Development of a project-oriented and transnational master course for training the engineering competencies required in an increasingly demanding work-life in Europe
Tim Stock , Cecilia Haskins , Bartłomiej Gładysz , Marcello Urgo , Holger Kohl , Jan Ola Strandhagen , Elżbieta Jarzębowska , Tullio Tolio
AbstractMobility, multi-locality, and transnational migration are current social developments among the population of the European Union induced by the dynamic European economy. The human cohabitation within the European society will become more and more characterized by intercultural and cross-border interactions between European citizens. This development is already observable within the activities of European companies. Cross-border project work between different productions sites as well as transnational cooperation is essential for ensuring competitiveness in increasing globalization. These social developments in society and companies lead to new forms of living and new requirements for working in the European Union. The teaching and learning in higher education has to adapt to these developments. Young engineers graduating from universities must be capable of working in international teams. In their future career, they will have to be able to work with colleagues, suppliers, and customers from different cultural backgrounds and in different countries, master the challenges of virtual cooperation in specific engineering tasks and within international value chains. Currently, standard university courses rarely provide adequate knowledge, structure, or content for developing and imparting competencies required for these tasks. As a result, new and innovative teaching and learning concepts in higher education must provide the competencies for transnational teamwork in the curriculum of tomorrow’s engineers in order to ensure a competitive advantage in their future careers. With the intention of closing this aforementioned gap, a new inter-university master course focusing on action-based as well as on blended teaching and learning in transnational and interdisciplinary project teams has been developed and implemented on the university level. The objective of the course is the development of a sustainable, technology-oriented entrepreneurial initiative. This master course called “European Engineering Team” (EET) has been jointly established by four different European partner universities. It includes virtual cooperation between the students combined with intermediate physical presence phases in order to train mobility, individual, and intercultural competencies while working on the project. 44th SEFI Conference, 12-15 September 2016, Tampere, Finland The course is supplemented by an eLearning phase for training the relevant methodological and professional competencies of the students. Cooperation between the students and their supervisors is realized by a novel web-based teaching and learning platform built using WordPress plugins. This platform provides the functionality required for efficient and effective transnational project work as well as for presenting eLearning contents using open-source solutions. After giving a state-of-the-art review for transnational and project-oriented teaching and learning approaches, this paper will outline the concept of the new interuniversity master course. In addition, the development and the functionality of the web-based platform for virtual cooperation will be described. Lastly, a specific implementation of the inter-university master course addressing the development of sustainable innovations as well as first results of the implementation process will be provided.
|Publication size in sheets||0.6|
|Book||"Engineering Education on Top of the World: Industry University Cooperation", 2016, SEFI Annual Conference 2016, ISBN 978-28735201-44, 1-13 p.|
|Keywords in English||multi-cultural teamwork, multidisciplinary teamwork, trans-national cooperation, blended learning in higher education|
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