Beside the interest of the topic and quality of the speaker, this media has a huge impact on the presentation’s perception by the attendees. This talk, regularly given in France, USA and Japan, will present some key techniques – regardless of the software to be used – and good practices in the visual design of slideshows, intended to be a perfect support and efficient illustration to the speaker.

About the presenter

John Augeri is co-founder and deputy director of Paris Ile-de-France Digital University.

Currently mainly focused on the Faculty and Student Development, and on the innovative physical Learning Spaces matters, John is member of Educause Learning Space Constituent Group (for which he’s especially involved in the Learning Space Rating System), core member of the FLEXspace Learning Spaces online database, and acts as advisor at the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research on the Learning Spaces topic.

Since October 2016, he has run a research project entitled International comparative study of innovative physical Learning Spaces’ trends, policies, design principles and outcomes on teaching and learning practices, which resulted in him being invited to be a visiting researcher at Kyoto University during one semester in 2017.

During the last 18 months, John has visited more than 80 Learning Spaces and has been invited to give 20 talks and lectures at symposiums related to international learning spaces on 4 continents.