Computer-supported collaborative learning: Praxes in new cell-oriented configurable PC-classroom

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    Abstract

    Currently, technology-enhanced learning environments are a research hotspot in engineering education. Universities invest in modern environments equipped with the newest audiovisual hardware, computers and web-technologies. These environments support learner-centred model of education, which highlights active role of learners, learning-by-doing, and collaborative learner autonomy in a democratic atmosphere. Therefore, traditional teacher-led classrooms can be transformed to more diverse and more creative environments in which teachers and learners have relatively different roles compared with the traditional classroom.

    In this paper, we present layout, construction and hardware of our newly developed technology-mediated, configurable, and cell-oriented PC-classroom, which play a key role in our teaching development. We exemplify how the classroom has helped us to improve our automation science and control engineering education. To be more specific, we have adopted the well-known concept of computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), which concerns how students can learn together with the help of computers. We also demonstrate how redefining and redesigning the nature of activities occurring in modern learning environments can improve the effectiveness of contact teaching, and hence, allow learning episodes to be more impactful compared with the traditional teacher-led classroom. We would like to pinpoint that redefinition and redesign have allowed us, as teachers, to take the position of a facilitating guide, or mentor, which work in close cooperation with students, and thereby, is able to strengthen the knowledge level of students through intellectual face-to-face discussion as well as through technology-supported communication.

    Furthermore, our new classroom has enabled hands-on, competitive, cyber-physical attack-defence events to be conducted, which improve our automation security training. The events have invited participants from industry and academia, but most importantly, they have involved students. During the events, we have offered opportunities for students to make demonstration-of-skills to the participants from business. As a consequence, the new environment has enabled acts of openings for university-business cooperation in terms of education and recruit, free of charge. To our experience and according to student feedback, our redefined ways of conducting teaching has improved student motivation as well as increased their timely investment towards learning activities, which has eventually translated to better grades and overall satisfaction.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSEFI conference 2016
    Subtitle of host publicationEngineering Education on Top of the World: Industry University Cooperation
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)9782873520144
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventAnnual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education -
    Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceAnnual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education
    Period1/01/00 → …

    Keywords

    • Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning
    • Learner-Centred Learning
    • Learning Environment
    • Teaching Technology

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 0

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education

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