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India and Japan Joint Project-Based Learning -What was Learned from the Design Thinking Workshop-

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2016 ASEE International Forum


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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Ayano OHSAKI P.E. Okayama University

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Ms Ayano OHSAKI is an assistant professor at Okayama University. She also works as an assistant professor at the Innovation Center for Engineering Education, Tottori University since 2012. She is in charge of development new engineering education program. The objectives of the program are improvement of creativity, collaboration skills and problem solving skills. Students learn communication skills, project management skills, analysis, etc. by working on design assignments and projects in this program. More than 400 students are studying in this program. She is writing a textbook and developing an assessment system for this program.

She is pursuing her doctoral research in Computer Supported Collaborative Leaning (CSCL) and the Engineering Design. Prior to this, she also has over 5 years of experiences as a Production Engineer. She designed a jig, production processes and production systems for on-vehicle unit systems.

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This study proposes a new instructional method with Design Thinking for the International Engineering Education Program. I analyzed the daily reports and the final reports of Japanese students in India-Japan joint workshop classes. The result of analysis, students learn about learning objective through international PBL was confirmed from final report. Moreover, my work suggests three design principles for International PBL.

Higher education of engineering needs to develop global engineers with both knowledge and problem-solving skills. Especially, Japanese engineering education has focused on engineering design. The Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education defines engineering design as an “open-ended and creative problem-solving process based on the knowledge of science, technology, and social sciences and humanities.” Engineering design is interdisciplinary and diverse problem solving related to engineering.

This international workshop on Design Thinking started in 2015. This workshop aims to foster problem-solving skills in global society through international PBL (project-based learning). Recently, many Japanese universities such as Yamaguchi University have engaged in international PBL. However, there has been little research on PBL’s effects in the international environment.

In this workshop, students develop new products to solve social problems. The workshop consists of two terms. The first is the preparation term, in which students make a requirements specification document on the Web. The second is the real collaboration term, in which the Japanese students visit India and create a prototype model of the new product that they have suggested.

Three Japanese students participated in the workshop for the years 2015 and 2016. Six Indian students participated in 2015 and four in 2016. The 2015 topic was “Application Software with Augmented Reality for Visitors.” Students developed an application software for android smartphones. The 2016 topic was “Health Food Robotics.” Students developed a robot for helping healthy life.

OHSAKI, A. (2016, June), India and Japan Joint Project-Based Learning -What was Learned from the Design Thinking Workshop- Paper presented at 2016 ASEE International Forum, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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