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Project Based Learning

Enrollment is Closed

About This Course

Today the most effective engineering education is active in nature. Project Based Learning is an approach that captures the active method and allows teachers to create authentic and engaging learning that prepares students for a future career in industry.

The course will focus on

  • Developing the confidence of the teachers to design Project and Problem Based Learning activities
  • Confidence to deliver and facilitate active learning activities
  • Confidence to design and administer appropriate and innovative assessment to ensure learning outcomes are met
  • Promoting networking with industry to identify opportunities for collaboration in learning and the development of authentic activities and cases
  • Promoting reflection in the learners to ensure a consideration of the process of learning as well as the product of learning
  • Promoting an interdisciplinary approach to the projects.

Goals and Objectives of the Course in Terms of Competences and Skills

The key learning goal is to create learners who are knowledgeable about and confident in the practice of enabling PBL.

The objectives of the course will be to:

  • ensure the learners (PhD students & Teachers) understand the ideas underpinning PBL (theories, approaches, case studies, assessment and other broad topics of the field).
  • Develop the skills needed to become an effective PBL Practitioner(design skills, problem-solving skills, creativity skills, communication skills, team-building skills, facilitation and management skills, self-organizational skills, skills in terms of assessment of learning)
  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully deliver a PBL session


Minimum requirements to enter the course – initial engineering education (master or specialist diploma). Skills and knowledge required.

Course Staff

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Elena Smirnova


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Elena Soldatova


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Shohrukh Atoev


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Robin Clark (Mentor)


Overview of Assessment Principles

Assessment Tasks Weighting (%) Individual/Group Assessment Methods
Design of the project (template, poster, report, etc.) 50 Individual Peer assessment
Making a video 50 Group Grade (0-5)

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Role of the Instructor

Academic expertise and practical pedagogical skills. The instructors will have designed the course and take a lead role in guiding and facilitating its delivery. A key feature will be their role in providing feedback to learners in order to promote reflection. The instructors will act as consultants for future iterations of the course.

Possibility of Distance Learning

There could be some elements of the course delivered to the class through distance learning. This could include theoretical and methodological elements of the course delivered by WU and other collaborating institutions. As this course is about PBL, any distance learning elements will need to be supported by practical sessions. This feature of the course can remain fluid and capitalise on a wide range of expertise.

Language of Instructions

RU & TJ & EN (The combination of the languages depending on the learners)