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Pages: 2490-2495
Publication year: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-697-3777-4
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2017.1521

Conference name: 9th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 3-5 July, 2017
Location: Barcelona, Spain


V. Taajamaa1, D. Rwegasira2, A. Kelati3, A. Kondoro2, N. Mvungi4, H. Tenhunen5, I. Ben Dhaou6, S. Naiman4

1Turku University (FINLAND)
2KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (SWEDEN) / University of Dar es Salaam (TANZANIA)
3Turku University (FINLAND) / KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (SWEDEN)
4University of Dar es Salaam (TANZANIA)
5KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (SWEDEN)
6Qassim University, College of Engineering (SAUDI ARABIA)
The need for solid engineering and for engineers that can engineer hasn´t changed in the past 100 years. What has, however, become more and more evident is that todays, and more so tomorrow´s engineers need to be equipped with skills that make them efficient and productive in a the complex environment of todays societal challenges.

Challenge-driven education (CDE) is aimed for students as well as for individuals who are focusing on, among other things, to their problem solving and team collaboration skills. These skills are widely perceived as crucial for solving the complex and wicked engineering challenges that the industry and societies face. In the very core of CDE is the aim of going through the learning cycles while at the same time serving the global society. CDE aims to put the best and the brightest to work on the problems most in need of solution1. This makes the CDE model also both lucrative and challenging for the educator. The traditional curricula of universities do not support the CDE model throughout the degree structure. Challenge driven courses with early phase project courses are seen to support the students learning by confronting them with different knowledge gaps, mental models and conceptual understanding from the very beginning. In authentic projects the students cannot refer to the equations they have just learned in their mathematics or physics class. The uncertainty and ambiguity that arises in the real-life project work is an identification process between the interface of knowledge and the need for more knowledge. The ability to improve competence is strengthened by the fact that students are working in an authentic, open-ended and real-life situation where they need to observe, identify, design and solve problems.

• Problems are defined by the external stakeholders addressing real life problems and challenges with open ended formulation. The students need to develop a working relation to the problem owner towards co-creation and co-innovation and integrating pieces of knowledge and experience beyond what they have learned in their basic courses. Thus the students will develop skills to handle the ambiguity to co-create and co-crafting to provide solutions to the challenges.
• Problems may have a multidisciplinary character resulting the need to co-locate students to environments where expertise and experiences in other disciplines can be met. So basically the theoretical knowledge and conceptual framework is moved to the more practical engineering context with hands-on work on designs and crafting the solutions.
• The students will be exposed to peer learning in addition of team work skills and project management issues through interaction with other students with different discipline background. This is fostered by the target to large project teams requiring self-organization and discipline among students.

This paper presents the work-in-progress findings from a collaborative “train-the-trainer” –workshop in the context of IoT, held in Dar es Salaam, as part of Sci-GaiA project. The participants were asked to give feedback about CDE and how they perceive it. The paper starts with introducing the CDE and defining the context of IoT in learning. Next the analysis methods and the data is presented. Then the results are discussed together with the need for futures studies on the subject.
author = {Taajamaa, V. and Rwegasira, D. and Kelati, A. and Kondoro, A. and Mvungi, N. and Tenhunen, H. and Ben Dhaou, I. and Naiman, S.},
series = {9th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN17 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-697-3777-4},
issn = {2340-1117},
doi = {10.21125/edulearn.2017.1521},
url = {https://dx.doi.org/10.21125/edulearn.2017.1521},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Barcelona, Spain},
month = {3-5 July, 2017},
year = {2017},
pages = {2490-2495}}
AU - V. Taajamaa AU - D. Rwegasira AU - A. Kelati AU - A. Kondoro AU - N. Mvungi AU - H. Tenhunen AU - I. Ben Dhaou AU - S. Naiman
SN - 978-84-697-3777-4/2340-1117
DO - 10.21125/edulearn.2017.1521
PY - 2017
Y1 - 3-5 July, 2017
CI - Barcelona, Spain
JO - 9th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
JA - EDULEARN17 Proceedings
SP - 2490
EP - 2495
ER -
V. Taajamaa, D. Rwegasira, A. Kelati, A. Kondoro, N. Mvungi, H. Tenhunen, I. Ben Dhaou, S. Naiman (2017) CHALLENGE DRIVEN EDUCATION IN THE CONTEXT OF INTERNET OF THINGS, EDULEARN17 Proceedings, pp. 2490-2495.