Three years of an intensive Programme: Experiences, Observations and Learning Points

Jens Myrup Pedersen, Jose Manuel Guterrez Lopez Lopez, Marite Kirikova, Lukasz Zabludowski, Jaume Comellas

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This paper summarizes valuable experiences and learning points from three years of the Erasmus funded Intensive Programme on “Implementing Europe’s Future Broadband Infrastructure”. The programme consisted of a course held each year 2012-2014 during two weeks of July, where 30-35 students and 10-12 teachers from the 4 participating universities would meet in the location of one of the partner institutions. During the three years, the programme was each year adjusted according to the observations and evaluations from the previous year.
The course was organized as a week of course modules, followed by a week of project work. The topics of the first week were defined to support the project work in the following week. The projects were based on real-life problems proposed by companies, and had to be solved in student groups with a mix of nationalities and educational backgrounds.
Among the key learning points, we can highlight the importance of clearly communicating learning goals as well as motivations for the students to work problem-based and across traditional disciplines. Also, having short time to get a
group from four different universities work together it is important to actively encourage (or enforce) the students to mix and work together throughout the course activities. Finally, we found that the model of combining course modules and projects worked well, especially if active learning approaches were used in the course modules.
Keywords: Problem Based Learning, Internationalisation, Intensive Programmes, Cross-Disciplinary projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Seventh International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE' 2015)
PublisherAalborg Universitetsforlag
Publication date2015
Pages206-213
ISBN (Print)978 87 7112 305 0
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE 2015) - Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
Duration: 6 Jul 20159 Jul 2015

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Conference International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE 2015)
CountrySpain
CityDonostia-San Sebastian
Period06/07/201509/07/2015
SeriesInternational Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE)
ISSN2183-1378

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Pedersen, J. M., Lopez, J. M. G. L., Kirikova, M., Zabludowski, L., & Comellas, J. (2015). Three years of an intensive Programme: Experiences, Observations and Learning Points. In Proceedings of the Seventh International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE' 2015) (pp. 206-213). Aalborg Universitetsforlag. International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE)
Pedersen, Jens Myrup ; Lopez, Jose Manuel Guterrez Lopez ; Kirikova, Marite ; Zabludowski, Lukasz ; Comellas, Jaume. / Three years of an intensive Programme : Experiences, Observations and Learning Points. Proceedings of the Seventh International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE' 2015) . Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2015. pp. 206-213 (International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE)).
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Three years of an intensive Programme : Experiences, Observations and Learning Points. / Pedersen, Jens Myrup; Lopez, Jose Manuel Guterrez Lopez; Kirikova, Marite; Zabludowski, Lukasz; Comellas, Jaume.

Proceedings of the Seventh International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE' 2015) . Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2015. p. 206-213 (International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE)).

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Pedersen JM, Lopez JMGL, Kirikova M, Zabludowski L, Comellas J. Three years of an intensive Programme: Experiences, Observations and Learning Points. In Proceedings of the Seventh International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE' 2015) . Aalborg Universitetsforlag. 2015. p. 206-213. (International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE)).