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“Are You Paper or Digital?” A Spirited Argument between the Sciences and Humanities at KSC

Public Relations Office        November 22, 2017

“A Spirited Argument at KSC,”

 On November 22nd, KGU faculty members from the School of Policy Studies and the School of Science and Technology held a debate titled “A Spirited Argument at KSC,” themed around a topic with no definitive answer, at the Academic Commons on the Kobe-Sanda Campus. The debate was also held twice last year, and this time marked the fourth time. Roughly 100 students attended the debate.

Professor Hirotsugu Koike of the School of Policy Studies

 ”A Spirited Argument at KSC” is a new kind of active learning event planned by Kwansei Gakuin University. First, two faculty members from the humanities and the sciences departments take the stage, and explain the theme from various points of view. Afterward, they begin a dialogue-style debate. The unique thing about it is that each student in attendance can use their smartphone to send comments to the screen. The event uses a system to allow everyone in attendance to share their opinions and questions with others in real time. The Miwa Lab at the School of Science and Technology developed this system.

Professor Hiroyuki Ohsaki of the School of Science and Technology

 This time, the theme was “Are You Paper or Digital?” The debate was hosted by Kazushi Hosomi, head of the School of Policy Studies, and coordinated entirely by Professor Hiroyoshi Miwa, of the School of Science and Technology. Professor Hirotsugu Koike of the School of Policy Studies, a specialist in American policy research and media studies and former newspaper journalist, debated against Professor Hiroyuki Ohsaki of the School of Science and Technology, a specialist on information networks, large-scale networks, and the next-generation Internet. From different perspectives, they exchanged heated arguments about questions like “Will paper books be eliminated by digital media?” “Will paper continue to exist?” “What will a transition to going paperless really mean?”
 “A Spirited Argument at KSC” won widespread approval, with about 96% of the participating students commenting that “It was interesting,” “It was useful,” “I’d like to join again,” and “If there was a class like this, I’d like to take it.”

 The schools are planning to hold the next “A Spirited Argument at KSC” event in the spring semester of next year.