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Primary Recommendations by Study Group for Learning Innovation-“Future Classroom” and EdTech Released

June 25, 2018

In January 2018, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) established the Study Group for Learning Innovation-“Future Classroom” and EdTech in order to discuss ideal approaches of Japan’s education system to help people and companies develop which may, in-turn, help solve a variety of societal challenges, and expand Japan’s presence as an innovation-rich front-runner among developed countries. Since its establishment, the study group, bringing together many stakeholders involving schools, EdTech and the education industry, industrial players, junior-high school, high school and college students as well as its members, held discussions over five months bearing in mind the global trend of educational innovations taking advantage of EdTech.

METI hereby releases a primary recommendations compiled by the study group. The recommendation covers a variety of first-hand opinions collected through these meetings. METI places the recommendations as “rough sketches.” Based on the recommendations, METI will embark on full-fledged demonstration projects for Learning Innovation-“Future Classroom” in July 2018, and the study group will advance a new series of discussions to prepare its secondary recommendations, including expected efforts for addressing new challenges that may emerge in the process of these demonstration projects.

1. Outline of the study group

In light of the current global situation amid the advance of the fourth industrial revolution and based on its expectation that it will conduct a series of demonstration projects titled “Projects for Promoting Collaboration between the Education and Society (Projects for Making further innovations for learning),” METI established the study group, as an effort to encourage Japan to provide global society with a variety of solutions to challenges and become a front-runner among other developed countries in solving challenges.

2. Outline of the primary recommendations

The study group held four general meetings and five workshops. Participants, i.e., its members, expert members and current junior-high school, high school and college students, discussed concepts of expected future challenges and efforts for ideal approaches for nationwide standard way of learning by around 2030. Based on the results of these discussions, the primary recommendations describe a collection of rough sketches of such ideal educational approaches, the dramatically advancing global trend of educational innovations taking advantage of EdTech, and a variety of challenges that Japan should solve to achieve such educational approaches.

Based on the recommendations, METI will embark on full-fledged demonstration projects for Learning Innovation-“Future Classroom” in July 2018 and the study group will advance a new series of discussions to prepare its secondary recommendations, including expected efforts for addressing challenges that may emerge in the process of these demonstration projects.

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Division in Charge

Education Industriy Office, Service Affairs Policy Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group

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