Getting Ready for ICT Systems at the UTokyo (for Faculty Members)

A briefing session titled “Briefing Session on IT Tools for Instructors Teaching for the First Time at UTokyo” will be held on March 11 at 15:00 (only in Japanese). Additionary, briefing session titled “Briefing Session on Enhancing Use of IT Tools at UTokyo” will be held on March 15 at 15:00 (only in Japanese). Recordings will be provided after the session. Please refer to these pages as well.


Dear new faculty members of the University of Tokyo,

While digital technology is being used widely in the society these days, the University of Tokyo is also making progress in its Digital Transformation (DX) initiatives. In education, face-to-face classes are the main form of teaching, but there are many situations where the use of digital technology is needed, such as electronic distribution of materials and submission of assignments. For classes where students bring their own laptops to the classroom, we are working on related initiatives such as establishing a BYOD policy and enhancing the Wi-Fi to cover most of the campus. We would like to ask you to make the initial account setup and other necessary preparations well in advance so that you can smoothly conduct activities using systems such as the learning management systems (LMS) and web conferencing.

Nowadays, for the past year or so, generative AI, as represented by ChatGPT, has been a hot topic of discussion. The University of Tokyo appreciates its positive aspects and will not uniformly prohibit the use of generative AI tools, and we will actively explore its potential applications to education and research. On the other hand, there is also a concern that students may carelessly use generative AI and fail to achieve the learning objectives they are supposed to acquire. We hope instructors themselves will try using AI to understand what AI is good at and bad at, and then set their stance as instructors on the use of generative AIs for each class and assignment, in line with the goals of the class, and communicate this stance clearly to students. For details, please refer to the guideline “Policy on the use of AI tools in classes”. We also published a message “生成系AIについて (About generative AI)” (only in Japanese) last year, so please refer to it as well. Although there are still some aspects that remain to be seen how the University’s activities will change, while incorporating the opinions of students who are quickly becoming proficient in using the tools, we would like to take on the challenge of creating the next generation of education with the collective efforts of all the University of Tokyo.

On the other hand, the information security environment has become very severe in recent years, partly due to the worsening social situation. We have a lot of critical information, such as information related to cutting-edge research, and ensuring its security is a serious issue. Although we have taken necessary measures for the operation of the information system, the cooperation of each faculty and staff member is also indispensable, as each member’s account is one of the entrances to access information within the university. In particular, we have introduced a “Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)” system that requires users to sign in using a smartphone or other device in addition to a password, and we require everyone to use this system. This is included as part of the initial setup procedure, so please make sure to do it. We also offer a course called “Information Security Education”, which you are requested to attend.

This portal site, “utelecon”, aggregates information on the system at the University of Tokyo and also introduces advanced usage of various tools such as chat tools and web conferencing, not to mention the initial setup of accounts and various tools. We hope that this information will lead to your creative and proactive efforts. We also operate a support desk with student staff, so please feel free to use it if you have any problems or difficulties.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated so that students can have a fulfilling study and student life through our educational activities.

Executive Vice President / Chief Information Officer
OHTA Kunihiro

Types of Classes and Their Handling

Types of Classes

There are several forms of classes offered at the University of Tokyo(UTokyo). In addition to the traditional face-to-face classes, various forms of online classes are provided. This section introduces the four categories of classes, including face-to-face classes, and explains the requirements for media classes (online classes).

Please refer to the “Utilizing Online Resources in Teaching” page (in Japanese) for more information such as key points and practical examples for each class type.

Face-To-Face (Complete Face-To-Face)

This is a traditional class type conducted fully face-to-face in a classroom.

Face-To-Face with Synchronous Online Delivery (Hybrid)

In this class type, classes are held face-to-face in the classroom and is also delivered via a web conferencing system. However, it should be noted that how the hybrid classes are implemented will vary depending on the ratio of participants in the classroom to the participants online. Furthermore, it is necessary to consider what equipment to use before conducting the class to allow both participants in the classroom and online to speak (please check with your department on the usage of equipment).

The requirement for this type of media class (online class) is that “the class is held simultaneously and interactively”. This requirement can be met using a web conferencing system (e.g., Zoom) or a video streaming system (e.g., YouTube) with a function that accept comments.

Online (Synchronous Online Delivery)

In this class type, the instructor and all students communicate online in real-time, generally using web conferencing systems such as Zoom.

