Seeking team members to
join the “learning community”
and support learning!

GSA program offers development through activities that support learning and working with people

Seeking team members to
join the “learning community”
and support learning!

GSA Overview

Welcome to the Graduate Student Assistant program

Graduate Student Assistants form core of learning community

Tokyo Tech has built a communal development environment for undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff, who, with deference toward each other, take the initiative in academic study by learning, instructing, and deliberating together. This is the “learning community.” Graduate Student Assistants (GSAs) form the core of this “learning community.”

The GSA program provides a forum for graduate students to acquire leadership that can elicit the strengths of their counterparts and unleash the power of a team and enhance their overall skills as a person.

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Program Information

Three certifications

In a collaborative arrangement with faculty, GSAs participate in educational activities of the undergraduate degree program and develop and operate online learning content. According to their roles, there are three certifications: GSA Facilitator (GSA-F), GSA Reviewer (GSA-R), and GSA Developer (GSA-D). The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) confers a certificate upon completion of the GSA program.

GSA Facilitator

GSA-F

Participation in the classroom as facilitator to support self-directed learning of students
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GSA Facilitator

Registrants of Advanced Leadership Workshop actively participate in classroom instruction of Tokyo Tech Visionary Project under the guidance of faculty. Through the support of self-directed learning to undergraduate students, practical experience in supportive leadership is gained. Satisfying the prescribed requirements leads to certification as GSA Facilitator.

GSA Reviewer

GSA-R

Participation in the classroom as peer reviewer to support academic writing of students
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GSA Reviewer

Registrants of Peer Review Practicum actively participate in Liberal Arts Final Report as a reviewer. Through activities that support the writing of the Final Report by undergraduate students, tutoring experience is gained. Satisfying the prescribed requirements leads to certification as GSA Reviewer.

GSA Developer

GSA-D

Production of educational materials used for online coursework in collaboration with faculty, staff and other students
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GSA Developer

As a TA at the Online Education Development Office, the registrant engages in the development of online educational materials (designing educational materials, producing videos) through MOOC* development and operations. Satisfying the prescribed requirements leads to certification as GSA Developer.
*MOOC: Massive Open Online Course

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Voices of Participants

Messages from students, faculty and staff

Ayaka Hayashi


Graduate Major in Social and Human Sciences
Dept. of Social and Human Sciences, School of Environment and Society

Learning Acquired Through Involvement

Learning Acquired Through Involvement

Participation in the classroom as a GSA-F frequently provided occasions for me to receive feedback on my own ideas from other students. Perspectives held by other people prompted me to assess matters from multiple facets, while I also became quite sensitive to the challenge of communicating precisely what I wanted to communicate.

  • Completed Advanced Leadership Workshop in 2017, GSA-F

Kazumi Miyata


Graduate Major in Social and Human Sciences
Dept. of Social and Human Sciences, School of Environment and Society

Discovering Excellent Team Building

Discovering Excellent Team Building

Before starting this course, I honestly was unsure. Was it necessary to take a class about leadership for a master’s degree predominantly pursuing research? Would I be able to complete the groupwork with successful communication among my peers?
Taking the class and deliberating with my fellow students nurtured a perspective on how to work as a good team.

  • Completed Peer Review Practicum in 2017, GSA-R
  • Completed Advanced Leadership Workshop in 2018, GSA-F

Ryuki Tahara


Graduate Major in Nuclear Engineering
Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Materials and Chemical Technology

Facilitation Techniques Became Useful in Job Search

Facilitation Techniques Became Useful in Job Search

Through classroom instruction, I studied supportive leadership, in which one learns to trust, delegate to, and grow together with other people.

During my job search activities and group discussions at academic conferences, I exploited the facilitation techniques acquired through GSA work and was able to successfully compile the comments of my groups.

  • Completed Peer Review Practicum in 2017, GSA-R
  • Completed Advanced Leadership Workshop in 2018, GSA-F

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