June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
The paper discusses two important facets of engineering education: international student exchange programs and project-based learning, both through a joint Indo-Japanese program that ran over the last three years. Each year, the Japanese university chose a few students, who self-financed their participation in the program including a weeklong stay in India. The Japanese and Indian program managers discussed the program plan and selected suitable Indian students for the program.
In the first year, the teams created an Indian cultural web portal and executed water rocket projects; in the second year they conducted an augmented reality project and in the third year a robotics project. In December, the program managers and student teams discussed and got ready for the projects. In January and February they developed their projects by interacting with each other over Skype or phone. In late Feb and early March, the Japanese students visited India for a week and together they completed the project. Students maintained a journal for the week and filled in a feedback form that asked them their satisfaction with the program, expectations and learning from the program and suggestions for future iterations.
All three batches have immensely liked the program. They wanted to work on the exciting technical projects as well as learn new cultures. They always felt that they should have spent more time for the preparation, especially to understand the other culture. We think that indicates their eagerness to have deeper experiences. The paper will describe the programs in detail and analyze feedback of all the participants.
Ohsaki, A., & Waychal, P. K. (2017, June), Internationalization of Project-Based Learning Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28573
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