The requirement for this type of media class (online class) is that “the class is held simultaneously and interactively”. This requirement can be met using a web conferencing system (e.g., Zoom) or a video streaming system (e.g., YouTube) with a function that accept comments.

On-Demand (Asynchronous Online Delivery)

In this class type, students study materials individually (e.g., videos and documents) prepared by the instructor. Classes of this type are limited at UTokyo.

Course materials for this class type could be video materials created by the instructor, recordings of classes held real-time using a web conference system, and ready-made video materials such as OpenCourseWare (OCW) and Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

The requirements for this type of media class (online class) are as follows:

  • Sufficient education is provided through questions and answers, correction guidance, etc. By having “teaching assistants meet the students in person outside the classroom after every class” or by having “the class’s instructors or teaching assistants use the internet or other appropriate procedures immediately after the relevant class”.
  • Students are ensured the opportunity to exchange opinions about the relevant class.

Therefore, simply posting course materials does not meet the requirements for this class type. In contrast, it is necessary to prepare web bulletin boards (the “bulletin board” function in UTOL is available at UTokyo) and encourage students to exchange opinions. It is also required to provide assignments and quizzes, ask questions to students, and hold question and answer sessions regarding the class content.

Institutional Handling of Classes

Institutionally, classes are categorized into “face-to-face” and “remote” classes. Undergraduate students are only allowed to include up to 60 credits of “remote classes” for graduation requirements. Therefore, the category of a course is a critical matter for students.

Please note that online courses for the 2020 and 2021 academic years will not be included in the 60 credits due to special circumstances.

  • Classes institutionally categorized into “face-to-face classes” are classes that “provide the opportunity to attend class in person for at least half of the total class hours for all students (enrolled in the relevant course)“.
    • Of the class types mentioned earlier, “face-to-face (complete face-to-face)” and also “face-to-face with synchronous online delivery (hybrid)” are usually institutionally categorized into “face-to-face classes”.
  • Classes institutionally categorized into “remote classes” are classes that do not fall under “face-to-face classes”.
    • Of the class types mentioned earlier, “online (synchronous online type)” and “on-demand (asynchronous online type)” are institutionally categorized into “remote classes”.
  • If classes are held “face-to-face” (including “face-to-face with synchronous online delivery”) and “online” within a single course (“face-to-face/online hybrid type”), the class category (“face-to-face classes” or “remote classes”) will be determined depending on the total class hours of each class type.

For details on the institutional handling of each class type, please refer to “対面とオンラインを併用した授業実施形態にかかる取扱いの判断基準等について (Criteria for the Handling of Class Types with Face-to-Face and Online Combined, etc.)” (for faculty members only; in Japanese).

Troubleshooting: Technical Support Desk

If you have any problems or need advice on using information systems, please consult the Technical Support Desk. The Technical Support Desk provides consultation services through three tools: chat, online call, and email form. The Technical Support Desk will respond quickly through the collaboration of student staff “Common Supporters” and faculty members.

Getting Started: Initial Setup of the Common ID “UTokyo Account”, etc

“UTokyo Account” is the account used for logging in to UTokyo’s IT systems, such as Zoom and UTOL (which are explained later). Its username is also called “Common ID”.

The following is an explanation of the UTokyo Account’s initial setup procedure. Please read this section carefully, as it is an important procedure necessary for using UTokyo’s systems.

Changing the Initial Password for your UTokyo Account

  1. You will receive the “Notification regarding password for the UTokyo Account”, which will include your initial password from your faculty or graduate school. Faculty members who need it for classes should receive the notification, but if you have not, please contact the relevant office of your faculty/graduate school.
  2. Please log in to the UTokyo Account User Menu with the username and password indicated on the notification.

  3. Click “Password Change” on the upper left to change your password (you cannot use the services with your initial password). When choosing a new password, make sure that you use a password that sets the strength indicator to “strong” or “very-strong”.

    Currently, there is a problem with Safari on macOS, iPhones, and iPads, where the password entered by the password autofill function fails to allow you to sign in after you have set a password for your UTokyo Account. To avoid this problems, please do not use the automatically generated password, but create a password of your own manually or by some other means, and be sure to remember it (or write it down in a safe place). Please refer to this announcement for more information on how to deal with the problem of signing in (in Japanese).

