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This is a collection of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the contents of Keio Opencourseware (Keio OCW).



1) What is Keio OCW?

Keio OCW is open-ended educational content consisting of information such as lecture notes and syllabi from Keio University's undergraduate and graduate courses, which is made available on the Internet free of charge for anyone to use and to study worldwide.
As long as the permission regulations (see 15 or 17 ) established here are followed, Keio OCW content can be used by scholars and others involved in education as reference for classes and research, and, for educational purposes, it can be modified as necessary for it to be made available and used. This digitized content can also be adapted in any form the user desires. It is expected that these forms will develop further in the future.
The purpose of offering this material is to make it available free of charge to anyone with Internet access, and to transform the knowledge that is possessed by Keio University into a form that can be used by the whole of society. In addition, by disseminating to the world material that supports the advanced education traditionally pursued by Keio University, the university also hopes to promote research exchange between educational institutions throughout the world, and to contribute to the development of new, advanced educational programs that will be required in education in the future.
This effort to offer the content of university lectures on the Web was initiated by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA as MIT OpenCourseWare.

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2) What is the connection between Keio OCW and MIT OCW? Also, are you offering Japanese translated versions of MIT OCW?

OCW, the offering of the contents of university lectures on the Web, was initiated in 2000 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA. Unlike closed Web courses that target a particular group of people, such as existing forms of correspondence education and e-learning, OCW course material is offered openly on the Web and has been welcomed and used by students and educational institutions across the globe. Given this response, MIT decided to spread this innovation in education by extending open curriculum to universities around the world, and in 2004 selected universities were invited to participate. Keio University, with its history of leading-edge research development in the information sector and its control of extensive educational resources as the oldest comprehensive university in Japan, made the decision to participate in OCW.
Keio OCW is based on the concept of MIT OCW, which provides free use of educational material mainly in English, but it offers material from courses at Keio University, which is not a translated version of MIT OCW. What this site and MIT OCW have in common is the concept of a user-friendly program for educators and learners all over the world.

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3) Is Keio OCW Keio University distance learning using the Internet? Is it e-learning using the Internet?

Keio OCW offers information from lectures at Keio that can be used freely for education or independent learning. OCW is not Keio University distance learning and does not count towards undergraduate or graduate degrees. Use of the information offered on this site has absolutely no connection to the granting of course credits or degrees. This OCW is a contribution to open-ended education and the new development of educational content. It is offered as a reference to the main kinds of lectures at Keio University and how they are put together for use by scholars as study material, or to be used or adapted by educators as material for their own teaching. Keio OCW is not intended as e-learning material that one applies or registers for and then completes. The content of the lectures has not been modified for its use in Keio OCW on the Internet. The digitized material is offered in basically the same form in which it was used in the course. Keio OCW is strictly limited as an offering of course material usable by anyone, and it is not offered as course participation in distance learning or e-learning that Keio University is responsible for.

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4) Do I need to register to use the information on Keio OCW?

There is no need to register or apply to access Keio OCW or to view the information on it. You can access it freely and use it as is.
Please be sure to display the copyright when you use the material for purposes other than your own study when you distribute digital files or printed material or use these on web sites, or in any way make the material available to others. In addition, this material cannot be used for commercial gain, nor can the conditions of release established here be altered.

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5) Does Keio OCW contain all of Keio University's courses?

Keio OCW accepts offers of course content from Keio University faculty members who voluntarily participate; therefore, we are unable to promise that it will contain all Keio University courses. As of May 2005, Keio OCW contains lectures from thirteen courses, in both English and Japanese, from the Faculty of Letters, the Faculty of Economics, and the Faculty of Law. We plan to steadily increase the number of lectures from this point forward.

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6) What kind of lecture information can I use, and what do I need to do to understand it?

By clicking "Course List" on the top page, and then going to the next page, you'll find information about lectures you can access. Also, on the top page, information is randomly displayed with each click.
From the search window on the top page, you can search for lecture information containing certain words. In the future, as the number of lectures increases, check the announcements on the top page or "Course List" for details.
When you select and click on a course title, you'll be taken to a course guide page, which provides a course overview. On the left side of the screen, the menu used for this particular course is displayed in detail.

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7) How do I go about using the information on Keio OCW?

Keio OCW makes educational material such as syllabi and lecture notes from Keio University courses available on the Internet. It is not targeted at a particular group, as Internet-based distance learning or e-learning are.
You do not need to register or apply to use the content of these lectures for personal study. Duplication, distribution, translation and modification of this material by educators are limited to usage for non-commercial gain, and are permitted on the condition that copyright is displayed (see 15 and 17).

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8) Can I obtain Keio material other than lecture contents on the web site?

Unfortunately, lecture material other than that currently available on Keio OCW cannot be offered. However, we plan to steadily increase the amount of information available. Because of issues such as material preparation and copyright, information on which specific courses will be available in the future is not available.
In the future, as new courses are put up, announcements on the top page and the "Course List" will be made as necessary.

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9) I saw a lecture/educational course offering material from Keio OCW that was charging a fee. Do these courses have the permission of Keio University?

