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Mini Workshop - Designing Project-Based Courses for Learning and Cost-Effective Teaching
KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Lärande. (Högskolepedagogik)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8664-6854
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering, Lightweight Structures.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9207-3404
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering, Naval Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3337-1900
2011 (English)In: 2011 Frontiers In Education Conference (FIE), 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This workshop draws on experience in the international collaboration for engineering education reform, called the CDIO Initiative, where project-based learning is a key part of the concept. The purpose of project-based courses in engineering education is to provide environments where students can develop a deeper working knowledge of technical fundamentals together with the complex skills necessary for engineering practice, or in short: where students can become engineers. In this workshop, the learning perspective is emphasized, by identifying trade-offs where there are inherent tensions between learning outcomes and other factors in project-based courses (such as project goal, product performance, technical sophistication, teacher popularity, student satisfaction). A set of principles are derived for enhancing learning and teaching in project-based courses, using concrete examples to illustrate thought-provoking implications. Each principle aims to improve both student learning outcomes and cost-effectiveness of teaching. Together the principles constitute a framework for learning-driven course design. The aim is to challenge assumptions and common practices in project-based courses, and provoke fruitful discussion among participants.

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, Frontiers in Education Conference, ISSN 0190-5848
Keyword [en]
Cost-effective teaching, Course design, Project-based learning, Learning trade-offs
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-93035DOI: 10.1109/FIE.2011.6143125ISI: 000300879800430ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84858178576ISBN: 978-1-61284-469-5OAI: diva2:514551
41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) OCT 12-15, 2011 Rapid City, SD
QC 20120410Available from: 2012-04-10 Created: 2012-04-10 Last updated: 2012-04-10Bibliographically approved

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