Lectures & Classes2023.10.18

953 students are taking my fully on-demand lecture in the fall semester of 2023.

In mid-October 2023, registration for the classes for the fall semester was completed up to the third phase, with my fully on-demand lecture "Life World and the Body" totaling 953 undergraduate students (as of the third phase registration). Including other seminars, over 1,000 students are taking my classes just this semester. As the on-demand lecture is an open course available to all faculties, there are numerous participants from faculties other than the Faculty of Cultural, Media and Society or the Faculty of Letters. Many working adults from the School of Human Sciences' e-School are also actively enrolled.

Similarly, in the spring semester, my fully on-demand lecture "Mind-Body Theory" had approximately 982 students at the same reigistration stage, making it nearly the same size as this current enrollment. This trend has persisted since around the 2021 academic year, and while in a way I have become accustomed to this, the significant numbers are undeniable.

Perhaps this surge in interest stems from themes such as mind-body health and well-being, which prompt us to reflect on our own lives, particularly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This situation itself testifies to the growing awareness on this topic among many people, including university students.

Of course, the increase in participants may also be attributed to practical reasons, such as the flexibility of time and location that comes with being able to attend through on-demand lectures using movies. However, precisely because it is not in person, I consciously strive to provide opportunities for active engagement rather than just passively watching videos—encouraging mindfulness meditation practices, actively engaging in laughter yoga exercises, and similar activities.

Hiromitsu Miyata
Hiromitsu Miyata

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