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Global Intercultural Project Experience (GIPE): A Distributed Interdisciplinary Project-Based Learning Framework

  • This chapter describes a new concept and experiences of a distributed interdisciplinary learning program 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 (South America). In 2020 and 2021, 28 and 44 students from four continents engaged in a one-semester distributed interdisciplinary project for a Namibian and Indonesian client, respectively. Despite Covid-19 they successfully completed the project expressing deep appreciation for the learning opportunities overcoming challenges of working across widespread time zones, cultures, changing requirements, and various technical difficulties. Considering the vast learning benefits, we suggest incorporating such projects in all tertiary education curricula across the globe, while streamlining organizational efforts based on lessons learned.
Author:Manfred Meyer, Attlee Gamundani, Katja Becker, Jose Eduardo Ochoa-Luna, Daniel Malpartida, Agung Nugroho, Colin Stanley, Heike Winschiers-Theophilus
Parent Title (English):Education Applications & Developments VII
Place of publication:Lisbon, Portugal
Document Type:Part of a Book
Date of Publication (online):2022/06/17
Date of first Publication:2022/06/17
Publishing Institution:Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen Bocholt Recklinghausen
Release Date:2023/02/13
Tag:collaborative online international learning (COIL); distributed software development; intercultural collaboration; interdisciplinary students project; project-based learning
First Page:187
Last Page:205
Departments / faculties:Fachbereiche / Maschinenbau Bocholt
Dewey Decimal Classification:Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung

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