At this point, you will be able to log in to UTokyo’s systems including UTAS, which is used to input syllabi and grades. (* For information on how to use UTAS, please check the academic affairs office of your faculty/graduate school, or log in to UTAS, then click “Other” in the menu at the top of the screen and download the manual from the “Download Center”.)

Setting up “Multi-Factor Authentication for your UTokyo Account”

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a security process in which users prove their identity using at least two pieces of evidence. In addition to passwords, users are asked to verify their identity via SMS, authentication applications, or other methods when signing into their accounts. To improve the overall security of the university, UTokyo requires that you enable multi-factor authentication for your UTokyo Account. Please follow the setup procedures in the “Initial Setup Procedures for Multi-Factor Authentication for UTokyo Accounts”.

Currently, some systems cannot be used until multi-factor authentication is enabled, and we plan to gradually expand the number of systems that are subject to such settings. For details, please refer to “Multi-Factor Authentication is Mandatory for UTokyo Account”.

Attending the Information Security Education

UTokyo is conducting various initiatives for the improvement of information security, all of which are detailed on “Information Security at UTokyo” page. A prime example of these initiatives is the implementation of the annual Information Security Education for all UTokyo Account holders. Newly appointed members should first attend this Information Security Education.

For details about the procedure of the course, kindly refer to the Information Security Education page. Once you complete the course, you will be able to use UTokyo Wi-Fi, UTokyo VPN, and UTokyo Slack.

Using Zoom

Zoom is a simultaneous interactive web conferencing system and is one of the most frequently used tools in online classes. There are other conferencing systems that perform similar functions, but if there are no particular reasons, we recommend you use Zoom as it is a familiar tool for students.

Signing in to Zoom

UTokyo has a license agreement with Zoom, and allowing you to hold meetings with a maximum capacity of 300 participants and for a 30-hour duration by signing in with your account.

  1. Go to the UTokyo Zoom page (please note that this is a Zoom sign-in page for UTokyo members only and is not the regular Zoom sign-in page).
  2. A page labeled “UTokyo Zoom” will appear. Click the “Config” button on this page.

    Help: If you cannot see the page that says “UTokyo Zoom” after accessing the link above

    This happens when you are already signed into Zoom with your existing account. Click the icon in the upper right corner of the Zoom settings page (your icon or the human silhouette if you do not have a profile picture) to “SIGN OUT”. Thereafter, try to access the site again.

  3. Unless you have already signed in, the UTokyo Account sign-in page will be displayed. Please sign in.

  4. If you see “Licensed” with your Common ID after clicking the icon in the top right corner of the Zoom settings page (a human silhouette or a profile picture that you have set up), you have successfully signed into Zoom with your UTokyo Account.

If this procedure does not work, please consult the Technical Support Desk.

The app has a different sign-in procedure than that of the browser. Please refer to the Zoom sign-in procedure page for more information.

Creating a Meeting Room

Steps below are for setting up a Zoom meeting room.

  1. Sign in to Zoom and click “Schedule” in the top right corner.
  2. The meeting setup page will appear.
    • Enter a name (title) for the meeting room in the “Topic” field.
    • Enter the date, time, and duration of the meeting. If you check the “Recurring meeting” checkbox, you can hold classes multiple times in one meeting room (without changing the URL).
    • Please be careful when enabling “Require authentication to join” to restrict access to a meeting room especially at the beginning of the new semester. Some students may not have set up their UTokyo Account. For more details, please see “Restricting Access to Zoom Meeting Rooms for Online Classes”.
  3. Click “Save”. You will be directed to a page where you can confirm the details of the meeting room you have set up. The meeting room URL will be displayed in the “Invite Link” section. Participants can enter the room using this URL.

Detailed Instructions

For detailed instructions on how to use Zoom, please refer to the Zoom page on this site.

Using the Learning Management System “UTOL”

UTokyo uses the UTOL learning management system. Features of UTOL include distribution of lecture materials, submission of assignments, online examinations, and notification from instructors to students. The UTOL is also used for announcing online class URLs to students. The following explains how to use the UTOL.

Logging in to UTOL

  1. Access UTOL and press “Login”.

  2. Unless you have already signed in, the UTokyo Account sign-in page will be displayed. Please sign in.

Opening the Course Page

When you log in to the UTOL, the “Timetable” screen will be displayed. The courses you will teach should already be displayed. By clicking on each course, you will be taken to the individual course page, where you can perform the following operations.

