14th Jan 2009 | 03:28 pm | Filed under

Justification of the Project

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and Project-Based Learning are teaching methods based on principles of student-centred learning, which target an interdisciplinary curriculum. Currently many universities in different countries all over the world exploit the opportunity for PBL as they move from the traditional paradigm towards the techno-science paradigm by implementing project-organised and practice related learning models (Graaf, E. Kolmos, A. (2007) Management of Change Implementation of Problem and Project based learning in Engineering. Sense: Rotterdam)

Aims, objectives and products

The overarching aim of the project is to develop a common European framework that links to each other Project-, Problem- and Practice- Based Learning approaches in three areas of studies of university education and the related models for university-enterprise cooperation:

  • Education of  professionals in business administration and related to Project-Based Learning and undertaken in “Company Action Projects” (CAP),
  • Education of engineers with an emphasis on problem-based learning and related arrangements for PBL-inquiries,
  • Education of teachers for vocational education and training and related cooperation models for practice-based learning.
  • In order to produce a common framework the representatives of the three areas of studies and their partner enterprises have to develop common criteria for identifying good practice in university-enterprise cooperation and for embedding successful patterns to university curricula.

The objectives of the project are the following:

  • To specify the curricular framework and guiding pedagogic principles (for using PBL-models in the participating areas of studies and in the countries in concern;
  • To develop instruments for evaluating the use value and success criteria of different PBL models (in collaboration with the enterprise partners) from the learners’ and partner enterprises’ point of view.
  • To develop a common and domain-specific R&D tool box that includes both tools to be used by students (within the PBL processes) as well as tools to be used by developers of PBL arrangements (for evaluating and developing the PBL-arrangements);
  • To develop a common strategy for valorisation of the joint framework with wider networks of associated partners and to disseminate the results of the project across the expert communities in which the partners are involved.

The main products of the project Euronet-PBL will be the following:

  • A Common European quality framework for developing PBL models in different areas of studies and expertise with the help of a common evaluation instrument;
  • Guidelines for domain-specific PBL models with references to a collection of exemplary cases;
  • A Common PBL toolbox that includes learners’ tools (research and development tools used by students in the PBL arrangements) and developers’ tools (evaluation and support tools that help to improve the PBL arrangements and related cooperation arrangements);
  • A Web-platform that supports developmental activities, dissemination of the results and broader networking;
  • Publications in academic and professional journals, a joint book publication, and targeted dissemination events (organised jointly by professional associations).

The expected impact of the project Euronet-PBL will be:

  • at the European level the common framework (and the related products) provide a basis for knowledge transfer beyond the three areas of studies as well as the participating regions;
  • at the domain-specific level the joint results (framework, guidelines, toolbox, exemplary cases and web resources) provide a basis for the enrichment of the PBL arrangements and cooperation arrangements,
  • at the local and regional level the joint results and dissemination activities provide the basis for broader networking across pilot regions in which universities and enterprises are developing PBL-related cooperation;
  • at the local level the tools and criteria developed by the project will enhance cooperation between companies and universities as well as stimulate new cooperation projects.

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