卒業研究 2019-2020 / Graduation Research Themes

The information below is for current Future University Hakodate students who wish to be supervised for their graduation research project 2019-2020.



THEME 1: Individual Differences and Task Performance [Meta-Learning and Academic Achievement]

This theme is related to educational psychology and the impact of individual differences on task performance and academic learning outcomes. Through quantitative methods and using latent variables, students will measure various individual differences such as personality traits, approaches to learning and motivation. Students will also create specific learning tasks to perform under experimental conditions. The data will be used to model the individual differences which best predict academic performance and achievement. An interest in educational psychology and quantitative research is required. English and Japanese will be used.


THEME 2: Bio-Data Tracking and Task Performance [Medical Technology in Academic Performance]

This theme examines the relationship between real-time physiological indicators of anxiety and arousal and academic task performance. Students will use the wearable medical research device known as the Empatica E4 to measure Electrodermal Activity (EDA), Blood Volume Pulse (BVP), Heart Rate (HR) and Temperature. These physiological feedback indicators will then be used to assess correlations with academic task performance among students. The project aims to measure the impact of anxiety on academic performance in situations such as giving an English-language presentation. An interest in medical technology and learning is required. English and Japanese will be used.


THEME 3: Hakodate Cycle Tourism [Multimedia Design for Local Tourism Promotion]

Cycling promotes positive mental and physical well-being and strengthens connections between humans and nature. Moreover, cycling is a sustainable mode of daily transportation, friendship creation, sports participation and community engagement, and a bridge for local tourism promotion. In this theme students will design and create an interactive bilingual website that promotes cycling tourism in and around Hakodate. Using Strava API data and various technologies such as cameras, GPS tracking and drones, students will ride, record and map local routes and popular courses, collect geographical data and gather other important information for visitors. In addition to the website, the project will produce a bilingual tourist leaflet for distribution around Hakodate. An interest in cycling and your own bike are required. English and Japanese will be used.


THEME 4:  Online Social Fitness Networks (OSFNs) [ICT Design and Motivational Affordances]

The number of interactive fitness technologies, applications and networks which have gamified and biomedicalized real-world activities such as cycling and running have increased significantly over recent years (e.g., Endomondo, Fitocracy, Runtastic, Map My Ride, Nike+ Running, Strava and Zwift). Given this rising popularity, it is important to understand the motivational affordances of these Online Social Fitness Networks (OSFNs). In this theme we will design a data-collection instrument and experiment for use with students who use these platforms in order to understand how technological and social parameters facilitate user motivation and participation. An interest in exercise, fitness and sports related apps is required. English and Japanese will be used.