Project-based learning is an effective learning methodology in which students are confronted with complex problems with multiple solutions in a real working environment and where they should acquire and implement new knowledge. This methodology allows students to have a closer contact with real problems and help them developing both technical and soft skills. This article is based on a project-based learning experience, developed by University of Minho students in partnership with a subsidiary of an international industrial company that produces automotive components. The work aims to analyze the impact of this type of project, which follows the PLE (Project Led Education) methodology, on all the involved stakeholders identifying the main advantages and disadvantages, the importance of these projects and the relevance of their replication and existence. With this purpose, a survey and interviews were carried out to company employees, production chiefs, students and teachers. Results showed that this project was considered very successful by all the stakeholders. Almost all participants of this experience demonstrated interest in taking part on it and evaluated this type of project as relevant for all. Unquestionably, these projects should keep on existing.
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|Published - Oct 2011
|3rd International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Educationn - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 1 Oct 2011 → 2 Oct 2011
|3rd International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Educationn
|1/10/11 → 2/10/11