USE OF THE PROJECT BASED LEARNING APPROACH IN ENGINEERING STUDIES: FROM CLASSICAL TUITION TO ACTIVE LEARNING

M. González Alriols, M. Antxustegi, J. Labidi

University of the Basque Country (SPAIN)
The use of active learning methodologies to enhance students’ participation, to develop abilities such as initiative promotion, autonomy, determination and to improve the tuition quality is being progressively stablished in the learning programs of the degrees offered in the University of the Basque Country. This institution is strongly encouraging the use of these teaching strategies due to the interesting results obtained with their implementation in other learning programs. In this work, the design of a subject of the Renewable Energies Engineering Degree following the Project Based Learning Approach is presented.

The subject, already being imparted using classic methodology (mainly lectures), has been redesigned using a project as a core from which the didactic content is extracted by the students under the professor guide. This way, lecture-based tuition has been considerably reduced leaving prominence to students-leaded activities like seminars, meetings, experts consulting and team work.

The designed material to impart the subject with the new methodology include a detailed guide for the students indicating what was expected from them, which material they would have to prepare and present and how to organize their meetings and work outside the lessons time.

The mark system has been carefully designed as well including all the different aspects that would be necessary to consider for evaluation.