Keio OCW has not given permission to any educational group or individual to establish paid courses (even if the fees only cover actual expenses) using the materials offered by this OCW. If you come across any group or individual doing so, please contact us here.
Keio University credits and degrees can only be earned by admission to the university through normal examination and admission procedures and the completion of predetermined courses of study. Study using the lecture material of this OCW is not a substitute for admission to the university or completion of official courses.

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10) Am I allowed to indicate on my own web site that we use Keio OCW lecture information?

In cases in which the information is not for personal use, but provided to others on a non-commercial basis, credit to Keio OCW or the author must be noted on those portions of OCW content that are made available or distributed, according to the usage regulations. However, Keio OCW does not permit the use of language that implies that Keio OCW is providing you the lecture material (including the use of Keio University and/or Keio OCW logos without prior consent) on your Web site or distributed material.

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11) Can I link to the Keio OCW page?

As long as you follow the conditions of usage of Keio OCW, you are permitted to link to any of the Keio OCW pages. There is no need to contact us.
However, the posting of affiliations, sponsorships, and special relationships with Keio University or Keio OCW, as well as the posting of language that suggests such relationships, is not permitted.

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12) Why are the styles of the lecture notes not consistent? Also, why do some of the courses not have assignments and exams?

Each course is created from lecture plans and notes of faculty who are voluntarily participating in Keio OCW. When putting this lecture information online, whether only text appears or graphics are combined with the text differs depending on the style of the lecture, the form of the original material, and readability on the web, etc. For this reason, material is provided in various formats, including PDF files with images included, and text-based material.
With regard to assignments and examinations, the situation with each course differs. In some courses, assessment depends on oral presentations or discussion, for example, and some faculty members have opted to withhold specific questions from assignments or examinations. On the left side of the lecture information, the material that is used for each particular course is shown.

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13) Are there video lectures on Keio OCW?

MIT OCW has some video lectures. There is a possibility that Keio OCW will make video lectures available in the future, but no specific courses have been decided on at the present time.

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14) Who holds the copyright for Keio OCW material?

Copyright of lecture information that appears on Keio OCW is principally held by the Keio University faculty member who created the relevant course. For Keio University research material or material that is created within a lecture, copyright belongs to Keio University or the faculty members or related staff involved in its creation. In cases in which the source appears on the material, copyright of that particular part lies with the designated author.

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15) What is required of Keio OCW users?

The basic purpose of Keio OCW is to make information used in Keio University courses available on the Internet for anyone to use freely for non-commercial educational purposes. Through Keio OCW, Keio University is digitizing and offering in their current state materials used in lectures for anyone to use. There are no limits on modification of the content for the users’ purposes. You may edit the material, translate it, integrate it with other material, and change the format, but in these cases adherence to the following conditions is required.

1. Non-commercial: Usage of Keio OCW lecture information is only permitted for educational purposes other than commercial educational undertakings in which fees are generated.
2. Ownership: Original copyright of all material appearing on Keio OCW belongs to Keio University or the Keio University faculty who participated in its creation. This copyright remains in place on any material that is created through the use of Keio OCW material. Users must credit the original copyright on this material or any material created using this material that is released or distributed.

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16) What does Keio University define as commercial use?

Commercial use is use of the material in any form in which fees or payments are generated. Charges for actual expenses are included in commercial use. If you are unsure whether your intended use is non-commercial, please contact us here.

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17) What is the appropriate way to use Keio OCW lecture information?

If you use Keio OCW lecture information as it is, or if you modify and distribute it, please post credit as below.
"This material has been (modified and) generated from 'course name' (faculty member name, year of lecture) from Keio Opencourseware. Copyright lecture year, faculty member name."
For example, if you quote from 02A-001 Economic History of Japan (Spring 2004) (SUGIYAMA, Shinya) and add additional material to make class documents, present it in this way:
"This material has been modified and generated from 'Economic History of Japan' (SUGIYAMA, Shinya, 2004) from Keio Opencourseware. Copyright 2004, Shinya Sugiyama."

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18) Are all faculty members at Keio University participating in Keio OCW?

Faculty participation in Keio OCW is optional. During the current initial stage, members from Keio University's Faculty of Letters, Faculty of Economics, and Faculty of Law are participating. We will announce the opening of other courses and courses from other faculties on the web site as soon as they are determined. Also, newly available lectures will be introduced on the "Course List" and top page, so be sure to look there.

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19) Can I directly ask a faculty member a question about some of the material in the course?

Keio OCW makes lecture material from Keio University available on the Web, but it does not offer participation in lectures at Keio University. Interaction between faculty and students, which is an important part of education, is provided to students who are admitted to Keio University. Keio OCW is not offering users direct exchanges with faculty members. Please use the feedback form for questions about particular courses. After consideration at Keio OCW, if deemed appropriate, your question may be sent to the relevant faculty of Keio University. We value feedback that helps improve operations. As a rule, we do not reply directly.

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20) How can I send an inquiry to Keio OCW?

Please send inquiries from the top page, or the feedback page of each course. As a rule, we do not reply to comments received, but your comments do assist us in improving Keio OCW.

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