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One of the reasons I don’t consider doing my PhD in Japan as a waste of time is that I learned how to define, manage, organize, and track projects.
My PhD project is focused on designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating an EGAP (English for General Academic Purposes) online course, entitled Osaka University Global English Online (OUGEO), targeting Japanese learners at Osaka University. Based on a needs analysis, the course was designed and developed guided by theoretical frameworks and models for online course design. OUGEO was implemented in the spring semester of 2017 (April–July), and offered at three levels (elementary, intermediate, and upper intermediate), each level containing 10 online and 5 face-to-face sessions.
To track the project and record what was happening in the process of designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating the course, I created a behind-the-scenes Google site for OUGEO. Here is the link to the site:
I also used two hashtags on Twitter to microblog about the OUGEO project and share its instructional materials: