A Sino-Finnish initiative for experimental teaching practices using the Design Factory pedagogical platform

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School of Chemical Technology | A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
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2013
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en
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567-577
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European Journal of Engineering Education, Volume 38, Issue 5
Abstract
The paper presents a Sino-Finnish teaching initiative, including the design and experiences of a series of pedagogical workshops implemented at the Aalto-Tongji Design Factory (DF), Shanghai, China, and the experimentation plans collected from the 54 attending professors and teachers. The workshops aimed to encourage trying out interdisciplinary hands-on teaching, and enable teachers to implement their ideas for teaching development utilising the DF pedagogical platform. The majority of the participants planned teaching experimentations aiming at enhancing student understanding of curricula through various group exercises utilising concrete artefacts, but found their implementation within established practices quite challenging, highlighting the challenges of transforming strategic collaboration into grass-root activity. However, the workshops ignited widespread interest in a continuum of collaboration in teaching development, and the DF has since acted as a hub for the implementation of subsequent internationalisation efforts of the two universities, including establishing a dual-degree programme.
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collaboration, internationalization, multidisciplinary teaching, teaching practices, transfer
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Björklund, Tua A. & Nordström, Katrina M. & Clavert, Maria. 2013. A Sino-Finnish initiative for experimental teaching practices using the Design Factory pedagogical platform. European Journal of Engineering Education. Volume 38, Issue 5. 567-577. ISSN 0304-3797 (printed). DOI: 10.1080/03043797.2013.824412.