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Distributed intercultural project-based learning - A novel approach - Experiences from a quadrilateral interdisciplinary collaboration

  • This paper describes a new concept and experiences of a distributed interdisciplinary learning programme for students across continents. The aim is to provide students with a truly Global Intercultural Project Experience (GIPE) by working together with peers from around the world, and solving real-life client’s problems. We have received seed-funding for four annual projects to engage students from Germany (Europe), Namibia (Africa), Indonesia (Asia), and Peru (Latin-America). In 2020, 30 students from four continents engaged in a one-semester distributed software development project for a Namibian client. Despite Covid-19 they successfully completed the project expressing deep appreciation for the learning opportunities overcoming challenges of working across wide-spread time zones, cultures, changing requirements, and various technical challenges. Considering the vast learning benefits, we suggest to incorporate such projects in all tertiary education curricula across the globe.

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Author:Manfred Meyer, Agung Nugroho, Jose Eduardo Ochoa Luna, Colin Stanley, Heike Winschiers-Theophilus
Parent Title (English):Education and New Developments 2021
Publisher:inScience Press
Place of publication:Lissabon
Editor:Mafalda Carmo
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Date of Publication (online):2022/02/02
Year of first Publication:2021
Publishing Institution:Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen Bocholt Recklinghausen
Release Date:2022/02/02
Tag:COIL; Distributed Software Development; Intercultural Collaboration; Project-based Learning
First Page:358
Last Page:362
Departments / faculties:Fachbereiche / Maschinenbau Bocholt
Licence (German):License LogoEs gilt das Urheberrechtsgesetz

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