The facilitator-supported online method: Using problem-based remote learning techniques for engineering students
2010 IEEE Transforming Engineering Education: Creating Interdisciplinary Skills for Complex Global Environments
"This paper describes the Facilitator-Supported Online (FSO) pedagogical method and its use to deliver advanced engineering concepts to undergraduate students. To bridge large knowledge gaps in advanced topics, this method comprises strict teacher supervision and Problem-Based Learning techniques, where the students are guided by the teacher in a way that they construct the knowledge required to solve the problem (constructivist learning). It is specifically designed to cover the high-demanding Generation-Y requirements, with the contents being delivered mostly remotely using common commercial software for online collaboration, relying heavily on Web 2.0 paradigms. Three successful course implementations using this approach are described in detail: the first implementation at the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUC-Campinas - Brazil) in 2007, and two experiences held at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP - Brazil) during 2009. Initial results of an ongoing experience are also presented: a research support, were three undergraduate UNICAMP Computer Engineering students, supported through FSO by the authors and global companies (all located on different places, from the United States to southern Brazil) are developing a new method to analyze and optimize resources for """"Smart Buildings"""", in a highly demanding hands-on task. Advantages and disadvantages of this approach are also addressed. ©2010 IEEE."""
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