Anette Kolmos

Anette Kolmos
Aalborg University · Department of Development and Planning

PhD

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April 2012 - present
March 2006 - present
Aalborg University
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Gender studies constitute an important part of engineering education research. Although great efforts have been made over recent decades, there is still a gender imbalance in the field of engineering across most regions of the world. Gender balance in engineering has been on the agenda, arising from the need to increase diversity in the workforce a...
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Problem‐oriented project work, also known as problem and project‐based learning (PBL), is a popular educational approach in engineering education. However, the focus of the literature on the implementation of PBL has been at the course and institutional levels. Scant attention has been paid to the student experience, especially regarding student co...
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The development of generic skills and competences has become a central component of contemporary engineering education due to increased societal and occupational complexity. Problem- and project-based learning (PBL) has been highlighted as one of the pedagogical approaches fostering generic skills and competences that are transferable between vario...
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Purpose Problem-based learning (PBL) has been suggested as an approach to education for sustainable development (ESD); however, the integration of interdisciplinarity is continuously challenged as it requires transfer and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries, as well as integration into an often already-overflowing curriculum. Even in forma...
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This study investigated how 35 Chinese university instructors developed and engaged in critical reflections in a six-month Problem-Based Learning (PBL) professional learning program in Denmark. Data sources included individual progressive portfolios, team-project reports, and focus group interview. Quantitative analysis indicated that participants...
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This study investigated 35 Chinese university teachers' development of learner-centered beliefs and practices through a six-month problem and project-based (PBL) professional learning program in Denmark using a mixed-method research. Both qualitative and quantitative analyses of the participants' teaching and learning portfolios, which each include...
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Problem- and project-based learning (PBL) has been seen as one of the pedagogical models to bridge the knowledge gab between education and work. This article reports a study of students’ preparedness from a systemic PBL university to enter work life. Theoretically, a conceptual understanding of a systemic PBL is presented including four elements: 1...
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During the last 40 years, problem- and project-based learning (PBL) has been widely adopted in engineering education because of its expected effectiveness in developing students’ professional knowledge and transferable skills. With a growing number of PBL researches and practices in engineering education, systematic or meta-analysis reviews were co...
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Three major challenges, sustainability, the fourth industrial revolution, and employability, will require new types of engineering programs, to help students develop skills in cross-disciplinarity, complexity, and contextual understanding. Future engineering students should be able to understand the needs for technological, sustainable solutions in...
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Aalborg University is a full‐scale problem based and project organized (PBL) university. In the Danish school system, students have not experienced comprehensive, collaborative projects earlier, and, during the first university year, they experience a transformation, going from individual to collaborative learning. To help students learn how to wor...
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International professional organisations, including accreditation bodies, have stressed that a so-called skill-gap between engineering education and work exists, which increases the focus on employability in engineering education research. In this chapter, we propose a comprehensive definition of employability that combines scientific and domain sp...
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PBL in Engineering Education: International Perspectives on Curriculum Change presents diverse views on the implementation of PBL from across the globe. The purpose is to exemplify curriculum changes in engineering education. Drivers for change, implementation descriptions, challenges and future perspectives are addressed. Cases of PBL models are p...
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When engineering students work in a problem-based learning environment they learn how to act as problem solvers by solving real life problems through the development of technological solutions. Problem solving is at the core of engineering practice and problem-based learning models have therefore been emphasised as powerful for engineering educatio...
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These words are formulated by Freire in Education for critical consciousness. We could formulate similar hypotheses: while all problem and project based learning (PBL) transitions involve change, not all PBL changes result in more comprehensive transition. If academic staff and students are not critically aware of the transition from a lecture-base...
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The focus of this paper is on how academic staff perceive their roles and responsibilities regarding work-related learning, and how they approach and implement work-related learning activities in curricula across academic environments in higher education. The study is based on case studies, including semi-structured interviews and analyses of cours...
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ABSTRACTThe purpose of this paper is to identify faculty perspectives on the integration of work-related issues in engineering education. A mixed methods approach was used to explore faculty attitudes towards work-related learning, to describe activities related to working life that have been introduced into the curriculum and to identify factors t...
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In this paper we introduce some literature relevant for design-based learning, in particular for design-implement experiences in line with CDIO Standard 5. The aim is to inform the development of such learning experiences and to indicate some areas where new research would be of relevance to educators. KEYWORDS Design-based learning, design-impleme...
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This paper investigates the emergence of an engineering education research (EER) community in three Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland and Sweden. First, an overview of the current state of Nordic EER authorship is produced through statistics on international publication. Then, the history of EER and its precursor activities is described in three n...
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Young people need a wider range of competences than ever before to flourish, in a globalised economy and in increasingly diverse societies. Many will work in jobs that do not yet exist. Many will need advanced linguistic, intercultural and entrepreneurial capacities. Technology will continue to change the world in ways we cannot imagine.
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Problem Based and Project Based Learning (PBL) have proven to be a highly successful method for training professionals in higher education. After the establishment of PBL institutions in Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden during the reform period in the 60’s and 70’s, many higher institutions in the US, Europe, Australia and more recently...
