Research Improvement Seminar in the Faculty of Foreign Studies: Project-based Learning at National Chiayi University
February 27, 2018
The Faculty Research Improvement Seminar held in the Faculty of Foreign Studies at Setsunan University in February 2018. As a part of the seminar with eight presentations, we received a visitor from the National Chiayi University, lecturer Curtis Chu. At the seminar he shared information about the project-based learning project conducted with the first year students at his university. For this project, students are divided into groups and they go on field trips to interact with local craftsmen and cultural institutions. On these field trips, the students must identify a problem that needs to be solved and then develop a solution for that problem. Groups then present their ideas by making a video. As a part of this program, students learn video editing techniques. Interestingly, this program is conducted at the beginning of the semester, so the expectation to produce high quality group work is set right at the beginning of students' college careers. As a result, students were able to become more confident in their problem solving skills, improve their English speaking skills, and learn teamwork and multimedia skills.
Setsunan University is also promoting project-based learning, so the exchange of ideas on how to conduct it with Curtis Chu proved to be beneficial for both participating universities.
Article: Todd Hooper / Photo: Yoichi Shibata