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Internationalization of Project-Based Learning

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Nontraditional Teaching Approaches

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Ayano Ohsaki Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology

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Ms Ayano OHSAKI is an assistant professor at Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology. She worked as an assistant professor at the Innovation Center for Engineering Education, Tottori University for 4years. She was in charge of development new engineering education program. The objectives of the program were 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 were studying in 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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Pradeep Kashinath Waychal Guruji Education Foundation Orcid 16x16

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Dr Pradeep Waychal is a founder trustee of Guruji Education Foundation that provides holistic support to the higher education of underprivileged students and a visiting professor of Engineering Education at CRICPE of Western Michigan University, US. Earlier, Dr Waychal has worked at Patni Computer Systems for 20 years in various positions including the head of innovations, NMIMS as the director Shirpur campus, and at College of Engineering Pune (COEP) as the founder head of the innovation Center.

Dr Waychal earned his Ph D in the area of developing Innovation Competencies in Information System Organizations from IIT Bombay and M Tech in Control Engineering from IIT Delhi. He has presented keynote / invited talks in many high profile international conferences and has published papers in peer-reviewed journals. He / his teams have won awards in Engineering Education, Innovation, Six Sigma, and Knowledge Management at international events. His current research interests are engineering education, software engineering, and developing innovative entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. He has been chosen as one of the five outstanding engineering educators by IUCEE (Indo-universal consortium of engineering education).

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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. 10.18260/1-2--28573

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