Project-Based Learning in a Collaborative Environment: A Math Study


One of the concerns of higher education institutions is to provide students with a wide range of skills. Whether they are basic, cognitive, and professional skills, or social, problem-solving and teamwork skills. Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching methodology that involves students designing, developing, and building practical solutions to a problem. And, if associated with a collaborative environment (CE), which promotes group work, the student becomes actively involved in an enriched learning process, allowing them to acquire hard and soft skills. This paper analyzes the interest in applying PBL-CE to first-year Electrical and Computer Engineering students to learn Mathematics. To motivate students' learning, acquire skills and verify the effectiveness of the PBL-CE method, an experiment was developed as a case study. The students, in groups, lived this experience, counting on the support of teachers, as advisors, helping them in the construction of knowledge. To assess the interest of the experience, two questionnaires were carried out, one before and one after the experience. 26 students indicated that their contributions were valuable and that they were a fundamental element for the group. That cooperation (80.0%), responsibility (69.2%) and commitment (61.5%) define their performance in the experience and that they are confident in what they learned (88.5%). All students enjoyed using PBL-CE and 92.5% stated that it contributed to the development of skills inherent to the engineering course and professionals. With this experience it is recognized that it is possible to develop a wide range of soft and hard skills in students.

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Cristina M.R. Caridade, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Portugal
Corália Pimenta, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Portugal

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Conference: BCE2023
Stream: Higher education

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Caridade C., & Pimenta C. (2023) Project-Based Learning in a Collaborative Environment: A Math Study ISSN: 2435-9467 – The Barcelona Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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