Project-based learning in a Collaborative Environment: A Math Case Study (72927)

Session Information: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Session Chair: Dorela Kaҫauni

Saturday, 23 September 2023 10:20
Session: Session 1
Room: Room C (Live Stream)
Presentation Type:Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

One of the concerns of higher education institutions is to provide students with a wide range of skills. Whether hard skills, cognitive knowledge skills and professional skills, whether soft skills, problem-solving skills, and teamwork. Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching methodology that involves students designing, developing, and building practical solutions to a problem. And, if it is associated with a collaborative environment (CE), which promotes group work, the student is actively involved in an enriched learning process, allowing him to acquire hard and soft skills. This paper describes a case study on PBL in a CE presented to 26 Mathematical Analysis students of Electrical and Computer Engineering on numerical integration. The project consists of the story “An adventure on treasure island” where each group is inserted and is invited to participate according to a set of tasks described in a small script. Students were encouraged to use different technologies, both computational and geometric (GeoGebra) in the construction of their answers. At the end of the project, 26 students indicate that their contributions were valuable and that they were a fundamental element for the group. That cooperation (80.0%), responsibility (69.2%) and commitment (61.5%) define their performance in the project and that they were confident in what they learned (88.5%). All students liked the use of PBL-CE and 92.5% stated that it contributed to the development of skills inherent to the engineering course and professionals. With this experience in PBL-CE, it seems possible to develop a broad set of skills in students.

Cristina Caridade, Politechnic Institute of Coimbra, Portugal
Corália Pimenta, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Portugal

About the Presenter(s)
Cristina Caridade is a Professor in the Coimbra Institute of Engineering, Portugal. Her research is digital image processing, along with the development of educational tools and mathematical applications for engineering students.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00