Collaboration and outreach
The UCPBL research group organises and participates in a variety of activities aiming at the dissemination of PBL research, capacity building and academic staff development, and in collaboration with local, regional and international partners.
For the last 11 years, the UCPBL group has been organising the International Research Symposium on PBL (IRSPBL) in collaboration with international partners and in conjunction with other PBL societies such as Active Learning in Engineering Education (ALE) Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE), Research on Engineering Education Society (REES) and interdisciplinary societies such as PAN-American Society for PBL (PANPBL). Additionally, UCPBL participates in many international conferences and has had a high number of invited keynotes and workshops at conferences all over the world. As well as focusing on specific journals, we focus on especially two types of conferences: 1) the engineering education conferences such as International Research Symposia on PBL in Engineering and Science, European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI), and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and 2) Education for Sustainable Development such as the European Roundtable of Sustainable and Cleaner Production (ERSCP) and the Engineering Education for Sustainable development (EESD) conferences. Additionally, the research group has a range of international staff development programmes – ranging from a Master in Problem-based Learning in Engineering & Science (MPBL), to institutional targeted excellence and certification programmes and visitor workshops. Furthermore, UCPBL is engaged in outreach activities as the regional network for STEM education as well as regional and international conferences in STEM education.
Internally, at the TECH and ENG faculties at AAU, PBL research is disseminated through PHD training, pedagogical courses in collaboration with AAU Learning Lab, development projects as well as ad-hoc consultancy. Finally, the PBL research creates the platform for students to develop their PBL competences in the various educational programmes at TECH and ENG.
Figure 13. Overview of UCPBL international network, regarding project consortiums and articles co-authorships (Source: UCPBL VBN)
These knowledge sharing and dissemination activities, externally and internally, plays an invaluable role for UCPBL and both serve the goals for UNESCO and is a source of inspiration to the development of the research as it brings researchers in close connection with educational practice – with staff from different cultures, institutions, disciplines, and not the least with our students.
Besides the aforementioned activities, the UCPBL is also part of several international organisations and boards, namely International Centre for Engineering Education (ICEE) advisory board (Tsinghua University, China), Research Engineering Education Network (REEN) governing board, European Journal of Engineering Education (EJEE) editorial board; International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education editorial board, International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education editorial board, and Mathematical Thinking and Learning editorial board Together with colleagues from the other faculties at AAU, we participate through the AAU PBL Academy to publish in the JPBLHE (Journal of PBL in Higher Education). Furthermore, UCPBL uses a newsletter and two social media platforms (Facebook and LinkedIn) to regularly disseminate and share their activities and events.