Troubleshooting guide: When your courses are not displayed

  • Course information is registered in the UTOL approximately one month before the start of the course. It will not be displayed before that time.

  • Courses are automatically registered through the Academic Affairs System (UTAS) link, and by default, only courses in UTAS where you are registered as the instructor will be displayed. In addition to the automatic registration through the linkage, faculty members who are already registered as instructors can manually add other instructors using the procedures by adding a course participant.

Announcing Online Class URLs

The basic rule for announcing online class URLs to students is to use the “Online course information” section at the top of the UTOL course page. The editing screen will open when you click the edit button (pencil icon) on the right of the “Online course information” section. On this page, you can enter all the information.

  • Please note that only entering the URL will not create a link. Click the Link icon on the editing screen to complete the link creation process.
  • It is helpful to input the meeting ID and passcode along with the online class URL so that students can also easily join from their tablets.

After you have finished entering information, click the “Proceed to Confirmation Screen” button at the bottom, then click “Register” to submit your information.

For further details on announcing the online class URLs, please see the “How to Announce Online Class URL (for Faculty Members)” page.

Using UTOL’s Functions

The UTOL functions are listed below. For more details on how to use each function, please see the manual, which can be downloaded from the “Manual” button in the upper right corner after logging in.

  • Information notices: This feature allows instructors to contact students. Depending on the student’s settings, the message will be sent by email, LINE, or UTokyo Slack.
  • Messages: This feature allows course participants to contact each other. By default, messages from other participants are sent to the email address registered in the staff directory, but this can be changed from “Settings” in the upper right corner.
  • Course Materials: This feature allows you to distribute class materials. For more details on how to use this feature, please see the “Upload Materials” page.
  • Assignments: This feature allows you to upload reports and other assignments online. For more details on how to use this feature, please see the “Prepare Assignments” page.
  • Quizzes: This feature allows you to conduct online tests. It enables you to set a time limit for answering questions or to automatically grade multiple-choice questions. For more details on how to use this feature, please see the “Prepare Quizzes” page.
  • Surveys: This feature allows you to take surveys from students.
  • Manage Attendance: This feature allows you to manage attendance by sending a “one-time password” to attendees via Zoom or other means and asking them to enter it. For more details on how to use this feature, please see the pages “Prepare for Confirming Attendance in Classes”, “Let Your Students Know the Code for Attendance” and “Confirm Attendance”.
  • Forums: This is a “bulletin board” feature that allows students and instructors to exchange opinions and ideas.

The UTOL functions are similar to other ICT class support tools, but what is noteworthy is that the system is linked to UTokyo Account and the UTAS for course registration, making it quite easy to pass information to “only students of UTokyo” or to “only students enrolled in the course”. Furthermore, because UTOL is popular among students, it is highly recommended that it be used for distributing lecture materials and collecting/returning assignments.

Using UTokyo’s IT Systems

In addition to the systems described above, UTokyo subscribes to and operates various information systems that can be used for classes, education, and research.

UTokyo Wi-Fi

This is a campus-wide Wi-Fi service. It provides access to databases and e-journals that are only available on campus. Please note that you cannot use this service unless you prepare in advance.

For further details on how to use this feature, please see the “UTokyo Wi-Fi” page.

ECCS Cloud Email (Google Workspace)

This is an account for using Google’s services (Google Workspace) as a UTokyo member.

With this account, you can use various services including Gmail, which allows you to use your UTokyo email address ( Google Drive (an online storage service), Google Docs (a document creation service), Google Sheets (a spreadsheet service), Google Forms (a form creation service), YouTube, (a video streaming service), and Google Meet (a web conferencing service). It also allows you to restrict the sharing to UTokyo members only (limited access), which is a feature not available to regular Google accounts.

For further details on how to use this feature, please see the “ECCS Cloud Email (Google Workspace)” page.

UTokyo Microsoft License

UTokyo provides access to Microsoft’s services through a university account and offers downloads of Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel. Other available services include the Web version of Office, OneDrive (an online storage service), and Microsoft Forms (a form creation service).

For further details on how to use this feature, please see the “UTokyo Microsoft License” page.


Slido is an interaction app that provides features such as Q&A, live polling, and questionnaires that are useful for interactive communication with participants in classes, conferences, and lectures. Because Slido is linked to Webex, of which UTokyo has a licensing agreement, you can use Slido’s paid functions through your university account.

