Rintaro Chujo (B3), Institute for Innovation in International Engineering Education, received The University of Tokyo President's Grand Award for Students 2021
On 23rd March 2022, Rintaro Chujo (3rd year, Faculty of Letters), a member of the LearnWiz project in Lui Yoshida Laboratory, Institute for Innovation in International Engineering Education, has received "President's Grand Award for Students 2021".
The title of the award is "Development of 'LearnWiz One', an educational platform born from the experience of supporting online education at the University of Tokyo, and its winning of the world's largest EdTech international contest". This is the first EdTech-related award received by the President's Award of the University of Tokyo.
Mr. Chujo was primarily responsible for the development of the "LearnWiz One" educational platform within the LearnWiz project, an initiative of the Lui Yoshida’s Laboratory that aims to realize active learning on a large scale online. “LearnWiz One" won first place in the R&D track at the Global Edtech Startup Awards 2021 held on January 20, 2022 and was awarded the "The University of Tokyo President's Grand Award for Students" for 2021 for its series of activities, including its results.
The University of Tokyo President's Grand Award for Students 2021
"President's Award for Students" has been given at the University of Tokyo since 2002 to students who have made particularly outstanding achievements in academics, extracurricular activities, social activities, etc., and who have set a good example for other students and enhanced the honor of the University. In addition, the "President's Grand Award for Students" is awarded to a recipient of the President's Award who has made particularly outstanding achievements in activities and academic accomplishments.
About awarded research
LearnWiz One is an educational platform (EdTech) that can be easily introduced into classes and events and promote participants to post opinions while encouraging the aggregation of opinions. The rapid progress of online teaching and learning in COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for students and teachers to communicate with each other. In response, the LearnWiz project of the University of Tokyo's Lui Yoshida Laboratory has developed LearnWiz One, an EdTech that can be easily introduced into online classes and encourages the exchange of opinions while drawing out students' independence.
It has the following three features.
(1) It can easily aggregate the opinions of all participants
(2) Participants can work alone and still be exposed to and learn from other participants' opinions.
(3) It can be used on a large scale with no restrictions on the number of people.
Since the beta version was opened to the public in October 2021, more than 10,000 people, including university faculty members, have used the service, and many have commented positively that they have learned more interactively than in face-to-face discussions, and has been recognized internationally, winning first place in the global R&D track at The Global EdTech Startup Awards, the world's largest EdTech competition.
Your impression & future plan
I am very honored to receive this prestigious award, the University of Tokyo President's Grand Prize. I have been able to advance my efforts to this point thanks to the various forms of support we have received from many people, including Dr. Lui Yoshida, who has been working with me and guiding me in the activities. I would like to thank them from the bottom of my heart. I will continue the activities with the aim of realizing better education and, by extension, a better society. I look forward to your continued support and guidance.
Selection Results for the University of Tokyo President's Award for Student 2021: https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/ja/students/events/h12_03.html
Lui Yoshida Lab Website: https://edulab.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp
LearnWiz One Website: https://one.learnwiz.jp/