Project types and industrial collaboration in project-based learning

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    Project-based learning is important in engineering education as is makes the students test their skills in a real-life setting. We have organised project-based learning for software engineering students since 1991. Already in the early times, the projects were based on collaboration with near-by companies and other customers. This collaboration with external organisations, called customers in this paper, creates strong links between education and surrounding society.

    In this paper, we report the experiences from our project courses. Especially we describe 1) how the courses have helped collaboration between students, teachers and companies, 2) the different categories for topics and goals of the projects. Based on the analysis, we outline a new project type, a technology exploration project.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of SEFI 2016 annual conference
    EditorsHannu-Matti Järvinen, Robin Clark
    Place of PublicationTampere / Brussels
    PublisherEuropean Society for Engineering Education SEFI
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)9782873520144
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2016
    Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventAnnual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education -
    Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …


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


    • project courses, engineering education, innovation, university-industry collaboration

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 0

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science(all)


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