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Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in Undergraduate Education: Design Thinking to Redesign Courses

Acharya, S and Bhatt, AN and Chakrabarti, A and Delhi, VSK and Diehl, JC and van Andel, E and Jurelionis, A and Stasiuliene, L and De Jussilainen Costa, L and Subra, R (2021) Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in Undergraduate Education: Design Thinking to Redesign Courses. In: 8th International Conference on Research into Design, ICoRD 2021, 7-10 Jan 2021, pp. 349-360.

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Problem-based learning (PBL) has profound implications on the motivations of the student to learn and is known to help develop critical thinking, complex problem-solving, self-learning, collaboration and communication skills, thereby enabling fresh graduates to be industry-ready. However, most institutes of higher education in South Asia offering undergraduate programmes have instructional and didactic pedagogical systems. The Erasmus + project, �Strengthening Problem-based Learning in South Asian Universities� (PBL South Asia) aims to build capacity of the South Asian partner institutes by collaboratively developing best practices in PBL for undergraduate education, bringing expertise and experience of peers from across Europe and India. Therefore, to gain benefits of the PBL approach, the redesign of existing courses was undertaken and the novel strategy of conducting a Design Thinking workshop to do so, was engaged. During the five-day workshop, faculties from the institutes in Nepal and Bhutan, who are most well aware of the challenges, shortcomings and strengths of their curriculum, were mentored step-by-step, by their Indian and European peers, who have more experience in delivering PBL courses. Backed by the strategy of Design Thinking, the complex problem-solving activity of course design was addressed systematically, and the five institutes proposed redesigned courses which are currently in the process of implementation. © 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publication: Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Product Design & Manufacturing
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2021 11:44
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2021 09:16
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/69073

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