Design Thinking as a strategy to inculcate Problem-based Learning (PBL) in undergraduate education across South Asian Universities

Shakuntala Acharya, Apoorv Naresh Bhatt, Amaresh Chakrabarti, Venkata Santosh Kumar Delhi, Jan Carel Diehl, Nelson Mota, Andrius Jurelionis, Riina Subra

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The Bologna declaration states that, “successful learning and studying in higher education should involve students in deep learning”. However, a survey of faculty across institutes in Nepal and Bhutan highlights that the undergraduate students in engineering and management lack skills needed to be industry-ready. They face difficulty in getting employed after graduation and if placed, then struggle during their employment due to insufficient practical experience, lack of good communication skills and unawareness of broader socio-economic contexts. The Erasmus + funded project, “Strengthening Problem-based learning in South Asian Universities” (PBL South Asia) is an endeavour to address these pressing concerns in education quality, employability and overall sustainable development of the region and to imbibe deep learning capabilities. Therefore, as an empirical study to clarify and in turn, inculcate PBL in South Asian undergraduate education, the young faculty of the inexperienced institutes from Nepal and Bhutan, alongside the students from the experienced institutes from India and Europe, were mentored by faculty and researchers from the latter to undertake multidisciplinary case studies. The strategy of “design thinking” was employed to methodologically guide the cases and keep it consistently problem-based, i.e. the learning is driven by the problem with no one correct solution. Results showed that the participants reflected improvement in problem-solving skills and increased motivation, apart from enhanced collaboration and improved communication ability. Based on these findings, further development of curricula to imbibe PBL in its existing courses and guidelines to train the trainers for implementation of the same, are currently in progress.

OtsikkoDesign for Tomorrow - Proceedings of ICoRD 2021
AlaotsikkoProceedings of ICoRD 2021
ToimittajatAmaresh Chakrabarti, Ravi Poovaiah, Prasad Bokil, Vivek Kant
ISBN (elektroninen)978-981-16-0119-4
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 2021
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisuussa
TapahtumaInternational Conference on Research into Design - Virtual, Online
Kesto: 7 tammikuuta 202110 tammikuuta 2021
Konferenssinumero: 8


NimiSmart innovation, systems and technologies
ISSN (painettu)2190-3018
ISSN (elektroninen)2190-3026


ConferenceInternational Conference on Research into Design
KaupunkiVirtual, Online


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