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

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A briefing session titled “A briefing session on web conferencing and cloud tools usable in face-to-face classes - also discussing ways to utilize generative AI in teaching” will be held on September 14 at 13:00 (only in Japanese). A recording will be provided after the session. Please refer to this page as well.


Dear new faculty members of the University of Tokyo,

The University of Tokyo will mainly conduct face-to-face classes in the academic year 2023 with the necessary infection prevention measures in place. On the other hand, hybrid classes, which combine face-to-face and online presence in classes, or online-only classes will also be offered when it is possible to enhance the educational effect. Even in face-to-face classes, there are many situations where the use of digital technology is effective, 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.

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. Digital technologies such as chat tools and web conferencing have made it easier for people to interact and collaborate with each other at a distance, and have greatly changed the form of communication. There are many situations in which new technologies can lead to meaningful activities, such as collaborative editing using cloud tools for group work in class. It is also important to learn from the opinions of students who have mastered the tools quickly. Although there is still much work to be done to enhance our overall educational activities, we would like to take on the challenge of creating the next generation of education with the collective efforts of all UTokyo.

This portal site, “utelecon,” aggregates information on the system at the University of Tokyo and also introduces advanced usage of 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:

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 ITC-LMS 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.

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, Zoom, and email. 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 ITC-LMS (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”

To improve the security of UTokyo’s IT systems, the “multi-factor authentication” (MFA) is available for UTokyo Accounts. MFA is a security process in which users prove their identity with at least two pieces of evidence. In addition to passwords, users are asked to verify their identity via SMS, authentication applications, and other methods when signing in to their accounts. Through the use of MFA, the risk of unauthorized sign-ins can be decreased, even if your password is compromised under certain situations, which enhances security.

For the overall improvement of university security, UTokyo strongly encourages the activation of multi-factor authentication for UTokyo Accounts. In particular for faculty and staff, everyone is expected to use multi-factor authentication. Please follow the setup procedures in the “Using Multi-Factor Authentication for UTokyo Accounts” page.

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 (Note: Enabling Multi-Factor Authentication for your UTokyo Account is also mandatory for 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 (please note that you cannot sign in with more than one PCs/tablets/smartphones at the same time; however, you can sign in with one PC, one tablet, and one smartphone simultaneously).

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 “ITC-LMS”

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

Logging in to ITC-LMS

  1. Go to ITC-LMS and click “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 ITC-LMS, the “Course Schedule” 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

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 ITC-LMS 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.

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 ITC-LMS’s Functions

The ITC-LMS 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.

The ITC-LMS 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 ITC-LMS 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.

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 (Microsoft 365)

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 (Microsoft 365)” page.

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 have created an account in advance.

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

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).


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).


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.


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.

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 2023 will be available from April 1, 2023.

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.

Taking Attendance

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

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 ITC-LMS, 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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