Development of project-based learning (PBL) for Internet of Things

Paweeya Raknim, Kun-Chan Lan

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Abstract

An increasing number of physical objects are being connected to the Internet realizing the idea of the so-called Internet of Things (IoT). A basic example is the idea of smart homes. There are also other domains in which the IoT can play an important role and improve the quality of our lives. These applications include transportation, healthcare, industrial automation, and emergency response. Since project-based learning (PBL) provides contextualized and authentic learning, which has been demonstrated to foster higher order thinking while promoting acquisition of content-area knowledge, this project applies PBL for learning of IoT application development. A PBL curriculum was designed to emphasize a real-world problem (specifically, designing a smart watch for monitoring the state of pressure and the quality of the sleep) while enhancing learning motivation, learning emotion and performance, and fostering the creativity and problem-solving skills necessary for innovation and excellence in the learners' future professional careers as IoT application developers. The study will adopt a pretest and posttest quasi-experimental design. Over an 16-week intervention, the control group will receive traditional instructions while the experimental group will receive PBL instructions. Analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) will be used to compare the learning outcomes of the two research groups. This study will explore how different teaching strategies affect students' creativity and problem-solving skills and, at the same time, acquiring engineering knowledge for developing IoT applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017 - Education Excellence for Sustainability, SEFI 2017
EditorsJorge Bernardino, Joao Rocha, Jose Carlos Quadrado
PublisherEuropean Society for Engineering Education (SEFI)
Pages1475-1480
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9789899887572
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1
Event45th Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI 2017 - Angra do Heroismo, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal
Duration: 2017 Sep 182017 Sep 21

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017 - Education Excellence for Sustainability, SEFI 2017

Other

Other45th Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI 2017
CountryPortugal
CityAngra do Heroismo, Terceira Island, Azores
Period17-09-1817-09-21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Education

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