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If engineers are to provide sustainable innovations for future societies, engineers should be able to think and act beyond pure technical competence. This is stressed in political and accreditation frameworks all over the world, and universities are trying to respond to this demand. However, in many cases, sustainability practices seem fragmented a...
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During the last 25 years, there have been many calls for new engineering competencies and a corresponding gradual change in both curriculum and pedagogy in engineering education. This has been a global trend, in the US, Europe, Australia and now emerging in the rest of the world. Basically, there have been two main types of societal challenges that...
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Introduction. In the practice of engineering education, there is a wide variety of implementations of problem-based or project-based learning (PBL). In this chapter we aim to explain the relationships between different types of problem-based and project-based learning to help teachers and educational managers make innovative choices and provide ben...
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There is a need for more complex collaborative and innovative competences in engineering education all over the world and more student-centred curricula are means to meet this. However, research has shown that it is challenging to implement student-centred learning, and there is a need for change agents that are familiar with the context, culture,...
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This special session will provide participants with the opportunity to: (1) gain a deeper understanding of the nature, significance, and complexities associated with the use of reflection in engineering education, (2) engage with other engineering educators around the issues and challenges of reflection, (3) become familiar with a framework for cha...
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This paper compares two models for reforming engineering education, problem/project-based learning (PBL), and conceive–design–implement–operate (CDIO), identifying and explaining similarities and differences. PBL and CDIO are defined and contrasted in terms of their history, community, definitions, curriculum design, relation to disciplines, engine...
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Background This article explores the contradiction that has developed between market-driven and academic strategies of response to the challenges facing engineering and engineering education. In these contending response strategies there are deep-seated, underlying historical tensions at work.PurposeThis article aims to create a theoretical and con...
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The purpose of this paper is to identify faculty approaches to working life issues in engineering education. The paper focuses on faculty attitudes towards working life issues and their integration into the curriculum and on activities related to working life introduced to the curriculum. We used a mixed methods approach and performed a survey and...
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Our Western society depends strongly on continuous technological innovation. Engineers, the designers of the future technology need extensive competencies to face the challenge of dealing with ever increasing complexity. In some areas more than half the knowledge they learn in University is obsolete by the time the enter practice. Recognition of th...
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Based on survey data covering the full population of students enrolled in Danish engineering education in autumn 2010, we explore the motivational factors behind educational choice, with a particular aim of comparing male and female students1 reasons for choosing a career in engineering. We find that women are significantly more influenced by mento...
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Recent studies regard Problem and Project Based Learning (PBL) as providing a learning environment which fosters both individual and group creativity. This paper focuses on the question: In a PBL environment, how do students perceive the interplay between individual and group creativity? Empirically, qualitative interviews were carried out with 53...
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Understanding innovation competency is the first step in fostering innovative engineers as conceptualizations can both enhance and inhibit innovative behaviors. Though literature is replete with discussions on conceptualizing innovation competency, there is much disagreement regarding its concepts as well as about how to put into operation the conc...
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Engineers of the future are expected to possess a range of competencies in addition to math and science skills. This paper turns to engineering students to explore what they think it takes to become a good engineer. Profiles are identified by means of a large-scale survey-based investigation of the perceptions of first year engineering students in...
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Assessment of student learning in team-based subjects can be challenging, as the inherent complexity in this learning environment can create ambiguity for academic staff and students alike. This fi ve-institution research project gathered data from academic staff and students about their experiences with assessment in team-based settings, data whic...
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In this paper, we explore how engineering students are motivated to develop group creativity in a Problem and Project-Based Learning (PBL) environment. Theoretically, we take a social cultural approach to group creativity and emphasize the influences of a learning environment on student motivation in group creativity development. Empirically, a cas...
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Problem based and project based learning (PBL) models are implemented all over the world in various versions at curriculum or course level. Due to this development, the conceptual understanding of PBL has become more diverse and sometimes confusing. This chapter summarizes the conceptual work done by the UNESCO Chair in PBL in engineering education...
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PBL as an education model in engineering education is successfully implemented worldwide. Also, since past few years the concept of PBL is progressing well in India. Main focus of this paper is to assess drivers for progress and challenges of PBL implementation for Indian engineering education based on past and ongoing research. Although, PBL has b...
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In recent years, Problem and Project Based Learning (PBL) has been employed by a growing number of educational institutions to foster creative engineers. This paper aims to explore how PBL can develop creativity in engineering education. Accordingly, a qualitative case study was carried out with a student satellite project (AAUSAT3) in the departme...
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During the last twenty years, various forms of PBL have been implemented in diverse educational programs and national policy regulations, and to different extents, ranging from a single course level to an integrated PBL curriculum. This has resulted in a variety ofPBLcurriculum practices. In this article, a comparison of twoPBLcases will be describ...
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L'objectif de cet article est de présenter un cadre conceptuel issu d'une expertise collective, développée pendant trois années au sein d'un projet international. Ce cadre permet de formaliser le conseil et l'accompagnement pédagogique au niveau universitaire, en questionnant les défis et enjeux de la pratique du développement pédagogique vis-à-vis...
