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Challenge-Based Learning (CBL) effectively engages and encourages multidisciplinary collaboration amongst university students to resolve real-world challenges. However, with increasing demand for more challenges, it can become difficult to identify external stakeholders willing to be challenge providers. To manage and alleviate the threat of challenge provider saturation, we studied how CBL can be best leveraged to create value for external stakeholders, and simultaneously enrich student learning experiences as part of a transdisciplinary Master program. Within this educational setting, faculties from both engineering and social sciences worked to merge two courses and perspectives (Systems Thinking and Change Making) around one comprehensive challenge. This multidimensional challenge required close cooperation between the teachers and challenge providers to formulate a wicked challenge that combined both practical and academic merit. Working through this common challenge the researchers aimed to mitigate the threat of stakeholder recruitment saturation while providing a new option for working across disciplines in CBL (both for students and teachers). In collaboration with university educational experts, the instructors evaluated the combination of the courses with all the actors (namely students, challenge providers, and teachers). Both before, during, and after the courses, panel meeting discussions, diary-style logbooks, testimonials, and surveys were administered. Despite a degree of initial uncertainty created by the multidimensional challenge, the experience offered an increased value to the challenge provider and enabled the students to engage in a real multi-perspective transdisciplinary educational experience. We discovered the added value of merging different perspectives and can provide suggestions for future transdisciplinary challenge-based learning.
|Publication status||Published - 11 Jul 2022|
|Event||3rd Barcelona Conference on Education, BCE 2022 - University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain|
Duration: 20 Sep 2022 → 23 Sep 2022
Conference number: 3
|Conference||3rd Barcelona Conference on Education, BCE 2022|
|Abbreviated title||BCE 2022|
|Period||20/09/22 → 23/09/22|
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Challenge –Based Learning: Yay or Nay?
Konstantinos Nizamis (Speaker)5 Jul 2022
Activity: Talk or presentation › Invited talk
3rd Barcelona Conference on Education, BCE 2022 (Event)
Konstantinos Nizamis (Reviewer)12 Jul 2022
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work › Editorial work