PBL Student Projects and Sustainable Development Goals: A Case Study

Jens Myrup Pedersen, Rasmi-Vlad Mahmoud, Christian Hundborg Liboriussen, Jo Besford, Mark Swartz

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Working with the Sustainable Development Goals can be a highly motivating factor in Problem Based Learning, especially if the solutions produced can be used afterwards and have an actual impact on people and communities. This paper describes how three engineering students from Aalborg University, Denmark, collaborated with the South African Organisation Green Shoots on bringing IT-supported Math education out to some of the most disadvantaged learners from townships and rural areas of the Western Cape. The project provided the Danish students with a unique learning experience and have a lasting impact on the communities involved. While the content of the project focused on bringing IT-supported Math education to learners in previously disadvantaged areas around the Western Cape, the project also provided valuable insight into how such students' projects, where the outcomes benefit people and communities suffering from socio-economic challenges e.g. poverty, can be carried out. In addition to demonstrate that such projects are actually possible, we studied three critical aspects: How to ensure a good fit between learning objectives and project outcome, how to ensure that the project creates value for the partner organisation and communities, and how to ensure that the projects can be conducted without overloading the university supervisors. We believe that student projects focusing on SDGs have a big potential in terms of providing highly motivating student projects yet at the same time contribute to a better world through solutions that are being used even afterwards. However, our study was just a single case with one group of three students. We hope it will serve as inspiration for larger studies, where more quantitative data could be gathered in terms of how to establish a good framework around such projects, and in order to demonstrate the value for students and societies.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
BogserieInternational Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE)
Vol/bind10
Sider (fra-til)398-406
Antal sider9
ISSN2183-1378
StatusUdgivet - 2020
BegivenhedInternational Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE) & Active Learning in Engineering Education Workshop (ALE) - Pattaya, Thailand
Varighed: 24 aug. 202028 aug. 2020

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KonferenceInternational Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE) & Active Learning in Engineering Education Workshop (ALE)
Land/OmrådeThailand
ByPattaya
Periode24/08/202028/08/2020

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