Welcoming University of Tokushima SAC

Now we have added a new SAC to our list.
Please see their video clip here or under “Self-Access and Advising Links.”

Here is the message from our new member Steve:

Hi JASAL Committee,

I am Steve from the University of Tokushima. From July of 2008, we have
started our own SAC. Gradually we have been getting bigger, and we have
been looking for others to share ideas etc. I had not known about JASAL,
and have stumbled upon in while surfing the net and coming across the
SiSAL Journal. I hope we can join the conversation.
Looking forward to hearing from you,

SiSAL Journal available online!

Hello JASAL members!

Our member, Jo Mynard let us know that the first issue of SiSAL Journal is now available online!

SiSAL, Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal (ISSN 2185-3762) is a new peer-reviewed, quarterly online journal that features articles, summaries, perspectives, works in progress and reports related to self-access learning and out-of-class support for students. SiSAL Started life as a modest project at Kanda University of International studies in Japan, but due to expressed interest from beyond KUIS, SiSAL will now be launched as an international publication. The first issue (full text) can viewed at http://sisaljournal.orgThe editorial team is now accepting submissions for upcoming issues. The September issue (deadline August 25th) will have the theme of “materials and activities” and the December issue (deadline November 1st) will have the theme “motivation and beliefs”. Please see the website for more details.



We have created a new section on our website called RESOURCES.
Here, with everyone’s help, we would like to build up a bank of resources that can be useful to all of us!

Especially for members who are in the planning stage or who are in the process of establishing a SAC/advising service, others’ experiences can become a great support and a great role model.
Members who are already operating SAC / advising service for a while can learn new ideas from others’ experiences, too.

A great appreciation to Mr. Andre Parsons from Hokkaido University of Education! You can view documents that he actually used in the process of establishing a SAC including SAC survey, SAC floor plan, SAC Assistant responsibilities, and SAC material list.

This Resource section can only grow as a result of our members’ contributions!
All JASAL members will appreciate your contribution!
Contribution can be anything – SAC floor plan, material list, staff roles, software list, presentation documents, photos, reading list for administrators and staff, initial surveys, evaluation surveys, etc!
To share your documents and help build up our resource bank, please contact Hisako Yamashita at hisakoadvisingATgmail.com !

Thank you!

CALL FOR PAPERS: JASAL Forum at the JALT 2010 conference

Time to share your creative ideas!
We are now accepting proposals for the JASAL Forum at the JALT 2010 conference.
JASAL have held Forums at the JALT conferences since 2006, and this year will be our 5th time! 
Please click the link below for details. Deadline is Wednesday, April 7, 2010.

CALL FOR PAPERS: JASAL Forum at the JALT 2010 conference

If you would like to see what our Forums were like, please check out the “Coferences” information on this website.

Send photos, links, descriptions of your Center&Services!

If you have a self-access center, please send us photos/descripitions/link of the center so that we can introduce your center on our website (go to “Self-Access and Advising Links” on our website to see those we have already) .
Photos help our members who are planning to set up a self-access center~ to get some ideas about layout, furniture, materials and more!

Please send the information to Hisako Sugawara at hisako.y.sugawara@gmail.com

Congratulations! 60 members!

A big news for JASAL!
As you know, JASAL was founded in 2005. 
Not yet, but almost 5  years since we started.
Now, we have over 60 members!! We feel that more institutions are starting up self-access centers and/or advising services compared to five years ago. The experience of setting up a new center/service can be different for each institution, but we are sure that we can be of help to each other! Let’s make use of each other!

About our new website!

Welcome to JASAL’s new website!
We will of course continue with the JASAL Discussion Community as a place to discuss and post questions.
Please click the link “JASAL Discussion Community” on the right hand side of this website
to enter the discussion area.

We would like to try and have a more active JASAL going on!

Thank you for your cooperation!