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Research project

Remote prototype labs and student engagement and achievement in higher education

How do learners engage during project-based learning (PBL) and what is the impact of PBL on their learning outcomes?

2017 - 2021
This study is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union
  • Haaga Helia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland
  • Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands
  • Universitatea Politehnica Timişoara, Timişoara, Rumania


  • P. Guo MSc - PhD candidate
  • prof.dr. W.F. Admiraal – supervisor
  • dr. N. Saab – co-supervisor
  • L.S. Post MSc – researcher

Social and scientific relevance

This project brings Higher Education Institutions and businesses together, during which project-based curricula will be implemented and IoT products will be developed. By doing so, students’ abilities, such as e-competence and creativity, will be enhanced and value for enterprises will be added.

Research questions

  • How do students engage in PBL?
  • What is the impact of PBL on student learning outcomes?

Setting and methods

Three rounds of project-based curricula will be implemented, in which multidisciplinary students from three countries remotely collaborate in the Project Arena. Support from instructors and clients will be available.

Students’ discussion posts in the Project Arena and the performance of IoT products will be collected and evaluated. Interviews with students, instructors, and clients will be done if necessary.

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