Thursday July 11, 2019, Biology Education Study Program of Tidar Universityin collaboration with the Student Association of Biology Education hold an Educational Seminar by using a theme “Designing Project-Based Learning through Lesson Study.”This education seminar was held in Engineering Building E2, Room 03.06.Besides involving speaker from the lecturer of Biology Education Study Program in Tidar University, Dr.Ericka Darmawan, M.Pd.as an educational practitioner and researcher who have implemented project-based learning and lesson study at Tidar University, the seminar also invited speaker from the University of Nusantara PGRI Kediri, Dr.Agus Muji Santoso, M.Sc.,who have participated in the STOLS Program (Short-term Training on Lesson Study) in Japan.
This seminar must be followed by all Biology Education Study Program students of Tidar University. The seminar started at 09. 00 pm and opened by Kukilo dance performed by students of Biology Education Study Program, Icha Pamira and Hagni Sukma. The speech delivered by Yoga Aditya as Chair of the Students Association and the seminar was officially opened by the Biology Education Study Program Coordinator, Dr. Setiyo Prajoko, M.Pd..
This education seminar was intended for Biology Education students as the initial provision as the teachers to-be and also in facing learning activities in schools. Not only explaining about lesson study and project-based learning, the speakers also explained the advantages of project-based learning which was applied with lesson study.
Project-based learning is a learning approach that involves students in problem solving activities and also gives opportunity for them in learning autonomously, constructs their own learning, and as the result they will be able to produce their realistic creation. Furthermore, lesson study is a method that enhances the learning quality that was initiated by teachers in Japan, then started to be adapted in Indonesia through the JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) program. It was conducted by the teachers collaboratively, by following some principles, such as designing learning for reaching the learning purposes, implementing learning, observing the learning implementation, as well as doing reflection for discussing the next planning for the learning improvement. The main focus of the lesson study implementation is the students’ involvement in the learning activity in class. Finally, the implementation of project-based learning through this lesson study makes the students easier in understanding the material, their level of confidence increases, students’ involvement increase, and provide more value about empathy and encourage students in group working. (ER)