Success Factors in Students’ Motivation with Project Based Learning: From Theory to Reality
Sara Reis, Fátima Coelho, Luis Coelho, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto
One of the teacher’s first goals should be to inspire students to learn. Using project-based learning (PBL) to involve students in the learning process could be a useful and powerful tool to prepare the students for their professional future. As part of a degree course in Biomedical Engineering, students were asked to look at society and identify a possible biomedical-related failure or daily-life problem. From this, the students were challenged to work towards a solution, by preparing a project and creating a prototype or a minimum viable product. In this article we present the case study of a students’ team, whose project was candidate and winner of a national prize. This prize was related to health innovation. Despite the particularization of this case study case, the students considered the experience innovative, motivating, and challenging. They also underlined the added value of a project whose impact goes beyond the classroom. Therefore, this method of teaching and learning, based on projects, may have a special effect on the students and, therefore on the civil society. The PBL can help higher education institutions to have a more prominent social presence, as innovation drivers and as forces of intervention.
Reis, S., Coelho, F. & Coelho, L. (2020). Success Factors in Students’ Motivation with Project Based Learning: From Theory to Reality. International Association of Online Engineering.