Widening the horizon using the OEIGP
2005 (English)In: HCI International, Las Vegas, 2005Conference paper (Refereed)
This paper brings together two themes, 'Open Ended Group Projects' (OEGP) and 'Projects involving international student and faculty collaboration'. It explores some of the possible advantages, and pitfalls, of the resulting Open Ended International Group Projects (OEIGP). The ideas are illustrated with particular reference to an ongoing pilot study at Uppsala University. OEGP offer an educational 'model', or tool, that has many benefits in terms of how and what students learn. This paper contains an explanation of the ideas that underlie the OEGP and show how it can be used to encourage reflection on and application of the fundamental, subject specific, principles that students have learned. The paper also explains how OEGP can contribute to the development of professional and 'social' skills which will be essential for the future careers of the students. OEGP can be used to increase student motivation, reinforce other educational approaches and allow new 'fast breaking' topics to be explored in some depth without changing the curriculum. The extent to which this actually happens, the readiness of the teachers to assume a less controlling role as well as the problems of assessing group projects fairly and with particular emphasis on social skills aspects, are addressed in this paper. Finally, widening the educational horizon by adding an international flavor to the OEGP is examined and the experiences at Uppsala are put into perspective.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-77357OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-77357DiVA: diva2:105269