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The purpose of the article is to present a conceptual frame based on collective expertise that has been developed for three years within an international project. The frame allows to formalize counsel and teaching back-up at college level. It questions the stakes and challenges when developing teaching practices with college staff members such as t...
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In the knowledge society, learning is not only knowledge acquisition or participation in established social practice. It is also a process of creating new knowledge collaboratively when addressing complex problems which involve interdisciplinary knowledge and innovative thinking. In our research we focus on questions of how to prepare engineering s...
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Although SoTL research provides results documenting the efficiency of problem-based and project-based learning, the process of change at the institutional levels all over the world is slow. Based on research and experience from the UNESCO Chair work all over the world, I point out seven premises for changing to PBL: governance and educational polic...
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In this paper we outline two approaches to enhance creative skills in a PBL environment at Aalborg University, Denmark. The two strategies are respectively characterized by 1) integrating creativity training into the curriculum and 2) introducing real life engineering projects for students. Two cases are presented to examine and discuss the implica...
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The assessment of individual students' learning in team-based courses can be problematic for academic staff and students alike. Qualitative approaches used in this setting may also be seen as lacking validity by those who consider only quantitative assessment approaches to be viable. This five-institution research project is designed to gather data...
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In this article problem based and project organised learning (PBL) is studied as an educational model to enhance student centred learning in alignment with the prevailing innovation practice. From a theoretical point of view, theories of experiential learning and innovation are combined, and empirically the Danish case is taken as an example invest...
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In China, project-organized learning is regarded as a strategy to foster creative engineers. This study explores the link between project-organized learning and group creativity. We regard group creativity as a socio-cultural concept, influenced by factors from a social and cultural context. Relating this point to project-organized learning in engi...
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This paper discusses how to increase the diversity of engineering education by making it more relevant and gainful for all students, as well as more attractive to women. Questions were raised whether, and in which ways the problem-based and project-based learning (PBL) method is apt for increasing gender diversity from both the quality and the quan...
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I forbindelse med ministeriernes afskaffelse af gruppeeksamen (LBEK 280 of 21/03/2006), blev der etableret en større komparativ undersøgelse på Aalborg Universitet (AAU) af den gruppebaserede eksamensform med individuel bedømmelse og den individuelle eksamensform. I denne artikel præsenteres resultater for spørgeskemaundersøgelse blandt studerende,...
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During the last 30 years, Higher Education (HE) has changed a lot. In the Northern part of Europe, until the 1960s, the traditional universities dominated with the ideal of an elitist university with freedom of academic research, which implied searching for the truth, and with an approach to education as presenting research. After the 1960s, with t...
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Future engineers will embark on solving complicated and practical problems with skills of creative thinking and communication in teamwork, which make engineering education facing the new challenge of developing students" group creativity. Group creativity is generally described as creation, development, evaluation and promotion of novel and useful...
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During the last 10 years, new models of funding and training PhD students have been established in Denmark in order to integrate industry into the entire PhD education. Several programmes have been conducted where it is possible to co-finance PhD scholarships or to become an employee as an industrial PhD in a company. An important question is what...
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At the Faculty of Engineering and Science at Aalborg University, Denmark, process skills are an integrated part of the curriculum objectives. During the first year programme, a special course in Collaboration, Learning and Project Management (CLP) is given to develop those skills. In order to develop students' learning and the CLP-course, the Felde...
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Recent years have seen an increase in transformations in educational methods towards Problem Based Learning (PBL). In the process of organizational change, staff development remains one of the key elements. This paper presents a pioneer program in staff development based on PBL learning principles, the Masters in Problem Based Learning in Engineeri...
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Within the context of Finnish Higher education reforms Laurea University of Applied Sciences sought to review its own innovation of its Learning by Developing (LbD) model. This report sets out the background to LbD within the context of a conceptual framework of project based learning and provides findings from the study. Five main recommendations...
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Projektvejledning vil altid være afhængig af den konkrete situation og skal derfor tilpasses de institutionelle rammer, de faglige mål, de studerende og projektprocessen. I denne artikel udfoldes forståelsen af vejledning ud fra begrebet situationsbaseret vejledning. Det handler om at kunne aflæse de studerendes samarbejdsmønstre og behov i de fors...
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Abstract Based on two PhD studies on gender recruitment at an engineering univeristy in Denmark, this paper discusses whether and how a PBL environment,have been functioning in the recruitment of engineering students. The research findings from both studies show that the PBL environment can be regarded as a learning environment that is friendly to...
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This paper addresses the alignment between assessment and Problem-Based and Project-Based Learning (PBL) at Aalborg University, Denmark. A situation in Denmark has occurred, giving the opportunity to compare two assessment systems used for PBL: 1) group-based assessment and 2) individual assessment - both with individual grading. In the spring of 2...
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This paper addresses the alignment between assessment, project and problem based learning at Aalborg University, Denmark. From the beginning the students have been working in groups to complete their projects, and likewise the assessment has been team based with individual judgment (marking). However, the institutional framework in Denmark has chan...
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