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Creation of an e-learning system to support foreign nurses and caregivers on EPA preparing for license exams in Japan

Implementing Agency The Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS) (Japan) Year 2/3
Project classification Self-OperatedGrantCommissionedOthers Year project budget implementation 10,100,000yen
Project Contents
Government policy dictates that training for nurses and certified care workers on the basis of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) can be given only if trainees have passed the relevant state exams in Japan. However, little support is provided for trainees to study for these exams, due to discord among government offices and the lack of Japanese language teachers highly skilled in relevant fields. In this project, an e-learning training curriculum will be developed for state exam candidates whose native language is not Japanese to assist such individuals in studying for the exams.
Implementation Plan
In the second year of this three-year project, the following activities will be carried out.

  • Committee meeting for development of teaching materials (April) :
    A panel of experts in the fields of nursing, care work, Japanese language education and e-learning will convene to identify content for teaching materials to help candidates understand questions in the state exams.
  • Development and release of teaching materials (April-August) :
    Based on the findings of the committee, necessary additional content will be added to the teaching materials developed last year for the nursing field. The teaching materials for the care work field will be developed using experience gained in creating the materials for the nursing field, and will include a mock test, specialist vocabulary list, and examples of frequently-occurring expressions in the exam. At the same time, work will be continued on system development necessary to digitize the teaching material. Individual modules will be uploaded to the Web upon their completion. The main tasks involved are as follows:
    • (1) Creation of a document describing the teaching materials, (April-June),
    • (2) Digitization of the teaching materials (July-August),
    • (3) Test operation of the program and release of some sections (August),
    • (4) Management of master data of trainees/maintenance of equipment and materials (August).
  • Pilot operation of e-learning training (July 2010-March 2011) :
    At some point in June after the teaching materials and training have been fully developed, candidates will be sent relevant information and invited to participate in the e-learning training. Trainees will study for the exams in accordance with instructions provided online, however mentors will be available to answer study-related questions and deal with any other problems by e-mail. Furthermore, trainees’ progress will be tracked, principally by means of e-mail, screenings will be carried out, and consulting will be performed with organizations likely to take on the trainees.
Project Results
The project aims to build an e-learning and training curriculum for candidates desiring posts as nurses or caregivers in Japan based on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. In the first
year, the curriculum was developed for the nursing field.

In 2010, a revised edition was released, expanding the content of Japanese language study and specialized study in nursing fields, to prepare for the national exam. In 2011, three of the people who passed the national nursing exam had been studying under this curriculum. Success in this exam may be linked to the use of this curriculum that was developed under this project to teach problem-solving and Japanese language skills.