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Case Method Laboratory

Date of establishment: April 1, 2015
Director: Jiro Kokuryo (Professor, Faculty of Policy Management)
Yoshinori Isagai (Professor, Faculty of Policy Management)
Contact: Kokuryo Lab. Keio University SFC (ΔS207 ext. 53037)

Objectives

This laboratory aims to promote the understanding and spread of case method education and teaching techniques. Case method is a discussion-based educational approach and its utilization in a wide range of fields has been growing rapidly in recent years. Some of these fields include business, law, regional and public policies, medical care, and welfare. In particular, since this method is considered effective for the improvement of practical skills (integration ability, perceptiveness, ability to make strategic decisions, ability to identify and solve problems, etc.), there is a growing need for personnel development through case method education in professional graduate schools and at the frontlines of educating practitioners. However, although its effectiveness is recognized, case methods are still currently dependent on the unique know-how of lecturers such as on class methods and the development of case teaching materials. As things stand, many people are not able to attend lectures and experience them, and plans for propagation are currently being sought after.
This laboratory aims to be a hub for Keio University's SFC (the Faculty of Policy Management, the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, the Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care, the Graduate School of Media and Governance, and the Graduate School of Health Management) to accumulate and share know-how on case method education and case teaching materials, accelerate propagation of and promote personnel development for case method education, while cooperating with organizations such as Keio Research Center for Liberal Arts and other universities. Consideration will also be made on development methods for case teaching materials so they can be utilized in not only the faculty and graduate school classes at Keio University, including SFC, but also in the training programs of other universities, corporations, municipalities, etc.

Research Fields

This laboratory will mainly promote the following research activities:

  1. Development of case teaching materials
    Mainly develop case teaching materials for venture corporations and nonprofit organizations for healthcare and regional development.
  2. Construction of management and propagation platforms for case teaching materials
    Establish, construct, and administer platforms so that case teaching materials can be widely utilized.
  3. Provision of case method education training programs
    Implement case method education and training programs not only as university and postgraduate classes but also in corporations and municipalities, etc. depending on requests, and provide that know-how and link it to personnel development.
  4. Verification of the effects of case method education
    Conduct research related to verifying the effect of case method education.
  5. Publication of results
    Hold symposiums, etc. on case method education.

Outline of Research Activity Plans

(First half of FY2015)
Develop and utilize new case teaching materials.
Construct platforms for distributing case teaching materials.
Renew existing case teaching materials, revise them and create teaching notes.

(Latter half of FY2015)
Administer platforms for distributing case teaching materials.
Hold case method classes for municipalities, corporations, etc.
Develop and utilize new case teaching materials.
Hold case method symposiums.

Memberships

Name Affiliation
o Jiro Kokuryo Professor, Faculty of Policy Management
Overall integration. Platform construction, provision of educational training programs
Yoshinori Isagai Professor, Faculty of Policy Management
Overall integration. Creation and utilization of case teaching materials
Miki Akiyama Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Development and utilization of case teaching materials for health care fields.
Verification of effects from education
Masaki Umejima Project Associate Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Platform construction. Provision of educational training programs
Atsushi Ode Professor, Faculty of Law
Executive Director, Keio Research Center for Liberal Arts
Development and utilization of case teaching materials for the field of literature
Tomoko Koike Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care
Development and utilization of case teaching materials for the field of nursing
Fumio Shimpo Professor, Faculty of Policy Management
Development and utilization of case teaching materials related to information law and legal matters
Toru Takebayashi Professor, Graduate School of Health Management
Professor, Faculty of Medicine
Development and utilization of case teaching materials for health care fields
Emiko Ban Project Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Development and utilization of case teaching materials for health care fields.
Verification of effects from education
Masahiro Kotosaka Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management
Development and utilization of case teaching materials for the field of business