For further details on how to use this feature, please see the “Slido” page (in Japanese).


MATLAB is a programming language developed for scientific and technical calculations, and numerical calculation and mathematical equation processing software based on it. UTokyo offers MATLAB licenses to students and faculty members to improve their educational effectiveness and research efficiency. In addition, UTokyo provides a support desk for MATLAB users in cooperation with MathWorks, the developer of the software, and is developing a campus community to share information about the software’s use in classes.

Please refer to the UTokyo MATLAB Campus-Wide License page for details on usage and technical support.

ECCS Terminals

A programming environment and software for various purposes, such as statistics and 3DCG, are already installed and can be used without going through the installation procedure. Prior approval is required to use the system. Please note that you are required to complete the procedures to use the terminals.

For further details, please see the websites below (below are the main information pages).


UTokyo has contracted this service to provide off-campus access to UTokyo members-only e-journals (available to students as well as faculty and staff).

For further details on usage, please see the “EZproxy” page.

Other Systems

Antivirus Software

UTokyo provides a Comprehensive Antivirus Software License (UTokyo Antivirus License) (in Japanese) for faculty members and students. UTokyo requires you to “install appropriate antivirus software on all the computers you administrate” in the “Guidelines for Information Ethics and Computer Use”. Please use them if necessary.

The version for academic year 2024 will be available from April 1, 2024.

UTokyo VPN

Some IT systems at UTokyo (for example, the Personnel Information MyWeb) can only be accessed through the university’s internal network. The “UTokyo VPN” is a service that allows users to access these systems from off-campus. For further details on how to use this feature, please see the UTokyo VPN page (in Japanese).

Guidelines for Online Classes

The Tools Usage Guideline for Online Class Since S Semester 2021” is the established guideline for online classes. Please also check your department’s policy on conducting online classes because each department may have its own policy.

Tips for Online Classes

When conducting online classes, you may have opportunities to share class recordings and to keep track of attendance. Using functions provided by various tools, you can perform these tasks without excessive burden on both the lecturer and student. The following sections describe some of the most common methods.

Sharing Recordings

This section explains how to record and share a class. Recording a class is not only for students who could not attend the class because of equipment/connection issues or illness. It is useful for all students because they can watch it for review or pause it to learn at their own pace.

  • Zoom has a recording function called “Record”. Notably, the “Cloud Recording” feature enables you to save videos to the Zoom Cloud for sharing with others later. When sharing a video, you can also restrict access to UTokyo members.
  • Uploading recordings of Zoom videos to Google Drive or YouTube after editing them, such as deleting part of them, is a common method of sharing them. In such cases, you can also restrict access to UTokyo members.
  • By posting video URLs in the “Course Materials” section of the UTOL, you can share these videos with students.

Taking Attendance

In this section, we will explain how to record student attendance in online classes.

  • UTOL’s attendance management function: This is a feature that allows you to manage attendance by sending a “one-time password” to attendees via Zoom or other means and asking them to enter it.
  • Zoom’s reporting feature: This is a feature that allows you to view and download the list of Zoom meeting participants.
    • For more information on how to use this feature, please see “(Zoom for Faculty members) Managing Attendance”.
    • For participants who were signed in with their UTokyo Zoom account, we can assume that they attended the class.
    • For participants who were not signed into Zoom, we cannot know for sure if they were present, because participant names can be set by the participants themselves.
    • Because there is a possibility that records will be lost if the system is disconnected or reconnected during class, measures such as allowing participants to check their attendance status may be necessary.

Additionally, because of the nature of online classes, students may not always be listening to the class even if they are connected to the Zoom meeting room, so in addition to taking attendance, it may be a good idea to check the students’ understanding of the class content through reaction papers, quizzes, and other means. (You can use the survey feature of UTOL, Google Forms, Microsoft Forms, and others). Because online classes tend to have more assignments, it is suggested to take students’ workload into consideration and have these reaction papers and quizzes completed during the class time.

How to Use Online Resources

This website, “Online Class / Web Conference Portal Site @ The University of Tokyo,” also known as “utelecon”, provides a variety of useful information for online classes, such as how to use the IT systems mentioned on this page.

In particular, the “Improving Online Classes” page covers the use of various information systems in the classroom, practical examples of online classes, and other resources that will help you take the next step toward online classes.

We also run the Technical Support Desk. If you have any problems with the above procedures, please contact us.

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