Designing and Facilitating Learning in a Cooperative Setting

Year: 2010
Editor: Boks W; Ion, W; McMahon, C and Parkinson B
Author: Poulsen, Søren Bolvig; Rustrup, Louise Lønborg; Mortensen, Helle; Mølholt, Louise
Page(s): 461-465


This paper unfolds how learning for design-engineer students can be established and facilitated in a
dynamic research setting, between academics and industrial partners. It challenges years of experience
from teaching traditional Problem Based Learning, and it requires new initiatives to ensure the
learning of students. Student involvement in research projects appears to be an increasing trend, which
is affecting both the practice of research and education.
The Danish research project ‘Innodoors’ investigates, through various initiatives, how User-driven
innovation can contribute to innovation and affect the culture of innovation in the building sector. One
of the research initiatives was originally probing hypothesizes through student projects, where the
students not only play a practical and performing role, but also engage in a rather equal partnership
with the academic. This was also the case for the involved industrial design students, but they found it
necessary to redefine the initial, given hypothesis, which surprisingly uncovered knowledge
deficiencies for both students and academic; yet, it contributed to a mutual learning situation.
Educators are facing new challenges with the responsibility of facilitating learning for students, and
the student involvement is changed as they are empowered by orchestrating the projects - this is the
focal point for the paper.

Keywords: PBL, research project, co-planning, mutual learning


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